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SP AWI Escort Duty AAR

Post by MLB » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:19 am

Managed to get in another game of Sharp Practice and we are still on the learning curve, so this AAR is as much about what to do as it is about what not to do. This was an escort duty scenario set during the AWI with British regulars trying to get the battalion pay wagon through hostile territory. Full AAR here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com ... -duty.html

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Post by john de terre neuve » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:31 am

Enjoyed reading your report, nice terrain and figures and the status markers of the leaders look good. Thanks for posting.

Did I see somewhere that you deployed a group on 2 flags after the tiffin card. I have not played a lot of SP2 but I believe the use of cards after tiffin is limited to units already on the table. My apologies if I have mis-read your report

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Re: SP AWI Escort Duty AAR

Post by Capt Fortier » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:01 pm

Really enjoyable account. Its always remarkable when one of your smaller skirmish units does the tough work while the larger unit that you felt would be your champion ends up a bit of a shambles. Its a fairly common experience in my wargaming :?
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Re: SP AWI Escort Duty AAR

Post by Jiefu » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:51 am

Fabulous painting. Well done.

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Post by BaronVonWreckedoften » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:33 am

Reading the report and your follow-up comments/assessment, you may (or may not!) be heartened to know that your failures were more or less historically accurate. Despite American historians playing up British prowess to make their own performance seem more spectacular, the reality is that in 1775, the Rebels had (considerably) more combat experience within their ranks than the British regiments in North America. The performance of the Regulars (note: light infantry and grenadiers are also Regulars - it just means a professional soldier, the non-flank guys are "hatmen"), and particularly their officers, pretty much mirrors the inexperience and under-estimation of the enemy that characterised the opening months of the war - right down to the light infantry dealing with enemy skirmishers with the bayonet. The good news is, that as you gain experience, you will get better and your Regulars will soon be outperforming the enemy - just like the real thing.

On a small point, for 1775, you could replace State troops with Minutemen, who were generally the best 25% of a militia unit, and had the best weapons and equipment (eg bayonets, or at least hatchets for fisticuffs) and were usually the most experienced officers. Use them in groups of 8, just like the State troops; in fact, if you want a better quality and more homogenous force, make them all Minutemen including the skirmishers, but limit them to Level 2 leaders (ie no 3s or 4s) as it was at the higher levels of command that they were generally found wanting.

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Post by MLB » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:57 am

john de terre neuve wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:31 am
Did I see somewhere that you deployed a group on 2 flags after the tiffin card. I have not played a lot of SP2 but I believe the use of cards after tiffin is limited to units already on the table. My apologies if I have mis-read your report
Well spotted John, we missed that one and will remember in future.
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Post by MLB » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:59 am

Capt Fortier wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:01 pm
Really enjoyable account. Its always remarkable when one of your smaller skirmish units does the tough work while the larger unit that you felt would be your champion ends up a bit of a shambles. Its a fairly common experience in my wargaming :?
Thanks. Yes the light infantry were the highlight of the British performance, so much for pulling off the classic mass d volley at close range followed by a bayonet charge. That day will come, but today was not that day :D
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Re: SP AWI Escort Duty AAR

Post by MLB » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:04 pm

BaronVonWreckedoften wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:33 am
Reading the report and your follow-up comments/assessment, you may (or may not!) be heartened to know that your failures were more or less historically accurate. Despite American historians playing up British prowess to make their own performance seem more spectacular, the reality is that in 1775, the Rebels had (considerably) more combat experience within their ranks than the British regiments in North America. The performance of the Regulars (note: light infantry and grenadiers are also Regulars - it just means a professional soldier, the non-flank guys are "hatmen"), and particularly their officers, pretty much mirrors the inexperience and under-estimation of the enemy that characterised the opening months of the war - right down to the light infantry dealing with enemy skirmishers with the bayonet. The good news is, that as you gain experience, you will get better and your Regulars will soon be outperforming the enemy - just like the real thing.

On a small point, for 1775, you could replace State troops with Minutemen, who were generally the best 25% of a militia unit, and had the best weapons and equipment (eg bayonets, or at least hatchets for fisticuffs) and were usually the most experienced officers. Use them in groups of 8, just like the State troops; in fact, if you want a better quality and more homogenous force, make them all Minutemen including the skirmishers, but limit them to Level 2 leaders (ie no 3s or 4s) as it was at the higher levels of command that they were generally found wanting.
Thanks Brendan, your insights and knowledge are always very welcome. I did think afterward that I had probably done no worse than my historical counterpart. Shared incompetence is little consolation but we learn from our mistakes, well at least I hope I do. I like the idea of a force of Minutemen and will give that a try at some stage.
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