Saturday, 5 October 2019

Union artillery fend off assault

Returning to Stonewall’s Sword, Revolution Games’ regimental ACW game covering Cedar Mountain, last night, we played our first face-to-face session of the game.

It was a learning game for Mike, so we only got through a couple of turns in a couple of hours of play, but we both really like the system.

This morning, I picked up where we left off and played on, solo.

The photo shows the Confederate right flank at the start of the third turn, at the conclusion of the artillery phase. It is 6.20 PM, Thomas and Early had been pressing the Union left flank, with Early pushing through the cornfields and Thomas skirting them, following the line of the South Fork of Cedar Run.

A collapse of the Union left would expose a gap running from Robert Hudson House to Hudson’s Mill and open the lateral Pike behind the Union position, to Culpeper Road, either trapping much of Banks’ II Corps (Army of Virginia) or allowing their flank to be rolled up.

Banks, with resources stretched on that flank,  responded to the threat by sending Greene ‘s 78th New York and 1 DC to the edge of the Cornfields, together with the gun batteries of Roemer and Robinson moving to cover the open ground.

Thomas’ advance brought his regiments directly in front of the newly placed Confederate artillery. Caught attacking over open and exposed ground, just 600
yards away from the guns, his Brigade suffered harshly.


But the crisis was by no means over and with the Confederate brigades of Archer and Pender about to arrive on the battlefield, this flank was going to come under significant pressure.

This system looks like it will generate plenty of localised regimental action that I can port over to by 12mm figures and hex terrain, that would give a good game in a 4' x3' space.
Perhaps 102nd New York amongst the 
cornfields,  awaitin' for Early's assault.

In the meantime, here is a look at some new Cornfield terrain that I have been working on for 28mm, using Christmas crafting pieces sold in The Works (UK high street stationary focussed retail outlet). You get bags of 8 x 1 foot lengths of a sort of thin Christmas tree type material for just £1. When cut down to 30mm, they give a fair representation of a corn field at normal viewing distances.

I have made two trays of corn for this field, which can be removed to allow troops to be represented in the space. Both pieces can also be removed and replaced with a bit of teddy bear fur to re-purpose as a wheat field.

18 comments:

  1. Thanks Michal, a fun project made mostly out of the scrap pile.

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  2. Very effective Norm and I like the idea of being able to replace bits to change the look.

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    1. Thanks Steve, I am even thinking of some livestock possibilities for the field, with a muddy base being inserted.

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  3. Very nice cornfield!

    More and better ACW terrain is creeping up my 'must do' list.

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    1. Thanks Ross, just a bit at a time when the mood takes me, seems the best way to go.

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  4. The corn field looks effective using the opportunistic purchase of Christmas tree material.

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  5. Thanks Peter, the thought never occurred until I saw the crafting material on the shop display.

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  6. Norm, nice construction of the cornfield. The result is quite convincing. Even though you state from what these stalks originate, I cannot identify the source. nice rendering of the drum head too. It looks suitably beaten upon.

    Having received this game in the post this week, I am in agreement with you that the state icons on the counters are a bit distracting. I would have much preferred seeing an overhead view of a unit in line. Still, very handsome counters.

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  7. Thanks Jonathan, once the counters are on the table, you pretty much zone out of the state icons, which is good, but equally leave you wondering why they exist at all as a preference in design.

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  8. Lovely cornfields, waiting to see them in a future report!

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    1. Phil, I have another bag of said 'corn', so I think some more building and a game will certainly follow.

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  9. Excellent cornfield Norm, I used to enjoy modelling stuff like that. The unit looks great too.

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  10. Lee, I have crafted a few things recently and it has really taken me back to the days when I more routinely do these things.

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  11. I used the same method to make my cornfields. Yours look great too! 😀

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  12. Great looking cornfield! I'm still making trees out of my salvaged fake Christmas tree!
    Best Iain

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  13. Thanks Iain, I was surprised how good it would look. There is a brown as well as green material in there, which I think helps.

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