Here is the scenario that the Fencibles will try to test this coming Thursday, regular infantry and a few guns in the wilderness against against a force entirely of light infantry, not a clearing in sight. Corlears Hook Fencibles Questions? Comments? Please refrain from throwing rotten fruit and dead fish. it stinks the place up.
Interesting Scenario. I hope the new rules will work well for such an ambush. Especially the command system should be difficult for the British. If I would use HoW, I would make the death of Braddock more likely - perhaps on a roll of 8-12. I used the same for some WPS-Scenarios and it worked well giving the battles a authentic touch.
Might make all the British officers being hit more likely; the Indians were obviously aiming at leaders. I think Washington was the only ranking officer who wasn't hit, and they did shoot at least one of his horses. They also put bullet holes in his clothes.
Played the game tonight, quite pleased with the results. British morale collapsed after 8 turns in a little over 2 hours. It was closer than the actual battle. Not sure when I can post a report as I'm headed out of town tomorrow for 2 weeks, not sure of internet connection, etc. But there will be more French and Indian war battles with these rules!
I changed the scenario rules based on our game, really just spelling out what we did during the game. To wit: Indian Light Infantry that is not weakened may charge weakened Line Infantry. If they become weakened before contact they may not close.
I feel this represents the way woodland Indians fought. They sniped at European and colonial troops until the enemy was obviously in distress. Then the Indians would charge with tomahawks, war clubs and howls.
I have seen many rule sets that treat the Indians as fast militia, with poor fire power (trade muskets) and fierce in melee. The poor fire power makes no sense. There were always traders who would sell first rate firearms to the Indians for enough beaver pelts, and always a good number of Indian hunters willing to pay. The warriors lived by hunting. During the early wars like King Phillip's, Indian warriors spurned matchlocks and preferred flintlocks. This gave them an advantage in forest warfare against the colonists.
During Pontiac's Rebellion British flank companies under Bouquet, considered THE light infantry specialist, were on the verge of losing a two day firefight at Bushy Run. On the second day Bouquet opted for the desperate stratagem of a feigned withdrawal in panic. The Indians charged into his perimeter and were repulsed by bayonet charges from the flanks. They were disheartened and called off the fight.
Reading accounts of Indian / European combat east of the Mississippi shows effective sniping first, charging later in almost all cases. If playing skirmish games there is a case for warriors rushing individuals who were reloading.
During the American Revolution, New York militia General Herkimer told his ambushed troops to fight in pairs, with one musket loaded at all times to prevent them being rushed while reloading. Since his cornered troops kept up a steady front (no place to run), they were never charged.