Tuesday, 13 December 2016

ACW Practice Battle (Fire & Fury)

Pics of Thursdays American Civil War clash. Union troops trying to push Confederate defenders out of a rail head.
 Union forces shift to the right to take the entrenchments head on. One of the Union generals wrongly identifies that a yellow unit strength marker is a crack unit (its not, its actually a please don't shoot us, we will run away marker). RED-CRACK BLUE-VETERAN  GREEN-GREEN YELLOW-IRREGULARS (Militia etc)
 Its support having failed an order to move forward a Union brigade finds itself isolated and within canister range on the banks of the small stream
 41 Fire Points later the brigade is annihilated

 A full Union corps (minus a dead brigade) form up in front of the rebel entrenchments. In the woods beyond a solitary understrength division pushes through the undergrowth.

 Meanwhile Confederate reserves begin to arrive and the Union corps falls back under artillery fire
It was his plan, honest Guv

 As the Union division appears on its flank the Confederate general no longer threatened to his front is able to shift his brigades to meet the new attack.

The Union corps shift back to the left to try its luck through the woods and its artillery combined with the other battery on the road finally start to cause casualties among the entrenched Rebels
 But its too late. The wind has gone out of the UNION sails.

With hindsight this battle proved to be a good learning experience for me as an umpire. My plan for larger scenarios has always been to make them Victory Point driven and I was going to make this based purely on casualties and victory locations. For large historical scenarios with lots of stands (we are talking hundreds) that would work as either side can afford to make a mistake and still be able to recover from it. For smaller scenarios of the kind we have been playing on a Thursday however that's not the case and having reviewed this scenario, had I placed VPs on locations on the board and then given the Union an option to call up Army level artillery support at a VP cost, that would have given the Union generals the option of trying their luck with the forces they had available on the table or calling up reinforcements. Having done that however they would have to employ them positively to ensure a victory or lose on VPs. It guarantees both sides get a game and the scenario might play out differently each time. Had I given the Confederate player the option of instead of rolling for reinforcements,  paying VPs for them instead, that again may have created a different outcome if the Confederate player decided he could hold out with the forces he already had at his disposal. This method works for Sid Meiers Gettysburg so I can't see why I cant make it work for us.  This scenario did prove one thing, dug in troops ,no matter what the era are an absolute bugger to shift!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

6mm ACW scenery tiles

I recently decided to have ago at creating the first of my 6mm building tiles. The first incorporated the flex farm base from total battle miniatures which I stuck down and then blended into the stand before painting and flocking and adding a tree and some accessories from perfect six. I still have some coloured flower bushes to add which I have on order (god bless Ebay). This tile will be used as a small village or collection of farms.

The second is a town/city sector. The roads through the town are a minimum of 20mm wide giving me the ability to place the Perfect Six barricade sets into the roads to indicate if a town has been fortified.I can also then place some of the stands from an occupying brigade behind those barricades to show that the town is defended. I just need to add a few small accessories and a few small bushes to break up the lines a little. 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

6mm ACW Earth Works (Improved Defences)

A lot of the scenarios I have for Fire and Fury require what is referred to as improved defences. Having shopped around a bit from various 6mm websites I decided that since I'm creating my own earth fort I might as well use the same materials to make my own improved defences. Making my own will allow me to create any shape to suite any scenario. Unlike my earth fort I don't think I will be casting these as I rather like the random shapes that the DAS clay and building sand have created with each length.

Friday, 11 November 2016

28mm Roman Legion (Early) Victrix

28mm Early Roman Legion painted by Jono @ A Brush Too Far

Just need basing and some shield transfers!

Friday, 21 October 2016

28mm Front Rank Miniatures Prussian Bosniak Cavalry during Seven Years War

28mm Bosniak Cavalry painted by Jono @ A Brush Too Far

Requiring basing and the addition of their lances

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

1/300 6mm scale Gettysburg Seminary (American Civil War)

There can be few more iconic buildings in American history than the Gettysburg Seminary, backdrop to the 1st day stand at the Battle of Gettysburg, of Brigadier General Buford'.s Cavalry and the Union I Corps.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, also known as the Gettysburg Seminary, is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and is one of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is one of the three seminaries in the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries, and a member institution of the Washington Theological Consortium. Founded in 1826, it is the oldest continuing Lutheran seminary in the United States.
During the battle of Gettysburg, the seminary, on a ridge west of the town, became a focal point of action on the first day of battle, 1 July 1863. The seminary gave its name to 'Seminary Ridge,' where the line of battle of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was formed on 2 and 3 July 1863.

 As part of my continued project to recreate the battle of Gettysburg in 6mm scale I painted up the Gettysburg Seminary model from Total Battle Miniatures. Pictured below with one of my Union brigades it will be a focal point on the battlefield.

Each of the infantry stands of 8figues is 20mm wide X 20mm deep giving you an idea of the size of the building

Baccus Union Infantry formed up in front of the Seminary

 Shortly after I purchased and painted this model Leven miniatures also released their product as well as the Cemetery Gatehouse from Cemetery Ridge. The Leven miniatures offering is pictured below from their website. The picture of the Gatehouse is taken of the model I purchased from them.
Picture taken from the Leven website

The detail on both the Total Battle Miniatures and Leven models highlights the huge improvements in the quality of scenery that s now on offer to the 6mm gamer. I have purchased extensively from both manufacturers as well as other 6mm scenery providers and will be blogging those in the near future