On Saturday the twelve of us split into two opposing teams (French and British) and we each played three of six, one on one, scenarios: I was French.
First I played Peter in a simple encounter engagement and drew. I was only really saved from defeat by night, which fell just in the nick of time.
I played Charles in my second game and won, though only because Charles failed to get three of his four reserve units onto the table before I took his block house, scalping everyone inside and doing unspeakable things to the chap at whom I shot at well over 50 times before finally getting him.
In my last game I played Charlie in an ambush scenario (based on the ambush in Last of the Mohicans after the fort is surrendered) and lost. It was the closest game I've played in a long while. I nearly lost this game early on when I shot all three Mohicans and, accidentally, one of Monroe's daughters and missed the second by a hairs breadth in a single volley - I was supposed to capture the unfortunate women; I only hope I shot the useless blonde one.
|The table for the Sunday game. This end of the table was my area of operations. The fort is the French objective. The table had quite a few trees on it. Nearest to camera is Peter with whom I had great fun in the first game on Saturday morning.|
|The French fort at the other end of the table. Nearest to camera is Steve R., who very kindly put me up for the weekend. Then left to right, Angus, Steve, Dale and Kev.|
|The centre. These farmsteads would be burnt by Andy in a swift and highly successful series of raids.|
|My Indians screening Kev's left and harassing Colin's British.|
|My enemy holding a fence line.|
|The last man at the fence line to die, shot by an Indian.|
|My units mopping up, burning buildings and taking scalps. That hand in the distance belongs to Bill gallantly defending against Andy's unstoppable troops.|
|Charlie's British line. Our canoes came around the shore of the lake and landed on the beach on the other side of the village.|
|Kev's attack. His massed regulars, usually screened by Indians and marines, crushing all opposition.|
I enjoyed the weekend very much. I thought the rules, which I had not played before, were elegantly clever.
A special thank you to Bill for organising the weekend's games. Games are only as good as the scenarios and Bill's were excellent.
Also, a thank you to Steve who very kindly put me up for the weekend.
......and these were not the only games I played over the weekend. On Friday I played a very fine Franco Prussian War game in Perth. It was hosted by Richard. I played as the Prussians with Steve against Richard, who I met for the first time on Friday, and Jimmy, who I'd met previously at an LOGW weekend a couple of years ago. Steve and I won with a well supported flank attack but unfortunately I forgot to take my camera to record the evening. We played the game with counters on a typically set up war games table. This is something I have not done for years but it was no less fun without tin men than with them. The rules were Bloody Big Battles and new to me. I liked them a lot: they are certainly the level you want for the FPW. The game was great fun and the post game autopsy was very interesting. Thank you Richard for your hospitality. Richard has posted a game report on his blog: