Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
As night approached on day 2 the Confederates fell back towards Manassas & the Union consolidated their positions on the south side of Bull Run.
In the morning the Confederates were deployed defending Manassas Junction while the Union advanced to a new line just outside artillery range.
In the centre the superior numbers of Union rifled guns have forced most of the Reb artillery to withdraw.
We were never going to finish this in one night, so we decided this seemed to be a good time to call a halt tonight. The deployment phase is over & we can start into the serious fighting fresh next week.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
We are fighting a Bull Run as a mini campaign over 4 campaign days.
CSA: Mark, Mitch, Chris.
USA: SteveD*, Renfrey, Jim, SteveJ.
* in Canberra by email & Zoom.
The map covers an area 20x16km.
Figs are 15mm, CSA old metals of various makes, Union 3-D printed.
Ground scale 400mm per km.
On day 1 the forces assembled, the Union north of Bull Run, the Rebs to the south.
On day 2 in the real thing, the Union spent the day resupplying & resting up, then on day 3 made a flank march to the west to cross the Run at Sudley Springs.
In this campaign, the Union advanced on a broad front directly towards Manassas Junction on day 2. All the fords were defended by Reb detachments.
At Blackburn the Reb have broken under musket fire from the front & artillery from the flank. More Union troops have appeared & are advancing down the ridge.
At Mitchels the Union have been driven back across the ford.
The butchers bill is not high for either, but favours the Union. Most of the losses were from artillery fire. The 2 sides had the same number of guns, but the Union's were better concentrated & more effective.
Tuesday, December 07, 2021
With a Bull Run campaign running by email but not yet resulting in battle we took a break from ACW & dusted off the WWI 1/72nd scale airplanes using our old Modder Fokker house rules.
British: Lt Oakford (Camel). Lt Nash (SPAD). Lt Arthur minor (Camel).
Germans: Oberleutant Gandy (Pfalz). Lt Jendrich (Fokker DVII). Lt Pearson (Albatros).
Lt Pearson took the honours with 3 shared kills, Lt Jendrich shared 2 kills & Ob Gandy shared 1 kill in a 3 nill German victory.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Union: Jim & SteveJ
CSA: Mark & Mitch
Both sides had 6 brigades of 6 regiments of inf & 1 brigade of 4 regs of cavalry. The union had 6 guns to the CSA's 4, but the CSA had a Stubborn rule allowig them to take more casulties before breaking.
Deployment was simultaneous with troops out of sight of not put on the table. (Areas of dead ground were marked with a numbered card & the troops in those areas were kept off table with a corrsponding card face down).
Rules: Camp Cromwell house rules.
The Union are deploying their left in defensive terrain.
The CSA are pulling their left back to a line on the ridge & the creek.
On this flank dismounted CSA cavalry have crossed the creek to flank the Union infantry, but Union cavalry have moved up & dimounted to counter the move.
In the centre, the Union skirmishers have fallen back as the main line advances into musket range.
At 10 o'clock real time, time was called. The Richmond Times will spin a victory out of holding off until nightfall, while the Washington Post will trumpet a great victory with the Union army forcing the CSA to slink off under the cover of darkness.
So why did the Union win? The Union left used the woods & farm terrain to keep 3 brigades of CSA infantry busy with just 2. This gave the Union a 4 to 3 advantage in the centre. The CSA had a ridge & river line to defend, but their line was compromised by the angle in the their line allowing converging fire. A steady Union advance relying on musket & artillery fire rather than the bayonet won the day .
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Renfrey's Confederates v. Jim's Union
Both sides had 6 infantry brigades of 6 regiments & a cavary brigade of 4 regiments.
The Union had 6 batteries, the CSA 4.
Rules: Our M2M house rules, ACW 15mm variant.
The CSA troops are rated stubborn so theri brigades can take an extra casualty before breaking.
The Union came on in columns & deployed to attack.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Rome: Jim & Mitch
Carthage: Mark & SteveJ
Rules: House rules M2M.
The Roman centre has advanced while their outnumbered cavalry is being held back on both flanks. Their plan is to smash the Punic centre while their outnimbered cavalry fight delaying actions on both flanks.
In the centre things have gone bad for the Romans. Half the Scutari on this side of the spearmen have broken thru their line & the first line had been broken by the spearmen in the centre. Only on the far side have the Romans done well, breaking the Scutari there.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
The Persians occupy a ridge opposing a slightly larger Arab force.
Figures: PeterC's 70's vintage 25mm metal. Rules: Camp Cromwell Houes Rules M2M.
Tuesday, November 09, 2021
Union (Chris & Mitch): 8 brigades of 6 regiments + 4guns (all freshly minted 3-D printed 15mm)
CSA (Mark & SteveJ): 6 brigades of 6 regiments (all old minifigs).
Rebs have appeared at the edge of the woods on both flanks sending skirmishers forward to harass the flanks of the Union advance.
On the left of the ridge the first Federal wave has been beaten off. The attack on the right side of the ridge has only just gone in. More Rebs have appeared in the woods on the immediate right of the ridge.
On the near flank both sides have a brigade engaged.
The attack on the right of the ridge has broken through the front CSA line.
The game was played with our M2M house rules & took about 1 3/4 hours.