Initial Deployment. The French Canadians occupied the Farmhouse and the French Line formed up behind it in the field. The Huron Scouts are in reserve having provided the initial scouting report that the enemy was coming they will arrive later as reserves. The British Line formed a skirmish line to advance through the forest with the Trained militia coming over the hill at the top of the board.
Lt Flambou's plans. I want to use the drill and training of my French Regulars to their maximum extent but I do not want to expose them to fire. I will form up behind the farm house and march them forward to unleash the devastating impact of formed infantry when the time is right. In the mean time the Canadians can keep the Enemy at bay. My Indians will be able to move quickly to where they are needed once they come in under the reserve rules of the Defense Objective.
|Lt Flambou (far right) and his Regulars formed up behind the farmhouse.|
Lt Grosvenor's plans. My boys will advance quickly through the forest and bring the farmhouse under fire. Once the Militia moves up in support we will assaut the farmhouse and find the strenght of the enemy. If possible take the Dendeen farm back from the French and spoil their plans.
|End of turn #1. The British advance and LT Flambou gets a glancing shot at the Light Infantry.|
|Lt Grosvenor directing his boys through the woods. Muskets fire wizzes overhead as the French fire increases.|
|Start of turn #2 the Militia Fires and the densely packed French Line. First Blood to the Militia!!|
|Turn #3 The Huron scouts arrive and quickly rush forward through the woods to cover the French right flank.|
Turn #3. The French reserves (Huron Unit) enter the play and quickly get their action cards to move forward through the woods to oppose the American Militia unit. Meanwhile Lt Grosvenor finds himself in an precarious position as the Canadian Militia now assault him from the farm while Lt Flambou calmly marches his French Regulars around to the front of the farmhouse. The British Light Inf lose one Soldier to the Canadian 0 and recoil from the Canadian attack. Now the French Line moves forward and prepares to Volley fire into the stunned British Lights caught in the open.
|Fire! Screams Lt Flambou as his line loses a few men to the British panic fire.|
Turn #4. Lt Grosvenor's Forward Boys card comes up and he directs the British to open fire on the French Line. He inflicts a few casualties which the french have no reaction to being in line and with their officer. The next card is the French Regular card and Lt Flambou screams FIRE!! at his trained troops and the resulting massed volley devastate the British. The few remaining British flee only to be cut down by the Canadians in the Farmhouse before they can reach the woods. Lt Grosvenor is stunned and he watches his command die all around him in front of Dundee farm. As the French player rolled the dice to end the game at the end of turn 4 we will surmise the Lt Grosvenor is captured by the French. The American Militia break and run only to be chased down and massacred by the Hurons. Total victory to the French as Lt Flambou prepares to receive the column marching up the valley.
|Lt Grosvenor. Alone and very afraid.|
Recap: Young Lt Flambou leaned the value and devastating effect of Regulars in Line. While you can see in the picture above they did end up losing a few more models to the American Militia before the end of turn 4 the Regulars in line are devastating if you can keep them out of direct fire for as long as possible. He was also very thankful that the Indians quickly moved through the forest and were able to get within musket range of the Militia at the end of turn #3. Lt Grosvenor learned he should have probably waited for his Militia before he assaulted the farmhouse and maybe even should have positioned himself with the militia to use his forward boys to help them get through the very difficult terrain a little faster. All in all a very fun and enjoyable game. Next time maybe I will use the sub-plots to improve the story telling aspect of the battle report.
Cheers! and Tally Ho!