Thursday, August 21, 2014

South Cavalry Field - Gettysburg

Last night the guys and myself played another of those great Gettysburg scenarios we have been playing over the last couple of years. This game focused on one of the lesser known battlefields from the 3 July 1863 - 'The South Cavalry Field'. Back on the 3rd July 1863 there were three separate small battles which occurred in this area and we picked Brig. Gen Merritt's attack up the Emmitsburg Road and along the Warfield Ridge for our game. Each side had only small forces compared to the grand battle of the previous two days with Merritt's veteran bridge consisting of only four regiments of cavalry and a battery of guns. The Confederates also fielded a veteran from Longstreet's' Corps, Brig. Gen George T Anderson's all Georgian brigade of five battle weary regiments, a detachment from the 1st South Carolina Cavalry and two batteries of artillery.

I decided on this scenario after I had just finished reading the recently released 'Gettysburg Forgotten Cavalry Actions' by Eric J Wittenberg, which provides some fantastic details for the battle, including a number of detailed maps. However I designed the table from the 'Maps of Gettysburg' series on page 274 for the placement of fences and units involved. Rules used were Regimental Fire and Fury. Our game played basically as the day with Merritts' cavalry at first advancing aggressively against the lightly held Currens' farm but the veteran Georgians seems to still have plenty of fire in the bellies and forced the dismounted cavalry back for most of the game. Eventually after being re-enforced by three more regiments did the Confederates finally advance against the Federal line, taking numerous casualties as they advance. By the last turn the Union troops had been forced back to their starting line and the Confederate still held Lee's south right flank.

The 8th & 7th Georgia hold a line below Curren's farm 

Hart's single section of South Carolina Horse Artillery offered limited support to the Georgians until they were forced to withdraw due to counter battery fire.

A detachment of 100 troopers of the 1st South Carolina Cavalry assist against the advancing Federal cavalry.

Dismounted troopers of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry advance to contest the cornfield

1st U.S. Cavalry 

Reilly's North Carolina Battery and the 9th Georgia hold position to the rear of Warfield Ridge

Dismounted the 1st U.S Cavalry advance through the cornfield and exchange fire with the 7th Georgia

And on the extreme Confederate right flank the 1st SC and 5th U.S. Cavalry exchange carbine fire

With the storm of fire to much for the veteran U.S. cavalry they are forced to withdraw to the protective cover of a rail fence and the 8th Georgia advances to clear the cornfield.

The 2nd U.S. Cavalry holds their fire as friendly troops withdraw through their lines.

An overview of the battle sees Federal troopers withdrawing from the advancing Confederate infantry.

The main battle of our game will now be for the ownership of the cornfield. This little cornfield would later see the Confederates lose the majority of their casualties (320 killed & wounded) for it's possession.

The thin blue line

A birds' eyes view sees the Confederates advance against the lightly held Federal line.

Members of 1st Vermont of Farnsworth's Brigade hold the right of the Federal battle line. They did not make a major contribution on the day or in matter of fact in our game either. Nether less they did deter the any rebel advances on that side of the tabs.

Charging through the cornfield the 8th GA receives staggering casualties from the 2nd U.S. hold the fence line.

But the 59th GA manages to push back the 5th U.S. in a number of short but sharp charges

Brig. Gen "Tige" Anderson encourages his tiered troops to fight on.

After the repel of Farnsworth Union cavalry brigade the six gun battery of Reilly's NC Battery provide long awaited added fire support to Anderson's attack.

The final turn of the game saw Confederate attacks all along the Federal line, forces two Union regiments to rapidly withdraw and leave the battlefield in possession of the victorious Georgians.

The charge of the 9th GA against the 6th PA (Rush's Lancers)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boer Wagon Laager

Sorry I have not place many posts in the last month but my new employment has taken me away from home and wargaming a month at a time......sorry excuse I know. However over the last couple of days I have manage to build and complete a nice little wagon laager for my Boers. I have been wanting to make one of these for sometime now but never actually got around to it, to many projects like the rest of us. The wagons are from the 4Ground wagon sets, which go easily together and the base I made from scratch. The painting on the wagons however is a little dodgy it is not my greatest strength. But if you are planning on gaming in the Anglo-Zulu or the Anglo-Boer wars the laager is I feel a must for the gaming table.

Stage 1 wagons completed

 Stage 2 wagons painted and tarps added to the wagons

Stage 3 all completed with a light wash to finish

 Then add the Boers and they are ready for battle

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

4Ground Settlers Log Timber Cabin 1

Hello All just a little post today to display a little 4Ground project my five year old daughter, Ella, and I completed together. The building shown is the great little Settlers' Log Timber Cabin or the New England Settler's Cabin from the 4Ground American Legends series. I thought it might look a little plain just by itself so we decided to mount it on a base and jazz it up a little. I was keen to leave it it's natural colour and not try to attempt to paint it. But I think with the colour from the base, shrubs and fence helped to complete the cabin. This little piece will most definitely make it to the ACW game at the next club meet. Till then please enjoy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blood on the Banks of the Buffalo River (Anglo - Zulu War)

On the banks of the Buffalo River was a nice little game the lads at the club played last night. The scenario was for the Anglo column to cross the Buffalo River and capture the ridge line on the other side, defeating the Zulu Impi's as they went.

All went well for the British until the first of the invasion force (three units of mounted units) crossed over into Zululand and were soon attacked by a large and well lead Impi of young Zulu warriors. The mounted troops soon remounted their horses an fled back across the Buffalo and took up a more secure position. 

However soon after the mounted troops withdraw five companies of the Natal Native Contingent advanced across the river and they too came under repeated attacks from the same Zulu Impi. But these natives were well lead and for the entire game held their ground against overwhelming odds.

Next to cross and last in the order of march were six companies of the 1st Battalion 24th Foot. These boys were veteran troops and had seen many battles in southern Africa, however they had never faced the Zulu warrior before. The British firepower proved strong and effective against the dense Zulu formations but the Zulus blood was up and their homeland invaded....the British invasion force was pushed back across the Buffalo on all fronts and failed to take the ridge line, leaving a hard earned victory to the Zulus.

Young Zulu warriors keen to blood their spears charges the dismounted Imperial Mounted Infantry

The Zulu impetus proves too unnerving for the mounted troops and they soon all flee back across the Buffalo

Three units flee away from the Zulu horde 

And take up firing positions in a more easily defendable post where their carbines can do more damage.

Next to come under attack was the NNC on the banks of the Buffalo.

These brave fellows manage to hold the Zulus on very turn and even put in a few charges of their own. A number of companies were eventually overrun but their sacrifice most likely saved the British invasion force from annihilation.

Four companies of the 24th Foot cross to add support and firepower to the NNC.

But soon another Zulu impi appears and the whole Anglo line is under a determined zulu attack  

Steady lads


With casualties and pressure mounting all across the line the mounted troops charge in to support the hard pressed NNC.

The right flank is saved...for there moment however another Zulu impi surges forward over the ridge line and charges the thin red line.

Volley after volley if fired into the mass however the Zulus, keen for blood, surge forward regardless of casualties and into the British line

The battle for the ridge is long and hard however Zulu numbers prove to much for the gallant veteran's of the 24th.

And they are forced back across the Buffalo

The invasion fails.....well for this column at least and the Zulu homeland is safe for the moment.