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Homeward Bound

Being a small skirmish set during the Peninsular War,
for the Rencounter rule set by Ed Allen.

This scenario is based on a skirmish scenario from Donald Featherstone's book, "Campaigning with the Duke of Wellington and Featherstone." The situation is taken directly from the book, and some variability in the forces engaged has been added to take advantage of the flexibility of Rencounter.

Introduction

The Peninsula, 1810.

A small group of soldiers from the famous British 95th Rifle regiment are returning from a patrol and must cross a fast moving woodland stream in order to get back to the army camp. By a strange circumstance, a patrol of French Tiralleurs are returning to their own camp, and must cross the stream in the other direction by the very same bridge.

Terrain

The table should be 6' long x 2' wide, with an unfordable stream running down the center of the table, lengthwise. A bridge should be placed across the stream at one end of the table. Either side of the stream should have clumps of trees, shrubs, rocks, fallen logs and other terrain to give cover to the riflemen. The patrols enter the table at the end farthest from the bridge, on opposite sides of the stream. The side to exit the most figures off the table over the bridge wins.

Forces

Each side will consist of the following figures:

The basic ratings for each figure will be as follows:

Rank Morale FS MS Weapons
Lieutenant 5 7 8 Sword, Flintlock Pistol
Sergeant 5 8 7 Flintlock Rifle, Bayonet
Private 4 6 5 Flintlock Rifle, Bayonet

No figures wear armor, and all firearms begin the game loaded.

Optional Skills

If a little extra color is interesting to you, the soldiers involved in the fight can be customized by rolling up "skills" for each figure. Each Lieutenant and each Sergeant may roll twice on the following chart to obtain "skills" which will improve his ability to fight. Each Private may roll once. Reroll if a figure already has the skill rolled.

D12 Roll Skill
1 or 2 Bruiser (+1 MS)
3 or 4 Crack Shot (+1 FS)
5 or 6 Grognard (+1 Morale)
7 Nimble (may take 1.5 turns worth of actions each turn)
8 or 9 Tough as nails (first wound taken is downgraded one severity)
10 or 11 Fast Loader (may reload his firearm in 1 turn instead of 2)
12 Fleet-footed (may move 8" per turn, run 12" per turn)

If desired, these rolls and the rolls to determine the number of figures on each side may be made secretly.

Alternatively, you might choose skills suited to a particular model. A particularly muscular figure, or one clubbing his musket might be given the "Bruiser" skill. A reloading figure might be designated a "Fast Loader." A running figure might be "Fleet-footed" and an aiming figure might be a "Crack Shot."

Another Time, Another Place

This scenario could easily be adapted to just about any other conflict, of course. For example, other Napoleonic nationalities could be used. Or perhaps Confederate and Union pickets could be substituted in for the French and British skirmishers, or American Minutemen and Hessian Light Infantry.

Source

"Campaigning with the Duke of Wellington & Featherstone" by Donald Featherstone. Emperor's Press, Chicago, Illinois. ISBN 0-9626655-9-2

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