|The American forces advance against Hamilton's Brigade. The Brunswick contingent can be seen in the upper right. The American skirmishers near the artillery piece are the LOD figures I wrote of in an earlier blog.|
Under the AWI variant of the Charge! rules, the lack of bayonets among the Continentals and Militia would produce a significant disadvantage (-1 to melee die rolls) should they enter into hand-to-hand combat (melee). Generally, a difference of 2 or better on each die roll was needed to win the combat. Thus a Continental in combat with a British Regular would need to roll, let's say, a five (5-1=4) in order to win against the Regular rolling a two (2). Melee is generally figure to figure.
About half of the American force was without bayonets.
Things were going fairly well for the Continentals...until turn 3. At that point, Von Riedesel came on between the redoubt and Hamilton.
|Von Riedesel arrives! Now the battle became a one of attrition.|
|The final positions--it's now a stalemate as neither side has the strength to advance.|