In late 2008, in an effort to get myself playing more games, I decided to play all 52 scenarios from Scenarios For All Ages by
Charles S Grant and Stuart Asquith. More than that, I decided to play them in order, 1 a week, starting on Nov 5. I knew I wouldn't
manage to play every week so I set a deadline of Dec 31st 2009. With a little help from my friends, I made it with a day to spare.

In the end, I played 52 games in 60 weeks. 34 solo games, 15 face to face games, 3 Play-by-Email mini-campaigns
17 other gamers from 4 countries participated, (Canada 11, US 4, Ireland 1, Argentina 1)

11 'periods' were played - 20/25mm Ancients (3), Prince Valiant 40mm skirmish (9), 40mm 16thC (10),
40mm semi-flat War of Polish Sucession (1), 40mm AWI (2), 40mm Pirate
Skirmish (5), 40mm early 19thC fictional (17), 15mm ACW (1), 25mm Zulu War (1),
20mm WWII (1), 20mm 1960's fictional (2)

I posted a brief report on each game on my webpage. I am shutting down my website so I am re-posting
the reports here, starting at Game #52 so that they will eventually appear in order. The reports were written in a variety of voices and tenses (sometimes all mixed together!) and it was tempting to rewrite them but I have left them as they were originally written with only very minor corrections, particularly to things like links.

To avoid copyright issues and save myself work, I have not given the details of the scenarios. Having a copy of the book will help make sense of the reports. The book may currently be purchased from John Curry at as well as from booksellers like On Military Matters and Caliver.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

24 April 2009 Scenario 19: Clearing a Trench (or not)

This game was played Solo using 15mm ACW figures and Hearts of Tin.

This scenario initially brought WWI trench warfare to mind but there is no mention of MG's and barbed wire so I thought perhaps an earlier example of siege trenches might serve. The easiest thing to hand was 15mm ACW and a few bits of earthworks that I had. This makes only the 2nd time in about 10 years that the lads have been out.

The rebs deployed with 2 regiments and 2 guns in the front line and a regiment split in two manning the place d'armes in the 2nd parallel. The Yankees deployed 2 regiments of Zouaves in the front line backed by 2 other regiments in a second line and supported by 2 batteries of off table artillery.

The 1st assault came close to breaking in but reinforcements were rushed forward and the attack thrown back. The Zouaves rallied but then failed an order to advance and suffered heavily in the ensuing firefight. The 2nd line passed through and charged but were also thrown back and the whole brigade being spent fell back. An engineer was over heard suggesting that a mine be dug under the rebel lines.

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