A blog on War gaming in North-eastern North America from 1670-1815, the life of an ex EFL instructor, a family man formerly in Japan and now in Canada , a camper, a reenactor, a drummer, and all round crazy but home Nova Scotian. Having worked in Security, have now found a new career in the culinary arts.
Most of my wargamming is during the Black Powder era. However, I do have an extensive collection of other time periods. Unfortunately, they are all in storage back in Canada. Update as of September 24, 2013, my rules for FIREPOWER game were chewed up by mice! They used the damm cards as nesting for their homes. Consequently I will have to invest in Cold War 1986 from Osprey publishing in order to have rules for my late 20th century games. All my other sets seem fine.
battles when back in Canada
Kapyong April, 1951
with WW2 Japanese and some Soviet)
Battle of the
Hook March 1952
UK: Black Watch, Duke of Wellington’s Regt,The King’s Regt,
Turkey: 1 Infantry Battalion
Communist Forces: (modeled with WW2 Japanese/Russians),
Forces: (WW2 mix using Commandos and Para’s
as well as regular infantry)
Tanks: Use Centurian, Comet and Scout cars, , (forgive the iceberg in the desert!)
Forces: (use a mix of WW2 and Modern French and early Cold War US
A mix of WW2 Russian, NVA/VC figures and German African
Tanks: WW2 Russian, heavy on T-34/85, Su100,
French Forces: A mix of WW2 French Infantry, Cold War
French and WW2 US Airborne as Infantry
Tanks: WW2 US
Minh: A mix of WW2 Japanese, VC,
Forces VS Communist Gurrileas
Figures: Commonwealth, a mix of Vietnam US, Airfix/Matchbox
WW2 Australians, Airfix Gurkhas, Modern British using FN
CCF: WW2 Japanese, Vietnamese troops, Africa Korps,
Mix of WW2 and Cold War Armor
Battle of Plamam
Mapu April 27, 1965
2 Para VS Indonesian (modeled with WW2 US Airborne)
Battle of Long
Tan August 18, 1966
D coy 6RAR: (Mix of US Vietnam figures, WW2 Airfix/Matchbox
Australian and British paras for FNs and GPMGs)
1st Field Regt RAA: 3 105mm guns
1st APC Sqd: 3 M113 APCs 2 with Australian
(photo courtsey of Australian government Veterans Affairs website)
275 Regt & 547NVA: Mix of NVA figures, heavy weapons
from WW2 Japanese, Russian
D445VC: Mix of VC figs, heavy weapons same as NVA
dynamics: use Firepower rules
1.D coy 6RAR advances into
Long Tan Rubber plantation
2.545 NVA deploy down the
path, but can’t see RAR
3.RAR fires first.
4.NVA/VC begin to fire.
5.RAA begin fire
6.NVA/VC mortar fire
7.D 6RAR try to fall back,
8.RAR try to advance in
9.Airstrike possibility roll
for (Halt RAA fire). If airstrike fails due to weather, recommence RAA fire
10.RAAF ammo resupply drop
halt RAA fire
11.NVA/VC begin reiencforce
12.1APC Sqd begin advance
13.11 platoon begin to fall
14.1APC begin to fire
Mirbat July 19, 1972
SAS vs Adoo Rebels
(SAS modeled on US Vietnam in bush hats, 1 25pdr gun) and
Modern Brit Paras
Adoo Rebels modeled on Muslim warriors with SMLE and Africa
Order of Battle NATO Forces 1965-90
, (thanks to plasticsoldierreview.com for this shot)
British Army of the Rhine:
Queens Royal Hussars: 2x Challenger 2 Chieftan x 2
Blues and Royals: 2x Scorpions
Saracen APCx 2
Saladin Armoured Car x 2
Scimitar x 2
Spartan x 1 MCT Milan
RHA: MLRS x1
19th RA 105mm
51st Highland Div
Brigade of Gurkhas
2 Para, British Infantry
(ok, not exactly fully Canadian, but those with the colt rifles are painted up as Canadian circa 1988-90, while
these are painted up circa 1990-2002ish)
RCHA: 2x M109 155mm
8th Canadian Hussars: 2x Leopard A1 + 1 M113 TOW
2 RCR: 1 battn + 3 M113 APC
2 PPCLI: 1 battn
1st Field RCA 2x105mm guns
Additional equipment, 3 Iltis Jeeps, 3 Half ton trucks,
Despite the weather getting warmer and the sun beginning to shine, this time of year is a bit down.
It's the end of the school year and for ALTs it can be a bit stressful as we have to potentially say farewell to all our schools.
One of my schools gave me a small send off. I got a nice bouquet of flowers.
It was hard not to cry. But things happen for a reason, so perhaps some bigger and better things are on the way.
This will not make me so popular with American readers, but General Washington sent General Sullivan to search and destroy the Mohawk valley. The historical information which I used to put together this little scenario came from Osprey MAA American Loyalist Troops, Elite American Revolution Commanders and Warrior Continental Infantrymen in the American Revolution.
In that, Sullivan succeded in destroying the Mohawk valley. He failed in destroying the Mohawks, Butler's Rangers and the King's Royal Regiment of New York. The outcome was for the starving Mohawk people to first flee to Ft. Niagra, then after 1783, joined the tens of thousands of Loyalist refugees into Canada.
This action is an action between American Riflemen, and Light Infantry raiding a Mohawk farm which is then set upon by Loyalist militia, Butler's Rangers, and Light Infantry, as well as other Loyalist rangers units.
The Americans deployed in line to charge across the bridge, fording the river and attempting to force their way into the Mohawk farm.
Brant's White volunteers were guarding the main cabin, but were shot down at their place by American riflemen.
Johnson's Royal Yorkers formed a collum and advanced to flank the American left flank. The Loyalist Light infantry companies advanced and fired on the Americans. Their rifle fire was able to keep them off.
However, with Loyalist fire too hot, the Americans could not close on farm to get any supplies. Though the Loyalists troops took many casualties, they held the farm.
So Ian decided that he wanted to have another battle whereby the English would attack a Scottish army in camp.
My Scottish army encamped.
The Highland pikemen advance. Ian let his pikes advance towards the right of the Scottish camp. His attempt was to break the Scottish horse as well as making the Highland clansmen disperse, thereby breaking into the camp.
The Scottish army camp. The first line of my attack was made up of two wings of musket blocks. Ian sent in his muskets which blasted mine, but they were then set upon by my clansmen. The Highland musketers then advanced in an arrow formation breaking the English horse, then setting upon their pike blocks. By dividing his army in two, Ian was forced to retreat. He took his defeat will.
This battle also has a video clip on youtube at my japanesehighlander channel
February 11, 1747 was the date of one of the most successful Canadien raids on Nova Scotia.
A party of Compaigne Franches de La Marine, Milice and Mik Maq warriors marched over land from Quebec to Nova Scotia, a distance of 2000 km in a space of 3 weeks.
French milice reenactors at Louisbourg. (Photo courtsey of Kerry Delorey)
The French forces who advanced to Grand Pre, didn't have these nice roads.
(photo courtsey of New France and Old England reenactment group, UK)
Col. Nobel's house at Grand Pre
New England troops billited in the village.
Ian deploys his French units to pounce upon the New Englanders
As the French advance, the New Englanders were sound asleep. The French attacked during a fierce snow storm.
Appropriate as this weekend, the same area is getting hit with a nasty snowstorm.