Monday, March 14, 2016

Whiskey in the Jar- oh!: Part 4: The orders of battle and troops

One of Sarsfield's troopers

The Jacobite Brief
Having destroyed the hated enemy’s guns and siege train, the raiding force is now riding hell for leather to cross the River Shannon. Guided by Michael Hogan, the Jacobites are moving in eight squadron sized bodies and must reach and cross at a secret fording point. Once each group is across the ford they are safe. Each group has booty or prisoners of varying value to both sides. If they reach safety the spoils are counted towards their victory points.

 
Gunners from the Williamite trayne
 
The Williamite Brief

These bandits must be caught and brought to book. They are led by Sarsfield who is a dangerous and romantic ideologist in the Irish tradition. He is firing the enemy with false hope and prolonging the war with his patriotic and religious oratory which inspires the beaten foe to martial feats which simply cause more loss and expense but will be ultimately fruitless. Hunt down and destroy all of the brigands and repossess the King’s property and loyal subjects so that they may be restored to liberty. For every enemy squadron routed or wiped out their plunder will be yours and will contribute towards your victory points.
 

 
Jacobite Horse ride out

Orders of Battle.
 
Jacobite Raiders
Commander model for Patrick Sarsfield
4 squadrons of Horse each of 6 models (each has an officer personality). 
4 squadrons of Horse each of 6 models (no attached officer).
1 large wagon.
A model representing Galloping Hogan should be available but not placed on the table.

Sarsfield's the name and Sarsfield's the man!
 Williamite Pursuers
Commander model for Williamite General of Horse
3 squadrons of Dragoons each of 6 models (each has an officer personality). 
3 squadrons of Dragoons each of 6 models (no attached officer).
3 squadrons of Horse each of 6 models (each has an officer personality). 
3 squadrons of Horse each of 6 models (no attached officer).

The Pursuers
 
 
Rapparee bands
2 bands of Rapparees each of 12 models (each has an officer)

Some likely lads from a Raparee Band
 
Troop Quality
Whatever rules you use the Jacobite cavalry should be given good quality morale. I suggest ELITE if using Beneath the Lily Banners. Also make them Blade Horse which offers better  combat ability.  Make the Williamite Horse of reasonable quality but perhaps grade only 50% in total as ELITE with all of the Dragoons and the remaining Horse DRILLED. The Williamites outnumber the Jacobites 1.5:1. The dragoons can dismount and use long arms. This may be an important aspect of the game.     

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