This is a brief AAR of my AWI game, Race Across Carolina - The Fight for Freemantle, that my son and I ran at the recent Historicon convention in Lancaster PA. I want to mention that my game was just one of 20 miniature wargames put on by Lard America, a group of gamers with a particular affinity for games developed by the TooFatLardies (TFL). We have run games at Fall-In (2017), Cold Wars (2018), Historicon and plan to be back at Fall-In this November. Race Across Carolina utilizes the excellent TFL rule set Sharp Practice.
The players were provided with a colonial 'newspaper', the Carolina Gazette that summed up the situation:
|Basic Table Layout - set-up in progress|
Here are the rosters for the combatants:
The American riflemen and the VA State Line deployed at the camp while the Dragoons & the MD Continentals came on board at the bottom of the road.
The British were led by the Jaegers and the 23rd Foot, who forded the river, followed by elements of the Black Watch (42nd) and the fearsome British Legion.
|The 42nd Foot getting ready to cross the bridge|
The colonial riflemen and Hessian Jaegers quickly engaged in the woods behind the brick townhouse with the riflemen getting the worst of it, being forced to withdraw. The Jaegers commander, Capt Friedrich von Jungkenn was wounded in the exchange. BUT, the Jaegers controlled the woods and the abandoned beer wagon as seen below.
|The beer wagon is captured as a fox sits idly by. |
The 23rd and Va. State Line are coming up quickly
|23rd Foot turns to meet the Virginians|
The 23rd Foot quickly rallied to support the Jaegers and counter the advance of the Virginia State Line troops; meanwhile the Maryland Continentals were progressing up the road toward town. They were unfortunately slowed by a Sharp Practice random event - "Damned Dog!" The leader, COL. Bond trod in something unpleasant!
|Maryland Continental Line|
So I awarded a tactical victory to the Americans, but a moral victory to the British.
Below are couple random shots of the rest of the game board.
|Overhead shot of the 23rd Foot|
|Barn, chickens and geese|
We'll return at Fall-In this November.