Monday, July 15, 2019

ACW Battle Report - Farm Defence

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 brigade (7 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) enters the table from the Northeast corner, followed by the 2nd infantry brigade (5 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) on turn 3, and the 3rd infantry brigade (5 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) on turn 4.

The game ran until the end of turn 10.  We quickly played through the game and the at the conclusion the Union had 27 VPs to the Confederates 24 VPs - a draw in favor of the Union.

Phone pictures below ... followed by so-so SLR pictures ...






































Pictures using the SLR camera ....




































I had a blast playing through the scenario.

34 comments:

  1. Just got up, 6-30am UK time.
    Black coffee in hand, then this crops up on my reading list - what a beautifully executed game! I love it!
    My greatest amazement is reserved for the sheer nerve of the cattle amongst all that noise & smoke, they just calmly graze...
    Very best wishes,
    Jeremy

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    1. Lol! Yes, those cows started getting in the way and had to be moved into z different pen ... maybe it was a retreat for deaf cattle? Or maybe they were just really hungry ;-) Thanks! :-)

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  2. Such a spectacular report! WOnderful looking terrain, and pictures, congrats for this gem!!!

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  3. Great looking game splendid setup, particularly like the buildings, overall beautiful work 👍

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  4. Wow! Your terrain, troops and battle all like like stuff you can see in a wargame magazine.

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  5. Superb as always, Jay: it's the whole package, from museum quality terrain, the buildings, even the smoke from the firing troops. The model figures aren't bad either :-) Please give regards to Roy, Dan and John as well.

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    1. Thanks Steve ... will do. Yup, those minis are *beautifully* painted by a VERY talented guy ... think his name is Steve ;-) ... thank you good sir!!

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    1. This Hallowed Ground - home brew. Can download them here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kgt985v9bw5vds4/thg_playsheet_v3.0.pdf?dl=0

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  7. *shakes fist* We'd have made it more of a nail biter if it hadn't been for all those failed charges on the right flank in turn 8!

    Great game Jay. Thank you!

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    1. lol ... oh man, the failed morale tests ... the disorder on both sides on that flank really screwed things up ... fortunately I was defending :-)

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  8. So
    Many
    Horses
    Lol!!
    Just incredible stuff as usual Jay! It felt like I was looking at pre-vis images for the Gettysburg film for specific shots in the movie 😃

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    1. lol! You are the horse expert :-) Thanks Ivor! :-)

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  9. Great looking game and sounds like a good scenario. Great to see the ACW collection on display. 😀

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    1. Thanks Stew ... had to make sure we keep the dust off the collection :-)

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  10. A properly inspirational game, it's given me loads of ideas to carry on with my ACW project. Thanks!

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  11. Amazing display - it must be fantastic to participate in a game that beautifully executed.

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com/

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  12. Beautiful looking game, and outstanding photos, Jay!

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  13. Hi Jay,
    Sorry to contact you through your blog but I don't have your email. I am unable to put you on the contact list for volume 2 of my book without an email, so if you could contact the following that would be great. www.stevenlampon.co.uk/settingthescenevol2
    As for your latest blog update, what can I say, it should be you bringing out your own book, when you are producing posts to this standard.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  14. Jay, just fantastic! This is the type of scenario my group in the Mid-west here have been waging the past couple years - primarily when we switched from 15s to 28s (and as our game board fidelity increased, conversely our unit content and breadth of battle space went down by going "up-scale" - advance guard and flanking maneuvers have been the perfect fare for these skirmishes).

    Hey, I see a number of History Works buildings on your table, but don't recognize the make of the beautiful red/brown barn. Would that be scratch-built?

    Dave

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    1. Hi there Dave. The Barn is from JR miniatures. Out of print but sometimes you can find it. Thanks!

      https://www.wargameminiatures.com.au/product/brawers-barn/

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  15. Jay, you're a national treasure! (just ordered that last one) TY!

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