ACW Game September 2022 – Antietam September 1862

Carrying on the ACW streak Goldie offered to run an Antietam Refight on a Saturday excursion to the Hutt Club.

The Battle of Antietam, or Battle of Sharpsburg particularly in the Southern United States, was a battle of the American Civil War fought on September 17, 1862, between Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac near Sharpsburg, Maryland and Antietam Creek. Part of the Maryland Campaign, it was the first field army–level engagement in the Eastern Theatre of the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It remains the bloodiest day in American history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. Although the Union army suffered heavier casualties than the Confederates, the battle was a major turning point in the Union’s favour.

The game was fought on a 15 foot by 6 foot table with 5 Union and 3 Confederate players. For the Union Keith, Stephen, Robert, Alan and Terry(me) lined up. The Rebs were represented by Russ, Sheridan and Reg.

Goldie rounded the forces down so each Union player had around 8 foot regts and 2 batteries and the Rebs 10 foot and 2 batteries. Russ and Robert both had some cavalry as well. Map of battle is below.

Table from the end where Reg and I were. Apparently, I was meant to form march columns and rush over the bridge and get destroyed. My mate Mark from ‘1866 and all that’ was telling me today that historically 350 Rebs held off 8,000 Union troops on this bridge. I had 4 regts and 2 batteries…as did Reg…so we just sat and looked at each other all game. We could both see into a gully…but after turn 1 when I made Regs’s skirmishing regt retired shot up…no one ventured down into the gulley. My second brigade is heading to the ford where a unit of dismounted cavalry was waiting to stop me.

And here they are…they were even my own figures…traitors.

On hill overlooking the bridge and the gully…2 of my new batteries watched……all game….

Next to me was Robert who also had a bridge to cross…this one a 3D print of Alan’s….very cool bridge…Sheridan has troops in a sunken road waiting…..so that’s a -1 to hit and a +1 on saves type of sunken road……going to be hard to shoot them out of there……

Down far end of table Keith has the Iron brigade who are advancing on. Reb’s on other side of field.

Their neighbours have given up on a steady advance and raced ahead.

Back down my end…here is what Reg had on other side of the big bridge…same force as me…..now in Black Powder ACW…you can only make 1 move and still be able to fire…so even if I managed to get a march column across the bridge…it still could not shoot…..so I not be trying that silly tactic…so at least I was pinning an equivalent Reb force away from action further west!!

Keith moving through field…Russ advancing on him…..Steven is off table Keiths left and in top left Robert is moving on by the covered bridge…but he cannot cross the stream so it’s a shooting match…until Alan who will move up on his right can force the sunken road so Robert can burst through the bridge!

FLANKS…..FLANKS…FLANKS…..every game i keep talking about…FLANKS……here Jeb Stuart is leading the charge in person.

A close up….after game have ordered bunch more command figures including mounted standard bearers from Perrys so can make this a proper Jeb Stuart Cavalry base!

Roberts’s command included 4 small cavalry brigades so here they are dismounted and lining stream to left of wooden bridge.

The Gods were smiling on Keith….Jeb Stuart didn’t obliterate the Iron Brigade. But it is not advancing with its neighbour which Russ is bound to take advantage of.

Oh dear…..Robert has lost a regt.. it is ‘Whupped’ from shooting so must retire 12 inches…so it’s off table for game….and cannot come back.

Alans on table and advancing on the sunken road.

Dice can be a real ‘b****h’ can’t they. Close range artillery can be quite devastating…rolling double ones is not what you want…the Reb’s summoned me from the other end of table to record this event!

Steven arrives…Irish Brigade leading the way.

Keith moving thru the field……

View from Russ position….was a bit cramped behind table on that side so not many pictures taken! Nice vignette of the ladies watching the battle.

The excitement…I am shooting at the dismounted cavalry….there goes the 5 seconds of my turn. Reg rolled 3 great break tests from shooting dice rolls……he was moving a small reserve force to help them out…..

Few turns later……they are still there……even when tried the march column charge…my boys refused to move…..they knew better!! Reg’s reserves have arrived as well…..fate really.

Back in the real battle……I couldn’t figure out why the Union players were not charging the join in sunken road……

The battle was looking very messy…….if someone manages to get a good charge in….there are a few units not in good shape who might pop easily on break tests.

Aha…Steven has a got a charge in on the flank of one of Russ’s regts…..

Steven wins…but is now shaken…..in a precarious position…..

Russ goes in on them…….look at the clump of Union troops…..if they pop…all units within 6 inches of the popping unit must make morale test….

Which is the BEST way to break the line. Steven actually rolled really well and did not end up as badly as he could of.

I missed a photo opportunity where Jeb Stuart once again found a flank…FGS!! FLANNNNKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS,,,,,,But Keith was shaking the Rosary Beads and beat him off…then shot up the unit and they and Jeb disappeared…….

Sheridan has been holding the sunken road all game……but as one can see…he is getting a few ‘Whupped’ units….Reg has committed his reserve brigade to hold the line.

View from Russ hill again……nice blue line advancing…….

End of game coming up…Steven has broken one of Russ’s brigades…..he gets over excited and charges after them…..so Russ taught him a lesson about OPEN FLANKS…OMG…FLANKS!

So here is end of game where the action was…..result is deemed a draw…….ladz really seemed to enjoy it…lots of dice rolled….got quite noisey at times…..a good sign…

Meanwhile down the other end….I woke up …to find Reg actually had an average dice roll and retired 12 inches…so could rush over stream…where some Reb units were waiting…we died…nough said…..

So learning from game is….

FLANKSSSSSSS

FLANKSSSS

FLANKSS

FLAN….

Now onto the exciting part of MY day….I was quite grumpy when got home so my beloved made me a lovely steak…mushroom gravy…creamy mash and salad meal…with which I consumed 2 glasses of the Saddleback Pinot Noir previously mentioned in a post. She also went and procured me a large block of Kitkat chocolate….love that woman…..and so consumed that while enjoying my latest whisky….which I purchased for myself for father’s day….it is from Wolfburn and is called ‘Fathers Day!…how cool is that!!(It was an early night)

Here is some information on this wonderful release……

Wolfburn ‘Father’s Day’ 7yo Limited Release 2022 58.2% 700ml

Limited release consists of just 1840 bottles in total. Crafted from spirit matured in a combination of wonderfully sweet Oloroso sherry butts and ex-bourbon quarter casks it is a shade over seven years old.

This hand-selected cask pairing has done an astonishing job of producing a smooth and rounded single malt whisky – and to maximise the flavour we have bottled it at cask strength.

Sweet, aromatic and sumptuous in character, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable dram.

The bottle comes complete with a neck-tag so that Fathers Day gifts can be personalised.

NOSE: Fresh bourbon aromas are softened by sweet sherry essence. Hints of toffee and caramel shine through.

PALATE: Chocolate truffles meet sticky toffee pudding and trifle sponge – and the whole mouthful is wonderfully overlaid with gentle hints of peat smoke. By any standards this is a rich and flavourful dram, bursting with flavour.

FINISH: Caramel sweetness is present, accompanied by hints of toffee and demerara sugar. A traces of peat smoke remains until the very end, ensuring a beautiful lingering finish.

Now I have to admit this is one of the few times I actually could taste what they are talking about…..the sweetness of the toffee/sugar was evident. It is very easy to drink…..the final peaty taste at the end is not overpowering and I now have the issue my beloved being impressed by it so much am going to need to get another one!

So for me that’s the end of ACW for a while….it’s time for some Ancients and ‘Hail Ceasar’ rules starting with a game with Keith tomorrow night. He has completed a lovely Macedonian Army so we are going to push some troops around as a refresher…then am playing Reg in 2 weeks and bound to fit more games in. Also discovered a SAGA group that meet in a movie theatre cafe on a Wednesday night close to my work and a group testing a new ‘Hail Caesar’ Gallic Wars Supplement up the coast so am going to be very busy!

Terry out for now….til next time…..

Hobbying Highlight August 2022 – Gamer Stephen

For something different I am going to add regular updates on what different members of the GarageGamers are working on.

First up is Gamer Stephen who was introduced to the Group in the past year by Gamer PaulW who has absconded to Vanuatu. Stephen lives in a neighbouring suburb to me.

Now currently Stephen has 2 Projects underway….an ECW/TYW 28mm Scots Covenanters Army and Warlord Games Epic Scale(12mm) ACW. Stephen has ready a wee brief for us.

The ECW force is Scots Covenanters, who could serve in the bishops wars, either side of both civil wars, mercenaries for continental wars and right the way through to 1746 and Culloden. 

The painted force is currently a unit of pike and shotte (two 60mm squares of pike, 8 figs each square, six 40mm squares of shotte, 4 figs each), a unit of cavalry (six 50mm squares, 2 figs each), light artillery (60mm square), Laird (50mm circle), and a unit of Highlanders (three 60mm squares, 9 figs each).

On the painting desk is another unit of Highlanders, and an artillery piece.

The ACW forces are a small Confederate force of 2 small regiments, a unit of skirmishers, 2 cannon and a commander. The Union force is 2 small regiments, a medium regiment of zouaves (114 Pennsylvania), the first base of the iron brigade, a cavalry regiment, 4 canon, skirmishers, dismounted cavalry, 2 commanders.

On the painting desk is the iron brigade and another unit of dismounted cavalry.

So without further ado….here are the pictures!

Aren’t they GORGEOUS!

Really looking forward to them making it to a battlefield soon!

Thanks Stephen……

Next up will be Keiths 28mm Macedonians.

Terry over and out!!

ACW Game August 2022 – Salem Church 1863

A slow month for games…….been busy of an evening and being late winter its a bit cold down in the garage at night!(even with heaters on!) So organised a Saturday game at Hutt Club. Carrying on the current ACW theme, decided on the Salem Church scenario from the Black Powder ACW supplement. While doing some extra research on the battle I discovered a map totally different from scenario one in book so went with that!

Players on the day were Goldie, Robert and Sheridan on the Union side and Russ, Rob and Alan on the Confederate side. I was doing rules etc but had decided if a side was failing badly would bring a brigade on at some stage.

The scenario had 3 Union brigades on the East side of table with 5 Confederates on the West side. The Confederates get first move…the sides being 24 inches apart and 12 inches from North/South edges. On Union turn 1, 3 more brigades arrive. The SE section of table is heavily wooded….which has chance of units getting disorientated in them. Otherwise rest of table open with fences/walled fields and light woods with Salem Church and School in the open.

Game is 7 turns and objective is Confederates to force Union to retreat and the Union to not retreat off table!

The Salem Church map is below.

So players from left to right…Robert, Alan and Rob pointing at something. Russ in his Reb kepi, Goldie in white and Sheridan sitting obscured by Goldie.

Below is look from South to North. The three Northern Confederate brigades have special rules….can only move 1 move…and suffer a -1 in combat as are exhausted. By the end of game I wondered if designers had actually play tested this scenario. The Union have spread a thin Blue line out while they await the arrival of the rest of their force.

This was Sheridan’s 3rd game of Black Powder ACW and his first using his own beautifully painted Union figures. Below is Russ advancing…slowly…on his position.

On Union left Robert has a brigade arriving in the heavy woods. In march column and if 3 inches apart they can move on a single brigade order. If in line like the other 2 regts in brigade they must be ordered individually. The regt beside the columns got lost in the woods and ended up leaving the table edge(it came back when ordered back on next turn). Liked that wee rule.

Goldie arrived from reserve in the centre. For some reason a unit of Louisiana Tigers has joined them. The thin line of Rob’s troops face them.

Over in the woods Alan has advanced his Reb’s to try and force Robert back off the table.

Now I have an aspiration to run a Gettysburg BFG in 2023. So towards that I have started generating Corp command stands for the armies. So far have 3 completed for Union and 2 for Confederates. The single command figures as seen below will also be rebased with mounted standard bearers and brigade flags added. GMB has a great range of the flags thankfully. Painting the command figures and standard bearers is also easy..if you own Don Troiani’s ‘Regiments &Uniforms of the Civil War’, go to page 250-251…there is an AMAZING likeness to the Perry sculpts!!

Up on the North edge of table Russ was taking some stick…Russ is rolling 6’s to avoid taking more casualties…but….just to much damage being done…picture below just before they was ‘Whupped!’.

The game turned into 2 lines shooting…..and the Union just had to many numbers…so I threw Barksdale onto the table on turn 4…to late.

In south Alan is getting pushed out of the woods.

In the North Sheridan’s reserves are on and Russ has his high water mark……makes it to wall…..but Union has to much depth.

In centre Barksdale reinforces Rob’s brigade who have taken a battering.

Turn 7…..Confederates cannot win…but I decided to just move Barksdale and see….and I really wanted to throw some dice….not enough to do anything…sadly.

Alan has now been forced back out of the woods and is not in good shape.

So clear Union victory.

Will rejig sides and do again one night in the garage.

So that was that……next game in Garage on 25th which will be a practice for upcoming Ligny refight and Goldie is running an Antietam refight at Hutt club next month. Later in month Ancients will roll out again for a game of Hail Caesar. Keith has been beavering away on his Macedonians which look OUTSTANDING so time to test their mettle!

Til next time…Terry out.

ACW Game – 23rd July 2022

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!

June 22 ACW Game – Bartlett’s Farm Again!

Yes…..we only played this last month…but I thought it is such a good game….would be ideal to take to a Saturday Game at The Hutt Club some of the us in the Group have joined.

So Saturday Goldie picked up Alan and then ventured out to get me…late…..I really hate being late……in his new car he has bought to get to and from his new job..a Toyota Yaris(for those unfamiliar with one..its..tiny)……somehow…the 3 of us and the troops…cloth and terrain managed to squeeze in….and headed off. I left messages for Reg and Rob saying running late so when we got there they had grabbed us a space and placed a 6 x 10 foot table…perfect. Doug was also joining us for the game so the Union players were Alan/Goldie/Doug and the Confederates Reg/Rob with yours truelly on rules and generally being an annoying git to all :).

Set….Union on the left….Alan has the closest Union 1st Brigade and Doug the far 2nd Brigade. Goldie off table. On the right Reg has the closest Confederates and Rob the far ones.

Union turn one and Goldie arrives marching through the centre wood with Brigade 3.

On the Union left Doug has troops in woods on hill as Rob closes in. Alan has made up some dinky counters on his 3D printer….so the cannons have 6pdr/12pdr…..regts with smoothbore muskets have an ‘M’ and BLR is ‘Breech Loading Rifle’. He’s a clever lad that Alan.

Now go forward a few turns and Rob is now on the Union left flank….and rather than shoot up this unit…Rob decided to charge it as another Union Brigade was marching to block Rob’s attack on this flank but also push him back. Rob’s attack did not go well…the unsupported Rebels got well beaten.

Rob’s attack on the front side of the wood went much better….this Union Regt got smashed.

The 2 Union batteries to the left of the Union Regt have popped….and another Union Regt is now engaged.

Reg has sent his 2 Regts closet to Rob forward to support Rob’s attack… the Union Regt in the farmhouse have suffered from cannon and musket fire over several turns and is shaken. On the Union right flank their 5th brigade has arrived while on the Union left the 4th Brigade has arrived and is now moving towards the Union left to counter attack Rob’s stalling attack.

And here is that 4th Union Brigade, with Goldie’s 3rd Brigade to their right.

A bit further along and Alans 5th Brigade is racing across the table.

Now…as I had been standing for about 4 hours….and was getting bored, I bought on another Confederate Brigade,,,,,,and I have just painted some more command stands for my Confederates with pretty pink edged flags and wanted to use them! So situation below is form Confederate right to left….Rob’s centre brigade has taken some damage and is spending several turns recovering morale and softening up the Union with his batteries(to right of tresses out of picture). Reg is attacking the Farmhouse which after a number of rounds of fighting he eventually does(HINT: it pays to shake the defenders before you go in!!) The lovely double rank of Rebels is my brigade facing a thin blue line with my battery blasting away down the road.

On the Union right flank…Alan has had 1st Brigade break and is having to retire. Reg was able to get a few rounds of good shooting off and then Alan advanced into the wood leaving a flank exposed. At this point I explained to Reg the first rule you learn when playing Black Powder…never expose a flank to the enemy….and it they expose theirs…use a ‘Follow Me’ order on a unit and hit that flank!! Carnage for the defender normally follows(and it did!)

Now this is Doug’s Brigade 4..that set off through the flank woods to get around Rob’s weakened flank…and then spent the rest of the game sitting their..refusing to obey ANY ORDER TO MOVE!

End of Game. We played a final Confederate move here to see if they could destroy some of the damaged Union units but alas they managed to survive…and the Union now withdrew under cover of darkness.

So that was the 2nd Battle of Barnetts Farm…… I think it went rather well. The players seemed to enjoy it….Doug had some appalling luck with his Union 4th Brigade, which coupled with the loss of the 2 central batteries I believe cost them the game. So in 2 games…poor dice rolls to move brigades have really thwarted the Union.

So that’s another good looking game at the Hutt Club and Doug’s going to come along to a Thursday night game here at the Garage Gamers Home base in a couple of weeks. Also a nice chap Sheridan was watching the game, has ACW figures so we will head back in a month for another game!

So onto Whisky of the Week!!

Friend Weakley is returning form Vanuatu in a couple of weeks for a visit and has booked in for a game, dinner and an evening of whisky consumption and really bad singalongs to music followed by a big breakfast featuring yummy black pudding cooked my Anita(providing we are up to it). So I decided to add another bottle..Bowmore 15.

Now the tasting notes for this wee beauty are:

Nose: Dark and punchy. Sherry notes, juicy Corinth raisins. Spices. Creamy, mochaccino, sweet dates.

Palate: Rich, woody, pine oil. Syrupy. Lovely, creamy toffee and malt. Smoky.

Finish: Spicy, toffee, sherry, barley.

But…as I sit in front of the fire sipping this glorious wee drop…..all I can say is.. for once I agree.

Til next time..a very relaxed happy Terry out.

Battle of Gross Eckau – 18th July 1812

So for something different I decided to run an 1812 game with Russians v Prussians! With a few ladz down with the covid was ideal opportunity to run a 4-5 player game, and in the end we had 4 players so perfect.

The Scenario is:

Russians –

The Governor of Riga has sent Lieutenamt General Levizov to Ekau to disrupt French supply lines. The Cossacks have detected a Prussian force marching towards you and you are ready for them! You win by breaking the Prussian force.

The Russian force is as follows:

Commander Lieutenamt General Levizov SR8

1st Brigade commander GM Veliaminov SR8

1 Hussar Regt

1 Don Cossack Regt

2 Musketeer Bttns

1 Jager Bttn

1 large light battery

2nd Brigade GM Gorbuntsov SR8

1 Dragoon Regt

1 Uhlan Regt

3 Jager Bttn

3 Musketeer Bttns

Prussians –

The French The French X Corps is marching on the vital supply base of Riga. The Prussian contingent under Generalmajor Graf Kleist has detected a Russian force moving to block the French supply line and is moving to eliminate the threat. You win by breaking the Russian force.

The Prussian force is as follow:

Commander Generalmajor Graf Kleist SR88

1st Brigade commander von Bulow SR8

IR No 3  – 2 Musketeer bttns

IR No 4 – 1 Fusliier bttn

IR No 4 – 2  Musketeer bttns

2nd Brigade Commander Generalmajor von Horn SR8

IR No 2 – 1 Fusilier

Leib Regt – 1 Fusilier bttn

1 small Jager bttn

2 Hussar Regts

2 Horse batteries

Reserve  Brigade commander von Massenbach SR8

2 Dragoon Regts

2 foot batteries

2 Musketeer bttns

The Russian players were Rob with the 1st Brigade and Alan with the 2nd. The Prussians were Russ with the 1st Brigade and the reserve and Robert with the 2nd Brigade.

Below is the map of the battle. The Russians set up with 2 bttns in the village, the battery was on the small hill facing south north of the woods, Rob had the rest of his force north of the village facing east and Alan set up with most of his force on the west side of the stream in the open with some Jager in the woods! Russ set up as required with Prussian 1st brigade in the SW corner of the table and Robert the 2nd brigade on the East flank.

Turn 1 and Russ charges everywhere!

Russ sent 2 bttns across the stream and into the Jager’s you can just see in the woods. The 2 Russian bttns on the right are in the buildings. In the background are Roberts Prussians on the right and Robs Russians to the right of the battery. Below we have Russ attacking to the left of the stream…I recall one of these units popped quickly.

Below we have Roberts flank attack. …..an infantry/artillery gunline with the Hussars tucked nicely in to the rear flank.

A view from Rob’s position…Prussian Jager’s sitting in woods…..

and those Jager’s shot REALLY well…disordered the Cossacks and inflicted 2 casualties!

View from small hill of Russian positions……Rob had 1 of his Musketeer bttns in the village which left him very light on troops to hold this flank……

which Robert exploited by sending a unit of Hussars into the flank of the battery….

followed by a sweeping advance into the skirmishing Jager. You really have to cover open flanks ladz!!

Meanwhile…Russ is grinding his way forward.

So the Hussar unit that charged guns/Jager has reformed and charged the Russian Hussars in the rear…who had been disordered and unable to do much….as they were charged in the rear, all they could do was turn to face, negating use of their lances. Robert promptly charged the now about faced Hussars in the rear with his other Hussar unit. Beautiful. Elsewhere the Musketeer bttn that was in square got charged by a column of Fusiliers…it lasted a couple of rounds of combat..but…with the Cossacks already having been destroyed by gunfire…with the loss of the Hussars , the guns, the jager and now the square…Rob now had one unit left sitting in the village….and a broken brigade.

Here is close up of the destruction of the Russian Hussars.

Alan’s Uhlan’s decided not to charge..yet…but eventually they did…however..they did not do enough damage …….

and even though Russ had lost his 1st Brigade…the Reserve Brigade was just blasting its way forward with the Dragoons forcing Alans surviving infantry into squares…a Prussian victory was declared.

So the Prussian’s won this game however I will redo it..I feel the Russians handled differently will make for a closer game……..I sense a cunning plan and am very keen to give it a whirl…so a refight will be not to far away!

Next couple games will be ACW, one in the Garage and one at the Hutt Club. I am working through some new Confederate command stands and also a supply of the newish Perry Union mounted standard bearers are nearing completion so hopefully will have them ready as well.

New Confederate bases below…..would been finished yesterday..but….it has been raining so much….needed get a submersible pump to keep water at bay and spent day and night keeping as much water away from house as could!

And that’s all for today! The sun has come out…wind still blowing a gale…..but rain is clearing….so I have some clearing up to do outside!

Terry over and out!!

May 22 Game – ACW Bartletts Farm 1863

Now my garage is unavailable this month for games so I asked Alan if he would like to host so he offered up an ACW game. So Alan picked a scenario from the Black Powder Supplement ‘Glory, Hallelujah!’ in Bartletts Farm 1863 on page 158.

This scenario was akin to the battle of Chickamaunga on September of ’63. A Union force, knowing that the Confederate army was near, had taken post near a crossing on Brown’s Run. The Confederates realizing that this comprised a small Union Division had decided to crush it while it was exposed and isolated, before any troops could march to its aid.

So the players for this game were Keith and I as the Confederate players with Alan and Goldie as the Union players.

Keith had Wilsons Brigade – 4 regts rifled muskets and a 6pdr battery , and Oates Brigade of 3 rifled muskets, 2 smoothbore muskets and a 12 pdr battery. I had Evans Brigade of 1 rifled musket and 2 smoothbore musket regts plus a 6 pdr battery then Bowers Brigade of 2 rifled muskets, 2 smoothbore musket and a 12pdr battery. Divisional commander Scott was attached to Keith’s force.

The Union had a group of anonymous Generals commanding(scenario didn’t name them!). Starting brigades for Union were Alan with a Brigade with a breechloading rifle, 3 rifled musket and a 6pdr battery. Goldie had a Brigade of 2 rifled musket, 3 smoothbore musket and 12pdr battery.

The Union had 3 reserve brigades which would arrive on the table edge on a roll of 4+ and at a randomised spot.

The Confederates got to move first. Or rather we tried to…..I failed with both brigades…Keith made a bit of a move.

So below we have part of a brigade that did not move, while in distance Keith’s Rebs are racing for the stream… in far distance…..Bluecoats!

Keith’s centre with stream to front then Goldies starting brigade awaiting him. In distance the Union reserves start to arrive..Alan managed get them to all arrive on turn on…he felt guilty !

Union troops in the farmstead…..fields and 2 brigades have marched on!

On Reb right and Keith is over the river…..his shooting has ‘Whupped!’ several units who are forces to pull back outside of 12 inches with reduced fire power. The 3 black counters mean this unit now shaken so I think brigade has now broken.

From the Union side Goldie formed an arriving brigade on lines and then on their next order…instead of advancing, they blindered to the right behind the farmhouse! Keith can be seen advancing 2 regts across the stream…..beside wood I have a rifle regt shooting away…and with the battery in front of the farmhouse had now ‘Whupped!’ the Union regt in their farmhouse…so their firing was now reduced.

‘Whupped!’ units are not destroyed but must retire from enemy and stay outside 12 inches and shoot at reduced factor and count as destroyed for morale purposes. So they can be annoying for both sides….are in way of reinforcing troops…and have to be chased off by attackers as can still shoot at you!

On the Union left Alans newly arrived brigade after dithering has advanced to attack. The brigade behind them has 1 regt which blundered off the table!

Facing the advancing brigade is my left brigade……. the small one but was still able to deliver lots of firepower.

Back in the centre…the bridge Alan whipped up for the game on his new 3D printer! AWESOME!! Keith’s units can be seen advancing on the right…..my rifle regt has pulled back as was getting shot up…..but still in range… and along with the 2 batteries ‘Whupped!’ the regt in front of farm and pushed it back.

On Reb right Keith is like ‘A pig in muck’ as the phrase goes!! Outflanking Union which has really taken casualties and Goldies getting blunders on his arriving brigades has not got them in position to save this flank.

A look dowb the table. At the top Keith has pushed Goldies starting brigade off table and has swung into Union flank. Of the 2 Union arriving brigades committed here one has formed a defensive line but Keith is now flanking it. The second brigade has suffered damage and will also get hit in its flank. Alans start brigade if south of the brudge with 1 regt on base edge still from where retired from field. Then Alans reinforcing brigade has advanced…suffered and is now retiring.

On the Rebel left flank where I have stayed back and let the Union come to me Alan has taken enough damage to now pull back!

In the centre Alans starting brigade is still fighting , you can see the naughty run away regt in distance on left baseline.

Wow…this is where game finished…was 10:23pm and go home time…but am sure Keith would have liked 1 more turn! Was on flank of Union line with lots of combat power ready to go in.

And this brigade was positively screaming out their ‘Rebel Yell’ for their next turn!

So that was the battle of Bartletts Farm.

Conclusive Confederate Victory even with the Union 3 reserve brigades arriving on turn 1. Turning point really was the blundering of Union brigades when ordered to advance and also failing orders to advance allowing Reb side to pour fire into the 2 starting brigades and Keith to get his 2 brigades across the stream and into the Union flank.

Really good game!!( I am as always biased :)) Keith and I threw a LOT OF SIXES during the game….our dice were running hot…Goldie threw sixes as well…but normally 2 at a time when giving orders making his brigades BLUNDER. Beautiful.

Very attractive terrain Alan has made with his wee gaming boards…a great Xmas project he did and now with his 3D printing am looking forward to lots of great terrain pieces. I have placed an order for more stone walls when he has time…… at the moment he is making Waterloo buildings…and they are beautiful…..so a big game could be coming along……best finish my Dutch brigade!

Til next time…Terry out.

ACW Game Feb 2022 – Picketts Charge

So there are 2 games planned for this month, the first being an ACW game. I did a quick search online for a scenario and JaysWargamingMadness came up. Now this is a treasure trove of wargaming goodness for the uninitiated and for those interested in the American Civil War with lots of scenarios and general terrain making guidance.

There was an excellent scenario for Gettysburg July 3rd 1863 and Picketts Charge. So I adjusted it for Black Powder and set up table as below. Now over Xmas 21 break I made some more fence sections and wall sections so almost had enough for a change.

Below are the starting positions. The Union has 3 brigades, from left to right… Alan has 3 regts and a battery, Keith has 4 regts and a 2 batteries(large) and Goldie has 4 regts(3 small) and 2 batteries(large). The Union second line can only advance when the Confederates are attacking over the stone wall.

Down the far end the Confederates from left to right are Rob with 5 regts, Robert with 5 regts and Russ with 5 regts. They have 4 batteries on a low rise behind them that do not move. Pickett is also AWOL so they are on their own. The Confederates are ‘Stubborn’ and have the ‘Rebel Yell’ rules(so they reroll a miss in hand to hand and re roll any morale save they want to). They also ignore the broken brigade rule. This is all to show their desire to get over that wall. The fences and wall offer a -1 to hit from infantry fire but no help from artillery fire plus have a 6inch movement penalty.

Here they come, the Rebs are on their way.

The Rebs are getting closer. So basically the Union players have to do as much damage as they can before the Rebs get close. In turn the Rebs have to shoot up the Union troops and try and silence the Union guns before they can charge in.

Now the Rebs have formed a long firing line to pour as much lead as possoble into the Union lines. The units dropping off are disordered/shaken units left behind for now.

Rob has some good shooting and has made Union regt retire ‘Whipped’. So they are permanently shaken and will keep 12 inches away from the enemy at all times.

On far flank Russ is getting damaged a bit, those big batteries at medium range dish out some damage.

I let the Union advance their second line when the Rebs made it to the wall(trigger was meant to be when Rebs engaged over wall…but….they seemed to want to not do that and were shooting to do as much damage as they could…silly me for letting them know about the 2nd line rule).Now below Russ has charged into the Union lines. Russ was playing as Armistead who had a +1 on charging rule for his brigade.

The attack didn’t go to good at the start…Russ has one unit remaining in the line attacking.

But…. they did the damage in the end.

On the other flank…the game is done…the casualty and disorder markers have been removed…..but this is the high water moment….the Rebs made it to the wall…but they had suffered to much damage getting there and the Union 2nd line reinforcements plus all that artillery firepower saved the day.

And the final view….on the left Russ has a shaken union having won combat sitting at the wall…..with a battery looking at their flank…infantry to the front and rest of the brigade spent. While Robert in the centre and Rob on the right in the same situation. An almost…but not not quite result for the Confederate forces.

So history repeated and the Union won. Will probably redo this allowing the Confederates to move their batteries forward……some time in the future.

The next game up is a ‘Victory at Sea’ game in the Atlantic. Russ and Steve have capital ships and carriers so a full fleet action will occur so this game will be a saturday game rather than an evening so we have plenty of time.

Til next time.

Terry

ACW Game: Boatswain’s Swamp

So post August 21 lockdown here in Wellington I decided would try to run a game every week, other factors allowing it of course!

Now an old Wargames Illustrated Magazine has a bunch of scenarios from the 7 Days Campaign in June 1862 and one of them is ‘Boatswains Swamp’ so we gave it a whirl. Both sides had reinforcements that were triggered by a Rebel brigade crossing the stream. The Rebel objective was to take the hill in the Union right rear and hold it, or hold the western side of the Union side of the table, simple! Otherwise it is a Union Victory.

Nick(Gregg) and Russ(Branch) commanded the rebels, Steve(Griffin) and Rob(Lovell/Warren) the Union. Rebels have first move.

So below we have Nick advancing on Steve. He needs to cross the stream to trigger the reserves. Russ at far end is rushing forward.

Union troops await Nicks advance.

Nick crosses the stream and triggers the reserves for both sides.

The elite Confederate Brigade of Pender advances onto the battlefield and the Union get Buchanan arriving on the hill in their right rear… one of the Rebel objectives…which just got much harder.

On the Rebel left Russ heads for the stream.

Steve’s Union brigade is taking a lot of casualties but is holding on.

Close up.

On the left a few turns on where Russ has got a regt on tot he flank…they refused to charge! The rest of Russ’s brigade has gotten whupped and is retiring. Pender had been very slow at advancing and Russ got overwhelmed by the newly arriving Union reserves before Pender could crush the Union centre and assist.

On the Union left Nick is pouring the firepower in……Steve is hanging on…off to the right of the photo Union skirmishers are firing into the Rebel flanks.

And the end game, the Rebels have failed to make their objectives so a clear Union Victory!

So onto the Whisky of the week and it it is a wee beauty…literally…..

Edradour Straight from the Cask….500ml bottle…comes in a wee wooden box…and kicks in at 58%…this is my favourite whisky…I even got friend Weakley a bottle for his 50th birthday….so I could help him enjoy it..with me of course!

Tasting notes:

  • NOSE: Plums, red fruit and syrupy sherry sweetness. There’s leather and a wallop of sherry spice but its complex and delicious.
  • TASTE: Huge sherry. Lots of dark fruit, raisins, grapes and plumbs. Sweet and thick with an oily mouth feel.
  • FINISH: Long, surprisingly hot, but well blended. Lots of spice here.

Now that says it all….HUGE SHERRY. I do seem to be having a love affair with Whisky aged in Sherry casks….and am more than happy to carry on doing so!

If you can…enjoy a bottle of this one……

Til next time…Terry out….

ACW Game Iuka, September 19, 1862

A quick report on an ACW Game. This time is a battle from the ‘Glory, Hallelujah’ supplement of Black Powder.

So on the 19th September 1862, the Union Army in Mississippi commanded by General Grant dispatched a force commanded by General Rosecrans to destroy a smaller Confederate force commanded by General Price. Thanks to superior scouting, Price was aware of Rosecrans advance and determined to pounce on one of his columns.

So on table below we have 2 Union brigades on the left of the table along a road. These are the brigades of Mower and Sullivan. A third brigade, Sanborn’s will arrive on turn 3 close to the measuring tape in the left corner. The Rebel forces are 2 brigades with Herbert’s in the front and Martins in the rear.

Below are Union troops along the road.

The Rebels try to advance against a very strong Union line.

Some very busy Union artillerymen.

The Rebel attack really stalls trying to get through the woods in the centre.

So all 3 Union brigades are now in play and the superior numbers are pushing the Rebels back.

Now at the end the Union Army had the Confederates on the back pedal with a number of Rebel units being ‘Whipped’ and retiring as the Union troops approached. A clear victory would have been if the Union had taken the crossroads just to their front. Alas, I hadn’t reminded them of this……so they didn’t launch their attack in time….. perhaps next time!

But I think the guys enjoyed the game…. lots of insults were traded which is always a good sign.

Now the whisky of the week is a favourite of mine. I seem to have a particular liking for offerings from Glenmorangie and this is certainly true of The Quinta Rubin 14.

The tasting notes are below.

Nose: Summer fruit tart with a sprinkling of icing sugar, aromatic cedar, milky coffee and almond pastries.

Palate: Chocolate mousse, Bourbon biscuits, orange oil, more almond notes (now toasted), blackcurrant and raisin.

Finish: Lasting richness of stewed berries and dark chocolate.

Which to me means it is rather smooth and a delight to savour as I watch Liverpool in action once again.

I would like to thank my daughters for getting this for the recent birthday. We had to do a rush to our local Bottle O shop to get it on the night the latest Lockdown was enforced by Kommissar Redcinta. We just beat the slavering hordes to the door as they sought to sate their thirsts in the coming days of lockdown. Thankfully, I knew it was in stock and at a very good price!

Til next time, which seeing we are locked down again, will be a Lockdown report.