I was playing a freind of mine today who collects 10mm wars of the roses (old glory). I was introducing him to black powder today, so we used 20mm Napoleonics by airfix (as the main black powder rulesbook has some armylists of this period in it, it is relativly simple to recreate).
The armies were fairly small. We each had a commander, two foot artillery and two standard line infantry units (the british only had one line infantry unit, but they had a highlander unit as well).
I deployed my French force with the Marshal in the centre flanked on each side by fusiliers in attack column and artillery pieces. (apolagies for the lack of terrain and painted models, I had only just finished spraying them and had not yet started the painting process. Also my 20mm napoleonic scenary collection is not very big at present and this was a starter game after all)
My fusiliers then marched in attack column straight for the royal artillery, taking heavy fire from both the redcoats and artillery but despite being under close range cannon and musket fire the French men's morale held and they continued their march.
It was looking bad for the British, their infantry had fled and the french attack column was almost upon them.
With that the artillery bombardment opened up, the gunners were working at rapid pase, firing of incredible ammounts at the oposition gun but in the end the french won the bombardment. With only one gun left the French marshal looked from his horse at the Royal artillery officer, standing amidst the burning wrecks of his artillery.
Victory to the French, but a very close one. It was only at the end i realised that i had been using the old guard as line infantry the entire game.
Black powder is very simple and quick to play once you have a hang of the rules and the reference sheet at the back just about sums everything up so you will rarely need to be flicking through the book for rules, once you strip the game down to a bear minimum of special rules (i believe we just had the highlanders ferocious charge one here) it gets a load quicker.
Hopefully more tuesday skirmishers of this type will be seen!