I would like to start this off with an account of one of my favorite skirmish wargame scenario, The Battle of Redner’s Farm. This battle takes place during a hypothetical German Invasion of Florida in 1905. It was run at one of the Suncoast Skirmishers Games Days held at the University of Tampa. The rules used were the classic “The Sword and the Flame.
Several days before this game, I staged the Naval Battle of Tampa Bay. It was an attempt by the US Navy to drive off the German cruiser squadron that was covering the landing force. This would allow for a contingent of US Marines to land an re-inforce the 1st Florida Volunteer Infantry. It would have also allowed for a contingent of the 9th US Infantry from Fort Dade to intervene as well. Alas things did not go well for the US. There were no landings or re-inforcements. The 1st Florida was left to face the Huns on their own.
Veteran wargamer Frank Puleo commanded the Germans while another wily old veteran, Norman Motko commanded the Yanks.
Both sides showed an aggressive streak a mile wide. The Florida Volunteers were determined to make the Germans pay for every inch of Florida soil.
The artillery on both sides was well handled. The howitzers proved more deadly because of their indirect fire capability.
At this point in the tabletop battle, both sides had punished each other severely. The dice were rolling hot and high and everyone was having a ball! The climax of the battle was near at hand!
All in all, it was a splendid game! Everyone had a good time playing. Plenty of good humor, good sportsmanship, all around. I think for the sequel, I will include some serious Steampunk elements such as Steam Tanks and Galvanic Artillery. This time, the US Marines will be there as will the US Army.