So, it shames me to admit that in the third and final session of our Black Powder WSS game that I was a bit of a bully. Phil, as the French general, didn’t object on each occasion that I suggested there was more play in the game, although he was correct that the game was unwinnable for him. It was just that Chris and I hadn’t actually won it. So I made him continue to play whilst his units were slowly and steadily beaten into a bloody pulp.
In my defence I would say that I didn’t see it as so black and white as Phil did, and my Dutch colleague had spent a while manoeuvring his troops into a favourable position (despite very poor command rolls) and to my mind deserved to be allowed to let slip his dogs of war, so to speak. He’d been so patient and it seemed cruel to say we had to finish just as we got to the exciting bit for him.
Admittedly this was the equivalent of the bully’s mates piling in and kicking the weedy kid whilst he was on the ground, but it was all done in the best possible taste.
So, in summary, on the Anglo-Dutch left the French cavalry tried a “ride round” to get at the artillery, whilst my remaining Dragoon regiment thundered into the flank of some rallying French cavalry. This move nearly came unstuck as I mistook another rallying unit for a pile of dead in the corner of the table. Luckily they failed their command roll.
|The brave English cavalry launch another victorious charge|
On the right a fierce fire fight between the Dutch and the opposing French brigade resulted in heavy losses and the eventual destruction of the French, the supporting English artillery playing an important role. This freed the Dutch cavalry to launch an assault of the French infantry clinging on between the two villages.
|Look at that! Successful charge launched across about a third of the table|
|Looking fairly bleak in the middle|
|That's more like it! The Cavalry at the top of the picture get stuck in|
At the end of the game we had our usual last cup of tea of coffee in the kitchen and started to hatch a plan for a sort of group project to do some “Old School Wargaming”. It’ll be a slow burner with no pressure to get everything finished, so it might be quite a refreshing thing for me to do. Just need to source some appropriately 1970’s style tricorn wearing figures in 30mm (which is what we used to call large wargame figures when they were properly proportioned.).