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TacticalPainter0107 Jul 2019 7:24 p.m. PST

Managed to get in another game of Sharp Practice and we are still on the learning curve, so this AAR is as much about what to do as it is about what not to do. This was an escort duty scenario set during the AWI with British regulars trying to get the battalion pay wagon through hostile territory. Full AAR here Sharp Practice AWI Escort Duty

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FlyXwire08 Jul 2019 5:52 a.m. PST

Glad to see you've gotten back to your AWI gaming again, and in fine fashion (looks great!).

And being too aggressive just say it's early in the war, but now you've gained more respect for the rebel rabble (probably screen that column with your Lights too then deploy behind them when contact is made).

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2019 7:03 a.m. PST

Great looking game!

BillyNM08 Jul 2019 10:13 a.m. PST

A nice write up and a treat for the eyes – but although I have Sharp Practice, unlike Chain of Command, I've never played it so find it harder to get in the swing of what's happening.
I was slightly perturbed by the 'what I'd do next time' comments at the end suggesting using cover to approach the Rebels. That sounds fine for CoC but the range at which rebel firing should, in reality, become effective makes that seem wrong to me. I guess this might be a problem where the TFL activation system falls down a bit. The idea of troops standing in range and neither advancing nor firing back seem unrealistic.
Anyway it didn't spoil the enjoyment – looking forward to the next treat.

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2019 3:09 a.m. PST

Beautifully done! Could you tell me where you got the basing for your miniatures? I have never seen that before. Thanks.

TacticalPainter0109 Jul 2019 5:11 a.m. PST

I was slightly perturbed by the 'what I'd do next time' comments at the end suggesting using cover to approach the Rebels. That sounds fine for CoC but the range at which rebel firing should, in reality, become effective makes that seem wrong to me. I guess this might be a problem where the TFL activation system falls down a bit. The idea of troops standing in range and neither advancing nor firing back seem unrealistic.
Anyway it didn't spoil the enjoyment looking forward to the next treat.

I may not have expressed that very well. I had no need to approach the rebels in column down the road. If my intention was to hit them with a volley at close range I could have done that by holding them in the centre while working around the flank via the woods. Quite historical and exactly what the British did on a larger scale at Brandywine.

The troops are not really standing doing nothing, it's more that their opponents are reacting faster and doing more. I chose not to engage in a firefight at long range and took a risk that rebel fire wouldn't do much harm while I approached. In true historical style for pre 1775, the British underestimated their opponents and paid the price.

TacticalPainter0109 Jul 2019 5:16 a.m. PST

Beautifully done! Could you tell me where you got the basing for your miniatures? I have never seen that before. Thanks.

Figures are individually based on 25mm round MDF. They are placed in sabot bases to make them easier to move. All bases are painted and flocked to match. The sabot bases come from Warbases but others make them too. You can see more on the basing here link and here link

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

Thanks for sharing the info. This is new to me--I have been hanging around this hobby for many years. Old dogs and new tricks, I guess.

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