Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Little Big Horn


Little Big Horn was the first battle story I heard outside of the family, it has been one of my "go to" battles for 40 plus years.  The Native  Indians always have the same objective, Kill them all using overwhelming force.  Thus a good choice for solo play. I have written up a series of five scenarios for the Men Who Would Be Kings Rules playable on a Tuesday night.  I played two and will try to do the next three on Saturday

Scenario 1 Calhoun's Hill Collapses

Forces Company C Remnants 21 men with Sargeant Bobo Leadership 7+
            Company L Lt Calhoun; Sargeant James Butler; 49 men Leadership 7+
Indian Leaders Gall: Lame White Man: Yellow Nose: Leadership 5+

Plains Indians were fast and skirmishing from them was deadly, often attacks were repulsed by dismounted cavalry.  Ultimately this was a bloodbath the Leadership was too poor for company L and if I played again I would set it at 6+

Scenario 1 Set up from the native table edge





Survivors ride for Company I

Crazy horse after his sacred bath

Gall 

Yellow Nose
 Scenario 2 Keogh's Battle Ridge is Overrun

Forces Company C & L Remnants 14 men with Sargeant Bobo Leadership 7+
            Company L Lt Calhoun(leadership 6+); Sargeant James Butler(Musketry Buff); 49 men Leadership 7+
Indian Leaders Gall: Lame White Man: Yellow Nose: Leadership 5+

Keogh immediately opted for shooting the horses to give cover, however only two of his units caarried out this order.  By Turn 4 the only units left on the table were the ones in the cover.  Much harder for the Indians to win and the circle of Indians was starting to form until I swapped for FIRE orders every turn given that you need three hits and full sizr units are only 8 strong.  This was a bloodbath the Leadership was too poor for company L and if I played again I would set it at 6+

Turn 1 shooting horses

The end on Battle Ridge





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