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.

Comments

  1. Diana Manning says:

    Hey Steve,

    I’ve been reading your posts on these games, and it’s kinda cool – as much as I love games, I’ve never played this kind of game. Usually just board games, card and dice games (maybe a little of the various computer solitaire games). It’s really fascinating. I have a couple of questions.

    1) Where do you set something like this up? At one of your homes? Is it behind locked doors (or are there no kids, grandkids, cats, etc. to mess it all up)

    2) How much space do you need to set up something like this up? It looks massive – like more than a kitchen table’s worth of space.

    3) How/where do you find people who enjoy playing this kind of game, and are they tolerant of newbies?

    Thanks for any enlightenment.

    Regards,

    Diana

  2. Hi Diana, thanks for stopping by to chat. :).

    1. I set up my war games in my basement. I have enough room for 5’x8′ but most games I can play on a 4 foot by 6 foot game area. There are some games like DBA you can play and a 2’x2′ area. It is not locked up, my kids know not to mess with it, but I do encourage them to play (little young yet) Our cat Shammy, she is the best cat I have ever had, she doesn’t jump up on counter tops or tables (just the back of the couch)

    2. see one above :)

    3. war gamers are a rare and some in the past would say dying breed. I believe the hobby is starting to grow a bit, but yeah it is a challenge to find others who like to move little soldiers around and measure movement and roll dice to fire at each others troops. :) I know in the Fargo area, of about 15-20 guys who like to war game. Some like historical war games, others like sci-fi or fantasy games. I prefer historical gaming, but don’t mind some sci-fi or fantasy (hoping to do a War of the Ring battle report later this month). On a final note, if the gamer wouldn’t tolerate a newbie getting into the hobby, I wouldn’t bother to play with that gamer, some of the biggest aspects of wargaming is learning about history and the social part of gaming.

    Thanks for your questions and please come back any time, and if you ever have a game you want to talk about, send me a word document or some document and Ill post it up for ya. Always love to see what others are playing too. Oh, and to get updates, subscribe to my feed in the upper right hand corner of the home page, then you will automatically get updates on new posts.

    till we chat again, may your dice roll nice. :)

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