Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Raid On Fort William Henry - M&T Scenario

I've put together my Muskets & Tomahawks scenario I'll be play testing later this week.  The scenario is called Raid On Fort William Henry and takes place during May of 1757.  In this scenario a strong force of French, Indians and Canadian launch a raid against British work parties in area of Fort William Henry in order to disrupt operations in the area ahead of the planned August siege.


It has been a while since I pulled out my custom built Fort William Henry.  If you are new to the blog or don't recall that project, you can see a picture of the model below ...

My scratch built Fort William Henry.

If you want to follow the string of posts I did while building that model you can start here then use the blog archive to follow the subsequent posts (all done through September and October of 2012).

Anyways, on to the scenario ...

Raid On Fort William Henry

In preparation for the planned siege of Fort William Henry in August of 1757, French forces have been directed to disrupt operations in the area of the fort.  Special emphasis has been placed on the capture of prisoners that can be interrogated for intelligence.

Scenario Map


The table used for this scenario is 6' x 8' and represents the area around Fort William Henry.  The immediate area around the fort has been cleared of trees and vegetation.  There is an encampment located opposite the fort.  The road to Fort Edward exits the left table edge.  French raiding parties enter at #1 (one each) while the French regulars force enters at #2.  British work parties (3) are located at #5.  British regulars are located at #3 (Highlanders) and #4.  See the map below.

Scenario Map

French OOB


Objective:  Kill or capture as many workers as possible before retiring from the field.

Sub Plot:  Don't roll for your sub plot.  Randomly determine which Indian Chief has a grudge against the Rangers.  That Indian Chief must kill either one of the Ranger unit leaders in melee.

Raiding Party #1

  • 1 x Indian Chief (1)
  • 3 x Indian units (6 each)
  • 1 x Compagnies Franches de la Marine unit (10)
  • 1 x Canadian Militia unit (8)

Raiding Party #2
  • 1 x Indian Chief (1)
  • 3 x Indian units (6 each)
  • 1 x Compagnies Franches de la Marine unit (10)
  • 1 x Canadian Militia unit (8)

French Regulars
  • 1 x Regular Officer (1)
  • 3 x French Regulars unit (12 each)

British OOB & Objectives


Objective:  Once the alarm has been raised, return the work parties safely back to the fort or encampment.  Highlanders and regulars can move to assist once the alarm has been raised.

Sub Plot:  Don't roll for your sub plot.  Instead, roll 1D6.  On a 1-3, the regular officer must capture an enemy combatant.  On a 4-6, the highlander officer must capture an enemy combatant.

Work Party #1
  • 1 x Workers (4)
  • 1 x Rangers (8)

Work Party #2
  • 1 x Workers (4)
  • 1 x Rangers (8)

Work Party #3 (located at T junction)
  • 1 x Workers (4)
  • 1 x Light Infantry (8)

British Highlanders (located at Fort)
  • 1 x Highlander Regular Officer (1)
  • 2 x Highlander Regulars unit (12 each)
  • 1 x Highlander Grenadiers unit (12)

British Regulars (located at encampment)
  • 1 x Regular Officer (1)
  • 2 x Regulars unit (12 each)
  • 1 x Grenadiers unit (12)

Special Rules


Safety - Work parties are considered safe once they enter the fort or pass the boundary of the encampment.

Workers - Statistically the same as Civilians, except they activate with their accompanying unit (Rangers or Light Infantry - e.g. Irregulars).  Additionally, their movement is equal to their accompanying unit -1".

Capture - To capture workers they must be defeated in close combat.  Once captured, prisoners move along with the unit that has captured them, at that unit's rate of speed -1".  Prisoners cannot be recaptured, instead if the unit that has captured them is removed from play (melee or shooting) the unit is considered to have used their last efforts to execute the prisoners and they are removed from play along with the unit.  Any shooting at the unit must be randomized between the unit and prisoners.  For each shooting hit, roll 1D6.  On a result of 1-2 a prisoner is hit instead of the enemy unit.

Light Woods - All forested areas are considered light cover.

Alarm - When assembling the activation deck, insert the Random Event #1 card.  When the Random Event #1 card is drawn, the alarm has been sounded (do not resolve a random event).  Until the alarm is sounded, all British regular forces must stay within a 1/2 move of their initial deployment location.  British work parties, if moved, move 1D6" in a random direction.  If any French or Indian unit engages (melee or shooting) a British unit before the alarm is sounded, the alarm is considered to be immediately sounded and when the Random Event #1 card is drawn later, resolve a random event.


Okay, I think that about does it.  I'm going to be play testing this game on Thursday so look forward to seeing a battle report and scenario updates/thoughts after that game.

8 comments:

  1. Fun looking scenario and incredible looking table. I'll be looking forward to reading your AARs.

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    1. Thanks - should be an interesting game :-)

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  2. Nice looking scenario Jay.

    I'm going to pinch it!!...except it will be an Arab Slaver/ Force Publique force (aka British), with 'captured' labour (Congo tribesmen) from a local tribe that is building an outpost (aka William Henry) and the tribesmen are raiding to get their people back...;-)

    ...nice scenario...looking forward to your AAR.

    R

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    1. Lol, love it!! Would like to see the batrep when done ;-)

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  3. Great looking terrain and I really like the scenario. Sounds like it will be a fun game.

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  4. Damn you, you're really going to make me buy this rules set. And I absolutely positively don’t need another rules set (especially with The Chicago Way coming in a few weeks)! Arrgghhh... must resist :)

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    1. Might just be cheaper to move out here to Fremont ;-) lol. Stay on target ... The Chicago Way will be here soon :-) But then ... it is just a book ... lol

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