This weekend I set up my Camden (1780 – American Revolution) scenario for Piquet-Cartouche. I try to play my scenarios at least once solo before playing them with another person. This helps me find errors in the scenario and other issues that need a decision about. I had the game set up, and my son asked if he could try it out. We played a couple of turns (about 3 hours of game play). It was my son’s second game of Piquet, and the only time he commanded an entire side. He somehow ended up with the Americans, which were a large side to play on your first go. He did learn the rules quickly, and was beating my when we had to stop. We decided that he needed to play a smaller game before tacking a scenario this size.
I reset the game with a new set-up and new values (BDV) for the units. This time I was able to play the game solo to a conclusion. Playing time was about 5 hours plus an hour setting up the figures, organizing the decks, and rolling for the unit BDVs. It was a very interesting scenario to play. Almost all of the table is light woods with visibility of only 4″, so most of the shooting was done at fairly close range. Eventually I figured out that the British needed to charge as much as possible, and that led to a British victory. I also realized that Armand’s command needed to be in the rear as its small, skirmisher-type units did not fair well in the front line of battle. In the end, the Americans failed their major morale check two turns in a row (turns 4 and 5), and that pretty much ended the battle for them. The Piquet system worked very well as in the end; the Americans collapsed and started to rout off the board (in a fairly historical way). In the future I hope to play this scenario with Mark as it is a very interesting one to play.
I did have to substitute a few units and commanders, but I’m painting up what I need and hope to have them ready before the next game.
Here is the scenario we used: Camden August 2016
Here are some photos from the first (partially completed) game with my son, James.
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Here’s the overall battlefield. Note that the entire battlefield is wooded except for the farm on the right side of the photo:
The American left wing with Armand’s advance guard command in the front (which was not a good idea):
The British center-left which consisted of Webster’s Brigade and the Reserve:
Lord Rawdon and his command:
Some of de Kalb’s Continentals under Smallwood:
The converged 1st/3rd Maryland Regiment:
The converged 4th/6th Maryland Regiment of Gist’s Brigade:
Here are some photos of the solo game I played. I didn’t take a lot of photos as I was having too much fun playing the game.
The overall American set up. It even sort of looks like daybreak, which is about when the historical battle began:
More of the American initial set-up:
The British left (Rawdon’s Brigade):
The Overall Set-Up:
Another overview shot:
General Stevens of the Virginia Militia:
General Horatio Gates before his “flight”:
General Smallwood of the Maryland Continentals:
Some of the American militia:
Cornwallis and aide:
Figures are 15/18mm and a mix of Minifigs, Old Glory, Blue Moon, Polly Oliver, and Freikrops figures.
Sorry about the uneven photo quality. I’m still learning how to take a decent game photo.
We used this version of the charts: AWI Charts 2016 5.0