Battle of Camden 1780 in 40mm

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Battle of Camden 1780 in 40mm

Post by fourpipers » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:58 pm

Battle of Camden - the game

Finally after much preparation I was able to refight the Battle of Camden using the Osprey Land of the Free rules by Joe Krone. The scenario was by Joe Krone with troop & command qualities thanks to members of the Land of the Free Facebook group.

American Attacker - me

LAND OF THE FREE - American (CAMDEN) V 1.1

Element
Force Commander
Maj.Gen Gates (incompetent - morale 8 / SPI 12" / D3-1 CPs)
Right Flank Group Commander
Col Gist (competent - morale 7 / SPI 18" / D3 CPs)
1st Delaware Regt large Elite Esprit de Corps
2nd Maryland Regt medium
4th Maryland Regt medium
6th Maryland Regt medium
Artillery large

Centre Group Commander
Col Caswell (competent - morale 7 / SPI 18" / D3 CPs)
North Carolina #1 medium militia Self Preservation
North Carolina #2 medium militia Self Preservation
North Carolina #3 medium militia Self Preservation
North Carolina #4 large militia Self Preservation
North Carolina #5 large militia Self Preservation
Artillery medium

Left Flank Group Commander
Col Stevens (competent - morale 7 / SPI 18" / D3 CPs)
Steven's Militia medium militia Self Preservation
Virginia State Regt large
North Carolina LI large
S.C. Mtd Militia (cav) small militia Cumbersome, Self Preservation
Armand's Legion (cav) small militia Cumbersome, Self Preservation
Armand's Legion (inf) small militia Self Preservation

Reserve Group Commander
Col. Smallwood (competent - morale 7 / SPI 18" / D3 CPs)
1st Maryland Regt medium Elite Esprit de Corps
3rd Maryland Regt medium
5th Maryland Regt medium
7th Maryland Regt medium
Artillery large

Total = 550 pts
British Defender - Scott Robertson

LAND OF THE FREE - British (Camden) V 1.1
Has Initiative on turn 1 - roll off after that !

Force Commander
Lt-Gen Cornwallis (highly skilled - morale 6 / SPI 18" / D3 + 1)
Group Commander
Lt Col James Webster (skilled - morale 7 / SPI 18" / 2D3 CPs [pick the highest die])

Converged Light Inf medium Light Infantry Scouts, Vanguard
23rd Royal Fusiliers large
33rd Regt of Foot large
Artillery large 30

Group Commander
Col Rawdon (competent - morale 7 / SPI 18" / D3 CPs)

Volunteers Ireland large
British Legion Inf medium
NC Loyalist large
Royal NC Regt medium
Artillery medium

Group Commander
Lt-Col Tarleton (highly skilled - morale 6 / SPI 18" / D3 + 1)
British Legion Cav medium light dragoons Mixed weapons, Scouts, Vanguard, Carry on !
1st/71st Highlanders medium elite Esprit de Corps
1st/71st Highlanders medium elite Esprit de Corps
Artillery large

Total = 550 pts

Turn 1 - British have the initiative. They advance on the left and right, holding Tarleton's command in reserve. The Americans chose to advance their right flank (best troops) and the extreme left (not too bad) but leaving militia brigades in place.

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Turn 2 & 3 - British left steadily advanced pushing back the American right. On the American extreme left bot sides skirmished without result.

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Turn 4 - The American left and centre started to fall back under the might of the British advance.

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Turn 5 - The American extreme left managed to push back the British advance ! In the American centre and right flank things are not looking so good.

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Turn 6 - A final push by the American left flank makes control of one objective unclear. In the American centre the British reserve breaks through routing 3 units off board.

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FInal result was a British win controlling two objectives (5:2 win = MINOR VICTORY). Not as decisive as the original battle.

Great game that did not play out exactly historically. As the American player I was not as aggressive as perhaps I should have been (but expectations of militia were low). The British were very active with their reserve in the centre and this is where they enjoyed the most success.

Better command and troops was an advantage for the British while on the American side poor command and mixed troop quality was difficult to manage.
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Re: Battle of Camden 1780 in 40mm

Post by Captain Darling » Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:48 pm

Thanks for posting your AWI game.

Great figures and the game looks to have played well, the play mat isn't to my liking though, not sure what it is but just doesn't look right for me.

I was interested in getting these rules but held back seeing many varied reviews what are your thoughts on them?

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Re: Battle of Camden 1780 in 40mm

Post by Chuckie » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:10 pm

Sorry late post. There is something very regal about this one. Magic work. And 40mm. Wow the time to paint those beauties. Hats off to you guys.

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Re: Battle of Camden 1780 in 40mm

Post by Admin Fella » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:51 pm

Great looking game mate and battle report. :)

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