The next battle in our ongoing campaign is Trenton which took place on the 25/26th December 1776. Unlike our campaign the Americans had been doing badly and Trenton although a fairly small engagement was a huge moral boost. Famously Washington took a huge risk crossing the Delaware river in difficult icy conditions. Then set up a quite complex battle plan splitting his force to attack the unsuspecting Hessians encamped in the town of Trenton. The plan was the Hessians would be drunk from celebrating the festive season so caught off guard. In fact the weather was so poor nobody expected an attack. Significantly outnumbered the Hessians initially put up a stiff defence but when the escape route across the Assunpink Creek was cut off they surrendered. There is plenty of info on the battle including some splendid maps including the period one below
Tuesday, 7 December 2021
Friday, 3 December 2021
Well we all need a new project don’t we ? , as a number of my projects have reached the scale where they are slowing down I felt it was time to kick off with something new. This certainly wasn’t a rash decision as I have been pondering for many months what direction I might go. Of course this could be quite a long post about other future projects which I have in mind and which one day may come to fruition but as a few of you will know I quite enjoy holding these projects in my head, sometimes for many years, I’ll occasionally write or jot down a few notes and then come back to them a long time later. But I try to avoid too much formality in my hobby so the list normally stays in my head.
Anyway a long winded introduction to my new project the Peninsular War which I have chosen to do in 28mm. The first unit finally got to the painting desk.
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
A busy start to the week at work but I have managed to finish off the next SYW regiment
Friday, 19 November 2021
Like most of us do I suspect I had a random thought after the last Sealion game about some better objectives in battles. I randomly spent several days thinking about blown up tanks, bunkers etc…. I also thought a downed German officer in his ‘Storch’ might be rather cool, having been blown away with the price of a suitable model I had to wait a couple of weeks then this one came up 👍
Monday, 15 November 2021
For our next virtual battle, tracking through the history of the American war of independence we have the battle for Fort Washington. 16th November 1776. One of the great joys of this project is learning more about the AWI especially about these smaller less well know battles. Once again I will only provide a shortened history if you are interested in more search the web. Anyway having fought the indecisive battle of White Plains the American forces were encamped on the heights at Fort Washington over looking the Hudson River. Suggestions were made to evacuate the fort but these went unheeded, general Howe perhaps remembering the outcome at Bunker Hill decided to go ‘full on’ to take the fort. The complex planned assault would take place from three directions with a fourth feint attack as well.
Despite being a smaller scale battle there is plenty of information and some useful maps. However, it is perhaps a difficult battle to gain a balanced scenario as the Americans were very significantly outnumbered and pretty much on the back foot.