Thursday, September 26, 2013

Chancellorsville - 2nd Battle of Our ACW Campaign

Last night the lads at the club played their second battle of our ACW campaign. The battle was for the import crossroads at Chancellorsville and was fought over by a brigade each of Union and Confederate troops. Brian playing for the Union fielded six infantry regiments, a battery of guns and a cavalry regiment. Josh fielded almost the same size brigade however I think a couple of is units were slightly larger.

With both sides using the Orange Turnpike crossroads as their objective it was a fairly straight forward battle, Josh coming out of the think forest to the east of the Chancellorsville and Brian trying to hold firm on the ground he already held.

Josh's Brigade took the offensive on all turns, slowly pushed through the dense shrub and through the open fields and took the fight to the Federals. Always on the attacked the Confederates slowly push back Brian's right flank, eventually causing two regiments to leave the field in haste.

However this was not without heavy loss one of Josh's regiments suffered 50% causalities trying to capture Brian's gun battery. The remaining units of Brian's Brigade eventuality were able to disengaged and withdraw from the battlefield with no further losses.

Josh's Brigade start to deploy into line

Union Cavalry rushes forward to cover a gap in the Federal left flank

Union regiments stand firm behind a fence and fire into the approaching Confederate ranks advancing down the Orange Turnpike Road

One of three desperate charges made by the Confederates onto Brian's guns..all were forced back by double loads of canister

Not been able to carry the guns Josh then swung his attack onto the supporting infantry

Every attack defeats the Federal regiments on the Union right flank, eventually forcing both from the field

With the Union right flank gone and Confederates overlapping the line, it was time to pull back to fight another day. Loses for the day were not too server with the Confederates total losses at 250 and the Union at 450, killed, wounded and missing

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Brisbane Muster 2013

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the 'Brisbane Muster', held each year around the same time at the Serbian Hall, just near the South Bank Railway Station. The Muster is put on boy the guys of the local war gamin club and involves some very nice demonstration and participation games plus a number of local and state retailers. I attended both days of the event and had a great time catching up with a few old acquaintances, met a few new ones and brought some nice terrain and can never have too much. I have added a few images of the games played so please enjoy.



Musket & Tomahawk

SAGA - with a great looking scratch build long ship

Anglo-Zulu War - I would have to say the best display game of the weekend

Pulp Alley - another fantastic demo game with some very nice figures and terrain

And lastly a cool Flintloque Napoleonics, which I have not seen for years...very very cool

The Serbian Hall - plenty of room and space for more make sure you plan to attend next year.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

5th New York Zouaves - Perry Plastics

I think all the guys out there would have been playing and collecting ACW would have at some time if not already have this fine regiment in their collection - 5th New York Zouaves. Well this is the second time I have painted the unit and added it to my own collection. The last time was over 12 years ago and they were Old Glory 1st edition, still a fine figure, but I have since moved those old boys on and have again painted more but this time from the very nice Perry Plastics ACW range.

My grand planned is to paint another Zouave Unit - 10th New York, who were brigaded with 5th NY during the Peninsular, 2nd Manassas and Maryland that would make a fine Brigade.