ACW Wargame – Boatswain’s Swamp

We got together at one of the lad’s places for a game of Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah. 2-3 players a side. A scenario from the Peninsula Campaign of 1862 (Boatswain’s Swamp which was part of the Battle of Gaines Mill). The scenario and army lists were from an article in Wargames Illustrated. It was first outing for my Union troops that I have painted so far.

Fun game – my first with this version of Black Powder. Played really differently to Black Powder Napoleonics.

Technically a Union victory in that the main Confederate attack stalled and Union still held the objective. My flank I got a pasting from the Rebs who saved pretty much every hit I got on them. Game was probably six or seven rounds (maybe more) and I did not even shake a single Reb unit despite getting numerous hits. On the other hand, I got the crap shot out of me and ended up with my infantry brigade falling back and off the board. I had a small cavalry brigade that tried to hold the flank but they got overwhelmed.

Sorry about the pics – lighting not that great and my camera is really getting past it’s use by date. Just some general shots and not a story of the battle.

Confederate Prisoners Gettysburg Vignette

The first of my Confederates for my ACW project.  Everyone has seen this iconic image. Adventure Miniatures (available from Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia) make a vignette of this famous scene.

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And on to my attempt at doing it justice. First painting I have done in three months as I have had bad tendonitis and holding a paint brush, or even the miniatures themselves, has been quite painful. That and I have been lazy.

Call to Arms 2020

Cta v Prussians 1The annual convention hosted by the Wellington Warlords has been and gone last weekend. I entered the Black Powder Napoleonic competition with my 1805-08 Spanish. Not the best army under the rules – Unreliable, Freshly Raised infantry; Small units of terrible cavalry; piss poor SR rated generals.  What the army had going for it was lots of brigades (I fielded seven brigades when most other people were fielding 3 or 4 tops) and lots of cheap as chips guerrillas which I finally think I know how to use in this game.

I got three draws and one win – the win occurring when I broke my opponents army by knocking out two of his three brigades. Had one incident where a rule was not read correctly and I lost an entire brigade of Guards after they were hit in the flank by Dragoons on a Follow Me order with their general but the rules clearly state that you cannot do a three move maneuver to get a flank charge in unless you start behind their flank.  I honestly think that if that had not happened I would have won that game too, although my opponent might disagree.    But still – Spanish infantry being ridden down by a flank charge is pretty thematic so I was not too upset. At all really. C’est la guerre!

The games were all enjoyable and it was great to catch up with other players and old friends who were involved in other competitions. Sad to hear that Brent Senior-Partridge passed away but they had a memorial trophy in his honour for the DBM Ancient guys.

Some pics.

Paint Brushes

Last year I brought a bunch of stuff off Wish and included in that lot was a couple of sets of paint brushes. I think the total cost of these brushes was about NZD$10.00. Normally I buy Games Workshop brushes but they are pushing $10 each now. I have tried $2 Shop (I guess Dollar Store or Pound Store to you Yanks and Poms) brushes with varying amounts of success and failure so was not holding out too much hope for these Wish brushes.

I have been pleasantly surprised. Already painted three units with the first of them and have had no problems.  For the price I am not too worried about how long they last but with normal maintenance I think they will surprise me.

 

5th New York Volunteer Infantry (Duryée’s Zouaves) – Perry Miniatures

I am betting everyone has this unit in their Union army, or are at least planning on having it.  I have another Zouave unit to be painted – awaiting some command sprues from Perry and a fellow wargamer has kindly sent me the five or six extra minis I need to crank this unit up to 25 figures.

These particular Perry miniatures have the option of charging/advancing or right shoulder shift. I preferred the latter  and am pleased with the look.   These guys were actually easy to paint. The detail is well molded and easy to follow. One thing – I did not have any yellow paint so did their tassles and legging thingies in a yellowish-brown instead. I figure that they faded on campaign.  Anyway, without further ado….

ACW Union Infantry Marching Regiment

My second completed unit for this project. Honestly, these took just over a day to paint and maybe half a day to base in between mowing lawns and cutting firewood for next winter.  They were so easy to paint, especially to the standard I am happy with. With two boxes of the Perry ACW infantry I was able to make a firing line regiment of 25 figures and this 30 figure regiment, with a dozen or so left overs.

What do I think of these figures? Like I said, they are easy to paint and they very much remind me of toy soldiers except in a smaller scale. They are a bit wooden and stiff but one must remember that these were the first plastic miniatures the Perry’s did. Later sets are way more animated.  But these guys probably make up the bulk of ACW armies that have been collected around the world in the last decade so they definitely have a place in wargaming history.

As an aside, one time back when the Perrys were coming over to New Zealand to do some work for Peter Jackson, they brought some sample frames of this set and gave me one. These were pre-production test moldings. On their next trip in I guess 2008 I asked them if they would sign this little framed ‘sprue’ and being good blokes they did.  Somewhat appropriately, there was one molding missing from the sprue – can you guess what it was?

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1/72nd scale Napoleonic Game

My old work colleague Roy sent me these pics and this battle report of a game played with their 1/72nd-20mm figures by a group in the Hutt Valley (two cities that are part of the greater Wellington region). This is classic old school cool. They have a big collection and have lots of regular games.

Battle Report

So back to our game. It was a simple recon engagement with each side having 2 Regts of inf, with a Btn of Lt inf per Regt, 2 Hussar Regts & a 2/3 strength Hvy Dragoon Regt.

The British inf headed straight for the wood on the rise, while the French inf headed for the ruins. The French combined their Hussars & pushed up their right flank, while their Dragoons made a left hook around the hill. The British sent one Hussar unit towards the hill to cover their flank, and combined the other Hussar unit with their Dragoons to cover the open left flank by the wood.

The British abandoned any interest in the ruins and consolidated themselves around the wood, thus forcing the French to come to them – which they obliged. The Lt inf was leading the forces of both armies and soon came within musket range, but the French gave up shooting into woods as pointless and got stuck in with the bayonet.

Instigated by the French, the cavalry by the woods (working on the basis of ‘we’re here for a good time, not a long time!’) added their commander to the mix and attacked the British who were forced to respond in kind. Throughout the game these two forces attacked each other 5 times where after the final melee, the French were forced to retreat.

The French Dragoons rounding the hill also attacked the enemy cav, who backed off to within protective musket range of their inf, after the initial melee – that stymied the French for a bit.

The French inf continually attacked the British in the woods, with neither side really gaining an upper hand.

By the end of the night, neither side appeared to have been a clear winner, so we resorted to the victory table which came out as a draw

ACW Union Infantry – Perry Miniatures

When it comes to wargaming bandwagons I am a lot like Corporal Jones from Dad’s army – always a step behind everyone else.

In my lead/plastic mountain I had two boxes of the original Perry Plastic ACW infantry and  box of Zouaves. Where or how I acquired these I just cannot remember but I suspect at a bring and buy at a convention. I know I actually brought a box of Perry ACW Cavalry from Scott at Kapiti Hobbies some time ago that I converted into British Zulu Wars Auxiliary cavalry.

Anyway,  late or not to this party, I have entered the wonderful world of 28mm ACW.

I decided to go with 24-30 figure regiments as standard. This is the firing line regiment.

Monday Music: Panzerleid

Yeah I know – it is not Monday.

I first heard this when I watched the 1965 movie Battle of the Bulge.

Panzerlied was composed in 1933. In 2017, the German Army was banned from publishing song books containing Panzerlied and other marching songs by the Minsiter of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen.  An attempt at denazification apparently but they are happy to name their tanks after big cats, just like the Wermacht in WW2.

Youtube deleted the previous video. Probably because they are actual Nazis.  How long this musical version will remain is anyone’s guess. Tokyo Philharmonic’s rendition.

 

 

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