As it happens, last week I had started a solo version of the 2nd scenarios from Scenarios for All Ages which Stuart co-wrote with CS Grant. I got back to it today and finished the game and am now planning my own memorial game for my blog. I doubt if I'll wait for the 18th though.
However, Big Wars is what I was thinking with my old refurbished and recast Britains and the copy of the rules he sent me 20 years ago. Seems appropriate.
Just gotta decide on forces and a scenario but it will probably be with these irregulars guys and a slightly Colonial air but possibly something with regular troops on both sides. Early days yet.
Well I've painted up the extra unit I needed: (Stuart's Greys - conversions of some Britain's Light Brigade that I bought from Stuart 20 years ago) to play the Solo scenario from Stuart's Solo Wargaming, and I'm ready to go. The Game will be played Thursday or Friday and a report will follow.
My latest blog post contains a summary of the rules (Link below), the one before that has the scenario info.
Post by aducknamedjoe on Nov 15, 2019 17:22:41 GMT
Looking good Ross!
I'm planning on playing a scenario from One Hour Wargames inspired by/based off one of Stuart's "Scenarios for the War of 1812" (#24, "Bottleneck" for anyone else who has the book) and hoping to do it this weekend before we leave for the holidays.
My buddy and I played a colonial game using Big Wars today. I was not familiar with the rules and, looking them over, wondered if they would be suitable for the scenario I had chosen, the 2nd Boer War battle of Elandslaagte. As it turned out, the rules worked marvelously well and produced an historical result. The British outnumbered the Boers by greater than two-to-one, but had to advance, without cover, against well sited Boer small arms and artillery. The game began badly for the British with the Boers taking out one of the four British artillery pieces with counter battery fire on the first turn. The British suffered many casualties from the superior Boer marksmanship, but they steadily gained ground using rushes, as they did in the real battle. Eventually, after the British deployed their mountain guns, they were able to soften up the Boers and destroy one of the two Boer artillery pieces. Although they lost two units, one of the Devons and one of the Gordon Highlanders, the rest of the British line was able to close with cold steel and it was all over for the Boers who were at an extreme disadvantage in melee. I was very impressed with the rules and am looking forward to trying them for other black powder periods. Thank you Mr. Asquith!