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Sunday, 20 February 2011

American War of Independence

On Thursday night John and I were invited to game two of Colin's War of Independence figure extravaganza.
 I have always liked this period, and after watching Al Pacino in Revolution, I always wanted to fight the period. I think its the dodgy wigs or something.
 The scenario Colin had set up was a good one, and losing the dice roll and being given the British, I had some tactical problems to overcome.
 My aim was to get a supply train off the table intact,before the scummy rebels stopped it.
 All in all the Brits had a few problems. This is coveredd in Colins blog, 'Carry on up the Dale'. So I wont steal his thunder. What did come out of the game was the rules, this time 'British Grenadier'.
 Now I didnt mind them too much,although the disruption points became a bit of a chore.
 But we all thought that they just didnt capture the feel of the period. Which is a bit daft,considering we have no real idea what the 1770's was like.
 However the point of this is, are there any really good rules out there for this specific period?
 Barry Hilton producded The Lily Banners for a specific period, Folorn Hope were also producded for a specific period, both work really well, and capture the feel of those times [ I think]
 So where are the set for this specific war.  The  American revolution threw up some quite unique tactical problems for both sides, and I think there is a definate need for some rules that reflect the problems encountered.
 On another thread, I was sent some lovely figures from Fighting Fifteens, namely Eurekas, String Quartet, Frederick the Great Playing his flute, and Frederick and Voltaire [ probably talking divel] in the Gardens at San Soucci.
 These are excellent figures, although not cheap. Well recommended for the Syw collector.
 

1 comment:

  1. Andy Callan's 'Loose Files and American Scramble' (available from the free wargames rules site) can give a very realistic feeling game - however games tend to be slow, and Urban nicked the DP concept for British Grenadier from Callan, so if you don't like DPs....

    I've heard good things about Patriots and Loyalists, though not tried them. None of the commercial sets i've tried over the last 30 years or so have really convinced, so we use our own set - which we think give a reasonably quick game that feels right.

    You might try tweaking your favourite ACW set (if you have one) - sets for european wars just don't seem to work for the AWI.

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