Well returned from Partizan absolutely shattered after a most enjoyable weekend. The show was extremely busy and I shall do another post on the show itself, the weekend in general etc. This post shall focus on the game.
As mentioned earlier I used Charles Grants rules with hopefully suitable tweaks which I shall briefly mention below.
In 2014 when the group of A Military Gentlemen gathered at Kelham Hall to refight Ligny and Quatre Bras 18th Century style I worked with Charles to adapt his rules for smaller units 24-30 figures. The primary change being that Officer casualties were recorded rather than having the individual figures.
I also use 2/3 scale for movement and ranges.
So for this game the main changes were as follows
Firing - no first volley and no close range. The range is split in half and deductions for Medium and long apply.
When charging into contact they can fire needing a 6 to score a hit, muskets discarded and no longer available.
Melee - first round of combat +2 ( this makes the impact very powerful ( maybe too much!) but casualties inflicted and received by musket fire count towards working out first round of melee ( so it’s important the Government troops get that volley).
No first volley and again no close range deduction. ( I find it’s a simple way to reflect poorer training, fire discipline etc) melee as normal.
The only other change I made on the morning was to bring a little uncertainty into the Highlanders stepping off so I just threw a d6 for each clan on a 6 they set off +1 was added if they’d been subjected to artillery fire and a further +1 if adjacent clan had stepped off, it seemed to work and produced some interesting results.
So onto the game my son and I decided that we’d pretty much follow the orders from the real battle so the Jacobites weren’t allowed to occupy the enclosure etc. ( we are going to refight this again with freedom of orders)
The last stand of the Cameron’s was now about to take place they found themselves behind the Government front Lina faced by three full strength British regiments and a 3 pounder hastily wheeled to fire on their flank. Three crashing volleys and a round of canister destroyed the clan with less then 40% of the clan left they turned and fled.