Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Battle of New Market - Our 3rd Battle of the Valley Campaign

Only two days after the battle of Strasburg the Union Army retreated south towards New Market where Shields defeated troops met up with General Schenck and his two brigades of fresh troops. It was at this meeting that General Shields was informed that after to major defeats, at the hands of Jackson (Brian), he was to be replaced as commanding General by General Schenck. But Jackson was pushing his troops hard and was right on the heals of Shields defeated and demoralised troops and soon caught up with them at the small town of New Market.

My good friend Victor took up the command of the majority of troops again and I commanded one of his brigades, Brian played the Great Stonewall Jackson who was soon to achieve another great victory for the Confederacy. Both sides deployed with bridges up to 12inches in with Victors depleted and demoralised troops in and around the town of New Market. Brian on the other hand deployed his now veteran troops just north of the town.

Jackson made the first move, as normal, attacking fast and hard onto Victors left flank with two brigades and three batteries of artillery. Brian's two remaining brigades demonstrated on on the Union right, where Victor had placed remaining three units of cavalry now dismounted).

Victors battle plan was sound..hold at all costs with his demoralised units hopefully long enough for Schenck's nine fresh battalions, three batteries and supporting cavalry to come up from the rear. These new units were to repulse Jackson and give the Union troops a little breathing space to re-organise and re-supply. Brian's plan on the other hand was to crush the Union Army at all cost and free the Valley from Union suppression.

This image portrays the initial set up of both Victor and Brian's troops - Union to the south and centre of New Market and Confederates to the north (almost opposite deployments for the 1864 battle)

Brian's (Jackson) first attack on the Union left flank. This attack was to draw the majority of the Union re-enforcements and would see-saw for most of the night until Victors troops gave way on the seventh turn.

Union batteries deploy on Shirley's Hill providing support for the Union troops below.

A view from Jackson's old Stonewall Brigade. This brigade was to spend most of the game fighting through the two of New Market and in doing so finally break the Union centre.

Victor's latest painting (sorry about the image bad camera) a Union sharpshooter battalion.

Dismounted cavalry holding the Union right. These guys, even though demoralised, preformed well with their repeater carbines and slowed the Confederate advance long enough for additional Union troops to advance..but only at great cost.

The fighting around St Matthew's church was intense for a number of turns but finally Jackson's old brigade won through.

Fresh Union troops come up from reserve..three battalions on the Union right and six on the left, plus three batteries of artillery. However they were too late to change the outcome of the battle, but were to hold steady for the expected Union retreat.

Confederate troops pour through the town, scooping up Union prisoners by the score as they go.

Even though Victor had 2/1 superiority on his left flank he was unable to break the Confederate advance. Brian had deployed three strong batteries of artillery across his front, which deterred any aggressive moves in that sector by the Union.

With the battle almost over Brian's troops break Victor's centre in the town.
Brian still had one card up his sleeve...six fresh battalions from the Richmond front finally arrived after marching hard and fast to the sound of the guns. They soon appeared on the Union right flank, overwhelming the dismounted cavalry and supporting the assault on New Market town.

The final image of the game shows Brian's victorious troops taking the last house in New Market, thus breaking the Union centre. It was a hard fought battle with serve causalities on both sides. Of Victors troops, his original division was completely destroyed and would never fight again in this campaign. However his remaining nine battalions would put up a stout resistance and allow for the broken units to withdraw.....would they fight another day??? Would Jackson's foot saw, hungary and tried troops pursue or would turn north to fight another Union Army heading south from Harper's Ferry??

Elite Miniatures Converted to ACW

I have just uploaded some images of Victor Parry's latest Elite Miniatures conversion. I have to admit that over the years I have been very lucky to live near friends with either beautiful collections of wargaming figures or near masters of conversions, and Victor is the master of conversion. Once again Victor has converted three Elite Miniatures mounted officers from the French range and changed them into three mounted command for our ACW campaign. However in doing so Victor has still maintain that distinct Elite Miniatures look. Horses are from Victors own range of Adventure Miniatures.

Confederate General (looks a little like Longstreet)

Union Commander (Grant?)

Artillery Officer or even a nice Cavalry officer.

All figures have been painted by Victor

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wargaming Old School - With Andrew Parr

My good friend Andrew Parr sent this great set of images through of a game he and Charles Rivers played the other week. Think all figures pictured are from the old Prince August range of 'mould it yourself' which are still perfect for wargaming in this grand manner. So please enjoy the images and the little blurb from Andrew.

"Marshall De Sexe (me) was trounced by Old Spanker the Duke of Cumerbund
(Charles) at the battle of the Bare forest.Noteable performances by the british Men in the Buff and for the Frenchby the Gentlehommes de Bathrobe.".......Andrew


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Elite Miniatures French Line Chasseur a Cheval Converted to the 1st Virginian Cavalry Regiment

The Master of conversions Victory Perry (of Adventure Miniatures) has just finished converting two Elite Miniatures French Napoleonic Line Chasseur a Cheval into these great looking 1st Virginian Confederate cavalry. Victor came around the other day, whilst I was casting up an order, with a great idea to convert a few figures. So I put together the figures he needed and three days later...two ACW confederate cavalry figures converted and painted....bloody fantastic and very clever.

The trooper

And Officer of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment

The original Officer and the finished product

Likewise with the troopers

Friday, September 2, 2011

Battle of Strasburg - 2nd Battle of Our Valley Campaign

After Victors' (Union General James Shields) crushing defeat at Harpers' Ferry and his narrow escape through Confederate lines, Victor road fast and hard all night to reach the rest of his army at Winchester. Jackson (Brian) soon followed a day later after burning the weapon factories, warehouses and paroling the Union prisoners. The Armies were soon to face each other again but this time on more even terms at the small but important town of Strasburg. This was to be our second battle of the Valley Campaign and Jackson's (Brian's) second win.

Jackson, after arriving just north of Strasburg, deployed his three infantry brigades and five batteries of guns across a narrow front hoping to overwhelm the Union right flank. Victor on the other hand planned his main defensive line to the right of the town. It was here he deployed nine infantry regiments and a battery of guns. On the Union left Victor deployed a thin screen of dismounted cavalry (five regiments) under the command of Col Thornton Brodhead and one battery of artillery.

The north west of Strasburg two Union brigades make up the main line of Victors' defence.

Col Jeremiah Sullivans' Brigade held the centre of the Union line.

A birds eye view of Union lines west of Strasburg

To the east of Strasburg Union dismounted cavalry deploys behind a low stone wall.

Fresh from their victory at Harpers' Ferry Confederate artillery deploys north of the town, dominating the high ground.

Soon the Confederate brigades move out from the woods and into the fields beyond.

Elite Miniatures ACW troops all painted by Andrew Parr have made up at least half of Brian's victories Valley Army.

Victor's army also contained many Elite figures but one of his brigades was filled with Victors own range of Adventure Miniatures (all painted by Victor)

A great little table top piece from Old Glory Miniatures....and also with the casualties mounting out in the front lines there was lots of work for the Army surgeons.

Garnett's Bde advances on the Union right flank....unbeknown to Garnett his brigade soon became the main effort in the assault on Strasburg.

Shaky, under heavy artillery fire but still holding firm Union dismounted cavalry hold firm.

Burks's and Fulkerson's brigades advance across open rolling fields pinning the Union cavalry in place.

This great looking Virginian homestead has been scratch built by Brian made a nice little addition to the gaming table.

A birds eye view of the battlefield just before the lines meet.

Garnett's veteran brigade charges through withering fire and onto the defensives of Union left flank, pushing the 7th Indiana back.

At the same time on the Union left the brigades of Burks and Fulkerson charge the thinly held Union right flank.

The fences and some of the buildings have been scratch built by Brian. I made the fields and Brian painted the Architects of War buildings, hedgerows and stone walls.

The 4th US Light Artillery is caught in the moment of withdrawing their guns and is captured by the 48th Virginia.

Figures are a mix of Old Glory, Sash & Saber, Adventure Miniatures and Elite Miniatures.