The figures came from several collections. Most of them from Holger, Heinz and Bernhard with my Scots as small addition.
However the battlefield was slightly smaller than the design in the Black Powder rulebook but it contained the key elements. On the one side the British with Hamilton's brigade with some pickets ahead on the left flank and Fraser's brigade advancing from outside the battelfield at the far right flank. Only some marksmen, Canadiens and Indians which belonged to his forces were present. The loyal troops were lead by Bernhard as incarnation of Brigadier Hamilton and me as Brigadier Fraser.
On the opposite site Heinz and Kalle took seat and embodied Brigadiers Learned, Poor and Morgan with their troops.
Holger acted as umpire and announced that maybe Von Breymann's German brigade might enter the battlefield under his command later in the game.
Anyway the aims of both sides was rather simple:
Meet and defeat the particular antagonist.
|The battlefield with our British already set up.|
|Indians and Loyalists of my brigade (left) and Hamilton's pickets (right) which were deployed from the very beginning.|
|The British left flank and center under command of Brigadier Hamilton|
Menawhile I sent my Indians into the forest near the farmhouse to buy me some time until the rest of my brigade had entered the battlefield. An absolutely necessary task because I wouldn't have been able to withstand an American countercharge with those small units of my advance guard. Fortunately Kalle decided to take an entirely defensive position.
|The American line of defense along the road between the two cottages.|
|My brigade arriving and slowly expanding.|
|Hamilton's brigade advancing.|
Simultaneously some heavy fighting arose on my flank. The Americans sent one brigade towards my forces and tried to overwhelm its front units. But the Scotsmen proved their stubbornness. They attacked and broke a unit of American militia suffering heavy closing fire. Afterwards they took a lot of musket fire from the surrounding Americans but their shaken morale lingered long enough to be rallied by Brigadier Fraser the turn after.
Meanwhile the rest of my brigade started their advance and especially the British grenadiers showed the benefit of hard drill when saving lots of hits without casulties and striding forward yard by yard.
|Fraser's brigade preparing the decisive blow.|
|The Hessians bring the decision for the right wing.|
|Hamilton's brigade clearing the forest yard by yard.|
So ended a very entertaining evening and an exiting game with the Americans retiring. Very different from the historical battle but well deserved I think.