Andy, Damien, and Martin piloted the Federal side while Bear, Derrick, and I ran the Confederate. It was an interesting scenario: a Federal assault on a forified Rebel position on a low hill. Each player had about 6 'activations' including the 3 cannon on each side. The Union units were 16-20 figures each, including command while the Rebel units were 12 a piece with command.
Here's a good overview of the table early in the game, taken by Martin with his I-pad or some such thinking appliance:
|Andy's brigade advances to the creek and to the forest.|
|Derrick's troops move to make sure the grain field is contested.|
|My Texans moved to the edge of the forest to stop Andy's Bluecoats.|
|Federal artillery adding support to the assault. Even without Shrapnel or|
Spherical Case or lasers, the artillery made things tough for both sides.
|Bear's position with artillery is on the left and mine to the right. Undaunted,|
the Yankee line advances.
|Things are about to get tough for Derrick in the grain fields.|
|I crossed the creek in loose order and met Andy's troops in loose order.|
Eventually I had no one left to retreat with. Lots of hand-to-hand in the woods.
As things went on, Martin chased Derrick's command far back - mainly by destroying units. Damian's batteries took out two of Bear's and the Zouaves penetrated the fortifications. Andy and I struggled in the forest, but the larger size units and shear numbers told the tale. Some amazing things happened... which I'll show in the photos shortly.
|The Zouave unit kept on advancing...|
|... although some were less enthusiastic and hid behind a hill for a while.|
|The view from the Confederate fortification on the hill crest.|
|The same place from a more arial vantage point. The Yanks in the |
cornfield were hard to target but they had a tough time shooting as well.
|The Zouaves finally broke through and the Southerners made an orderly withdrawal.|
Here are the promised "Amazing Things." It'll never be a series on the History Channel, but it made for good conversation at the table.
|The view just before the Zouaves broke through. All in all, a winning draw|
for the North. Bear remains inconsolable, y'all.
Our home brewed variant of "This Very Ground" continues to entertain and make a good game. The action is bloody and fast. Officers are in trouble. The addition of sharpshooters (which we left out this time) would usually make it worse. I think we'll see the Blue and Gray again before long.