The forces consisted of two infantry brigades, each of 4-5 regiments and two cannon, and a cavalry regiment each. Each side had two brigadiers and one medium tall general as over-all commander.
(All photos are by Andy or myself with my dinky little pocket camera, since I forgot my wife's nice camera.)
|An homage to my friend, Irwin back in Pennsylvania, who did ACW reenacting with a signals unit.|
This is actually a pretty cool little vignette.
|Part of Andy's brigade advances - a brass Napoleon and a rifled cannon, Wheat's 1st Louisiana Special Battalion (Louisiana Tigers) and the 7th Georgia. (Old Glory 15mm artillery and crew, Minifigs infantry)|
|More of Andy/Kevin's Brigade - the 1st Maryland and a Virginia regiment.|
The white yarn denotes the edge of the forested area.
|Another view of Andy/Kevin's brigade. You can see the flags of Beauregard's Texans in the background.|
|Derek's troops - Michiganders and the Irish Brigade (formed into one eight-stand regiment rather than 4 two-stand regiments) storm across the creek. The Irish were armed with smoothbores and were subject to the "Ferocious Charge" rule.|
|At one point, the Tigers did not receive an order, and the Virginians passed through them.|
|Derek's troops again, now deployed into line. The 39th New York (the Garibaldi Guard) and a regiment of Federal Regulars are in the foreground with the Irish and the Michigan boys just beyond.|
|The Union line of battle approaches the enemy. Martin's Zouave brigade decided to to through the woods on the far side of the battlefield. (Troops by Minifigs, Falcon, Old Glory, and Essex)|
|Derek's artillery (More Old Glory 15's)|
|Derek's unit of Berdan's in the woods to his front.|
|Derek's dismounted cavalry move into the farmed area. The command and guidon remained mounted because I hadn't painted enough dismounted cavalry!|
|The Virginian Cavalry infiltrate the woods.|
|Andy/Kevin's Virginia cavalry at the edge of the woods. They had attacked the dismounted Federals in the farm yard and were thrown back. The Bluecoats were behind a stone wall.|
|Here they are, taking up their defencive positions around the farm yard.|
|A better non-mystical view. Wallace's are Essex figures, Berdan's are Old Glory, and the Fire Zouaves are Minifigs.|
|A close-up of the brigadier and the artillery over the bayonet of the 1st Maryland. (Both are Old Glory)|
The Rebel command is in the background.
The rules work well for the ACW. What was lacking has to be laid to my fault. Next time, I need to have a roster saying which units are veteran, "normal", or green, with some extra things like sharpshooters, ferocious charge, and skirmish specialists. Walking the horses trough the the wood worked without unbalancing things. As I said, I don't know if it is entirely "Kosher" according to the rules, but it makes sense and it works. Since my troops are mounted 4 to a base, breaking an entire unit into skirmish is a problem. (I'm NOT rebasing!) It gives the skirmishing unit a great advantage, effectively doubling the number of men firing in one space. Cutting the number of firing troops might be the way to go. I'm going to paint skirmish stands up, but that takes time and it is Advent...
We'll do this again, bet on it. I like how clean the Black Powder rules are and how flexible. They even had the right "feel" for the ACW in my opinion. We may have made the mistake of going longways on the table which made us take a long time to get to grips.
Live and learn.