At the Hamilton Road Games Group, during a pre-convention lull, I offered to host a Black Powder game set in the American Civil War using the Black Powder special rules addition for the ACW, Glory Hallelujah! There are certain aspects of the ACW that are distinctive and need to be noted and played. I'll note a few of those things later,
I laid out a table and set up 3 Confederate infantry brigades, one cavalry brigade, and an three battery artillery reserve. The Union had 4 brigades of infantry, a brigade of cavalry and an artillery reserve of four batteries. Kevin, Kevin's daughter, Andy, and Ian took on the Union while Bear and I commanded the Confederates. (This is no surprise since Bear always prefers the South, so he had the Stonewall brigade of Virginians and the three regiment cavalry brigade. I took the reserve, the Texas Brigade (forgive me, Wife!), and a brigade of Georgians and Alabamans. Kevin was over all commander of the Federal troops and ran the Iron Brigade and the Irish Brigade. Ian commanded the Zouave Brigade which never really existed, but I make it up because it is very colourful. Andy assisted Kevin's daughter is captaining a brigade of cavalry and a brigade of mostly US regular infantry. The setting was northern Virginia, with the Federals trying to break through to Petersburg and Richmond. The Rebels had to hold them back.
|Bear was to hold a small town on the right of the Confederate lines. He extended his infantry further to the right and dismounted two regiments of cavalry who took up a position at a hedge line.|
|The Irish Brigade advanced toward the Georgians and engaged them "energetically."|
This photo was taken later in the game when the Irish broke through the Rebel line.
|Union cavalry threatening the far left flank of the Texas Brigade.|
Lone Star troops don't scare that easily!
|The Regulars advance. They also had the 39th New York - the Garabaldi Regiment with them.|
|The 18th Alabama awaits a further federal assault. The two rings show casualties.|
The stand turned backwards shows the unit is 'disorganized' due to morale.
|The 5th Texas stands firm... for a time anyway.|
|The gallant Iron Brigade of the West advances on Bearsboro... or whatever we named the town.|
|The Federal artillery reserve as a grand battery - two 12# Napoleon smoothbores and two 3-inch rifled guns.|
The two figure stand is the division commander while the single stand is the brigadier.
(I named Kevin "Pap Thomas" for the day.)
|Dismounted cavalry in Bearsboro.|
|The Iron Brigade assaults the second dismounted regiments.|
The blue-coats behind them are really Confederate dismounted cavalry;
I ran out of Rebel figures!
|The Rebel Artillery reserve - two Napoleons and one 3-inch.|
|The band of the 54th Pennsylvania Volunteers play some lively music while they advance.|
|A look down the whole battlefield.|
|Ian's Zouaves attempt a flank march.|
|The 7th Georgia and the 22nd Alabama with the brigade's battery watch the advance of the Irish Brigade.|
|The music of the Confederate forces.|
Oddly the fifers are playing their instruments BACKWARDS.
They're either very, very good or the sculptor had no idea how the thing was played!
|Berdan's and an Irish regiment from Massachusetts advance on the Texans.|
|A gunner's view of the advancing Regulars.|
- realize that rifled artillery and rifled muskets have longer ranges (in the rules)
- remember that you cannot charge on initiative, but only on orders (in the special ACW rules)
- Using 15mm figures, start closer 'cause it'll take forever to get in range.
Hamilton Road House rules:
- When rolling for command as the rules require, a unit can always move one move... even if the command fails
- Command rolls must be done if you 'push' your troops, i.e. if you desire a second move or want your troops to charge. Command failure says you cannot do that thing. Troops failing to charge can still fire their muskets. Some troops have a special rule that permits charges on initiative, usually units that are vicious and historically nasty.
- If you dismount cavalry, they deploy as skirmishers and not as line troops. They probably won't stand up to other troops in hand-to-hand and they respond to break tests as cavalry and not infantry when there's a difference.
-- There are other things that I can't remember since I've been working today. I'll bring them up later.
However... was it a fun game?