So yesterday Saturday 23rd July 2020 I ventured out to the Hutt Club for an ACW game with Goldie and Alan. Joining us there was Reg and 2 newbies to ACW Games with us. So welcome Sheridan(great ACW Name!) and Jordan. Neither had played Black Powder ACW before so this was an intro game designed to get them moving troops…having some shooting etc and to get a feel for how the game mechanics work.
So scenario is a meeting engagement with a Union force arriving on turns 1 and 2 with the Confederates arriving on turn 2, 3 and 4. The Union players are Goldie and Sheridan with Alan, Reg and Jordan the Rebels. I was umpiring/advising and being a nuisance as normal.
So turn 1 and Goldie marches up the road with his Union cavalry( regt’s plus a battery).
Onto turn 2 and Goldie has moved his Union infantry brigade(5 regt’s and a battery) out onto his right with his cavalry advancing down the road and dismounting in the fields behind fences. His artillery failed to unlimber… they did this several times. Sheridan’s brigade of 5 regt’s infantry and a battery are arriving on central road. Alan’s Rebel brigade of 7 infantry and a battery has arrived with his cavalry brigade of 2 regt’s plus a battery deploying on his left.
Alan’s cavalry with Goldie’s infantry in front of him.
Now Alan has switched from Waterloo buildings on his 3D printer to…Gettysburg buildings….here is a barn.
Goldie’s Union infantry watching the Reb’s approach.
View down central road….Alan’s buildings look great…..the fences/walls meant -1 to hit from shooting at units behind them….fields limited visibility.
Goldie’s unlimbered battery has retired to recover from shooting damage..his right dismounted cavalry also suffered and have retired. Sheridan’s brigade are deploying behind the fence line. On the right the 2nd Reb brigade of Reg(5 infantry and a battery) have marched down road to position on Rebel left flank.
Here is Reg having deployed…..Goldie got some good shooting in. Alan’s dismounted cavalry hanging around as well.
Alan pushes up on the nuisance that is Goldie’s skirmishing dismounted cavalry! To his rear Jordan’s brigade of 5 infantry and 1 battery have arrived and are heading left to support Reg. Rebel plan is to turn the Union right flank..in the open…no cover….outnumber 2 to 1….logical target!
Jordan’s troops arriving to join Rebel battle line.
I do love these big beauties….its the psychological effect!
A beautiful sight!
Here we have Goldie taking some serious punishment……we were all having a laugh at the Union commander dice rolls at this stage…not good….really…not…good.
The end is nigh…..the Reb’s were using moving lines passing thru each turn to maximise fire…and recover morale on damaged units…was working well.
Sheridan is holding the line…but Goldie’s brigades have broken…..
Now seeing this was the last turn..I introduced Sheridan to my favourite tactic…..a charge into an unprotected flank…Russ would be proud of this….Alan had exposed his flank to an initiative charge…which in ‘Glory Hallelujah’ supplement meant that’s how you avoid the -2 command roll penalty. So after dice were rolled…Alan’s unit was no more …the unit next door didn’t care so Sheridan retired back to his start position.
And that was that……Rebel win…..a slightly uneven scenario…but the Union players did not roll well either…but I think the new players got a feel for the rules and expressed a keenness for another game. So plan is to try a Gettysburg scenario on the 13th August.
A final look down the table….Goldie on left has broken…and 2 Reb brigades and Alan’s cavalry ready to chase him off and swing into Sheridan’s flank…and cavalry with their favourite target…running away infantry.
Now…no whisky of the week…my partner is away for a few days…so am home alone…so nightly meal is…steak..fries…pea’s and gravy with Whitlocks Tomato Chutney sauce. YUM YUM.
Washed down with a Saddleback Pinot Noir….review below.
So here we have Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir…..it is excellent.
Strawberry, raspberry and floral aromas combine with subtle brown spice and a hint of thyme. A pure expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focused Pinot Noir with great flavour and soft supple tannins.
“It’s enticing and beautifully aromatic on the nose showing dark plum, sweet cherry, thyme and subtle mushroom aromas, leading to a soothing palate that’s succulent and fleshy. Generous and elegant at the same time with plenty of tasty flavour”
That just means it is a darn good glass to savour whilst enjoying a yummy steak!
No game next week so that’s it for July 2022….take care…Terry out!
Great write up.
It was thee that taught me to charge open flanks with “Follow Me!”
Paul G had a free move with his limbered artillery even when it fails its orders, so should have never failed to unlimber.
How gentlemanly of him to decline to do so…. Could almost be mistaken a Southern gent rather than a Yankee interventionalist….
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Getting old…get confused (or it could have been the Pinot Noir)…..I think it was Aly Morrison when I hosted the Perry’s back in 2012…..Aly was here with them…and he did this amazing ‘Follow Me’ with Austrians Hussars right across the table and it was a ‘WOW!’ moment!! But you get the credit for the open flanks attacks…..you are the Master!
Great looking game…lots of toys in the table…what could be better. I agree about the Saddleback Pinot Noir. I bought a half dozen when we were down there a few weeks back. I prefer it to their reserve.
And I see you got an ACW game in as well!! Great to see Barry up and about again…..I must figure how to get your site to let me post messages!!!!
Marvellous and beautiful looking game and a fine way to celebrate your victory too!
James, I do like trying to pretty up ACW games…visual appeal gets more Gamers interested in joining in!