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trailape24 Jul 2012 5:22 a.m. PST

Hi guys.
Yet another MAURICE AAR:

We played another game of Maurice last night at the MONDAY KNIGHTS.
This time it was an ‘introductory' battle between myself and our good friend Arnaud using Stan's army.
Arnaud won the scouting toss and with some advice from Stan decided to defend.
The objective was the hill (Hawthorn Heights). Arnaud (or should I say Lieutenant Governor Arnaud) deployed with his three regiments of cavalry on or near the hill.
The ‘Elite' Red Dragoon Guards were conspicuous with their tricorn hats and big chestnut horses sitting as bold as brass on the objective.
He deployed his two batteries of Artillery next in line and then his first infantry force consisting of the Governors' Hessian Guards and two Regiments of The Line. Next were another 3 Infantry Regiments and finally a Regiment of Conscripts and a Regiment of Irregular ‘Rangers' infantry.
The Lieutenant Governor gathered his officers and Chief of Staff around:
"As inexperienced as I might appear, I am well educated in the Arts of War. I can assure you we shall be victorious today as long as you all follow my direction to the letter. Besides, my father knows people,..".

See more at my blog:
Comments welcomed.

andyfb24 Jul 2012 5:42 a.m. PST

Great report.

The more I read about Maurice (mainly from your battle reports) the more I like them.

Have been looking for a set of rules for FIW, AWI and War of 1812, although I don't think they cover 1812.

Keep up the reports :-)

Cheers Andy :-)

trailape24 Jul 2012 5:56 a.m. PST

although I don't think they cover 1812

I must admit to knowing little of the War of 1812, but I suspect MAURICE would work well for that particular conflict given the lack of Cavalry involvment and the fact that the rules work fine for the AWI and French Revolutionary wars

Musketier Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2012 6:16 a.m. PST

Seconded – From my (limited) reading on the other War of 1812 (i.e. neither in Russia nor in Spain grin) it was fought mainly with the same tactics as the AWI, so the rules should be fine for it. You may wish to use the Advanced Rules "Light Artillery" and "All Guns Bombard" to reflect the guns' increased mobility (compared to mid-18thC. Europe).

DeRuyter24 Jul 2012 7:41 a.m. PST

Very nice report – looking like a proper 18th c. linear battleline!

Also nicely done guard band leader on your blog!

RE: Maurice for 1812. I am not so sure as it was closer to Napoleonic warfare then mid-18th c. (absent massed cavalry). I would go with "Lasalle" or one of The Perfect Captain rules, specifically designed for 1812 (John Bull or Cousin Johnathan). I think someone worked up US 1812 army lists for Lasalle on that forum.

carojon Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2012 1:04 p.m. PST

I've played a few games of Maurice now and I would say they will work great for 1812 and I will be using them for that. The war of 1812 was more like the AWI than typical Napoleonics, with both sides using linear tactics and an absence of assault columns. This can be modelled perfectly by Maurice.

If you check out the Home site there are 1812 scenarios and AARs.

TodCreasey Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2012 7:58 a.m. PST

We'll be trying it for 1812 soon. Late war battles with minimal natives worked just fine with Lasalle and so we'll see if Maurice is really better.

I'm still not convinced that the battles post Chippawa were particularly 18th century in nature (Peninsular veterans vs. the modern American armies).

We'll be trying Chippawa.

Paint Pig Inactive Member25 Jul 2012 9:10 a.m. PST

TA your aar's are compulsive reading ol' boy, big thanks for sharing them.
I await the battle of Windy Hill with Major Gen. K Sheedy at the head of the army of Essendonberg grin

trailape25 Jul 2012 4:51 p.m. PST

I suspect the next two batttles will take place at Cymore (Another Maurice game)and Lake Broadford (a large FoG-N stoush).
For all the OS readers out there, I tend to name all my battles based on places I've actually played them.
Gunnersburg = The Australian School of Artillery Sergeant's Mess
Stansburg = Stan's garage at Puckapunyal
Fronkanstein = Well, we were back at Stan's place and I had just finished watching 'Young Frankenstein'
Hawthorn Heights = East Hawthorn, (but the objective was a Hill, sooo,…

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