HMGS-PSW Horse & Musket Day

This last weekend WR traveled south to Anaheim CA for the local HMGS-PSW Horse & Musket themed convention. Seven different games were on the schedule with the Napoleonic era being the favorite era. A list of convention games, rules and miniature scale:

Battle of Cowpens 1781 using Flint and Steel rules 28mm

Storming Los Angeles 1846 using The Old West rules modified 28mm

Granjera de la Abundancia and Ciudad Espanol 1810 using Black Powder 28mm

Battle of Weissig May 1813 using La Bataille rules 15mm

Marston Moor 1644 using DBA-RRR 25mm

Into Darkest Africa using In Her Majesty’s Service rules 28mm

…and lastly WR’s own 28mm scenario game featuring the Battle of Alexandria March 1801. My pre game scenario historical write-up: Battle of Alexandria 1801 and the actual AAR of the scenario: Battle of Alexandria 1801 AAR post convention.

PEL of games, description and GM contact info. HMGS-PSW Horse & Musket PEL

Some quick convention pictures showing the tabletop actions. WR can only give his viewpoint on what he thinks is happening by observation. Players who rolled the dice are welcome to comment about the actual scenario transpiring events here on my blog. First game coverage is the Cowpens 1781 scenario:

Battle of Cowpens 1781 using Flint and Steel rules 28mm. the British forces arrive confronted by the American militia.

Battle of Cowpens 1781 using Flint and Steel rules 28mm. The British forces arrive confronted by the American militia along the roadway.

American and British infantry engage in musketry as their light horse position on the flanks.

American and British infantry engage in musketry as their light horse position on the flanks.

Side view as the infantry lines clash and the arriving British and Loyalist horse approach.

Side view as the infantry lines clash and the arriving British and Loyalist horse approach.

Battle end... both sides are suffering losses. WR not sure who won this engagement.

Battle end… both sides are suffering losses. WR not sure who won this engagement but I think the British had the inside track.

As WR was settling up his Battle of Alexandria 1801 scenario, the Battle of Los Angeles game was fought, completed and somebody won in pre-freeway Los Angeles. Sorry John, too fast for me to take photos of your lovely terrain and miniatures. Next was the Black Powder Granjera de la Abundancia and Ciudad Espanol 1810 (two games in fact) set in Old Spain. Like the Battle of Los Angeles, the first game was completed in a Spanish blink… the Spanish vanguard forces were promptly routed from the tabletop by the French. So WR only has photos of the second scenario. Hope Tim brings his recently paint Spanish out for another third Saturday game in Redondo Beach (see WR’s blog for details on these monthly games).

The Spanish infantry with some cavalry position themselves in the village.

The Spanish infantry with some cavalry position themselves in the village. Nice terrain Tim.

Massed French with recently dipped Spanish blood approach the humble village.

Massed French with recently dipped Spanish blood approach the humble Spanish village.

Spanish cavalry charge forward... French form some squares... so much for the Spanish cavalry who actually crossed sword on bayonet.

Spanish cavalry charge forward… French form some squares… so much for the Spanish cavalry who actually crossed sword on bayonet this time.

After the Spanish cavalry rode away, the French infantry got down to business.

After the Spanish cavalry rode away, the French infantry got down to business. Rumor has it the Spanish held on for victory somehow.

Next visited game was the Battle of Weissig 1813. Featuring French 1813 conscripts vs. the seasoned Russians and Prussians.

Opening positions as the two opponent sides march into contact.

Opening positions as the two opponent sides march into contact.

As some French stop the Allied advance, other French brigades attempt to march around the Allied flank.

As some French stop the Allied advance, other French infantry brigades attempt to march around the open Allied flank.

The French flank march wasn't working, so they return to join the French brigades engaged near the village as more Allies march forward.

The French flank march wasn’t working, so they return to join the French infantry brigades engaged near the village as more Allies march forward.

Massed French conscript infantry hold back the advancing Russian infantry.

Massed French conscript infantry hold back the advancing Russian infantry. No clear victor here so who won?

From the plains of German we travel to the English countryside were there is a lively local community “discussion” going on. Battle of Marston Moor 1644 scenario repeated using two different rule sets.

Opening positions as the Parliamentarian and Covenanter army vs. Royalist clash.

Opening positions as the Parliamentarian and Covenanter army clash with the Royalist army.

The Pikes approach while cavalry secure the open flanks.

The pikes and shotte approach each other while cavalry secure the open flanks.

The pike blocks clash in mortal combat while the cavalry of both sides look on.

The pike blocks clash in mortal combat while the cavalry of both sides look on.

Cavalry catch a pike block in flank while lowly firelock infantry think it is time to run.... fast.

Cavalry catch a pike block in flank while lowly firelock infantry and nearby battery think it is time to run…. fast. Someone in England won.

Jumping forward in history, the Imperial forces are taking a stroll into the dark forests of Africa during the Into Darkest Africa scenario.

Imperial forces are strolling about in the terrain of Africa.

Imperial forces are strolling about in the terrain of Africa.

WR had his Battle of Alexandria 1801 scenario. A complete AAR write-up is pending so fellow readers please stay tuned. Link to Wargamerabbit’s main page: Wargamerabbit

A few teasing photos of the Battle of Alexandria game….lots more in the future AAR.

French demi-brigade assault the British 28th Foot behind the earthworks with sailor crewed 24lb cannon.

French demi-brigades assault the British 28th Foot behind the earthworks with sailor crewed 24lb cannon. British player played his “Heroic unit” event card just before the assault (shock combat) phase.

French demi-brigade infantry march up the gentle slope hill defended by the British brigades.

French demi-brigade infantry march up the gentle slope hill defended by the British infantry brigades.

General view of the scenario. Gunboats in the Mediterranean sea. WR spotted!

General view of the scenario in play. Gunboats in the Mediterranean sea. WR spotted (Aqua shirt)!

Lastly, some general atmosphere photos taken in the gaming hall. A good one day turn out for the local Horse & Musket era gaming groups in the greater Los Angeles region.

HMGS-PSW Horse and Musket convention April 2014.

HMGS-PSW Horse and Musket convention April 2014.

Another view from the opposite room end.

Another view from the opposite room end.

HMGS-PSW site link.

HMGS-PSW has their regional convention scheduled for June 14, 2014 held in Van Nuys California. The convention will feature WR’s D-Day beach landing game using his 20mm miniatures and the Flames of War rules along with a great selection of other gaming and events. More soon on the Wargamerabbit blog.

Cheers from the traveling warren.

WR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “HMGS-PSW Horse & Musket Day

  1. More Alexandria pic’s to come Phil. I am writing up the Alexandria scenario action report this week. Including photos of my French dromedaries, the gunboat, the ruins, different scenes during the battle…. normal WR stuff. Cowpens 1781 was interesting…. small sizes units and lots of unit movements. Running my scenario took me away from all the great games so my photographic timing was “by chance.”

    Michael aka WR

    • Alexandria AAR in the works Peter. Have 50+ photos to sort and provide comments etc. Plus my normal WR commentary on the action. Need a glass of wine (French) to put some spin on the French battle plan. Event was worth the hour+ drive south to Anaheim.
      M aka WR

  2. I played the Cowpens game. I have to say it was a lot of fun. The Flint and Steel rules are pretty good, but lack of army morle rules really hurts what is a good, but complex, game system. The Americans held out in game one (thats the side I was on, and the game you have pictures of), though it was a pyrrhic victory. Game two we switched sides. This one featured a cavalry melee and a spirited attack by the British. The attack left the British with too many casualties and the Americans fled the field, leaving it a draw, one VP separating the two.

  3. Weissig was a draw. The French cavalry brigade was routed but the large conscript regiments stood firm. A Russian Grenadier regiment took the village and held it, but there was not enough support so likely the French counterattack would have ejected them.
    Stephen Phenow

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