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.

Union

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

Confederates

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.

8 Things to Consider When Buying your First Pool Table

Are you are looking at getting your first pool table? Here are a few considerations for prospective buyers of pool tables.

  1. Table Size. Standard pool table sizes are 7’, 8’ and 9’. Many enthusiasts however prefer the 9’ table, since smaller units are prone to create intermittent clustered balls. With the 9’ table, players will only be dealing with difficult shot making that can be resolved as pool skills develop thereafter.
  2. Rec Room Size. Players need enough space around the table to carry out their stance and strike the ball squarely. As a rule of thumb, room size should cover the length and width of the table plus the 2 times the length of the 58 inch cue stick – covering both directions.
  3. Cost. Getting a brand new unit can be a big financial consideration considering that pool table prices range from $3,000 and up. Moreover, building that additional floor space just to accommodate the table could be another cost parameter.
  4. Table Condition. The issue of cost brings us to a host of options. Should you buy brand new, refurbished or used?  Used pool tables would retail from between $500 to $1,000. There are also discount pool tables available online. Depending on the budget, buyers have a choice of going brand new or second hand, as well as getting recreation style or upper level slate tables.
  5. Table Construction. Cheap and mass-produced pool tables are outfitted with wooden beds under the felt. What is preferred is a one-piece slate underlay made of a 3-piece construction. Said materials must be laid out precisely by a competent installer so that the fine seams sandwiched between sections will not end up as bumps under the felt and affect play.
  6. Table Color. Most tables come in blues and greens but red is frequently preferred. Felt is manufactured in varying colors, so the choice is really boundless. But as a precaution, select a color that is not distracting and do not emphasize accumulated chalk, liquid or grease stains.
  7. Leveling or Re-leveling. This is requested frequently, particularly for newly installed pool tables. Remember that a pool table can weigh over a ton, so it will settle into the flooring eventually. Nonetheless, the proper use of a correct caliper and some playing cards serving as shims underneath the table leg, could resolve the issue.
  8. Table maintenance. Pool tables come constructed with felt over the playing surface which could deteriorate over time, even when not played on. Always be on the lookout for references, particularly from satisfied customers before placing an order. The seller must ensure clients that reliable after sales services are readily available.

Playing Pool

Field of Glory Miniatures Game Event

My good Friend Bruce Hanson will be co-hosting a game of Field of Glory with me, and a fellow by the name of Hans, whom I have just started getting to know, will be providing his 25mm figures and terrain.  I belong to a local game group called Red River Area Wargamers (RRAW for short) here in Fargo, North Dakota.

On Saturday September 18th, at our local game day, the Principate Romans will take on the Early Germans in a 600 point starter army battle.

Field of Glory Legions Triumphant Book

Field of Glory Legions Triumphant Book

Early this year, late winter or early spring, a friend of mine name Ron, asked me if Id will be willing to read some rules he had that he wanted to try, of which of course I said “sure”.  Anyway, I was very confident in the fact that I would help Ron try out his new Field of Glory game, but there was no way I would switch from my current game DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatis).  Well after reading it at bedtime over the course of the next couple of nights, I soon found I was intrigued by the combat system and the fun Battlegroups you would field on the table.  Anyway, before I spin off into a game review all I can say is, Bruce and I played a couple of games to learn the system and we are hooked.

On thing Id like to do in the very near future is write a review on the Field of Glory rule-set.  For years I played only DBA  or mostly BBDBA (Big Battle DBA) which is just DBA using 36 stands instead of the standard 12 for your army.   Both rules sets have their pros and cons and Ill get into that at another time.

Here are a couple of pictures from two games Bruce and I played over the spring and early summer.

Field of Glory Numidians & Romans Clash

Numidian Elephants & Late Republican Romans

This is the center of the board on a battle we had with Late Republican Romans vs Numidians using the Rise of Rome army book.  You can see on the far right, that some Numidian light horse that has allied with the Romans is getting out of the way while the Roman Legions get ready to take an elephant charge.  As the Roman player I can tell you that my legions did not come out of that one very well, at least 2 of them.  Eventually I was able to route the Numidian army, but it was hard fought.

Field of Glory Late Republican Romans vs Numidians

Field of Glory Late Republican Romans vs Numidians

Here was a later game, and much larger view of the whole battle field.  The Romans are on the left, and the Numidians are on the right and both armies are just about ready to clash.  It was another great Field of Glory battle, but the Romans did not do well on this one.  The Numidian elephants again, did their damage and the Roman line eventually broke up in an uncoordinated attack and was crushed piecemeal but the lighter and more mobile Numidian forces.

Well till next time, and if you have any comments or want to contact me for any reason, please do.