Archives for October 2010

American Civil War Game Fire and Fury After Action Report

Hey Everyone, well I finally got around to posting the battle Ron and I had with the Fire & Fury rules.

For those of you just starting to follow the blog, Ron and I are in the middle of playing and then reporting our thoughts on 4 different miniature war games over the next few months.  You might ask your self why would it take months to play four American Civil War games?  Well it doesnt take four months to play each one once, but to do them justice Id like to play each one a few times.

Im not sure about you but I find it hard to play a game once and really give it a fair shake (no pun intended there.) LOL.  The first time I play a game, especially miniature war games, that seem to have longer rule books, it really takes about 3 to 4 sessions before you really can get the full feel of a game.  Typically after the first play through, Ill go back and read the whole rulebook again to see what things we overlooked.   This usually will allow the 2nd time to be a little more smooth, and by the 3rd or maybe 4th if we still made some mistakes, Ill have a pretty good idea if I like the mechanics or not.

I live in West Fargo, so we created a generic battle and I names it the Battle of Fargo Forks.  Basically we had some woods, a couple hills and the all important strategically important crossroads to battle over.  We used a unit generator that Ron had, which Ill need to get the name of it from him to share in the post, and we used it to create the unit sizes and quality.

Using part of the roster from one of my favorite battles, The Battle of Seven Pines, we put together a quick Roster, again we wanted to keep this simple since it had been years since we have played and we wanted to test out the rules again.

Here was the OOB we used.


Heintzlmann’s (Ex) Corps

N. Kearney’s Division (Ex)

C. Naglee               7/5/3       Crack

D. Wessells           7/6/4       Green

I. Peck (Ex) 10/7/4     Crack

K. Devens(Ex) 5/4/3       Veteran

O. Berry                 7/5/3       Crack Cavalry

Artillery                 1 Gun


Longstreet’s Corps

RH Anderson’s Division

Rodes                     6/5/4       Green

Rains                      6/4/2       Crack

Jenkins                   7/5/3       Crack

Kemper                  11/9/6     Green

E. Palmer                11/9/6     Green

Ambercrombe       5/3/2       Crack Cavalry

Artillery                 2 Guns

So here is some of the pictures from our battle along with some brief explanations.  I was the North and Ron was the South.

American Civil War Game Fire & Fury

American Civil War Game Fire & Fury

Above you can see the Starting board, we played on a 4 x 6 foot table using felt for our grass.  The patches of felt with trees are woods and you can see the 2 hills that the smaller union force was going to defend on the left side of the picture.  Just right of the road heading toward the bottom of the picture you can see a stone wall and a building were a union Brigade has taken up defense.  If you click on the pictures, it will bring you to another one to click and they get much bigger to see some more detail.

Union Brigade tries to hold the stone wall.

Union Brigade tries to hold the stone wall.

Here is a close up of that same stonewall and building.  I put D. Wessell’s Union Brigade there, hoping those green troops would fair better with some support of the stonewall and some artillery support to their rear.  Kemper’s Confederate brigade is assaulting the position as E. Palmer lags behind, for most of the game Palmer’s Brigade sat or moved half speed do to command issues.

Confederate attack hits the heavily defended woods

Confederate attack hits the heavily defended woods

Here is the Confederate center right.  Moving into the heavily defended woods.  The Union Brigades held out best here, but eventually the Union right would collapse and allow the Confederates to wheel into the brigade on the far right, and sweep the Union out of the woods.

C. Naglee's Union Brigade too little too late

C. Naglee's Union Brigade too little too late

Here is late in the game, Naglee’s briagde is coming up the road, on the far right you can see the Union troops have fallen back.    The confederates have over run and routed the Union brigade in the left woods and you can see in the bottom left corner, uh huh, those are confederate cavalry, having their pickings in the Union rear.  Naglee never even got out of column formation before he was destroyed.

I’m working on a grading system for games on my site, so for now Ill hold off on all the details but a quick overview for me was it played pretty fast, you got to enjoy moving lots of troops around on the table, it felt a little more like a regimental level game with all the lines of troops, and combat seemed a little heavy on the melee, but Ill cover that more later.  Overall?  I did enjoy the game for the most part, but am eager to try Regimental Fire & Fury.

Till next time, good gaming to ya.

Creating Command Stands for the Fire & Fury American Civil War Game

Well, we had our first game of Fire & Fury for the American Civil War in years over this weekend.  Before I could get started though, I had to create some stands with flags (standard bearers) on them.  So I thought I would put up a quick little post on how I did it and share a technique that I have that is very simple and gives a pretty good result.

First off the tools you will need, assuming all the ACW figs are painted and ready to go.

  • modeling blade
  • sheet of labels
  • access to an inkjet or laser printer
  • good light source

So anyway, first thing you would want to do is download some graphics for your flags, and the best place to get them for absolutely free AND awesome quality is   He has great instructions on there how to download, and resize them depending on the scale you are playing.

Then you would want to print them out on the label sheet, I happen to have some old FedEx shipping labels, but you can get labels that cover 2 per sheet, this works best so you don’t have to try an align the flags on the paper to hard.  I print them in the paint program on windows right after I resize them as per the instruction on  after you print them out then just use the modeling blade to cut them out one at a time. (see below)

American Civil War 15mm Flags

American Civil War 15mm Flags

Once you cut the flag out, then you peel the back off, so now the sticky part is exposed and fold it back so both ends match up.  Best way to separate the back from the sticker is carefully use the modeling blade and get the sharp edge between the two parts, I like to use the very point.  Make sure and leave a little loop on the end that is going to go over the flag pool.  In my picture it is a little bigger than you need, but it’s so you can see it easily in the picture.

Making a loop on the flag

Making a loop on the flag

After that you just slip it over the flag pole and push it tight with your fingers all the way up to the pole….

Attaching the flag to the stand

Attaching the flag to the stand

Not done yet, because now you have a nice little flag but it looks stiff as a board…..

Flag that needs some molding

Flag that needs some molding

So what I use is just my fingers, but you can also wrap the little flag around a paintbrush handle or something small and circular to give it the look of it waving in the wind and your Civil War troops are ready to fight for the Union or States rights!

Union & Confederates Ready for Battle

Union & Confederates Ready for Battle

Got any good ideas on making flags for your Civil War troops?  Give me a shout, Id love to hear your ideas, and I’m sure others would as well.  Hopefully later this week, Ill have a little report on how are play test scenario went between the blue and the gray.

History of Board Games – Milton Bradley and the Parker Brothers

Monopoly game

Monopoly game

Board games have reached unparalleled popularity worldwide and this could be attributed to Hasbro Inc.  Even before the leading toy and board games manufacturer was organized in 1923, there was Milton Bradley and then the Parker Brothers. They are the legitimate pioneers in the design of board games in the United States.

Milton Bradley

The American gaming pioneer Milton Bradley is recognized as the father of the modern board game. Credited for the classic board game released in 1860 The Checkered Game of Life, he likewise launched the board game industry in the U.S. mainstream through the Milton Bradley Company.

Established in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1860, the Milton Bradley Company grew by leaps and bound, and in 1920 it was able to acquire McLoughlin Brothers – the largest gaming manufacturer in the United States during that period. However, Hasbro bought the rights to the Milton Bradley Company in 1984. Now merged with Hasbro, the company in 1987 took over Selchow and Righter, makers of the board games Parcheesi and Scrabble.

Parker Brothers

Founded in 1888, Parker Brothers was one of the first movers in the US board game industry. The company was able to launch more than 1,800 games and to this day Parker Brother board games remain a respected toy and game manufacturer brand.

The founder George S. Parker operated with a design philosophy that board games should be played for enjoyment and need not be conscious of the morals and values prevalent in other contemporary game board thesis. For instance, Parker’s first board game released in 1883 called Banking revolved on financial schemes. The board game endeavors players to borrow money from the bank and generate as much wealth as possible through methods and solutions based on the game literature. The game is played using 62 cards that portends the player’s successes and failures.

One of the more popular board games released by Parker Brothers during the Great Depression was Monopoly.  Today, Monopoly continues to be one of the bestselling board games worldwide, along with other popular board games created by the same outfit such as Clue, Trivial Pursuit, Aggravation, and Probe.

If Ford Motors is considered the icon in the Automobile Industry, the same degree of importance is accorded to Milton Bradley and the Parker Brothers in the board gaming industry.  Now both icons are under the Hasbro Inc. name, both have established an enduring legacy, because the board games that came out of their genius continue to inspire millions of enthusiasts worldwide.