Sunday, 12 January 2020

Pirate Skirmish Game

We played a fun skirmish game based on the pirate attack on the stockade from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. We used the Fistful of Lead, one man equals one figure, rules, which included the rules we needed for reloading muzzle loader weapons and breaking down doors. As in the book, the stockade blockhouse was defended by four named characters, Jim Hawkins, Capt. Smollett, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney as well as four servants and loyal seamen, eight total. The pirates, led by Long John Silver, numbered eighteen, a third of whom were armed with muskets, a third with pistols and a third with swords and melee weapons. The pirates took several casualties as they raced from the cover of the jungle to the palisades of the stockade. Once they gained the soft cover of the palisades, they were able to suppress some of the fire from the blockhouse. The pirates then launched an undisciplined attack on the blockhouse, these were pirates, after all. The fighting took place through the blockhouse apertures and, once the door was forced, inside the blockhouse itself. There were many individual hand to hand combats. Eventually, Capt, Smollett, Dr. Livesey and two loyal sailors succumbed to sword blows, but Jim Hawkins and the Squire and two servants held out until they killed nine pirates and wounded most of the rest, at which time the pirates called off the attack. Pirate figures included Barzso, Conte and Forces of Valor. The defenders were mainly AWI figures.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Punic wars battle in 54mm

Twelve years ago, we played are first ancients battle thanks to Hät having launched their Punic War figures in 54mm. :
Most of the figures are from Steven. For the occasion he also brought his metal Hät figures .

Once again, it was a Carthagenian victory. But instead of the center, it was the Carthagenian right flank with the skrimish infantry and light cavalry that forced the result.

The Roman cavalry on the left tried to capture the African light cavalry, the latter retreating behind the skirmish infantry.  Now exposed to the fire of the skirmish infantry and light cavalry. The Roman cavalry started to take casualties.

The elephant in the center charged at some skirmishers in difficult terrain. A mistake. 

To stabelize the left Siegfried did send his principes to the flank, creating a weakend centeer.

The weakedn elephant unit was destroyed by the hastatii

The center became a bloody afair. 

The Roman ally light infantry and roman cavalry kept the Gaul cavalry, an elephant and Iberian light infantry at bay.

The right flank principes now came face to face with Hanibals elite carthaegian infantry, the triarii in support.

But the consul on the left took the lead of an hastati unit trying to reverse his changes.
But he perished in the process, the Roman left collapsing thereafter.