Thursday, October 16, 2014

Somewhere in Korea - 1596

Ah! at last after five weeks of no games we finally got to roll a few dice last night at the club. This time instead of the normal ACW I managed to grab Leroy Simpson's very nice Samurai and Choson Koreans for a little game. I was not sure of what rules to use so I dragged out the old Warhammer Ancients rule set and got the game in motion. Having not played WAB for over five years I did not realised how slow they actually were. With the rolls to hit and rolls to wound then rolls to save all of which seemed to slow the game right down. However gaming with a good bunch of guys and nice figures made the game a joy....but next week we though we might try Impetus instead. 

All the figures used are from Leroy's fantastic Perry Miniatures collection for the period. Leroy has been painting these lads now since they first came onto the market and still has a couple of units to paint on either side, including the command stand for the Koreans. I would however like to see the Perry's possibly adding to the collection with Chinese, who assisted the Koreans in the final years of the war. But I guess I might be waiting for sometime. Well till the next game please enjoy the images I took from the game.



Korean Garrison Infantry and Armoured Infantry with handguns advance towards the Japanese lines.

Korean heavy cavalry and a Hwa Go - Muti barrelled artillery ( I was not quite sure how to use this piece or it effective range. I did use the volley gun rule but it seemed to fire to short)

Ashigaru 'advance!'

Korean Armoured Infantry advance through a village.

Yari Ashigaru firing line with handguns in front and bows behind.

The Japanese battle line

Massed Korean garrison Troops rush the Japanese line

The Japanses left flank - massed nuts of Samurai foot and cavalry...nasty

The Korean heavy cavalry charges the foot samurai

The battle line meet 

Samurai cavalry charge

Ashigaru and Korean garrison infantry charge in to hand to hand combat. The Koreans won this fight and broke the Ashigaru

But they lost this one and were routed 

The poor Koreans did not even come close to the formidable Japanese centre with massed archers and handguners.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4Ground Rice Barn & Peasant Dwelling from the Shogunate Japan Range

Well I am finally home after a month away and hopefully I will get a bit of gaming in before I head off once again. However before then I have been busy over the last couple of days building a nice little towns section for the our game this coming Wednesday night. The buildings and fence are from the fantastic 4Ground Shogunate Japan series and pictured is the 'Rice Barn and the 'Small Peasant Dwelling. The building were a little fragile and the laser cutting in some areas was very fine so when putting them together you will have to be very careful. Other then that they are perfect. The figures are from Leroy Simpson's collection here in Townsville and you will be seeing more of them in the next couple of days. Till then please enjoy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

'The Cornfield' - The Battle of Antietam 17 September 1862

Last Sunday Myself and a few of the lads put out forces together and played 'The Cornfield' scenario from the fantastic Regimental Fire & Fire supplement. However many years ago I had read 'A Landscape Turned Red' by Stephen Sears and then the next day I was fortunate enough to visit the battlefield with my good friend Larry Cassidy. That was fours years ago now and it has taken that long to collect enough terrain and figures to make this game happen. So after three hours of setting up we finally to roll the dice and make it happen.

Our part of the battlefield was only small as I still do not have quite enough room to expand the table so when setting the table I had to reduce the eastern and western side of the map plus in order to make room for the regiments we had to double their lines. It still looked good though to see long lines of troops as they might have on the day would have made the game look just that little bit better.

The figures supplied were from the collections of Myself, John Maguire, Dave Lowe, Brian Buskell and Terry Moran with the terrain all from my collection. All the images were taken with my IPhone which always seems to impress me the quality of the images it takes. Anyway the battle started much the same as it did on the day with Hookers' Corps making the first move with the brigades of Seymour, Duryee and Gibbon making the first attacks through the cornfield and East Woods. These three waves of attack were soon stopped dead by Douglass's Georgian Brigade and Walkers mixed brigade. 

Pressure soon mounted on the Confederates with three more Federal brigades coming into the fight under Patrick, Christian and Harsuff. But again in our game the Confederates proved again to hard a nut to crack as they also brought re-enforcements forward to plug gaps in their lines. So in the end as it was on the day, both side suffered mass casualties and remained close to where they started that morning. We however only played for four hours and still had a number of brigades to bring in the battle but due to time restraints we were unable to conclude the battle.

Confederate prisoners are marched past the Millers Farmhouse

A section of Campbell's battery provides close fire support for the Iron Brigade as it moves forward.

Hooker and his staff direct the battle

A section of Poagues Confederate battery provides support for rebel left flank.

The masters of the battlefield on this day were S.D. Lee's artillery battalion. These lads provided some devastating fire support for the rebels during the game.

Not quite looking like the Dunker Church however it was representing the church, J.R Jones division moves up in support of the Confederate right flank.

The Confederate frontline behind some hasty works of pile fencing rails.

The 5th Pennsylvania Reserves of Seymour's Brigade

And the 13th Reserves of Seymour's Brigade move through the East Woods

A nice view from the rear of the Confederate position with Lee's Artillery battalion in a dominating position of fire support for the Confederate line.

Duryee's Brigade moves up through the Cornfield.

With Duryee's Gibbon's Brigade engaged to the front Patrick's all New York Brigade soon moves up in support.

The 'Iron Brigade' moves up through the Cornfeild...."those damned black hats'

Another image of Campbell's artillery section near the Miller's farmhouse

The 2nd US Sharpshooters from Phelps Brigade enter the fray in support of Gibbons attack

Here they come those damn men in the black hats..Gibbon's Iron Brigade

Ah my 14th Brooklyn or more correctly the 84th NY made it to the battlefield as part of Phelps Brigade.

Duryee's Brigade makes their attack on the Confederate line with the Iron Brigade in close support.

After forcing back the 31st Georgia the 105th NY prepare to charge the rebel line.

Yet another Union brigade enters the field, this time troops from Patricks all New York Brigade and these fine lads represent the 23rd NY.

With Duryee's attack at a standstill and half of his brigade lying dead or wounded on the battlefield the Iron Brigade now moves forward to attack the strong rebel line.

And Phelp's Brigade moves up in support of Gibbon on the Federal right flank

The battle lines meet, musket fire, artillery fire, dust and smoke soon obscure the battlefield

Just as on the day our battle for the Cornfield was just as hard fought, with both Union and Confederate regiments taking heavy casualties.

Supporting lines of Blue move up in support, these lads are from Patrick's Brigade.

Combined batteries of Matthews, Thompson and Campbell offer support to the Union attack. But in the end it was not enough. Counter battery fire was becoming more effective and soon silence one section of Matthews battery and our Union troops were running out of reinforcements.

The last of our Union attacks goes in but as you can see the Confederates had strengthen their lines and proved too hard a nut to crack.

With three Federal Brigades taking over 50% casualties and forced from the field, victory went to the Confederates.....if only we had more time.