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Sunday, 11 December 2011

If you go down to the woods today....

At Last!

After a months forced absence from the club, I finally got back to 'virtually' mauling and maiming - Oh Joy!

Wargaming is fun isn't it!!

We tried a French and Indian war skirmish, as Phil had finished his lovely ranger figures.

The situation:

A party of Rangers and militia are returning from a raid, with some Mohawk and Delaware indian allies.
Unfortunately, a force of Hurons is sitting in ambush along the trail.....
(We put hidden markers on to randomise the ambush positions)
Lots of possible positions for the hostiles! 
 A farmhouse, strangely silent.....
 The river the Rangers have to cross...
The rangers and militia move cautiously down the road, Delaware indians to their left, Mohawks to their right...  
 The Delawares spot some Hurons across the river and open fire..
 The Hurons are unhurt...
 ...and return fire.
 One of the Delaware war leaders falls with a bullet in the head.
 More Delawares join in, and a Huron is wounded. 
 The Ranger commander brings his men in support of the Delawares.
 ..as do the Mohawks.
 When in range, the Rangers fire a volley...
 ..some of the Hurons fall back to the woods! 
 A third group of Hurons attempts to ford the river on the Rangers flank, but are hit by accurate Mohawk archery from the far side. 
 Almost all the English join in the fight.
 With casualties mounting, the Hurons waver...
 ..then fall back to the woods.
 A new group of Hurons behind the ford shoot in the flank of the Rangers and militia.
 ..Who turn to face the new foe..
 ..leaving the Delawares to cross the river in pursuit of the first Hurons.
 The Delawares are aided by 2 indian scouts detached from the Rangers
 Back at the ford, the Mohawks slink through the woods while the militia fire..
 The Hurons at the ford dodge most of the fire!
 A large group of Hurons appears and attacks the Delawares. 
 Leaving the militia to fight at the ford, the Rangers again come to the Delawares aid! 
 The ford Hurons attack disastrously at the ford, trying to take advantage of the Rangers distraction.. 
The Delawares, outshot, bravely charge some Hurons. The Rangers fire deals with the rest!
 ..but another group of Hurons appears on their flank. 
Some of the Delawares attack them too in a vicious melee.
 At the ford, Huron archers trade shafts with the Mohawks.  
 ..they retreat in the face of greater numbers.
 The Militia have arrived!
 The surviving - victorious- Delawares move toward the ford too.
 The Rangers beat off a small counter attack.
At last, the ford is cleared of hostiles, and the way home is clear......perhaps?

It was a fairly confusing battle with Hurons popping up from all over the place, but good cooperation between the players ensured a comprehensive victory!

Ian - The Mohawks
Phil- The Rangers
Lawrence- The Militia
Me- the impetuous Delawares!


  1. Excellent photos and a great looking game!!!

  2. Really nice battle pictures of an interesting and originally unique game. Yes, gaming is a blast!

  3. Excellent stuff. Nice report and photos.

  4. Good scenery and figures as usual and a damn good batrep....enjoyable reading.

  5. Thanks for the kind comments! - Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did playing it!

  6. It was very good fun!

    For some reason, the Indian allies were much more amenable this week; when we asked them to go off into the woods and scout... they went off into the woods, and scouted!

  7. Great looking game..I like the idea of the random ambush points.