The battle myself and the boys (Andrew Parr, Victor Perry and Brian Buskell) played was based on the Battle of Richmond (in Kentucky) 30th August 1863. We obtain the scenario from the'Guns Of Gettysburg' scenario book No. 1. It was a fairly straight up game with not too much tactical thinking...just lucky dice rolling. The mission for the Union players (myself & Victor) was top hold the Duncannon Lane with nine regiments of infantry, two batteries of guns and two cavalry regiments. However they were all classed as Militia and green. On the Confederate side Andrew & Brian's objective was to force us from the lane and push onto Richmond. They on the other hand fielded troops of slightly better calibre...Veteran & Elite. So as you can imagine with my past record of poor dice rolling I lost.......never mind there was another game that night and I lost again....the odds are against me. But I hope you enjoy the images.
This was McCray dismounted cavalry Brigade of Texans and a small sharpshooter unit from the 31st Arkansas out front. All figures are from the Mark Fenlon ACW range, now owned by Victor Perry. The figures are part of Brian's collection, he also made the rail fences.
Cruft's brigade of green and militia troops. All figures are from Elite Miniatures and part of Andrew's collection. The stone wall is from Architects of War overgrown stone wall set.
Mason's infantry brigade all Indiana and Kentucky boys. The regiment with the red pants has been painted up as a New York Militia regiment...nice touch of colour I think.
My Sash & Saber boys stood in as green troops. They played the role well and ran after the first two volleys from the Confederates.
Even the artillery for the Union was green. These guys were the only ones from Mason's Brigade who held their ground.
New York Militia, Elite Miniatures painted by Leroy Simpson
Another nice little touch for background shots, an Old Gory dressing station.
Mark Fenlon Miniatures Confederates advance forward. Of note Victor will soon be re-releasing this great range under the new name of 'Adventure Miniatures Australia'. These guys have been painted by Brian.
A fiar chunk of the battle was fought over 'Whites Farm' in the middle of the table. Once our Union troops were pushed out, our defence was basically broken.
On the other wing the battle was a little more costly on the Confederate side. A couple of sharp volleys and a few rounds of canister shot away one Confederate battalion. But with another five coming in just as fast the boys in blue could not hold.
After eight turns our lines broke
And three colour standards were captured by the victors.