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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Battle of Whitemarsh 1777

The Battle of Whitemarsh-Edgehill December 8, 1777





CROWN FORCES: To drive Washington’s army out of their entrenchments

                  To surround Washington’s army and destroy it.



AMERICAN FORCES: To keep the Crown forces from breaking into the trenches.

                     Try and not lose the army.





1.    Impact phase: Make all of your charges this turn. Try to contact and break your enemy. Each side checks morale to see if they can charge, and withstand a charge.

2.    Manoeuvre phase: Move your soldiers where you want them to go. Reform any units which failed morale at this time.

3.    SHOOTING phase: Both sides shoot with infantry and artillery. Cavalry also fire at this time. Check morale of each side after all firing has stopped. Hits scored result in units being taken off the table. All units hit on a 4 and up. If a one or two is rolled, regular troops may rerole. Militia MAY NOT. It takes two hits to take out a unit.

Units inside the fortifications will need to be hit 3 times to be removed.

4.    MELEE phase: Bayonet and sword hand to hand combat. Roll dice to see which group wins. Higher roll wins, lower roll is removed from table.




The battlefield is made from one of my camping tables. The terrain is made up of a plastic piece which is raised, giving the impression of a hill. The table top has rivers, roads, woods, grasslands modeled. There may also be some trees used. The Americans get fortification pieces which will be set up on their side of the board.

This battle was refought by us on Sunday, November 24, 2013,

The Americans were commanded by Trevor and Jessica. Jessica is actually from Pennsylvannia and was tickeled pink to read in my book all the places she went as a child. When she I had accidently shown her my wargamming shots in the summer coming back on the bus from my companies summer assignment, she mentioned that her old hobby was playing warhammer! Trevor was also a sci-fi gammer back in the day, hence my kitchen party this year was a chili feed and wargame.

I took the British as Ian decided he wanted to play video games with his older brother, and didn't know he could join us.

The Americans began their advance by moving their cavalry forward as well as their light infantry and riflemen. The British countered this by advancing their Jagers and Lights forward. The British then advanced by column towards the American defenses. The American artillery began to fire on the British units. The Royal Artillery had some guns with their advances as well as a massed battery.

The American position was well founded. Their trenches on Edgehill held their main guns. Washington had decided to meet the British head on. The American militia held fast suprisingly. The riflemen and light infantry however were eliminated.

The river in front of the American position acted as a barrier. Ian had set up the table terrian. There were three positions the British could cross. This channelled them into a killing ground. The Royal Artillery was eventually able to counter battery fire the American guns. All of their guns were lost. The British Grenadiers then began to charge across the bridge but were kept from crossing. The Hessians were able to cross and make a foot hold. However, after a two-and-a-half hour fight, the game was called as a historical draw.

Pictures to follow. Color plates from

British Loyalists 4

British 21:

Americans Militia

Americans 10:

Continental Regiments 10

Continental Regiments 12

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Siege of Tenochtitlan 1521

I've been so busy the last little while that I haven't put this battle up yet!

The Temple of the Sun with an Aztec army waiting for the Spanish Conquistador attack

Aztecs pour into the streets to keep out the Spanish.

The Conquistadors begin their assault.
This game I have wanted to play since I first stumbled upon about 5 years ago. The problem was, all these figures were still in storage back in Canada except for a few sets I bought here in Japan.
At first, the Conquistadors began attacking the city on two streets. The pikemen on the Spanish right attempted to go up a side street but were pelted by Aztec missiles.
The Spanish then sent in their muskets which cleared the street. They then tried to flank the Aztecs on the next street but the sun had set.
The second Terico advanced up the main street only to get bogged down in the central plaza by a horde of angry Aztecs. The Spanish were then unable to link up together. Slowly, the Aztec spearmen and swordsmen cut down and beat back the Spanish.
On the Spanish left, this Terico was torn apart by Aztec arrows and slings. There was then a fanatical charge by the Aztecs which cut apart the musketeers until their commander was able to cut them down. By this time, the Aztecs had been successful in keeping out all 4 Spanish Tericos. The Spanish artillery were useless as they were hemmed in by the streets.
Battle 1 went to the Aztecs.

Battle 2 was played with Ian as the Aztecs and I as the Spanish. Once again, I sent in the Tericos to try and destroy the Aztecs. And once again, the streets broke up my advance. I sent in a Terico with artillery on the left, but were still frustrated with getting into the city. On the right, I sent in the musketeers to clear the way. I sent in a cavalry charge against the Aztec centre backed up by pikemen and crossbows. Unfortunately for me, Ian was still able to blunt my advance and slowly picked off my men. The city was a great defencive position for the Aztecs who could keep the Spanish musketeers from forming a line. Without the fire support, the Spanish could not hold them back.
Battle 2 went to the Aztecs again.

My new blog

I've decided to divide my wargamming interests into a new blog Know you Enemy NATO vs Warsaw Pact. I have a large collection of this stuff but it's all back in Canada in storage!

Cooches Bridge 1777

My son and I played this little skirmish battle last night. I've put the video up on youtube (japanesehighlander) Cooches Bridge 1777.

This action was where the British and Hessian Light Infantry and Jagers encountered Maxwell's Light Infantry Brigade.

We played the action twice using the Field of Glory Renaissance rules. As most of this action took place in the woods, we added the factor that shooting would take 3 hits per base due to the fact that the woods in North America are a bit more dense then Europe.

Both times, Ian was able to bring his American units up close and take me out. Despite rolling for morale, the Americans seemed really pumped to try and halt the British advance. They did so twice.

Oh well. Daddy will have to think of another way for British Lights to skirmish more effectively next time.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Colonial American troops of the 18th century

(plasticsoldierreview) These are Revell Austrian Dragoons but I have painted my set up as different units. One is the South Carolina Regiment of Horse. Blue coats faced red.

(plasticsoldierreview) These are Airfix Washington's Army. I've painted the prone figures as militia. The others are painted either as colonial or Continental Army units.
(plasticsoldierreview) These are Revell/Accurate American Militia. The uniformed types again are painted as Continental units while the others are also painted as colonial militia.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

The French Army in The American War of Independence

As with my other collection, it has taken close to 20 years to finally put together some of the regiments which took part in the war.

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Luzon's Legion is one of the units depicted.
I've painted one stand as two mounted hussars and two Grenadiers(plasticsoldierreview)

The other is Etranger Regiment de La Marine
I've painted one stand as two monted hussars with sky blue coat, yellow facings with red breeches while the Grenadiers have sky blue coats with yellow facings.

As well, the French army was involved in India. Some of the units portrayed in plastic are also from Bussy Army. I have one stand done up with 6 Grenadiers painted as Bussys infantry.
 These will also be fielded as Spanish for my scenarios of the siege and capture of Havana 1762

Plastic soldier review was MIA! now it's back

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO my favorite website has one of it's servers down!
I have checked their site and it should be up soon.
Now as of 11/14, they are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!