Sunday, 15 July 2018

ACW-First Day of Gettysburgh

I played my first American Civil War wargame this Sunday. The day was organised by Nate and played in the same classroom that our Napoleon's Battles game was hosted in (see here if you missed it). The rules used were Brigade Fire and Fury, on a 5 by 5 table in 15mm

This initial photos show the advance element of both Armies in the south-west corner of the table; Confederates on the left, Unionists on the right:
In the opening moves, the Rebels force the Iron Brigade back- just behind the house in the lower left of the first picture where the viewer can't see them:
Rebels on the table edge advance aggressively and hit the union forces hard:

Union cavalry advance along behind the ridge, hoping to get into position before more rebel forces enter from the Northern edge:

At this point reserves from both sides starting pouring onto the table. Here Pender's brigade gets some good maneuvre rolls to lend support to Heth's brigade:

Further north along the ridge the rebels have pushed the first line of union forces off the flat and assault the ridge:
Sadly for the Confederates, their assault is repulsed and the Union brigades defensing the ridge chase them back down the hill:
Eventually, the Unionists are repelled and eventually unable to withstand a second assault;  Scales brigade gains the ridge as do brigades from Heth's division (the bottom of the picture above; just off to our right in the picture below):

With Confederate brigades in firm control of the north end of the ridge...
... we called it a game. You can see the ridge occupied by confederate soldiers (the view in the picture below from the northwest corner) with Union soldiers considering an attack. What you don't see is another Confederate division that has just arrived in the northeastern corner and starting to grind into the far flank of that line of blue coats in the upper left of the photo:

The consensus was that a Union attempt to retake the ridge would be too costly if successful and the most likely scenario would be the tattered remnants of  the Confederate army retaining it. 

As a newcomer to these rules I found them quite easy to pick up. With a few exceptions we were able to play on without the guidance of the host who (I believe) was the only person present who had experience with them. I look forward to the possibility of another game in August

Monday, 2 July 2018

Milestone reached: 2 Battalia Box Sets Painted

Finally, after starting this project 4 (5?) years ago I have finished painting 2 Warlord Games Battalia box sets. Were it not for several other projects that sidetracked me, this milestone probably could have been reached within a year of starting. However- as every wargamer knows- there is always a distraction.

The final unit that needed completion was a squadron of cavalry:
As this project originally centered around Prince Rupert's army quartered around Shrewsbury the unit was given a generic Royalist coronet from Flags of War.

With the completion of the last cavalry unit, I thought it was time get both battalia out on a table. The shot doesn't include anything I have painted that isn't part of the two box sets: the mule train or either command stand.

Next up, I continue on with re-painting Jeff's dragoons and I discovered I have a cannon primed and waiting.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Red Regiment Finished

The second sleeve of shot is now painted and based; with that done, the regiment is ready for the table.

Before Jeff died he gifted me his ECW Royalist Army. A few of the units were incomplete so I have taken on the job of getting them done. First up is box of Warlord Games Dragoons. Jeff had primed them black; given them a 'wet brush' of white and painted a few jackets.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

While I take a pause from building terrain I have been picking away at my collection of unpainted models. This time some Warlord plastic ECW musketeers; a sleeve of shot for the Red Regiment.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Austerlitz, 2018

Long time, no post...

One of my gaming buddies is an avid fan of Napoleonics and organised a game with a few other people. Years ago he had played the Battle of Austerlitz using Napoleon's Battles with a friend who has since passed away. That friend's collection was still intact, in the possession of a family member who generously lent it to us to re-play the game.

My knowledge of the period and experience with gaming it are next to zilch. Two weeks ago we had a small run through at David's house- that is the extent of my previous experience.

Although briefing started at 8:00 I didn't arrive until 9:00 but by 9:45 or so we were deploying miniatures. A heavy fog filled the valley, obscuring the forward elements of the French army. The view from the Allied right wing, as the Dokturov deploys the Allied left wing. Solkonitz castle is seen at the centre-top of the photo:
The allied centre after deployment:
From the left wing:

Mid morning, as the fog rolls up the valley, the allied left wing advances hard on the french around Solkonitz (the golden eagle beside the command stand on the hill on the right shows us where Prince Alexander, the Russian commander sits, maximising his command range):
The allied right wing arrives on the table and pushes forward. threatening what looks like a lonely unit of French light cavalry:
The Allied centre and left wing (at the left edge of the picture) push their attack on Solkonitz (the blurry figure in the foreground is Prince Alexander):

The same attack from the french side; the left wing of the allies has melted away, leaving the centre to carry on:
The defense of Solkonitz not only holds but leaves almost the entire allied centre is disarray (the cotton smoke marks units in 'Disorder'):

A bit of bobbing and weaving going on on the Allied right flank. The french light cavalry have been pushed back and the fog has lifted to expose the previously obscured French troops:
A shot of the allied centre and left wing near the end of the game follows. In the background, the allied left wing is gone and the French advance out of Solkonitz and across the river; the Russian reserve continues to advance however they will soon be enveloped; and remember how I kept mentioning Prince Alexander earlier? Well, in the upper left hand corner, on the edge of the photo you can just make out the pennants of the French lancers that charged up the hill and captured him. The golden eagle moved to the right of centre with Kuzutov(sp?) as he comes on from reserve:

Back to the allied right wing. French reserves come in to respond to the valiant efforts on the Allied right wing; the french 12pdr in the defensive position on the hill (middle-right of photo) causes just enough damage to prevent the allies from getting close enough to do some real damage. The game ends with my command so damaged (too many units lost) that it is no longer able to go on the offensive.
We called time at 1:00pm game time, that was 7:45pm in Real Time- a very long game.The end result was some-what historical: the French were victorious however they didn't punch through the centre as happened in "Real Life" as I understand it but crushed the allied left wing (which in our re-fight, never gained Solkonitz and then lost it again). The Allied right under Bagration did it's job, stalling the French attack for as long as it could and I don't believe the french captured Prince Alexander as happened in our game.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Not much to post... just rearranged command stands that include a few newly painted models. The first is Prince Rupert (Perry's mounted Officer) with previously painted staff:
The second command stand utilizes the previously painted Cromwell model from Warlord with a Perry's mounted officer and an Ensign made from a Warlord plastic Pikeman:

Monday, 5 December 2016

For shits and giggles I fiddled around with my ECW units with an eye towards the ECW version of  To The Strongest!. The units were originally on trays for Pike and Shotte but the models are based individually or in pairs so I can use different trays. Contemporary artists seem to show regiments looking more like 'blocks' as opposed to lines and I wanted to see how they looked on the table. I rather like the look.

The 40x40 trays are from Warbases and were used for Victory Without Quarter and Warr Without an Enemie. 3 trays across is just about 1mm to big to fit in the grid boxes I have on that mat; but if I order some 120mm x 80mm trays... problem solved!