This is the back story to the fourth engagement in my loosely connected campaign of 6 battles taken from the book "One Hour Wargames" set in the time of the English Civil Wars. This time around I had selected scenario 20 - Fighting Retreat which had the Scots retreating north before an on-rushing Parliamentarian army. The Scots had only 4 units while the English had the more standard 6. The aim of the game was to be in possession of the hill on the northern edge at the end of the 15th turn.
In a further twist I decided to do this game in miniature. Normally a game of OHW takes place on a 3 foot square table and the units I use are 3 DBx bases wide by 2 deep. However, both the kitchen and dining tables were otherwise engaged and I didn't fancy the floor, so instead I decided to adopt an idea I had read on Shaun Travers's blog in which he had played a OHW game on a 30cm square tile. In my case I used a chessboard on which the squares are 2 inches per side. Therefore, using a 6 by 6 grid (quite apt for the 6 by 6 Challenge!) from the board and only one base per unit I could scale everything down by two thirds. With some terrain swiftly cut from paper and glued to the board with Bluetac the set up looked like this:
|The position at the start of turn 1 - the Scots are on the board at the bridges across the river. The key hill - Connor's Bluff - is to the north. The English are massed just off the 6x6 playing area|
|The Scots are victorious in the west but lose out in the east|
This was yet another finely balanced scenario which had within in it some interesting challenges in terms of choice of strategy. Using the smaller board and units also worked well and I was able play another game directly afterwards. I quite liked the basic looking terrain - it reminded me of the pictures in Featherstone's "Battles with Model Soldiers" - although may be next time I would try some printed terrain from JuniorGeneral.org or similar. I suspect I will be returning to this sort of format again in the future!