I have been interested in the American War of Independence as a wargaming period for some time. Originally I collected armies in 15mm and played using the LOOSE FILES AND AMERICAN SCRAMBLE
by Andy Callan (originally published in Wargames Illustrated No. 1, Sept 1987). These seem to the basis of the British Grenadier rules by Eclaireur.
I sold of my 15mm collection approximately 10 years ago and in the past 8 years have built up a 28mm collection. They are a mixture of FrontRank, Foundry, Perry, Sash & Sabre and Old Glory figures.
|Perry - Queens Rangers skirmishers|
|Perry - Stockbridge Indians - served on Patriot side at Oriskany|
My original idea was to play skirmish games in 28mm but the collection grew rapidly so most games have been bigger affairs. Games played include refights of 1st Saratoga, 2nd Saratoga, Camden, Guilford Courthouse, Oriskany, Brandywine and Germantown. I have added separate pages with details of the scenarios for Guilford Courthouse, Brandywine which is the biggest of the actions and Germantown. Below is a photo showing some of the troops in action at Guilford Courthouse.
|Guilford Courthouse - British Grenadiers taking heavy fire|
For 28mm battle games I use the Black Powder
rules. Over the games I have played with Black Powder
I have steadily adapted the troop ratings from those given in the Freeman's Farm scenario (1st Saratoga) in the rule book. Generally I have found that to give the British any chance in a game you have to reduce the abilities of the Patriot militia. I have reduced their hand to hand dice, morale value, made then Levy 4+ who have to roll of disorder, poor shots and for historically really poor militia, as at Camden, I have made them wavering.
|Germantown - Patriot assault goes in against Cliveden mansion|
For general reading on the period I recommend Digby Smith's An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-1783 The American Revolutionary War
. As well as covering the uniforms it gives a good account of the military aspects of the war.
I also tried skirmish games with the Musket and Tomahawks
rules which gave good results so we have done quite a few multi-player frontier skirmish actions in the AWI and FIW. I have also added some civilan characters to my collection for those.