Got together with Roy Scaife, John Lantz, Adrian Turner and Dan Kerrick this past weekend to play an ACW game. Roy and myself handled the Union forces while John, Adrian and Dan commanded the Confederate forces.The scenario was an advanced Union force was moving into position - led by a small cavalry brigade - to secure a key farm near a crossroads. A large Confederate force arrives to force the Union position back before reinforcements can arrive.We used our standard VPs plus allocated 10VPs for control of the farm and 5VPs each for control of the 2 large fields located to the north of the farm.Table setup is below ...The Union cavalry brigade (2 x cavalry units, 1 x horse artillery battery) is already advancing past the farm, with the first infantry brigade (5 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) entering on turn 1. On turn 2 the second and final Union infantry brigade (5 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) entered the table.At the start of turn 2 a large Confederate infantry brig
I've been a bit busy with real life getting in the way of my hobby time recently. This should have been written and posted a few weeks ago.....bad boy Raymond!!Anyway.......Fire & Fury ACW rules, you love 'em or you hate 'em. To be honest I've had enough of them. I do like some of the mechanics but dispair at the thought of throwing 1's and 2's which leave you stuck all alone in no mans land. After our last game, here back in October last year, I swore I'd never play Fire & Fury again and that Postie was going to re-write the rules And so he did!!Lee's version of events can be found here!We picked out of the hat for sides I played the Union fighting against the 2 Confederate General's Lee & Surj.All units started on their baseline and first turn had to throw for how far they could move on, either 12, 18 or 24 inches. I threw quite well as you can see in the pics above and below.But Surj and especially Lee threw very low. With most of their army only moving 12 inches on the table.The
I am selling off a number of pieces in the coming weeks that do not relate to our business of battlefield tours in western France, or wargaming those battles.As a celebration of the forth of July, a Brigade of Confederates!28mm full metal Mark Fenlon/ Adventure Time miniatures ACW western Confederates based for Black powder or Jonny Reb.Moving on as it does not relate to our business model. Paintjob is tabletop qualityIncludes Brigade commander2 regiment 16 figures 13th ALA, 3rd Arkansas2 regiments 12 figures 1st Arkansas, Coppens Zouaves1 Cannon and crew1 artillery limber/ammunition limber€250 euro/£224 pounds/$282 US/$400 AudNot including Postage and insurancePayment via PayPal, Postage at cost must be insured.PM me for any questions. Posted from France using first class post.CheersMattFrench Wargame Holidays at L'Hotel de HercéMayennePays de la LoireFrance"Walk the battlefield in the morning, Wargame it in the afternoon"©
Peter Pig USS Passaic / Old Glory HMS Devastation1/2400th Tumbling Dice / Old Glory 1/600thI recently acquired a 1/600th Old Glory resin and metal model of HMS Devastation via eBay, for a fraction of the full asking price and still sealed in it's plastic bag. Although not the most detailed of kits it is perfect as a wargaming model and, with a little detailing, a nice base and a half decent paint job, will look suitably imposing. I plan to use it alongside my other 1/600th scale American Civil War models, even though it wasn't launched until 1871, as a bit of a 'what if?' project. It is pretty impressive and dwarfs the 1/2400th scale equivalent from Tumbling Dice, which is still stuck on the workbench being painted. Nice.
A new book for reading over the holidays, which are a couple of weeks away, give or take. I'm probably going to be assembling some 1/600th scale ACW models over the summer, as it's one of the top things on my 'to do' list for this year, so I thought I'd get stuck in to some appropriate background reading.
Sunday was unbearably hot inside the shed-o-war, but we persevered because we were playing an excellent ACW game using the Fire and Fury rules. Its been a while since I have played this period or these rules (I think I missed the last game at Reject HQ) so I pulled out my copy of the rules and skimmed through them on Saturday in preparation. Apparently, in that last game, all the players were so frustrated with the way the game played that Postie said he would try to alter some aspects of the rules. So having dutifully read the rules I turn up on Sunday to find that Postie had prepared several changes that made large chunks of the rulebook invalid! So this game was more of a test of some ideas he had that would 'fix' some of the supposedly frustrating elements of the original rules.The SetupThe game is a fictional battle but set in the midst of a real campaign, so Postie drew up our orders of battle from forces appropriate to the time period and location. Both sides started the game in march column, streaming
This was a commission for 15mm ACW infantry representing Cheatham's Division at the Battle of Stones River. All figures are from Blue Moon, and the flags are from Cotton Jim's Flags.Donelson's BrigadeManey's BrigadeVaughan's BrigadeThe whole divisionI really like how these turned out. It was slow going with the reduced schedule here since I switched to watching our three-year old and Allison went back to full-time work. But at least these are cleared off the schedule and I can concentrate on trying to catch up over the summer.
A quick snapshot of the painting desk as a few items have moved over to finishing line.More on the finished items shortly.Cheers for now
Dave hosted a American Civil War game using the Black powder 2 rules and the Glory Hallelujah supplement. We played on a 6x4 table length ways and the scenario was 2 evenly matched sides encountering each other.I commanded the Union forces and Ian the Confederates.The tabbleThe key junction to controlI deployIn column of march on the road to make a dash for the junctionI deployed the artillery straight away to dominate one side of the tableThe Rebs approachIan was concerned about poor command rolls so opted for march column to guarantee forward movement Slow going in the woodsI won the race to the junction and busied myself creating a defence. Ian managed to get a battery in place early on to dominate the road which was painful.The red dice show units with casualtiesMoving to create an overlap on my leftMy battalion controlling the road benefited greatly from the musket and artillery fire from my right wingMy right wing dominating the Confederate left disordering it with a large volume of fireMy ca
I admit, I’m an easy guy to impress with the “new hawtness”. Marketing types call my kind of brain an “early adapter”. This trend is somewhat dampened by the realities of cost and space to put stuff, but I follow technology developments avidly and sometimes wonder how new tech would impact my other big hobby, playing and painting with toy soldiers. 2mm 3D Printed Miniatures from Forward March Miniatures Now, 3D printing isn’t exactly new anymore nor is it unique and new to miniatures gaming. I’ve been buying onesie and twosie pieces off of Shapeways for a few years now.. not anything drastic because the price point still isn’t there yet– and won’t be until production costs can somehow go down. What’s unique, and for as much as I can tell, new, is the effort that Forward March Miniatures is engaged in. They are producing, at a very small (2mm) scale, the ability to create a 1:1 army for games set in the Age of Gunpowder and Steel (roughly, fr
Adrian & Jonathan discuss using Et sans resultat and Altar of Freedom for wargaming in 10mm and 6mm. These rules are intended for the Napoleonic wars and American Civil War respectively. Wargaming Recon Army members get newest episodes FIRST Don’t want to wait? Support Wargaming Recon through Patreon. It costs… Read More» The post Small Scale Wargaming – Wargaming Recon #224 appeared first on Wargaming Recon.
Last Sunday I joined a big refight of battle of Antietam. Some time ago Michael gave me his 10mm ACW collection, for a better use. It is Union infantry together with a guns. We used this figures so far only once and I was more than happy to use them again. In the game was involved 9 players plus umpire. For the game we used The Altar of Freedom rules. It was my first time with them.W ostatnią niedzielę dołączyłem do odtworzenia bitwy pod Antietam. Jakiś czas temu Michael podarował mi jego kolekcję do Wojny secesyjnej w skali 10mm, dla lepszego jej wykorzystania. Są to siły unii, piechota z artylerią. Jak do tej pory tych figurek użyliśmy tylko raz i gdy nadarzyła się okazja ponownego ich wykorzystania, byłem bardziej niż szczęśliwy. W grę zaangażowanych było 9 graczy plus prowadzący. Do gry użyliśmy zasad The Altar of Freedom. Było to moje z nimi pierwsze spotkanie.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: From main book.UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Sandy GillespieSCENERY/SCENERIA: Sandy Gillespie, Jack Glanville,&nbs
Painted in 2018 and finally based and ready for action in 2019 these casualty stands and command stand are from Friekorps and Old Glory's Blue Moon range.Needing to go back to using the main camera rather than the phone cam, however its a time thing and everything can be done on the device. Time can be daunting just now.Some what more daunting is the twenty odd stands of foot at the back of the painting desk. Will get there soon.Cheers for now.
Last Monday I put on an ironclads game at the club using Sail and Steam Navies and 1/600 scale ironclads. I thought the game went really well and I had three players, all of whom were new to S&SN as a ruleset.The scenario was the Battle of Mobil Bay but with reduced fleets as I just don't have enough Union Screw Sloops and Frigates to flesh out all of Farragut's 18 Ship Union Fleet. The Union Attacked with 10 ships .It was a very bloody affair with the Union loosing four ships and having four others very badly damaged. The Confederates eventually lost the Tennessee but Fort Morgan was still holding on.I need to tone down my riles form Torpedos as I think they were way too powerful. All in all, it was a grand game and I look forward to doing more. The game has also provided me a reason to go ahead and purchase the models to do the entire Union fleet. Its for the club, not me....
A Confederate artillery battalion for the battle of Stones River we recently did for a customer. All figures are 15mm and from Old Glory's Blue Moon range.The guns are not glued down so they can be detached and used with the limbers.The 6 horse limbers. While they are big and fairly costly, they look impressive and do tend to make artillery take up somewhat of a more realistic footprint on a wargame table.The two figure stand is a command stand. It is currently awaiting its flag to come in so I can attach it.