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ACW Revisited – Part 2

It has been a long time since my last post. I have been getting over a big ish operation that to be honest just wiped me out.

Anyway, finally managed to feel like playing a game so invited Steve and Laurie up for an ACW game.

It was based on the forces detailed in the first part of this post and the terrain was similar to the map.

The background was that an initially numerically superior Confederate force was attempting to take a set of road junctions and hold-off  expected Union reinforcements.

The rules we used were based upon the Fields of Honor set which we adapted to align with our house rules. The main difference is that the original rules use D6 and in our initial trials we found that while the rules were OK for middle and later battles, the early years with units having lower morale and inferior weapons meant that they usually ran on getting their first casualties. The D10 we believe balanced these issues out perfectly.

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The view from the Confederate end.

and the Union end

and the Union end

The confederate came on to the table and advanced up to the first set of rail fences and seemed to take up defensive positions to await the union onslaught. After a few turns trading artillery shots they realised that they may be better off taking the fight to the union.

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Meanwhile the few Union troops on the table anxiously await reinforcements!

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I have to be honest we then went for a bite to eat and sat chatting, which  got the better of us. We returned to the game late in the day so I have left it set up for next time.

Not much of a battle report but hope you like the photos.

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ACW Revisited – Part 1

Having swore never to go in to ACW again.   I have.

In previous expeditions into this era ,I started in 15mm then went into 25mm down to 10mm and back to 28mm before swapping my collection for the start of an English Civil War Army. I also have to admit that in all those scales I only ever played about 4 games.

Having recently establish a small group of regular gamers who all have a liking for ACW I became tempted back into it.

Therefore over the last few months I have been buying, painting and basing.

 RULES

The rules we will try will be our own lite version of the Fields of Honor, rule set.

Order Of Battle

As with most new eras I go into,  I like to pick a battle and start to build the forces for it.

On this occasion I picked a rather smallish event, The Battle of Mill Springs also known as Logan’s Cross Roads, 19 January 1862.

This battle has everything I like when starting a new era. It has a little of all aspects of the armies of the day. Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry,  and dismounted cavalry. The terrain is interesting with roads, fields fencing, rivers, and woods.

The order of battle I will be working to is:

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THE TABLE

I will probably play this game on a 8×6′ table. Map and entrance positions below.

Mill Springs

THE FIGURES

Here are a few picture of the command I have painted so far. These are a mixture of Perry and 1st Corps. Although they fit as in scale wise, the quality of the Perry over the 1st Corps stands out. That said I do like the character look of the 1st Corps. The 1st Corps horses were great to paint as I just painted them a base colour and then once dry wiped them with oils.

The Union

The Confederates

These were a mixture of Perry and Redoubt. While similar comments to the union command regarding quality are true, I do feel that Redoubt are slightly better than 1st Corps overall.

As I finish troops I will add another blog.

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September’s Game – ECW

It has been a long time, over 2 tears since we have played an English Civil War game. I don’t now why either.

Over the last month I have been writing a new set of rules for the period, that follows the same format as our other rule sets. This was to be the first test play of them.

I have to admit I think they played well and the two players Laurie and Stephen enjoyed the game and picked up the core ideal of the rules in a few turns. I won’t talk about the rules now but will upload them soon for you to have a look at.

 

The game was a pretty balanced affair.

Royalist OOB Parliamentarian OOB

Setup was traditional, 2 cavalry wings and infantry in the centre.

Both sides opened up with artillery fire and first blood to the Parliamentarians as they inflicted a casualty on a Royalist foot unit in their centre who never having been under artillery fire before, failed their morale and became shaken. With the confidence of this the Parliamentarian centre started off across the centre ground to meet the opposing Royalist foot.

The left hand Royalist cavalry traded harsh glares at the Parliamentarians opposite, neither wishing to advance into the crops and possibly be caught at a disadvantage. Over on the right flank Sir Byron was more than happy to take his Royalist cavalry across the open terrain and have a go at the Parliamentarian upstarts opposite. Over the next couple of turns they closed in on each other.

Both players soon started to realise that to get a plan to work you need to build that plan around your commanders’ abilities and ensure you have them in the right places at the right time. I think the Royalists(Laurie) sussed this out a few turns below the Parliamentarians( Stephen). What bought it home to them was that by having your commanders in the correct locations Laurie managed to activate his right cavalry wing three times in a turn( Initially activated by Rupert, then by Lord Wilmot and finally Sir Byron). This enabled the Royalists to engage the Parliamentarian cavalry with their and fight two rounds of melee (Not all going their way). this turned out to be an epic stage of the battle as both sides traded blows and won and lost ground.

meanwhile in the centre….

A Parliamentarian unit had broken and unfortunately decided that they had done their fair share and routed, heading for their table edge.

The Royalists had also lost a unit to artillery fire.

It was at this point that Stephen realised that his commanders where probably not quite up to the standards of the Royalist commanders and due to the poorer command ranges he was not getting as many activations as he would have liked.

Laurie was feeling confident on his right wing and decide to bridge the gap in his centre with his left flank cavalry. He started to bring them over the ford and towards the centre. This caused a huge traffic jam at the ford as units started to block other units and this in turn resulted in many activations being wasted. Having seen this happen the Parliamentarians decide to advance with their right wing cavalry towards the now sparsely occupied Royalist left. This was however hampered by the terrain and lack of command!

The right wing Royalist cavalry got to grips with each other.  The melees carried on for a few turns until finally Laurie managed to reinforce a melee with a second unit causing the utter defeat of the last Parliamentarian cavalry unit of their left. The centre was open as the only thing now stopping the cavalry swinging around to hit the centre was the routing Parliamentarian unit. Stephen tried desperately to rally them, hoping to plug the gap. Unfortunately the Royalist left wing were now in the centre field and engaging the foot who attempted to fire on the charging cavalry but did not have time for accurate fire and caused no damage to the incoming cavalry. The result was final.

Everybody said they enjoyed it and the rules for the most part seemed to play right.

In the meantime before the rules are uploaded here are some pictures of the game. All are from my collection and are mostly Redought with a few Front Rank and Foundry.

 

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The Royalist opening positions

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Royalist Centre

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Parliamentarian left Wing. View of the impending large cavalry engagement from the Parliamentarians view point.

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The clash of cavalry

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The on going cavalry clash with Royalist reserves waiting to join the melee.

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Parliamentarian initial positions

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Parliamentarian centre advancing

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Royalist left wing cavalry

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Parliamentarian right wing

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Royalist left wing start to head for the centre

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Royalist cavalry nearly in the centre about to deploy to face parliamentarian infantry opposite

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The cavalry stand off on Royalist right wing

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Royalist right wing cav

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Royalist right wing cav at start of game with Byron out in front

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Royalist cav cross the ford

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Parliamentarian right wing cav start to advance unfortunately too late to save the day.

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Royalist cav now in the centre engage the parliamentarian foot.

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Final nail in the Parliamentarian coffin. The Royalist cavalry in the centre break the Parliamentarian foot.

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July 4th Game. It can only be AWI – Guilford Courthouse

Well from the date I should have been prepared. But it was only the night before our game day when Nathan  point out the date and why were we doing a Napoleonic game?

With only a few hours notice I came up with the following interpretation of Guilford Courthouse.  I would never normally use unpainted figures but we just did not have enough painted for all units. So please accept my apologies.

The Battle of Guilford Court House was fought on March 15th, 1781.

This battle at first sight could look a hard or pointless one to play. The British with 1900 men compared to the American 4500. I like this battle as it really pushes the British player and their choice of tactics. The vast amount of the American force was militia! That said, they are behind fencing with support on the flanks and to the rear. All that was asked of them was 3 shots and then they could retire. More importantly Nathanael Greene had taken some advice and positioned a few chosen men behind the militia with orders to shoot the first to run, at least until they had fired their three!

The British really only had one way to attack. Up the main road, hoping to clear the 3 defensive lines of Americans without losing too many themselves.

Historically

The battle raged for around two hours with progress being slow due to the heavy amounts of hand to hand required to clear the fences with the bayonet!  Greene decided his mainly Militia force should retire to fight another day and ordered his troops to disengage and retire. This gave the British the ground and the victory but it was at too heavy a cost. The British had received  nearly 25% casualties not enabling  Cornwallis to effect a pursuit.  Greene managed to retreat his army nearly in tact with less than 5% casualties.

Cornwallis did not/could not pursue Greene’s army. Instead, Cornwallis abandoned his campaign for the Carolinas and led his troops towards Virginia and Yorktown. There they were besieged by a joint force of American and French and after 3 weeks on Oct 19th 1781, Cornwallis was forced to surrender.

Our game

The figures are  Perry and Foundry. From both Nathan and my own collections.

Fields are a cut up doormat from Homebase, evening before. One made all the fields and only £8.99

Snake fences from Treefella on eBay

Trees mostly home made with a few from K&M – see earlier blog on how I made them.

Courthouse is really North American PLANTATION/ TOWN HOUSE w. PORCH from Arcane Scenery and Models – not sure if they are the manufacturer. This was finished this morning!

We used our favourite rules for this period ” Field of Honor” the AWI version. If you ever see a copy pick them up they are good even if someone should have spent a bit of time proof reading as sometime they miss the odd word out. They also come with a full campaign set of rules and 2 large colour fold out map and counters to replay a number of scenarios. We have added a few house rules which can add a little more what ifs.

Being honest the game played out pretty much like the real thing. Sniping from the American riflemen caused the British to slow down until they realised that they had to clean them which they did, though at a cost. The 1st line of militia held up well and managed to cause a few casualties before in one turn it all went wrong. One of the militia units took a hit and because I had given the first line a shaken status I rolled a one and off they went. Unfortunately a couple other units saw them go and decided to follow! Their command and even Greene himself tried to rally them but nothing was stopping them.

The British moved on to the second line and after a firefight with no clear winner they went in with the bayonet. This had the desired effect of clearing some of the second line but it was at a cost to high for the British commander to consider tackling the 3rd line. I like Greene retire my forces having sent a commander on what must have been a thoroughbred racehorse to catch and stop the militia.

You will find the map, combined OOB and record sheet and some options on representing the Militia.

We are glad we tried this scenario and cannot wait to try it again.

Option1.

In this game I started the 1st line, militia as shaken. This will help replicate the shakiness of them. If you want to replicate the above use of regulars, encouraging  them to stand and fire three, then they could start the game as Steady

Option 2.

Fire three rounds.

Tempted to fire three and retire. Check morale of the militia as soon as a British unit becomes visible to them. On a fail, the unit fires regardless of the range. Pass and they don’t fire. Check every turn. Once they have fired the three:

    • Their morale automatically drops to shaken

Or

    • They test morale with a -1 for having fired their 3 rounds. This could remain in throughout the remainder of the game . They are just itching to get away.

Guilford Courthouse game mapGuilford American OOBGuilford British OOB

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Peninsula Napoleonic – Our Saturday Game 13/06/2015

Time for our Saturday game.

Nathan had never played Peninsula Napoleonics nor in fact 28mm. I decided to do a little scenario for him to get familiar with the troops and the rules. ( My own, King George Commands and We Obey).

The Orders of battle:

Allied

CinC – Exceptional 48″ command range

Army Guns – Foot Artillery Medium/ B/E/C 3SP

Brigade – Picton

Highlanders – B/B/B 3SP

Line – B/C/C 3 SP

Line – B/C/C 3 SP

Attached coy skirmishers – B/C/C 1 SP

Cavalry Brigade –

Light Dragoons – D/C/C 1 SP

Light Brigade

95th Rifles – A/B/A 3SP may skirmish, rifle armed

52nd light Infantry – B/C/B 3SP may skirmish

Attached coy skirmishers 60th Royal American – B/B/B 1 SP rifle armed

Spanish Brigade

Line – D/C/D 3 SP – may not deploy skirmish coy

Line – D/C/D 3 SP – may not deploy skirmish coy

Line – D/C/D 3 SP – may not deploy skirmish coy

Attached Skirmisher coy – B/C/C 1 SP

French

CinC -Poor 12″ command range

Brigade 1

Line – C/C/C 3SP

Line – C/C/C 3SP

Line – C/C/C 3SP

Light – B/D/C 3SP may deploy as skirmishers

Brigade 2

Line – C/C/C 3SP

Line – C/C/C 3SP

Line – C/C/C 3SP

Light – B/D/C 3SP may deploy as skirmishers

Foot Artillery Medium C/E/C 3 SP

Brigade 3

Line Irish – C/C/C 3SP

Line  Swiss- C/C/C 3SP

Attached coy skirmishers – C/D/C 1 SP

Chasseurs a Cheval D/C/C 1SP

Cavalry Brigade

Dragoons D/C/C 3 SP

Dragoons D/C/C 3 SP

The Game.

We had a 6×4 table with a village on each flank and a hill line that the Allies were defending .

The French came on in the same old way with the right flank brigade (3) taking the village ahead of them with a plan to advance through it and the orchard to engage the Spanish, defeat them and turn the allies’ left flank. All this while the other infantry brigades advancing under a skirmisher screen take the hill line. The French Dragoons there to exploit any gaps etc.

Well that was the plan!

All started well with both sides trading shots and no real damage. Turn 3 was a telling moment. The draw of activation cards did not go well for the French and the reality of a poor commander started to show. He was unable to influence the whole battle field, so the dragoons and brigade 3’s movement ground to a halt.  This timed with some first class counter battery fire silenced the guns in Brigade 1 who were supporting the advancing brigade.

The French centre starts to make it way up the slopes. The Pathetic British cavalry advance forward and could potentially threaten the French units in brigade 1 who are in Attack column. Not to worry the Dragoons will ride them down!

Turn 6 was the defining turn!

The second activation card was the Fate Fortune card. The result was master spy in play. Nathan won and so he looked at the next 6 cards and rearranged them to an order of play he wished. This allowed all his brigades to fire with devastating effect and his cavalry to charge into the side of my attack columns. The six card being end of turn, therefore my French never got to move. Over the next three turns his unit of cavalry dispatched two columns who all failed to react and form square or inflict any damage. Too  late I did manage to activate my dragoons to charge into the rear of the British cavalry, getting rid of them. My centre in ruins, a strong British presence still on the ridge and slow moving French Allies through the town we called it a day and a British Victory.

Here are a few pictures from the game and latest version of the rules.

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The Battle

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Picton’s Brigade holding the right of the hill

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British Light Brigade

Spanish Brigade

Spanish Brigade

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French Brigade 1 held up by British Light Dragoons

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French dragoons save what is left of the day!

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French Allies take the town

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French brigade 2 advances to the hill line

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Spanish move up and skirmishers open fire

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French Artillery open fire

KGCAWO rules V1.2

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War of the Roses Wargame Rules- Record Sheet

Here is the next instalment for the Are You Being Serfed rules, a record sheet.

This should keep the need to have any reference markers etc. on the table to a minimum. The only exception being possibly reload markers for artillery.

For this we use the arrow clumps from the Perry box sets placed behind the base and remove one for each reload actioned.

 

Pretty self-explanatory but any issues drop me a line.

Below you will find a pdf version and an Excel version for you to edit if you wish.

Copy of AYBS Record sheet

Copy of AYBS Record sheet Excel

 

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War of the Roses Rules – Are You Being Serfed? or I’m free, At least For The Moment

Sorry it has been a while but I am just recovering from flu. No, not man flu but real flu. It floored me for over a week.

Even though I have been feeling better for about a week it still sapped me of any enthusiasm.

What I have done to get back into the flow is to work on the rules we will be using for the demo game I am putting on at legionary on the 2nd May 2015.

If you have looked at any of the other rule sets we use, you will soon become familiar with the processes.

I make no apologies for them.  I believe they will give a fast and fun game. We are going to have in the region of 40+ units, 800+ figures on the table and with possibly only 2 players they need to be.

In the next few weeks I will add some more supporting paperwork for record keeping and I am also working on a random army generator so should also have some army lists. In the meantime here are the rules, I hope you enjoy them.

I have read through them a couple of time so I hope they make as much sense to you as they do to me. They do not cover every eventuality but if you enjoy these types of rules then it will not be an issue for you to work it out with the rest of the players. These are to have a laugh with but give a good sense of play. If you are a player who plays to the rules rather than the spirit of a game, please avoid them like the plague.

If you have any questions please drop me a line.

AYBS rules

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