After playing 2 battles using the Long Island scenarios, I decided to try the French and Indian War expansion. I was curious how different playing Indians and the Rangers would be compared to regular infantry units.
I was motivated also because I had just seen The Last of the Mohicans - which I hadn't seen in 20 years!
Anyway, I set the board up and it looked like this:
It's a pretty interesting setup because the temptation is for the French player to attack with the Indians who are already upfront.
I learned the hard way playing the Battle of Long Island that frontal assaults on hills are suicidal even with elite infantry.
So, the French decided to use the Indians in an enveloping motion on both their left and right flank in an attempt to get the VP areas and open up the British defenses so the regular infantry units could move up against a softened defense.
By the 8th turn, the Indian flanking attacks had mostly failed it seemed. Yet, with 2 units destroyed, the British were seriously weakened. Meanwhile they needed another 2 kills and that was not going to be easy for them to achieve.
The British tried lashing out at the weakened Indian unit which succeeded in remaining elusive yet menacing on the right flank. The British also tried destroying a militia unit that had ventured within range of the hills but only succeeded in weakening it.
As the militia maneuvered out of the way of the French regular infantry units who were forming a daunting line, the British tried sniping at them while staying out of range due to the rangers' ability to maneuver after fire. It should be mentioned that during this entire battle the British consistently had good luck with APs but not in combat while the French had terrible luck with rolling high APs but better luck with combat.
Nevertheless, the French eventually got their infantry lined up and moving. The rangers fought hard in the woods but they could not stop the unwavering French line. Unfortunately, it took too long for the French to make it through the woods and as the sun was setting, it seemed like victory would be elusive.
In the last turn of the game, the French close assaulted twice and were able to take a VP area, destroying a ranger unit and almost destroying the second ranger unit who barely survived. The British leader who escaped the first battle was actually wounded in the final French charge.
Epic ending but not enough for the French to win the day. As the sun set, the British survivors escaped under cover of darkness to fight another day.
Awesome battle, awesome game!
Note: It would have been really nice to have had VP tokens with French flags on them...
- Last edited Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:28 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Sun May 5, 2013 10:21 pm
Nice AAR ... Thanks!