I will be playing as the [color="Red"]British[/color], and we use the following settings:
My objectives are shown below:
The US has [color="Red"]York[/color], [color="red"]Montreal[/color], [color="Yellow"]Mobile[/color], [color="Red"]Kingston on the lake[/color] and [color="RoyalBlue"]Vincennes[/color] as objective cities.
They control more strategic cities from the start, but an early summer offensive should change that I hope
The US starts with 100 NM while I have 90. But I only need 150 to gain an automatic victory, while the US needs 200.
I automatically loose if it drops below 30, compared to 50 for my opponent.
Here are my brave commanders and armies:
Much more competent than my opponents:
The US also has a lot of militias and a few regular troops shattered about, which will become active in 2-3 turns.
[color="Red"][SIZE="4"]A little overview of the map[/size][/color]
[SIZE="4"][color="red"]Ft. Detroit and Ft. Niagara:[/color][/size]
I expect my opponent to keep Hulls army situated in Detroit, and let me take the offensive.
Their army has a power level of 164 compared to mine of 134. So it could be an even battle taking into account the defensive terrain bonus of forest they receive, (if they place their army in the field that is) and my advantage in Henry Proctors offensive skills.
A little too even for my liking, so I will wait for Tecumseh’s warband in the west to become unfixed (1 turn), and then send them towards Detroit to help increasing my odds
The naval supremacy of Lake Saint Clair is going to be very decisive in what’s going to happen. If the US can defeat my fleet, they can block the river, forcing me to give up on Detroit. So I send the two schooners in Sault Ste Marie south to join forces with my Eire fleet. I just can’t afford to loose this battle.
The US has two forces located here. Rensselaer’s army is outside the Niagara fort, while Smyth’s brigade is inside Buffalo. They are both poorly led and locked for three turns which is a huge advantage. So I will send Isaac Brock and Scheaffe on forced march to Ft. Niagara to begin the siege, before they are able to join forces.
Brant’s warband is sent to buffalo to begin a siege here. (It is actually more of a raiding party, as I am only trying to lower the cohesion of the forces here. They should loose 1.50 points each day, from being under siege, which will make it easier to beat them later, when I am done with Ft. Niagara).
(Later edit: They will not LOOSE 1.50 cohesion points, only recieve 1.50 less. So their cohesion will actually just stay the same, as they recieve bonuses from the structure and being passive).
The big objectives here are Plattsburg and Albany further to the south.
They got their Northwestern army located in Albany but it is locked for a turn, and like their other forces, is poorly led. It will probably be ordered to Plattsburg when it gets active, making it hard to get this objective.
I have a good army in Quebec under Prevost’s command, which I plan to send to St. John along with the large garrison force in Montreal. Here they will join forces, and plan a move south.
This is a US objective city, but sadly I have only a very weak garrison (17 pwr) to protect it. But in Florida a small group of Indians loyal to me has gathered, and could hopefully cause a little trouble for Wilkinson’s small force. So I order them to Pensacola, where they will try and take the city and replenish supplies, before moving on to Mobile. (Wilkinson is sure to be moved to Mobile, so there should only be a small garrison unit.)
I got a lot of merchantmen out in the seas, which will give me a good deal of engagement points. They are likely to become targets of US privateers, so I set them on “retreat if engaged” ROE, and also order my fleet in Halifax out to protect them. I have quite a lot of frigates and ships of the line in various ports, but they are locked for two or three turns, so my merchants will have to do without them for now
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