Miniature War Games

Miniature war gaming, using 2mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 25mm, 28mm and bigger figs to represent troops and armies on the battlefield. Played on your kitchen table, or wherever you have the room.

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.

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 warflag.com.   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 warflags.com.  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.

28mm American Revolution Painting project.

Well I finally made some time to sit down and work on my 28mm American Revolution painting project.  As some of you already know, Im working on 28mm figures by Perry Brothers for the British Grenadiers rule set.  My buddy Ron and I are painting the two armies who battled at Freeman’s Farm (part of the Saratoga campaign).  I’m pretty new to studying the history of The American Revolution, but I found  a good book on Amazon by Osprey on Saratoga and started reading it.

Ron had taught me earlier this year a couple of simple techniques that allow me to paint rather easily.  I got some great results on some 28mm War of the Ring figures by Games Workshop that I was working on.  Ill cover that game system later on, it’s so easy for me to get distracted by all the great games, so anyway….  I got some painting done last night finally on the American Revolution British I’m working on.  I’m hoping to wrap up the first batch of 12 figures, which will represent the 20th foot for the British army (Ron is painting the Americans).  Now one disclaimer for the previous statement above about “great results”.  I am not the greatest painter, so I should say for ME, they were some great results, the figs looked nice and Ill be proud to put them on the game table.

The picture below shows a finished figure on the left and one on the right, that is ready to get a little more white added to the straps, then it will be ready for the wash technique that Ron taught me, as can be seen on the figure on the left.  I use Games Workshop washes, and so far it seems to work pretty well.

28mm Perry Figures painting the 20th Foot

Here Below is a view of the back with the canteen and other pouches carried by the soldier.  As you can see, if you look just at the red coat the one on the right is how I used o paint, just a simple base coat, I never liked how the figs looked.  A simple black wash or dark brown fills in the shadows and gives the figure a much better look (see the white pants up above as a great comparison, or the face of the two soldiers).

28mm AWI Perry figs 20th foot back

You’ll have to excuse the camera work a bit, I’m not a professional, just a guy who loves games.  I hope as the blog grows that I will get better. Actually right now I have just been using my phone, I can about imagine the cringing by some of you that take great pictures for your blogs. :)

The batch of figures I am currently working on includes the officers, and I even went out on a limb and did some mixing of paints for the first time, to paint the sash a purple color that they have on their waste.  Ill add those later when they are done.

Currently right now I hope to finish the unit as far as painting goes during this week.  Finally when my Litko bases get in I can base the figs and put static grass on them and put the finished pictures up on the blog.  After that Ill move on to some skirmish troops, which will have a stand of Queens Rangers, so those will look great in their green jackets, and 2 stands of woodland Indians with rifles, each stand will have 3 figures, for a total of 9 skirmish figs.

So I guess now Ill go turn on the football games, and get out my painting stuff and see if I can get to the point of doing the wash, that is always an exciting part of the painting.  Let me know what you are working on, and Ill talk to you again shortly.  :)

Here are some of the books and DVD’s I have enjoyed watching on the American Revolution.