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The game approaches – nearly there!

Took yesterday and today as flexi days. With the big ACW game coming tomorrow I wanted a bit of a rest before and a nice leisurely preparation with no panic and stress. Yeah…as if…

First off, the walls and fences took a LOT longer to do than planned. But they are done and packed and ready:Then I sorted out the Order of Battle for both sides. I’ve got loads and loads of ACW. There was no problem there! Yeah… as if.. I was short 5 Union command stands, 2 CSA ones, a CSA corps commander, two CSA guns and a Union caisson! But with  full day yesterday, focus, and just sitting in the attic listening to music (KFL, Van Der Graaf Generator, Levellers, Sabres of Paradise, Rogers Waters) I got them all done!Corps command stand.Two more command stands.CSA guns.And for the Union: Three stands for the Irish BrigadeTwo others.And a caisson I need as ammo supply marker.Not bad for a days work!

I’ve also done labels for all the units which stick on the bottom and the coloured strip folds up at the back of the base.And this morning I laid out the table to get a feel for what it will look like: I will need more fences!!! I have another 3 meters of MDF to make up so that will help!

So tomorrow I will meet up with Iain, Dave, Simon and Ken to do battle! What could possibly go wrong!

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Bolts from the blue!

With a large 15mm ACW game looming it made serious sense to focus on all the markers and terrain I will need. So clearly this week it made sense to paint some Norman crossbowmen for Ayton in May! 🙂 Figures are Perry Miniatures. Mounted on 25mm washers. These are the first 28s I’ve painted for a little while and I’m not 100% happy with the triads I used. Not helped by having run out of my usual Vallejo Buff paint! Anyway, twelve figures:

Next up I need to glue together some more of the plastic men at arms… I think I’ll do 12 all in chainmail just to speed them along!

And on another note… I’ve just traded some 1/300 aircraft for some painted 10mm Pendraken Sudan figures with Slugbalancer down in London. Figures arrived the other day. Nice simple and tidy paintjob:However, I really need a little more contrast for them to fit in with my style so I thought I’d try a GW Earthshade wash:I’m not sure if it has darkened them too much? It’s definitely helped I think.

And as you can see from the 15mm chap in the middle, I have started on more Fire and Fury markers and will be trying yet another Union Blue! 

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Fire and Fury markers…

For an upcoming 15mm Fire and Fury game I need a few more markers. Here are 16 Union Disrupted markers. Figure are Peter Pig.

I’ve got 16 CSA markers lined up next along with a few more Low Ammo markers.

Bit gutted I missed the York Show today. First one I’ve missed in years. Hope it was a good one for all who went.

 

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Fire and Fury in Whitley Bay!

And a second game in one month! This week the Whitley Bay 3D Gamers club were meeting on Wednesday rather than Tuesday. Tuesdays are currently slightly problematic due to my wife’s hectic Pilates schedule! 🙂 but finishing work slightly early and having access to the car makes the odd Wednesday possible. There were four games being played last night:

A large Bolt Action game:A 15mm AWI rules playtest:And a WW2 boardgame:

And a large’ish 15mm ACW Fire and Fury game laid on again by Andy Oliver. Three players aside it was basically a meeting engagement with three divisions aside and the various hills being the objectives for victory points. I took a Union division of three decent size brigades and a battery and set up next to the wooded enclosure with the two hill to my front being the targets. Over the far right the troops were in action straightaway with Andy’s division again assailed by two divisions!My troops prepare to advance.Although my first brigade faltered and forced the supporting brigade to pass through!To my left, Rod started a rather cautious advance alongside the road…The Rebels (Lawrence) advanced to the central hill but seemed hesitant.And on the left their large brigade prepare for the onslaught of Rod’s division!While Lawrence’s other brigade and guns set to hold the hill!
With a possible threat to my right I held back my brigade and battery and finally advanced on the far hill. Meanwhile on the far right Andy was having a few problems…And the other hill the Union had secured prepared to defend it.With the threat to my right gone as those brigades shifted their target my brigade began a long round of combats with the Rebels facing them.Finally my central attack drove home as both brigades went in with great enthusiasm!Sweeping the brigade from the field and crashing into the guns behind!While my other brigade was pushed back again!

Having driven the guns back as well my brigades took the hill but the supporting brigade became a little confused, refused to re-deploy and after some enfilade fire was hit in the flank by a rapidly moving brigade.And to my left Rod’s division, having ‘secured’ a hill and only fired a few shots from the battery sat and observed… As my enfiladed brigade was swept away and my forward brigade faced rebels to front and rear!And that was it really. I had gained a hill and lost it! On the right, Rebels, despite suffering badly still managed to hold ‘their’ hill and in the centre drove the Union off another. It was looking a poor show for the Union… at least where they fought! 🙂

A nice, quickly set up and played game that was good fun. A couple of players hadn’t played before but in most circumstances the rules are pretty straightforward. Thanks again to Andy for organising it.

And in other news… at the weekend I managed another short game of X-Wing with Zach. This time his sister (Hannah) wanted to play (she’s 11). For a change he too two X-Wings with decent pilots and I took a TIE and Interceptor and Hannah two TIEs. The game didn’t last long. We got lucky and managed Hannah’s TIEs hitting on X-Wing and stripping the shields. As I tried to get shots on my target I ended up getting a long range shot at the already damaged ship. Two hits. One a critical causing two damage! Scratch one X-Wing! Luckily tea was ready as Zach was none too pleased! Good to be playing stuff anyway!

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Fire and Fury on Tyneside!

Last Saturday I managed a pass to get down to the Tyneside Club to play some Fire and Fury. With a proposed sub-LAW game pending in March I thought it worthwhile to get some games in to get up to speed with the rules. 

Andy put together a scenario based on Antietam where him, myself and Paul took the divisions of Jones, Hill, and Ewell respectively under Jackson to hold the ground around Dunker Hill against a strong Union attack commanded by Rod, Frankie, Ben and Alex. 

I think the scenario was roughly based around Hooker’s Attack on the Fire and Fury UK website as the map was similar to the one there.

I took Hill and deployed on the hill! Paul to my right defending Roulette and Andy on my left defending the West Wood. The Union forces deployed across a broad front but two divisions concentrated on Andy and the West Woods With three brigades deployed forwards Andy was going to have a tough time against two divisions! However the attacks in the centre and to the CSA right were very slow getting going… Not so the troops heading into the West Wood! These woods were to see a LOT of fighting as Andy fought the Union to a standstill in the woods but never quite getting the dice to breakthrough and cause havoc in the Union rear. Frankie’s attack made slow progress though the fields but he eventually concentrated his guns (as did I) and we had much counter battery fire. The Union should have had the better of this (and eventually did) but my guns held their own for many turns despite having one battery destroyed and guns silenced…. Finally Ewell moved forward and engaged on the right. Against the odds he help up the Union advance very well.The battle for the West Wood raged but their flank had been turned and troops were now descending on their flanks.Finally, Union troops leave the fields and advance against Dunker Hill.This was the climax of the battle in the woods as the two CSA brigades were attacked front and rear/flank.

We had some discussion here as to whether a brigade forced to retreat (and NOT disrupted) could retire through the gap away from BOTH lots of Union troops? In the end we ruled yes. That allowed one brigade to escape. The other, already disrupted, could not.

Meanwhile, on the CSA right the battle raged on and brigades moved to the centre to defend the church and hill. The remains of the CSA artillery are threatened by a Union brigade. The attack on the centre looks finally to be getting underway.But as dusk was falling the CSA came off the hill and tried to destroy the attack before it could get underway. Andy’s troops on the left were still holding that flank against Ben. The attack in the centre was held off and Paul, on the right, had held all his objectives (the farms). As the CSA main objective was to hold the high ground I felt we had really achieved that. As night fell, the Union called of the attack. Totalling up the points it was a good CSA victory. Andy on the left had suffered quite badly but had held the flank and severly mauled two divisions. Frankie and not pressed his attack quickly enough so the high ground was held, and Alex had never got near the farms. We felt that a Day Two would see the CSA pushed off the hills, especially as their guns had suffered. But the first day definitely went to Jackson!

Andy had continually asked for support, but to get their I would have had to move off the hills and across open ground covered by the Union guns. And as the objective was to hold the hill I felt the more damage and time Andy gained would aid that. If the centre and right attacks had been pushed more vigorously I think the outcome could have been different. It was a good game and thanks to Andy for organising it.

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Finally limbering up….

The not going very well EB vs CB Painting Challenge has hit another way point and needless to say I have still failed to paint the 28mm Altefritzeburgers  I had planned. Iain however has finished another excellent Spencer Smith unit. See the details on his blog: http://general-e-pickled.co.uk/gateway-alliance/james-longs-regiment-is-seconded-to-the-gateway/ but here are the chaps in their glory!

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Iain updates his new blog even less frequently than I do mine but it is worth watching for some lovely troops and he will eventually get more content up there.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my head is just not in 28mm mode and having recently played a few Fire and Fury games I’m firmly of the opinion I should crack on with the re-basing, paint a few 15mm and finish off the project! So that is what I am doing for now…

To that end I have finished the three limbers I started and done the bases on three guns and added a divisional/corps commander…

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The limber riders are done in the dark blue I’m using for all my new stuff. I’ve tried finding a blue to match what is there but had no luck finding or mixing one I’m happy with. I’ve realised the slightly off colours of the old Minifigs is down to the varnish used yellowing. So I’m never going to be able to match them really…20161002_163429

So, as you can see, I am getting there. I need to re-base the CSA officers and think what I need to add to them. And paint more Union cavalry!

Onwards and upwards!

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I hate re-basing!

I continually agonise over basing. Partly because I get some sort of perverse pleasure out of it and partly because I HATE re-basing! And for some reason I can’t cope with a basing convention that doesn’t let me have my troops marching down a road!

As I’ve been dabbling in Fire and Fury again I’ve finally decide to re-base the Minifigs Union force I have. As mentioned in previous posts this was acquired many moons ago at the Edinburgh show and was based using the ‘standard’ 1″ Fire and Fury bases with mostly three figures to a base but also a good few with just two (I assume to eek out the figures for more units).  20160831_092114The CSA troops have been based to match this and as I have NO intention of re-basing them. And the only Minifigs I have added to the force myself have been based the same and using my standard colours.20160831_092141 20160831_092215However, with the intention of trying Regimental Fire and Fury I had a little pang of indecision. The standard Fire and Fury bases ‘look’ right at the brigade level on the table. However, if representing individual regiments I think troops in two ranks look better. Although RF&F deploys bases two deep I wasn’t sure on the look of that. Some people just do two ranks and treat it as two bases under the rules. This also allows more flexibility for use with other rules. However, taking this route would mean re-basing the CSA to match and that would reduce the number of units I can represent. And the more I looked at battle reports of RF&F games the more I decided that the standard basing looked fine! So I’ve started the process…20160831_092250 20160831_092154As I’m keeping the army as all Minifigs 2nd Generation (as much as possible) there may be issues making up full units all in the same general poses. I have already sorted a trade for some Zouaves in kepi so can make the existing unit up to a size usable in RF&F. But until I pick some scenarios that use them I’ll need to wait and see if I have enough!

But I still hate re-basing!

 

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Bit of an update…

Summer holidays. Kids off. Life. Work. Lots of things getting in the way of hobby time. No more games played and no painting done. I’m still on a bit of an ACW theme. While away in Spain last week I managed to read Thomas Keneally’s Confederates which I really enjoyed.

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And am now starting on Antietam – The Soldiers’ Battle which is looking good as well.

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I have a number of other ACW books due as a result of a little splurge but more on those when they arrive. I’m also awaiting the arrival of some more 15mm ACW figures from Essex Boy along with a copy of Regimental Fire and Fury. Looking forward to trying these. I’m still agonising a little over basing. ALL my ACW is based 3 to a base for Fire and Fury but I’m torn between sticking to that or rebasing so they are in two ranks. Just cannot decide. Rebasing would be a BIG job but I like the feel of a more regimental level game for the period and am not sure the two ranks of ‘standard’ Fire and Fury bases looks right…

I’ve also secured a few old Minifigs from eBay to add to the Union troops I have and have decided that the Union forces will stick with older Minfigs (2nd Gen, not the strips) and the Confederates will use anything else that is going! So if anyone has any old Minifigs ACW lying around I may be interested?

I do need to start painting again as it is looking like my painting challenge with Essex Boy is going to fail for a second month. Such is life…

I’ve also submitted my order to Forged in Battle for the last Kickstarter. I’ve gone for lots of pike, Gauls, a few Republican Romans and some generals. I’ve still got a couple of weeks to crack and order more!

Having missed the Other Partizan at the weekend my next show is Border Reiver on 3rd September. Looking forward to that!

So there we are. Updated…

 

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Fire and Fury in the Attic – Part 2

I’ll assume the Union are attacking Southwards! Union start. Ward’s Division begins a slow crossing of the eastern ford.

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While Berdan’s Division marches rapidly up the road and across the main ford.20160723_125149

Meanwhile the rebel division to the west pushes forward into the valley.

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And the rest of the CSA struggle to cross the hills in their path.

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Ward finally pushes foreward into the fields, still a little uncoordinated but the delays in the Confederate advance give them time.

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Berdan advances rapidly but struggles to deploy his brigades as the rebels rapidly approach. The Corps artillery has been deployed on the high ground to cover the attack

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And the two batteries take their toll on the advancing troops.

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Berdan still struggles to deploy…20160723_131844

However, Bentley and Ward have now crossed into the fields and deployed to await the attack.

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Berdan deploys just in time to face the first charge!

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And against the odds throws back the rebel assault!

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Meanwhile in the centre the rebel attack is taking time to develop so Bentley and Ward push forward to bring the battle to them.

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Berdan manages to bring his third brigade in to support the line as more rebels line up to attack.

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And Ward’s brigades destroy the first rebel brigade to attack, sending them reeling to the rear!

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The flank is now clear to allow Ward to swing round as the rest of the Confederate division to engage Bentley’s green brigades

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Four brigades are in action with the rebel experience surely to carry the day?

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But no! The enthusiasm of the new troops throws back the rebel brigades is disarray! (Blame my daughter who was throwing the dice at this point!)

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The victorious troops prepare to advance!

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Meanwhile, on the other flank, Berdan’s division is now fully engaged!

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But disruption and low ammo are taking their toll.20160723_150515

And the Union line, despite support from the batteries to their rear, is pushed back…

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And the rebels prepare to go in again.

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And with Bentley pursuing the enemy in the woods, Ward divides his division and sends a brigade to threaten the rebel attack on their right.20160723_184148

Berdan’s line begins to weaken as another brigade descends from the hills.

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Will support arrive in time?

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The final assault takes place as the rebels bring forward fresh brigades from their rear support.

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And in the centre the green troops realise that the enemy they threw back are not defeated!

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The end is near for Berdan. His left and central brigades flee the field (my daughter rolling 9s and 10s!)

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And the breakthrough charge hitting the remaining badly weakened brigade that Berdan himself is trying to stiffen! But to no avail as that brigade too is thrown back with Berdan and many troops captured.

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And the victorous rebels push across the stream to threaten the batteries to the rear.

20160723_191426At this point there was a bit of a lull as life got in the way again. The collapse of the Union right seemed to negate their victory on the left and left the potential for the victorious Rebel brigades to turn and descend on the rear of the forward troops. However, this would be under the fire of the Union guns. It really depended on the two Union brigades destroying the Rebel brigade on their left.  So it seemed prudent to try a couple more turns.

Ward’s lead brigade descended on the rebel flank and the large green brigades attacked frontally. The rebel fire was ineffectual and in the ensuing combat the Confederates were swept from the field with heavy loss!

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It was now the turn of the other Rebel brigades to take fire from the Union guns and they suffered badly with two brigades stopped in their tracks one fleeing the field.

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The victorious Union troops now turned to face the disrupted Rebel line…20160727_140225

And the Union Corps commander managed to rally one of the routed brigades and bring them back up under cover of their guns. 20160727_140242

And the final positions saw the disrupted Rebels facing relatively fresh troops and increased fire from the massed guns to their now rear. I decide at this point they would concede the field while they still had a chance to escape!20160727_140250So that was it. A game at last! I’m not sure I got everything right with Fire and Fury. I kept it simple in terms of troops types and lining up combats. The D10 range had some important effects, especially at the end for the Confederates who were unable to re-deploy to avoid the guns and face the coming threats. The Union on the other hand had the resounding victory on their left and were able re-deploy and rally when needed.

The Rebs who collapsed on the left were the newest troops in my ranks – previously belonging to Essex Boy! – and in the fine wargames tradition of new troops they ran well!

I think I may re-do the table and have at it again!

A

 

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Fire and Fury in the attic – Part 1

First a little background. I’ve wanted to set up a game at home for quite a long time but getting my game top clear has proved a problem. As well as deciding WHAT to play. Usually the delay in the latter results in the former getting cluttered again and then months pass by. Again… This time however I cleared the top, laid out my Mat-o-War and after settling on a 15mm game I dug out the bits of scenery I have and laid them out… I then decided I was missing essential stuff so bought more roads, hills and based up trees I had (see my last post) . Although I had originally planned to field my 15mm AWI forces the enjoyable game of Fire and Fury at the Whitley Bay club on Tuesday settled me on rolling out my 15mm ACW armies.

These armies have travelled a little. MANY moons ago I went up to the Claymore Show with the Tyneside Wargames Club and on the Bring and Buy there was a largish 15mm Minifigs Union army. This was 2nd Generation Minifigs. Plainly but neatly painted and based for Fire and Fury. I wish the CSA army had been there as well! It was however entirely infantry and artillery. I assume someone else grabbed the cavalry. There was unpainted stuff as well and I planned to paint this as CSA. Inevitably it never happened as I had just met my now wife and was slightly distracted! I eventually gave up and sold the army for £50 to my mate Billy in Birmingham. Roll forward a good few years and I fancied trying ACW again as Sam Mustafa’s Longstreet had just come out. I asked to buy it back. In the meantime Billy has added a decent CSA force to it and a copy of Fire and Fury rules. He generously sold me the lot for £50 on the understanding that if I ever decide to part with it again I had first to offer it all to him. For £50! Which was fair!

As ever, nothing much happened but as part of the Analogue Painting Challenge in 2014 I decided to paint some of the cavalry as the Union will still missing these. These came out quite well but I never did any more!

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And a couple of month ago Essex Boy sold me his few painted Confederate troops which I immediately re-based for Fire and Fury.

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And so we come to today. As I’m still fairly new to the rules I wanted a simple game and rather than try and pick a ‘real’ scenario a little Googling led me to an old Fire and Fury page which had pre-generated armies for use in competitions. I just chose two corps that had no cavalry and rolled the random events they suggested. This gave me two forces with a few Exceptional commanders.

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So I plonked the lot on either side of the table with little thought as to who was facing who.

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The Union are on the right and will be crossing the stream at the two fording points and with a bit more effort at the point near the righthand woods. The CSA are deployed to the left. I decided to make the upper levels of the hills rough terrain which I thought would offset any delays with the Union crossing the water.

We shall see what happened in the next post!

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