Yesterday Al Rivers, Steve Ghan, Dale Mickel, Gary Griess, David Sullivan and Lawrence Bateman got together at Game Matrix and played the "Just a Big Indian Fight" scenario. The Americans, tasked with capturing or destroying the Chickasaw village had one company of militia composed of four ten figure squads. The Americans also had two six pounders. They also had two companies of regular infantry composed of three twelve man squads. They were opposed by three warbands of Chickasaws, each composed of three ten man squads.
|American troops advancing to the creek. Militia is in the foreground and about to be roughly handled by the Indians|
|All seems quiet in the Chickasaw village|
|Lawrence Bateman's command advancing across the river.|
|Lawrence has already taken fire and dispatched one band of Chickasaw to his front. More to his right front.|
The Indians set up in cover, and with the exception of one unit of Indians, the Americans contented themselves with crossing the little creek flowing across the board. The militia stumbled into an Indian ambush and quickly found itself outmatched when the Chickasaw took to the tomahawk and war club. Two squads were annihilated and the rest were driven back across the creek.
Dale's regulars did a slow dance with the one advanced Indian unit visible on the left, but the American regulars showed themselves to be formidable, advancing methodically on the left and in the center, using their superior command ability to their advantage. Eventually they advanced toward the cornfield where David's Indians dosed them with fire and charged. Formed troops with bayonets proved not nearly so brittle as the militia, and they gave at least as good as they got in melee. One of the regular squads was eliminated in the advance, but eventually David's Indians were cleared.
On the right, Al's Indians continued to be difficult as Gary regrouped his Indians. Steve's remaining bands retired from the cornfield to the safety of the fort, while Lawrence and Dale advanced with their regulars and began burning the cornfield. It's a slow process, and required a bit of good luck to make rapid progress, but eventually the victory points began piling in. When Lawrence worked a squad into the village and burned one of the houses, we called it a game.
No playtest is ever perfect, but it seemed to go well. We discussed some simple tweaks and an option for the Indians, but nothing major. We played just over three hours and seemed to reach a conclusion.