Saturday, January 18, 2014

Set Up for Tomorrows Game - The Battle for 'Fox's Gap' 1862


Tomorrow morning the Lads from the club are playing a nice little RFF game. The Scenario we are going to use was borrowed from the RFF Scenario page and is the Battle for 'Fox's Gap' September 1862. The table has been set up for a 6ft x 9ft game in 28mm. It took me a bit of setting up, especially doing the centre ridge line.


The battle will start tomorrow with a brigade each from the opposing sides - on the Confederates Garland's Brigade is already deployed and on the other side Scammon has his all Ohio Brigade deployed. Reinforcements will slowly come on over the duration of the game. But hopefully it will be a good day tomorrow and the boys will enjoy the game.


Pictured above is the 30th Ohio just about to pass through the Martz cornfield.


A view looking south across Fox's Gap and the Wise House. Pictured also are 13th North Carolina and in the distance this the 20th North Carolina.


Not quite dismount cavalry but they are all I had so these guys are representing the 5th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and a section of horse guns. They are holding the very right flank of the Confederate line.


Two images (above and below) of the 23rd Ohio under the command of Col Hayes. The image below also provides good detail of the battlefield from the Union side. A gentle rise but covered with numerous stone walls and snake fences.




Another image of the 23rd Ohio looking from Col Hayes position up and across the ground his men will have to charge.


Two images (above and below) are of Bondurant's battery and the small but hardy 12th North Carolina



Back to the left flank of the Confederate line we find Garland personally seeing to the deployment of the 20th North Carolina. Below a better image of the Wise House, which will soon see in some of the fiercest fighting of the game....I think



The furtherest left hand unit of the Confederate line is again the 13th  North Carolina, looking looking N/E along the Old Sharpsburg Road.


An finally making a short appearance tomorrow is a small unit of Union West Virginian cavalry (painted by Terry Moran)

21 comments:

Rodger said...

An incredible looking table Vinnie! Hope it is a great game!

Phil said...

One of the most beautiful tables I've ever seen...great pics!

Cyrus said...

Brilliant table and troops - looks like it will be a cracking game.

Carlo Pagano said...

As always Nathan this is very much top shelf. Looking forward to the report next week.

rct75001 said...

Looks wonderful - can't wait to see the game report

Spyros Staikos said...

Outstanding table top.
Can't wait to see more pics.

Simon Miller said...

Looks stunning! Such fine terrain.

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments Guys I have a few more fences coming tomorrow before the set up which a good friend has juster finish making and loads of more troops. So hopefully it will be a good looking game.

Thanks again and all the best

Vinnie

Phyllion said...

Amazing looking setup! I'd love to play something so impressive.

Mikko Asikainen said...

You need to stop, you're everyone else's games look bad *grumble*

Silver Whistle said...

My word that is inspiring. There is a lot to be said for cloths/mats that allow you to make your own contours and ridgeline and then the way you have the road curving round following the line makes it so much more realistic. The terrain and figures look superb and your photo's shows you have a good eye for showing the battlefield and capturing the moment.
Cheers,
Pat.

PsychosisPC said...

Great looking tables always makes the games more fun.

Monty Luhmann said...

So lovely, I want to play! Great work, fellows.

Scott Robertson said...

Fantastic Vinny, I think I will have to bite the bullet and grab a couple of those mats.

Vinnie said...

Thanks again everyone for the great comments. Scott and Pat I got my inspiration from looking at your blogs and sharing a gaming table with you so for both of you to say my games are top notch is very pleasing to read. The terrisn mats are a great addition for anyone's gaming table very basic and easy to use.

Thanks again

Bonnie

Moiterei_1984 said...

This table is really looking amazing! I'm sure you'll have a great game.

bertinoro67 said...

very nice game

Willie Anderson said...

Wow what a fantastic set up

jonathan said...

Wonderful looking game. Sounds like it made for a great days gaming.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Mark Stricker said...

Wow, when I designed that scenario, I never thought anyone would play it in 28mm. If you want to see what the terrain at Fox Gap looks like today, you can see my field trip report here:

http://hardtackncoffee.blogspot.com/2012/03/field-trip-to-fox-gap-south-mountain_18.html

Thanks, Mark

Vinnie said...

Mark,

I first found your scenario on your website when looking for a small scenario for the battle and then on the RFF site. It is a great scenario you have put together and a great one to play. Only the terrain for 28mm took a little more time then I expected.

All the best

Nathan