Monday, March 18, 2019

SP Scenario for Enfilade 2019

I've done Sharp Practice(SP) games at conventions and the Card Activation system on these rules always seems to leave one player sitting around waiting for his card to turn up. A couple of turns of this,does not make for an enjoyable game for that player. SP seems to work best with two or fewer players per side, but at conventions you really need to allow for six or more players per game as its just not an efficient use of a table to put on a game for two to four players.

So how to reconcile the problems with SP's card activation system and still allow for eight players in the game. This year I am trying two separate but linked games going at the same time. To do this I have divided the table into two sections with impassable terrain between them. Each section will have their own card deck and proceed at their own pace. This way there will only two players per side in each section with the possibility of interaction between the two only at the end of the game.

Below is the map of the scenario with details described below.

Scenario Description

Rebel Force B(RB) is returning from a raid into enemy territory. They have a wagon full of  supplies, ammunition and muskets they have captured. They are trying to get back to friendly territory and must cross a bridge to do so. The British have been warned of their presence and send British Force B(BB) to  prevent their escape.

On the other side of the river, a friendly Rebel Force A(RA) has been sent to hold the bridge where they must cross. Another British Force(BA) has been sent to intercept the wagons to prevent their escape.

The river runs in a deep ravine and is impassable other than at the bridge.  The terrain on either side of the river is heavy undergrowth, dense forest and rocky hillsides being classed as Really Heavy Going.
Rebel Force RB must cross the bridge and exit the North edge of Table A. The British must try to prevent the wagon from escaping.

Set Up
Each force is comprised of two units of two Groups each and one Unit of Skirmisher type infantry. Rebel Force RB with the wagon first places his Primary Deployment Point(DP) on the road 2D6 plus 6 inches from the Southern table edge. The Rebel Force RB may all enter on turn 1.

The British Force BB B may place only one unit using their Primary DP at the Road junction to the bridge during the first Turn. The remaining two units may enter anytime after turn 2 using the Southern road entrance on Table B as their Deployment Point.

Rebel Force RA and British Force BA may both enter on Turn 1 using their respective Deployment Points located at the North and South road entrances to table A. British Force BA has a Movable Deployment Point(MDP) they may use per the rules as long as the Provential Regulars are the first to make use of it. On table B, the Rebels also have a MDP which functions as per the normal rules after they place the Primary DP as described above.


Force Characteristics

Rebels

 Force RA  Total 65 points
Ldr 1 Capt. Seymore Bush Lvl III
Ldr 3 Sgt. Buster Cherry Lvl I
Continental Line   Regulars   Muskets   8figs/Group   2 Groups  7 pts/Group
Formation: Always                       Crashing Volley: 2      Characteristics: Sharp Practice
First Fire:   Yes                              Step Out:  2
Controlled Volley: Yes                   Drill:        2

Ldr 2 Lt.Moe Lester Lvl III
Ldr 4 Sgt. Rick O'Shea Lvl IMilitia   Militia   Muskets 10figs/Group   2 Groups  3 pts/Group
Formation: No Shock                   Crashing Volley: 3      Characteristics: No Bayonets
First Fire:   Yes                             Step Out:  3                                           Hearth&Home
Controlled Volley: First Only       Drill:        -

Ldr 5 Sgt Melvin Sackrider Lvl I
Miltia SK   Irregular SK  Rifles   6 figs/Group   1 Groups  7 pts/Group
Formation: No                    Crashing Volley: -      Characteristics: Sharp Practice,
First Fire:   Yes                             Step Out:  3      Hearth & Home, No Bayonet
Controlled Volley: No                   Drill:        -

Support Total 8 points
Holyman  1 point
Marksman 2 points
Water Cart  2 points
Relic 3 points


Force RB  Total  67 points
Ldr 1 Capt. Hiram Cheaper Lvl III
Ldr 4 Sgt. Frank Sansbeens Lvl I Continental Line   Elite   Muskets   8 figs/Group   2 Groups  9 pts/Group
Formation: Always                       Crashing Volley: 1      Characteristics: Sharp Practice,
First Fire:   Yes                              Step Out:  2                Good Shots, Stubborn
Controlled Volley: Yes                   Drill:        2

Ldr 3 Lt. Jason Sanborn Lvl II
Ldr 5 Sgt Luke Warme Lvl I
Militia   Militia   Muskets 10figs/Group   2 Groups  3 pts/Group
Formation: No Shock                   Crashing Volley: 3      Characteristics: No Bayonets
First Fire:   Yes                             Step Out:  2                                           Hearth&Home
Controlled Volley: First Only       Drill:        -

Ldr 2 Capt. Upton O. Goode Lvl II
Frontiersmen   Skirmishers    Rifles   6 figs/Group   1 Groups  7 pts/Group
Formation: No                    Crashing Volley: -      Characteristics: Good Shots, Movable DP,
First Fire:   Yes                             Step Out:  3      Aggressive, Movable DP, Tomahawks,
Controlled Volley: No                   Drill:        -       No Bayonet

Support Total 6 points
Holyman  1 point

MDP  2 points
Relic 3 points


British 

Force BA  Total 65 points
Ldr 1 Capt. Serge A. Head  Lvl III
Ldr 3 Lt. Pat Pending Lvl I
Highlanders   Elites   Muskets   8figs/Group   2 Groups  9 pts/Group
Formation: Always                       Crashing Volley: 1      Characteristics: Sharp Practice,
First Fire:   Yes                              Step Out:  2                 Thin Red Line, Aggressive,
Controlled Volley: Yes                   Drill:        2                 Tomahawks

Ldr 2 Lt.Duncan Doughnut Lvl II
Ldr 5 Sgt. Jimmy DeLocke Lvl I
Loyalists  Conscripts and Volunteers  Musket   8figs/Group   2 Groups  4 pts/Group
Formation: Always                       Crashing Volley: 3      Characteristics: Sharp Practice
First Fire:   Yes                              Step Out:  3                        
Controlled Volley: First Only        Drill:        -

Ldr 4 Sgt Creighton Shippet Lvl I
Loyalist SK  Skirmishers  Muskets   6figs/Group   1 Groups  7 pts/Group
Formation: Never                      Crashing Volley: -      Characteristics: Movable DP
First Fire:   Yes                          Step Out:  3                         
Controlled Volley:No                 Drill:       -

Support Total 8 points
Physic 1 point
Water Cart 2 Point
MDP 2 points 
Colors 3 points


Force BB Total  67 points
Ldr 1 Capt. Warren Peace  Lvl III
Ldr 4 Sgt. Justin Thyme Lvl I  
Line   Regulars   Muskets   8figs/Group   2 Groups  7 pts/Group
Formation: Always                       Crashing Volley: 2      Characteristics: Sharp Practice,
First Fire:   Yes                              Step Out:  2                          Thin Red Line
Controlled Volley: Yes                   Drill:        2

Ldr 2 Lt.Canby Allgoode Lvl II
Ldr 5 Sgt.Tommy Rott Lvl IFusiliers   Regulars   Muskets   8figs/Group   2 Groups  7 pts/Group
Formation: Always                       Crashing Volley: 2      Characteristics: Sharp Practice,
First Fire:   Yes                              Step Out:  2                  Thin Red Line, Aggressive
Controlled Volley: Yes                   Drill:        2

Ldr 3 Lt.Allen Rench Lvl II
Skirmishers  Light Inf Muskets   6figs/Group   1 Groups  9 pts/Group
Formation: Always                    Crashing Volley: -      Characteristics: Sharp Practice,
First Fire:   Yes                          Step Out:  3                Aggressive, Tomahawks            
Controlled Volley:No                 Drill:       -

Support Total 6 points
Physic 1 point
Breastworks 2 Point
Colors 3 points



Umpire Notes

If the Rebels can get the Wagon Across the Bridge with nothing to stop them from exiting, then game is over with it being a Rebel Victory. I suspect it won't turn out as simple as that. With the British only allowed to place one Unit blocking access to the bridge, a lot will depend on how aggressive the Rebels are on Table B. Likewise the British on Table A have to be very aggressive in case the wagon makes it to the Bridge.

I haven't yet decided how to work things out if a Unit from Table B actually crosses onto table A. The easy thing to do would be to transfer the Leader cards to the other tables Deck, but I'm wondering if they couldn't just each continue to draw cards from their own deck. If any interaction occurs they could just implement them simultaneously.

I've made my own card deck with pictures of the individual Leaders That makes it easier for the players to identify them on the Table. No more looking for a Roster to see who Leader 5 is.



Comments

Still a few things to clean up for this Scenario. I need to find another Rebel Sergeant figure to use or paint one up. Hopefully, I get some playtesting done before the convention in May. If you have any suggestions or comments,please leave them below.










Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tactica II, Romans vs Parthians

 We've been play testing Tactica II for Arty Conliffe for a long time (over ten years), but this was our first game with the now published set of rules. Arty had asked us to try out some mods for horse archer type armies so here we were again, pitting Romans against Parthians.

It was a struggle to come up with enough Parthians as they are comprised almost entirely of Cataphracts and Horse Archers. By combining units from some of our other Armies (Armenians, Seleucid, Pontic, etc) and substituting some light Cavalry with Javelins for Horse Archers, we were able to come up with enough Parthians for 1800 points per side.

The Romans should be of the Trajanic kind and they can have a lot more cavalry and Auxilia including Cataphracts and Light cavalry. But it was a struggle to get 1800 points of Parthians and the required basic two Legions costs 1440 point themselves. With only about 400 points to work with, the Romans didn't get as much support to truly reflect a Trajanic Army. Since this was a playtest for Horse Armies, not Romans, we went ahead with what we had, although in retrospect, we should have given the Romans the one extra Cataphract unit I had left in the box plus whatever other Cavalry we could scrounge up. Although it can't be considered to have evened things up, the Parthians didn't get the Camel Unit in their list as we didn't have enough figures to make up a complete unit.



So we met at Blue Sky Hobbies in Bremerton, WA on January 6th, 2019 to play our game. Kevin Walker( with assistance from his son, Kyle) and Tom Condon played the Parthians. Gary Williams and I took the part of the Romans. I assumed we were playing on one of the 4' x 6' tables there and brought only my reliable green Army blanket of the same size o play on. The guys however, had put two 4" x 4" table together to give us an 8ft wide by 4ft deep playing field. So that's why in the picture below the the table cover doesn't go all the way to the end. As Tactica is meant to be played on an 8ft by 5ft table in this scale, we went with the uncovered portion and did away with the six inch baseline zone on each side.



I've used Battle Chronicler(http://battlechronicler.com/index.html) to recreate the battle, but its a tedious process and its almost impossible to get the units exactly where they started out. That combined with trying to recreate what happened from photos, results in some errors cropping up, but one gets a good idea of what occurred from turn to turn.

Below is the deployment at the beginning of the game. We each get up to three rolls for terrain before the game starts. You have to take at least one which is what the Parthians did, getting a flank hill piece. The Romans took three rolls, but two were "Clear Terrain". They rolled one hill which they placed in their right center.

The Roman plan was to hold with the left flank and attack with the right. We hoped to shorten the frontage so we wouldn't be too spread out and subject to getting flanked. It didn't work out as wellas we planned. The Parthians wanted to force the Romans to come forward in the center by superior missile fire and evading and push their open terrain flank(right flank) to turn the main Roman line. Their plan didn't work out so well either, but they made up for it elsewhere.



First Turn and Romans are swinging right and holding on the left. Parthians advance boldly with their numerous horse archers.


A lot of Horse Archer and Skirmisher fire going on as both sides maneuver to get into position. Roman cohorts on the right deploy into line to prevent being flanked.



On the Roman left, the Parthian Cataphracts have passed through the Horse Archers in order to contact the Roman Light Cavalry. This is the Mod we were play testing. This rule permits a tighter coordination between the shock and missile fire components of these armies, across the same tactical space and time on the tabletop, reflecting a coordination of troop types that existed, even if we do not precisely know all the details of how. The rules are meant for Parthians, Huns, and Mongols, but scenario conditions could open up for other armies.


The Roman Light Cav don't last long and are soon routed. I forgot to take some pictures around this time, so I have a gap in the action. I know the LC were routed, I'm just not clear what else happened. There may have been an intermediate move after the melee showing the Parthian Bonus move.


At any rate, the next group of photos show the Cataphracts advancing to melee the Roman Heavy Cavalry and an Auxilia LI unit.  Roman LI unit, L12 has been destroyed by missile fire from several horse archer units. Also, Parthian LC units LC9 and LC14 can be seen falling back through LC 13 and LC10. The Interpenetration Mod also works for Horse Archers moving through each other, giving them a lot of flexibility to retire units near break point. On the hill on the Roman right, the Horse archers fallback through the Cataphracts to force the Romans into melee with the more difficult opponent.


Roman Cohorts COH1&2 on the right charge the Cataphracts on the hill after having stopped two inches away last turn( A restriction all infantry units in Tactica have when attacking mounted units). On the left,the last Roman LI is routed and Cohort COH9 moves to prevent the Roman Line from being Flanked.
 


 The Roman HC unit is defeated and Routes. Cataphract Unit CAT6 fails its Pursuit test and must pursue a full move straight ahead and gets stuck at the table edge. The other victorious Cataphract unit passes its test and wheels toward Roman COH9. On the other side of the table, Roman COH2 is wiped out. The Parthian Cataphract unit received Impetus(Double Dice) and made a good roll of dice against the cohort which was already weakened by missile fire. The Parthian players begin moving their last two Cataphract units up



Cataphract units continue to move up and some slight repositioning of some units is all that happens this turn.


Some Roman successes this turn.  Cataphract unit CAT5 is defeated as is LC unit LC3 on the Roman right. Roman Cohort COH1 however, is also routed.  In the Center, the Parthians execute their pass through maneuver and the remaining Cataphracts charge into the Roman line.



Although another Parthian LC is routed,  things are looking bad for the Romans. Elite Cohort COH20 is routed as well as cohorts COH15&16. On the right Cohorts COH3&4 advance to keep from getting flanked.


Another three cohorts are routed. COH19 being only eight figures was reduced by constant missile fire from the Parthian horse archers. COH7&8 on the other side were taken out by the cataphracts. On the far right parthian LC1 evades to avoid being caught by the Roman cohorts. With only four cohorts remaining in the Legion on the right, the end is near for the Romans. When a total of seven cohorts are Routed the Legion will break.



Romans manage to break another Parthian horse archer unit. All the remaining cohorts of the Legion on the right are now engaged by Cataphracts.


Cohorts COH9&10 break in the center putting that Legion over break point causing the Roman Army to reach its Break Point. Game over with Roman losses at 148, 30 over Break Point.  Parthians lost 54, no where near their Break Point of 138.


 A view of the Roman line at Deployment.

Romans slowly advancing about a third of the way through the game. The Roman Cavalry and Light Infantry on the Left Flank had just about been wiped out by this point.


Melees on the roman right. Roman COH2 has already been routed from the hill.


Parthian commanders looking smug just about halfway through the battle.


The Parthian 18 figure Cataphract units normally break at 66%(12 figures killed). This one at 15 figures killed, passed a "Fates Test" (a roll of 11 or 12 on 2D6) and went another round. It was routed the next turn however,the only Cataphract unit to be routed.


Looks like a good roll from someone. As there are 18 dice total, it must have been from one of the Parthian cataphract units that got Impetus(double dice). Seven hits(5's & 6's) that probably routed the cohort in melee on the right. (third from last map above)


A view of the final turn. Parthians victorious. Next time the Romans need to bring more cavalry


Tactica II retains all the fun and tension of the original rules while being easier to play and build armies for. The Points system allows you to play smaller games than the original. The old Battle Line deployment restrictions have been replaced by a Division Command Radius system similar to what was used for Marian Legions in the original rules. The movement is therefore much more flexible, but players will find themselves hindered once they get into charge range due to Combat Threat Zone(CTZ) movement restrictions. Missile fire and melee combat are essential identical to the original rules. The Morale Chart of the original is gone, replaced by Control Tests for Missile Halt and Morale tests. When a unit reached its break point, it now gets a"Fates Test" to see if it remains fighting. On a modified die roll of 11 or 12, it continues fighting. This retains some of the drama that was experienced in the original rules when a unit passed its Melee Break test.

I hope you found this report informative. If you leave a comment, I would be happy to answer any questions about the rules. There is also a Yahoo Group where info is posted although activity there has been light:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TACTICA/info





Monday, September 10, 2018

Bad Day at Black Rock(An AWI Skirmish with SPv2)


 Our local Group of wargammers indulged me with another game of Sharp Practice, this time an American Revolution period scenario. I used Scenario One from the rule Book, a Meeting Engagement where each side rolls to see where they place their Deployment Point. The British got Point 1(Red arrow below) and the Rebels at Point 2(Blue arrow). Unfortunately I had brought the wrong CigarBox Battle Map to the game. I had picked up the Nashville map instead of the European 102c map, so we ended up with more woods than I wanted. The CigarBox Maps are a little bigger than the 6X4 tables we have down at the local game store(Blue Sky Hobbies in Bremerton, WA) so about four inches hang down over the sides of the table. That's why the primary Deployment Points shown below are so far in from the edge. Only one Deployment Point per side is used so it was a little crowded getting onto the table. To win a victory one side must force his opponent to withdraw from the table, either voluntarily or due to a reduction in his Force Morale. Both sides roll Low for their Force Morale(the rebels being -2 for more than half their force being Militia) and both start out at Force Morale of 9.


The Forces in this encounter are somewhat small, about 65 points each. The British have two Groups of Highlanders(Regulars) one Group of Light Infantry Skirmishers and three Groups of Provincial Regulars(Conscripts & Volunteers). The Rebels have a three Group Unit of Continentals and two Units of Militia, each of two groups, one without bayonets. This would be a typical skirmish between the forces of Nathanael Greene  and Banastre Tarleton somewhere in South Carolina in the year of 1781. Below is the Roster of Troops with their leaders and Support Options. The battle is set in the fictional town of Bad Rock somewhere in South Carolina.


The first turn sees the Rebels all deploy in the field behind the church. Its a little crowded but they all fit within the six inch distance around the Deployment Point.


The British deploy in the open space between the two streams. The Skirmishers with their nine inch deployment distance set up lining the road.


Captain Goode's Militia head for the church. One Group under the Captain takes cover inside the church while the other under command of Sergent Rick O'Shea must remain outside although there are some woods and a picket fence providing some cover.

The other Rebel Militia unit(w/o bayonets) under Lieutenant Lester decides to head around the church. Unfortunately for the Lieutenant, he sprains his leg( A "My bally leg!" random event) and must limp around at -1 pip per die. He encourages his men to move on while he tries to catch up.


The Continentals under Captain Bush cross into the livestock field in column. A small hill is in front of them is blocking sight to the British.

The Highlanders under Captain Head are on the edge of a woods facing the church. The skirmishers under Lieutenant Rench are also facing the church and will shortly be trading fire with the Rebel Militia. The Provincial Regulars under Lieutenant Canhandle are coming up to face the Continentals but are delayed due to passage through the woods.


Lieutenant Lester's Militia must have been discouraged by the injury to their leader as they don't advance very far while the other Militia is all ready hotly engaged with the British. (Note: a combination of poor movement die rolls and a series of non-activation can cause units to be left out of the action)


After some maneuvering Captain Bush deploys the Continentals into line and advances to the crest of the hill. There he has the troops present and lay a Crashing Volley into the Provincials and British Skirmishers.


The Green coated Provincials take a thrashing. Twelve Shock on the Formation and five dead including their lackluster commander, Lieutenant Morgan U. Canhandle. Sergeant Jimmy DeLocke with trepidation, is forced to take over the Unit. Captain Head from the Highlanders has moved over so he can assist activating units with his longer command range. Unfortunately for him, he is in the line of fire and takes a hit. His wound causes him to loose an Initiative level. Dr. Payne hurries over to treat his wound but he will be out action while this is done and the Brits need his ability to remove Shock.


Meanwhile, the Continentals have also suffered casualties in the fire fight. Two are dead and there is a total of  nine shock on the two Groups on the right side. The left hand Group had miraculously suffered no casualties or Shock.


Lieutenant Lester's Militia are slowly moving up but are not within range yet. Meanwhile, Captain Goode's Militia are holding their own in the fire fight with the Highlanders and British Skirmishers.


The Highlanders suffer from  damp powder( A "Damp squib! " random event) and will fire at half effect until they can be replenished. Fortunately, the powder wagon is right behind them and it moves up to supply them with new ammunition.


The fire fight on the Rebel right flank continues and both sides are getting worn down. Captain Bush calls on Reverend Hal E. Looya to encourage the men. On his first attempt to remove shock he rolls a "3". The next attempt, only a "1". Somehow the fear of God does not help the morale of the Continentals, but they hold on and keep pouring shots into the British. Perhaps an issue of rum would have done better.


Lieutenant Lester has finally gotten his Militia into position, but he lags behind no doubt due to his bally leg. Captain Goode's Militia come out of the church and join up with Sergeant O'Shea's Group.


The Militia units begin to poor some heavy fire into the Highlanders and the Shock mounts up. Meanwhile the Provincials and British skirmishers pull back behind the rail fence to recover from mounting shock while the Continentals advance toward them. At this stage Force Morale is at "7" for the British and "9" for the Rebels.


The British with several units close to reaching break point, a wounded Force Commander and one dead leader, decide discretion is the better part of valor and retire off the battlefield leaving the village of Black Rock in the hands of the Rebels. The Continentals yell insulting taunts at them as they retire off the field.

In a parley after the battle, the British arranged for the Lieutenant of the Provincials to be buried in the Church cemetery near where he fought. He was well liked by his men and the other Officers. A collection was taken up to pay for his tombstone on which they had inscribed this Epitaph, "The Lieutenant had a Bad Day in Black Rock. It was more than he could handle".

Afterthoughts:
The dense terrain hindered both sides but probably more so the British. Once the Shock built up, it was impossible for the British to advance and engage the Rebels in Fisticuffs since they would be deducting movement pips for both shock and terrain. Its in melee where the British have a significant advantage over the Rebels, especially against Militia units with no bayonets.

The "crashing volleys" of the Continentals put the Provincials at a disadvantage due to increasing Shock which is was hard for them to recover from once they lost their leader and their Force Commander was wounded.

I thought it was a fun game and shows what can be done with just a few Units in Sharp Practice. I liked the way the Random events played into the narrative of the game. Hope you enjoyed this After Action Report. Much thanks to Gary, Kevin and Tom for playing the game with me.




Thursday, August 09, 2018

Sharp Practice Napoleonic Enfilade 2018 AAR

Race for the Bridge (Friday's Game )

This is an After Action Report(AAR) for the first of two games presented at the 2018 NHMGS Enfilade convention over Memorial Day weekend. Remind next year to not do another eight player Sharp Practice game. It's exhausting and just too big to get to a conclusion n a reasonable amount of time (i.e 4 hours).
The idea was to see how two evenly matched opponents and symmetrical terrain would perform in an identical mission, to capture a bridge. The setup for the game is described in the previous blog entry. If you haven't read that, you might want to now to know who the characters and forces are.

On the first turn, both sides opted to get as many units as possible headed toward the bridge. The French had the advantage here as their Dragoon Leader's card showed up fairly early and they were able to get quite a few troop to be able to use the French Movable Deployment Point(MVP). In SP only units designated with having an MVP characteristic are able to initiate an MVP allowing other units to follow. The Spanish Guerillas who had the MVP Characteristic didn't turn up until late in the turn forcing the British to use the Primary Deployment point. So other than deployment, nothing happened much on the first turn as the forces were out of site of each other.


On the British side the Spanish Guerillas led the way. The 89th foot and ammunition wagon was directly behind with a unit of Rifles in the woods on their left. The 45th foot hung back with the other Rifles presumably guarding the MDP.

On the French side the Dragoon skirmishers led the way racing toward the bridge. they were followed bu a column of French infantry and the 4th Polish. French Voltigeurs covered the right flank of the Column backed up by the Polish Voltigeurs in the woods. Another French Column hung back protecting the MDP.



The next turn, the Spanish Fusiliers make it onto the table and deploy 12" from the MDP, the Guerillas race into the orchard field behind the stone wall and the 89th speeds down the road in column. The French only gettwo units to move before the Tiffin comes up. The Dragoons cross into the grape vineyard field and the French column moves further down the road

Spanish skirmishers behind the wall hoping to keep the French from the Bridge. Neither side has yet had an opportunity to fire.

 French get a short turn and only the Dragoons and the French column get to move.


Things begin to get interesting. French Line and the Dragoons blaze away at the Spanish Guerillas behind the wall and manage to take three of them out. The British 89th fires at the French Line but only manages to give them some Shock. To their left the British Rifles advance to the hill to engage the French Skirmishers, but get the worst of it loosing two of their number. They only manage to put some Shock on the Voltigeurs. At the other end of the field the Rifles  advance toward the patch of rough ground trying to flank the French

Action on the British side of the field. The Guerillas have taken some kills and some Shock. British Rifles in the center get the worst of the shooting contest with the French Voltigeurs.


A view of the whole table. Lots of long range fire going on with advantage going mostly to the French


The British Rifles in the center have fallen back ans take a couple of more kills. The 89th has also lost four kills and is down to six figures per Group. British Leader 5, Sgt. Bonner has also been wounded.The Spanish Fusiliers make iti nto the Orchard field and get ready to support their skirmishers who are still hanging on.The 4th Polish and the Dragoons continue their rush to the Bridge while the Polish Voltigeurs move up to put some more fire into the Rifles. At the other end of the table, the French Line boldly deploy into the open with the British 45th timidly hugs the tree line. While some musketry and rifle fire goes on here it doesn't result in much effect.


Spanish Fusiliers come up behind the Guerillas. French and Polish Voltigeurs fire at the Rifles.


French Dragoons and Polish Infantry approach the bridge. Fire from the British and Spanish doesn't seem to stop their advance.


View from the opposite of the field. French Line approach the rough ground.


End of the gaming period signals the end of the game. The Polish Line and French Dragoons have moved onto the Bridge and its questionable although possible the British and Spanish could dislodge them. Polish and French Skirmishers have finally caused the Center Group of Rifles to retreat off the field.although the French Skirmishers have taken enough Shock to cause them to retire. French line and 45th British fire away at each other at the other end of the field but it is too late to make any difference. With the British loosing more casualties and the French holding the Bridge, the advantage seems to be with the French and they are deemed the victors.


The Polish Line and French Dragons holding te Bridge.Its doubtful the Spanish can take it from them as they are classed as "Poor Shots" and are lower quality.

Action at the opposite end of the table. Looks like the French and Rifles are still untouched while the 45th has taken some shock.Too late to make much difference here.

An overview of the whole table. I decided the victory belonged to the French although a few more turns might have made a difference. End of gaming period equates to night falling and British retire to regroup and the French consolidate their position. Maybe if Richard Sharpe and Sgt. Harper were there it might have made a difference.


No Fisticuffs in this game which made it somewhat uneventful, but the players had fun and got to experience playing the rules.Large Convention games with Sharp Practice are hard to do as someone usually ends up sitting waiting to get to play. You can see that by how long it took the Spanish to get into position and how little the 45th British were able to do. If I do SP again at a Convention, I think I would divide the table up into two separate battles with their own set of activation cards.
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Saturdays Game

I put on the same game on Saturday but was too frazzled to take enough pictures to document the game. It was a little more interesting as we got into some fisticuffs and had a different ending.
Force Morale at the end was British 4 and the French 5, but the Spanish Guerrillas held the Bridge. I would have to call it a draw as it could have gone either way. It was much more interesting game. The British 89th was charged a couple of times and was very shaky at the end. I think the French even used a Pas de Charge. Wish I taken more pictures, but here are three that show some of the action.

French side shortly after the Deployment turn. As in the first game most of the troops race down the road to get to the Bridge. The commander of the 4th Polish however took a different tack and headed straight across the field to get into action.

 The British side after deployment with the Spanish in the lead


 This is at the end of the game. The Guerrillas hold the Bridge way down at the end of the table. The Spanish Fusiliers and the 45th British are opposed by two Formations of French Line. All have taken a fair amount of Shock. The Poles are in the foreground after having driven the 89th back in Fisticuffs. This was after rolling a "9" of the shooting random event Table: (“Charge them to Hell!” Inspired by their volley and convinced the enemy is done for, the firers surge
forward 2D6 inches. If they make contact, they fight Fisticuffs immediately and are counted as
Aggressive in the first round of that fight.  )

Hope you found this interesting. Comments always welcome and if you are in the Pacific Northwest next May, check out the NHMGS ENFILADE Convention.