Anyone made any further progress with AWI tweaks? I am very interested by what I've read so far about HoW in online reviews and this forum, but as the period I'm primarily considering is the AWI I'm unsure of the rules' suitability for this conflict...
Honours of War: American War of Independence 1775-1783 - The Continental American Army The ‘Continental’ American Troops of the American War of Independence (AWI) were born from rebellion and rejection of Great Britain’s insistence on taxation and control over a nation with a strong independent steak. As a result it was initially an army mixed with professional and amateur members, with differing levels of ability and discipline although always highly motivated to continue the war in spite of constant tactical pressure from the British forces. The forces can be broken into those before the Von Steuben Valley Forge reforms and the highly disciplined and effective force, retrained and reinforced with French Allies after Valley Forge. The period from Dec 1777 until June 1778 was a vital time for the future US Army. Von Steuben penned his ‘Blue Book’ which became the standard US Army Training Manual. These stats should give you a usable army in the Honours of War system; keeping it simple and streamlined don’t worry about all those special abilities to leap tall trees and bound through forests, use the rules as written in the book.
Brigade Commanders: Dithering: 1-2,Dependable: 3-6, Dashing: NA Move initiative: -1 before Valley Forge, No modifier after Valley Forge Fire initiative No modifier Formation change: Deduct full move before Valley Forge, Half move after Valley Forge Movement to flank and rear: Deduct ¾ move before Valley Forge, Half move after Valley Forge Artillery: Deduct full move before Valley Forge Half move after Valley Forge
Infantry: Militias should be rated as inferior, mainly because they stank of wee a bit like Baldrick.Regular troops should be rated as standard, treat light units as regular due to their prowess in woods and irregular formations.One light unit can be classed as rifle armed, probably not completely true but this provides a bit of flavour for the army and keeps those Kentuckian fans happy.
Cavalry: Whilst good horseman the Continental Army did not have the training or logistics to properly support a cavalry corps and Von Steuben concentrated on infantry and artillery. Thus cavalry are considered inferior throughout the war.
Artillery: Initially poorly armed and prepared they should be rated inferior prior to Valley Forge and then Standard afterwards.
Generals: Brigade commanders were largely amateur or promoted from lower levels of command, they did get better over time but keep them as per above. George Washington should be rated as Dashing, simply because he was and he often had to grip his less able commanders to get them moving.
Nice work Dave. Agree on the importance of Steuben's reforms. I think in 1776 most Continentals were not much better than militia on the battlefield, but could be relied upon to go where told, whereas the militia came and went largely as they pleased. The Maryland and Delaware Continentals were among the best drilled units.
As for the Brits, my views are based on Urban's "Fusiliers" and Spring's "With Zeal and Bayonets Only".
Gage's redcoats were poorly trained, though brave. Howe trained them up properly in Canada after the evacuation of Boston. They were better than the poorly trained rebels during the campaigns of 1776 (capture of New York, etc.). The redcoats achieved a tactical edge as their strategic situation soured. By the time of the southern campaigns they were able to put on showings like Guilford Courthouse, though that victory was a pyrrhic one.
I think that SYW Brit stats work fine for AWI but maybe increase the number of troops who act as Light Infantry after 1775. British Regulars became very experienced and capable once they'd overcome the initial shock of war on the continent.