Using our home-brewed ACW variant on Iron Ivan's This Very Ground, a fairly large game was played this past Saturday at the Hamilton Road Games Group. Andy, Kevin, Martin, and Rob took the role of the generals of the Federal armies, while Bear and I defended the honour of the Confederacy. The boys in grey were defending a fortified position from an assault by the Union with about twice as many troops and 2 extra cannon. It was tougher on both sides than you'd think.
|The centre battery in the redoubt.|
|Two large units of Zouaves advance.|
|The defenders wait for the command to fire.|
|Martin and Rob prepare to move further.|
|A birds-eye view of the Union advance. The green bingo chips mean the unit as been activated|
and has moved or shot or both.
|The 114th New York enters the fray. I liked the light blue uniforms so I painted them that way.|
|Andy's Zouaves are a more generic colour and I don't know which regiment is represented.|
|Union artillery - privately moulded figures and gun.|
|The Reb gunners take aim at the 114th.|
|Union batteries in support of the assault|
Privately moulded figures on the left, Perry Miniatures on the right.
Perry Miniatures plastic Zouaves in the front.
|The fortifications, the bivouac, and the reserves|
|The business end of the central battery|
|The Union Commander - looking unworried|
|The brave defenders - Perry plastics|
|The 114th (or what's left of them) take the battery!|
Rob's sharpshooters are hiding behind the handy tape measure in the background.
|"Double canister and no swabbing!"|
|Kevin moves his victorious Zouaves into the redoubt.|
|Union infantry come over the wall despite the best efforts of the defenders.|
|Another Union unit approaches the still contested wall.|
|"Hurrah, boys, hurrah!"|
Kevin's Zouaves come over the fortifications.
|Andy's brigade advances in proper order - two companies of skirmishers out front,|
four companies in open order behind. The standard is primarily for show, but the mounted
officer has a morale use.
|"I'll be in my tent. Y'all wake me when the war is over."|
A decent close-up of one of Andy's Perry Miniatures artillerymen who agreed to pose for the photograph.