battles of the american revolution  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report   

2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Mark Miklos, GA

2014 Champion

 

* Formerly Saratoga

Event History
1999*    Mark Miklos    22
2000*    Cliff Hansen    12
2001*    Volko Ruhnke    16
2002*    John Vasilakos    19
2003*    Mark Miklos    23
2004*    Mark Miklos    26
2005*    Mark Miklos    28
2006*    Andrew Maly    20
2007*    Dale Long    34
2008    Mark Miklos    24
2009    Jim Tracy    21
2010    Dale Long    31
2011    Rob Doane    28
2012    Bruno Sinigaglio    27
2013    Bruno Sinigaglio    27
2014    Mark Miklos    31

Brandywine Event History
1999    Mark Miklos    13

PBeM Event History
2007    Jim Tracy    22
2012    Chris Easter      23

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Mark Miklos        GA    14    262
  2.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    14    144
  3.  Dale Long          NJ    13    125
  4.  John Vasilakos     VA    14    105
  5.  Jim Tracy          OH    13     90
  6.  Chris Easter       GA    13     88
  7.  David Stiffler     VA    14     50
  8.  Cliff Hansen       NM    01     48
  9.  Rob Doane          MD    12     47
 10.  Volko Ruhnke       VA    01     42
 11.  Robert McCracken   DE    12     39
 12.  Andrew Maly        MD    09     35
 13.  John Miklos        GA    07     30
 14.  Don Hanle          VA    02     27
 15.  William Byrne      WI    12     24
 16.  Derek Miller       VA    13     21
 17.  Jeff Lange Sr      ae    00     21
 18.  Champ Easter       GA    12     21
 19.  Tommy Miklos       GA    14     19
 20.  Terry Coleman      CA    07     18
 21.  Michael Arrighi    CA    99     18
 22.  Michael Nagel      NJ    03     15
 23.  Bill Morse         VA    14     12
 24.  Jeff Lange         ae    07     12
 25.  Ric Manns          IN    06     12
 26.  William Riggs      VA    04     12
 27.  Luke Warren        DC    03     12
 28.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    02     12
 29.  Rob Winslow        NY    99     12
 30.  Rod Coffey         GA    07      9
 31.  Mauro Faina        it    07      9
 32.  Jonathan Miller    DC    01      9
 33.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      6
 34.  Paul Stoecker      DE    06      6
 35.  Tim Wisner         MD    03      6
 36.  Eric Kleist        GA    06      5
 37.  Adam Deverell      au    12      4
 38.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    13      3
 39.  James Miller       VA    05      3
 40.  Paul Barker        uk    03      3
 41.  Bill Alderman      IL    03      3
 42.  Mark Hinkle        NH    99      3

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists: 

John Vasilakos, VA
2nd

Tommy Miklos, GA
3rd

Bill Morse, VA
4th

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
5th

Dave Stiffler, VA
6th

Past Winners

Mark Miklos, GA
'99, '03-'05, '08, '14

Volko Ruhnke, VA
2001

John Vasilakos, VA
2002

Andrew Maly, MD
2006

Dale Long
2007, 2010

James R. Tracy, OH
2009

Rob Doane, MD
2011

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK
2012-13
   

Dave Stiffler vs two-time champion and third ranked Dale Long. Dave went on to take sixth place and move up to 7th place in the BAR laurel rankings.

The finalists did battle over nn enlarged map of Eutaw Springs. Wargamers do things in a big way down in Lampeter, whether its shivering or sweating.

Red Coats and Tories and Indians, Oh My!

A very strong field including six past champions and nine of the top-ten AREA rated players competed in this year's tournament. The group was leavened by the return of a few old warriors like John Clarke, Ed Welsh and Chuck Stapp who had been away from the competition for a couple years. As always we attracted some new recruits represented this year by Michael Webb and Jim Mehl.

In the Mulligan and first rounds we played the "Washington's Stand" scenario from Monmouth Courthouse. 24 players competed in the Mully and 16 in Round 1. The Americans won eight, the British six and six games ended in a draw. Most victories were marginal however both Mark and Tommy Miklos' Americans won substantially as did Jeff Lange's British. In games ending in a draw, the players advancing were those with the higher army morale. These included Bill Morse, Rob McCracken and Chris Storzillo.

Battle proceeded in Round 2 to the forested wilderness of western New York for the Battle of Newtown. Here the Continental Army faced an army of Iroquois for the first and only time during the Revolutionary War. 16 of the 18 qualifiers returned for Round 2. The Continentals took five games and the Indians three. Four of the five American wins were substantial. Only Tommy Miklos' Indians won substantially in his upset defeat of ninth-ranked Rob McCracken. Other upsets included Bill Morse's substantial win over sixth-ranked Jeff Lange, Melvin Casselberry's substantial win over 2011 champion Rob Doane, Dave Stiffler's substantial win over 2007 champion Dale Long and John Vasilakos' marginal win over third-ranked Chris Easter.

Regrettably, Melvin Casselberry, declined to advance - leaving an odd number of players and the need to award a bye. As the 2013 & 2012 champion, Bruno Sinigaglio waived his right to accept the bye. 2011's champion, Rob Doane and 2010's champion Dale Long were each eliminated. Jim Tracy, the 2009 champion, was not in attendance. That left Mark Miklos, the 2008 champion, eligible and he took the bye into the semifinal.

For Round 3 the players moved from the cool forested mountains of New York to the hot and humid Palmetto scrub and marsh of Florida's panhandle for the Siege scenario from the Battle of Pensacola. The British/Indian forces won all three games in this round. Bill Morse won marginally in his second upset win over tenth-ranked Dave Stiffler, Tommy Miklos won marginally over Chris Storzillo and John Vasilakos, himself a past champion (2002), won marginally over reigning two-time champion and top ranked AREA player, Bruno Sinigaglio whose gallant waiving of a bye proved fatal to the defense of his title.

Worthy of mention in the Vasilakos-Sinigaglio match is the fact that John's British killed the supreme Spanish leader de Galvez on Turn 1 with fire from the Red Cliffs Fort as the Spanish fleet was entering Pensacola Bay. Hampered by the lack of command and control Bruno's Spanish nevertheless made a game out of it causing two of the three breaches on the British redoubts needed for decisive victory in this scenario.

In the game between Stiffler and Morse the weather was wet and got wetter. Dave's Spanish could never seem to gain any traction as they worked to advance their Corduroy Road, dig siege works and bombard the British strong points. Tommy Miklos used raiding effectively to confound Chris Storzillo and his approaching Spanish forces and to impede their siege works.

We returned to the Mohawk Valley of New York for the semifinal. Here Mark Miklos opposed Bill Morse while his son, Tommy Miklos, drew John Vasilakos in the Battle of Oriskany. In the Morse contest, Mark's British let Herkimer's relief column approach deep along the military road. Indeed the ambush was sprung in Ambush Zone 3 in one of the last possible ambush hexes on the map. While the American column was approaching, the British/Indian forces stormed the Ft. Stanwix hornwork and disrupted and later captured the 2 SP Continental that was stationed there. The ambush had devastating effect. Herkimer was killed and another five VPs were harvested. With Army Morale standing at 15 to 4 and VPs at 6 to 0 and with few turns remaining, Bill's Americans surrendered.

The Vasilakos version turned out quite differently. Tommy's American's were defeated on Turn 1. British defensive artillery fire scored a hit and, by targeting enemy infantry and using the Coehorn mortar, caused a disruption on the 5 SP Continental that Tommy had garrisoning Ft. Stanwix. A unit in the fort can disrupt in place IF it is stacked with at least one undisrupted infantry unit. Unfortunately, Tommy's 1 SP militia was stationed in the hornwork meaning that his disrupted unit in the fort had to retreat three hexes and abandon the fort. John moved in, withstood a one-turn counterattack and the game was over before it had ever truly begun.

The Final would be a rematch between 2002's protagonists; John Vasilakos and Mark Miklos. The format was match-play using the Battle of Eutaw Springs in the South Carolina Low Country. The finalists would play two games back-to-back switching sides. The best combined two-game score would be the winner.

In the first game John played the British. It was nip and tuck all the way, ending in a draw. Since Army Morale is the first tie break and VPs the second, it mattered how the box score stacked up. Mark had +1 tournament points/13 Army Morale/3 VPs. John had +1 tournament points/8 Army Morale/5 VPs. Mark was positioned well in case the second match also ended in a draw but an outright win by either player in Game 2, even if marginal, would be enough to win the championship.

John's Americans were having their way early in the contest. The British were hard-pressed and at one point in the midgame turns their line had ceased to exist, replaced instead with a ragged and desperate formation anchored on the blackjack oak thicket. British Army Morale was three points into Fatigued status while that of the Americans remained high. What's more, the Americans were holding two Momentum chits. It looked over for the King's forces. At this most decisive moment fate intervened.

John elected to spend one of his two momentum chits to influence the initiative die roll, hoping for the back-to-back move. With his high morale status he would be adding a total of +3 to the die roll while Mark's fatigued British would be adding 0. John rolled a zero, net +3 and Mark rolled something better. The British were able to get out of Dodge, fall back and form a new more consolidated line. John's best chance to end the game passed without incident. Now, slowly but surely, Mark fought his way back; a disruption result here, a step loss there. At one point, responding to a previous pin result, his counterattack resulted in the capture of both the Pickens/Sumter Militia and the S.C. Rifles. That VP and morale swing brought him back into high morale, garnered him a momentum chit and more VPs.

With VPs standing at 6:12 for the British (they get 3 for holding their camp which was not imminently threatened) to 3 for the Americans and with only 12 game turns to go the British sent a drummer boy to the front under a white flag to beat the parlay. John offered his honorable surrender and it was accepted. The outcome was a British marginal victory for +2 tournament points (two-game net of +3), the win and the championship for Mark Miklos.

Congratulations to John for a well deserved second place. Congrats also to my son Tommy who surprised a lot of people with his skill in taking third place. I also want to thank my two AGMs, Rob McCracken and Chris Easter, without whom the tournament would not have run so smoothly.

 GM     Mark Miklos [13th Year]  NA  
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