Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Battle of Germantown 1777 Play Test

To get ready for Enfilade and the game I'm running, I put on a play test game with my group this past weekend.  The battle this year will be Germantown. The rule set for this game, I decided to use Piquet: Field of Battle.  Instead of trying to recreate the entire battle which covered a huge area, so I scaled it down to the area around the Chew house and the town of Germantown.  The battle starts off after the Continentals surround the Chew house and the bulk of Washington's army pushes past it to face General Howe and the British.
This is the table layout and my good friend Shawn.

Shawn took over a portion of the Continentals.

Kevin also took the Continentals and Washington's duties.

The Chew house with the British light infantry barricaded inside and the American Rebels attacking.

The Continentals push forward and engage the British

British cannon trades shots with the Rebels.

The British retreat into a house

The Continentals push forward against the Hessians.

Rebel Militia march forward.

General Cornwallis and his troops prepare to take the town.

The Hessians get their orders and race to face the Rebels.

An overview of the battle.  The Continentals did very well through most of the battle.  At this point the British were down to only a few morale chips left and they had a few routed units fleeing the field.  I (as the British Commander) thought things were going to end soon.  I couldn't roll very well to get Cornwallis into the battle sooner and got caught marching by musket fire.

The Chew house stood firm throughout the battle.

The British attempt to rush the Continentals with cold steel.  It didn't work out very well.

The Hessians advance and begin to inflict some damage on the Rebels. They begin to fall back.

Cornwallis' troops finally advance on the flanks.

The Continental right crumbles and their morale begins to tumble.

The last stroke of the Hessians saves the day and routes the last Continental unit.

At this point we called the battle as the Hessians had started to encircle the Continental middle and provide some relief to the troops trapped in the Chew house.  For most of the game I really thought the British were going to lose this one but as with most Piquet games the tables can turn.  We fully enjoyed this game and I hope the people who get to play it at Enfilade will enjoy it.


  1. Looks great, Victor - ? 10mm troops. As you know, often the General is defeated before the troops are!

    1. Yes, they are 10mm troops. Yes that is true Gonsalvo.