Thursday, September 22, 2016

The War of 1812 or Dipping My Toes in the Water Once Again

A few years ago I was working on a War of 1812 project, using the excellent Knuckleduster 28mm figures, and I had a dedicated blog.  Alas, space became a concern so a hard decision had to be made, so I sadly sold off my figures and closed the blog.  But the period does keep calling to me, and in looking at the fine range of Blue Moon 15/18mm figures, I may have a way to get back into this period.

I live in the old Northwest Territory, which saw a share of skirmishes, battles, and even sieges during the war.  There are also "massacres," raids, and naval battles.  Starting with Tippecanoe in 1811, the Northwest Territory offers a wide variety of troop types as one can game encounters with frontier militia, Indians, and regulars.  Whatever your cup of tea might be, one can find it in the old Northwest. 

I already have the naval aspect covered with the Battle of Lake Erie covered in two scales, and I even moderate a small Yahoo group that covers this battle.  So from a naval point of view, I am set.

For land engagements, there are numerous directions I could start.  Tippecanoe sees frontier militia and a regiment of U.S. Regulars against the Indian Confederation based along the Wabash in Indiana.  There is also Fort Meigs, which would involve a large fort to be assembled, and I really do not have the space for that.  Fort Stephenson would be a much smaller fort, with U.S. and British regulars as the primary players.  Hull's movements near Detroit offer a few ambushes by Indians against U.S. detachments.  Of course there are the actions near the Straights of Mackinac, and other affairs along the Mississippi.

Regardless of what action one wants to focus on, the forces are relatively small, which can translate to a smaller amount of figures to purchase and paint, depending on what rules one decides to use.

As always, more on this as I decide what battle to concentrate on and what rules I will use!
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