I dropped by Bruce's place last night for some gaming. He was still sorting the solo mechanics of Fire on the Lake so set out A Few Acres of Snow. We played three times, with the British winning each time. I really like the game (deck building plus map play). When we were first starting out, the games tended to split evenly. As we've gotten better, we've seen the British side become essentially unbeatable.
This is consistent with the history and I know there is an unbeatable British strategy around the Halifax Hammer. But even without using that strategy, the British can just build their way to victory. I've tried a couple of different approaches (including a military one and an isolationist one) and can't seem to get the French even close to winning any more. I haven't tried a raiding-heavy approach yet but I'm losing faith in the game, which is a shame.
Bruce also trotted out his new 15mm command bases for Maurice. The tent above is quite cute. The carriage with princess below is impressive. Both are substantial pieces which he thinks will help players understand why relocating this piece is so costly in game terms.
Up next: I'm working on some more 54mm Britsh (a unit of lights) and the club is Tuesday.