Concord–Getting Started

As explained in my last post, David Sullivan and I have settled on the retreat from Concord on April 19, 1775 as our big Enfilade game for 2019.  I see it as a pretty challenging scenario if for no other reasons than we can’t get our hands on the rules for the next six weeks, and I need to start painting immediately–unit sizes may be different than we suspect, but we’re going ahead anyway and doing the best we can.

Thanks to some interesting sources, we’ve been able to pin down the correct units for the British and made some decisions about their sizes–making some assumptions about the rules.

We have agreed on a 1:5 scale.  Yes 1:1 would be nice- but there is neither time or space for 700 or so British or 4,000 angry Americans. Even at 1:5, that would equal some 800 painted American militia, which seems a little excessive.  We’ll almost certainly rotate units in and out of the action

Militia 1

Twelve completed figures and twenty-four more that I’ve just begun.  Hope to have them all finished before the first of the year.

I’ve agreed to take on the painting of six British light infantry companies (36 figures) and seven British grenadier companies (42 figures.)  I have many of these, with more on the way from Front Rank.  I also have FR figures for five militia companies (60 figures,) and I’m willing to do as many more as I can stomach. The militia companies are by community locale, which I think is really super

We’ve managed to rope Dave Schueler into the planning for this game.  He is really good at scenario.  Though the thrust of the game is maneuvering the British from Point A to Point B through very adverse circumstances, it becomes more complicated as the American pop up unexpectedly, and as the British flankers (skirmishing light infantry) try to engage them, while avoiding traps themselves. I feel like this has the potential to be a really interesting game.  Of course, I’ve been wrong before.

Militia 3

My first twelve figures of militia.  Future units will have more interesting basing, but honestly I’m thrilled just to have them done.

Finished my first unit for the project.  They are almost all Front Rank militia with a few Old Glory guys thrown in for good measure.  They’ll do.

With every new project there are acquisitions that must be made.  I’ll be looking for useful terrain pieces–hills are always an issue, and there are some key hills on the retreat route. There are houses, taverns, fields and woods.  The Battle Road is bisected by a couple of streams with bridges, but I have the streams and bridges covered.

All of this excitement for the action also comes with the requirement that I learn more about it. I’ve been trying to amass some books and websites, and have my nose firmly thrust in them.  Here are a few suggestions:

Let’s start with a web source, Jeff Berry’s Obscure Battles blog.  He has a great web post on Lexington and Concord.  It boils things down to basic elements, but not devoid of useful context.  He has the all the units and strengths present on April 19th, some maps as well as advice to wargamers. Nice. Thanks to Dave Schueler for hunting this down.

Phillip Greenwalt and Rober Orrison wrote A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord. in coordination with the Minuteman National Park sites.  There is some good stuff here, with good maps, but probably lacking the detail most gamers would want about the battle.  Some interesting black and white photos of historical locations.

You might know Arthur Tourtellot’s Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution by its original title William Diamond’s Drum.  Published in 1959, this book is a great read.  Full of context, its tough for me to put down.  There is considerable space devoted to events on April 19th, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet.

I’ve ordered two additional books, because I can’t help myself. Brendan Morrisey’s Osprey Campaign Book, Boston 1775 will end up focusing more on Bunker Hill, but an overview of Lexington and Concord is included.  I’m hoping for a great map or two. Finally I’ve ordered  Nathaniel’s Philbrick’s Bunker Hill.  Philbrick is a terrific writer who offers great context to his subject, in this case the conditions around Boston in the first year of the revolution, including the events of April 19th.



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