: Thanks! Yup, did indeed get your PM and it will be considered once the guy actually gets a name. :D Nothing wrong with Pike&Shotte. Quite on the contrary! Campaign stuff always sounds intriguing.
Hey guys. I can't believe I haven't posted my little report of the Bull Run to Gettysburg game here! Sorry about that, I shall remedy it immediately.
Last month saw my boys' baptism of fire in a test game of Bull Run to Gettysburg.
Both me and the Unionist players didn't know the rules, so the host offered to not only serve drinks and provide the location, table and most of the terrain but also to umpire the whole affair.
It was basically just setting up our armies in a somewhat linear fashion and give it a go to learn if the rules are any good and to get a game going.
Early on the Union troops on their side of the table of course took the opportunity and got into an abandoned farm, I tried with my guys to charge it frontally, got shot up rather badly.
My Louisiana guys ...
...got some help from their friends of the South Carolina Zouaves and infantry and some artillery from North Carolina and Tennessee.
On the right flank I had my cannon and a unit of cavalry who dismounted and took position in a small forest.
However, that didn't really scare the two Unionist cavalry squadrons off and in one of the most horseless but still fierce cavalry battles the 2nd Louisiana cavalry was kicked out of their cover and were shoo'd off the table. Whilst racing (still on foot) the union cavalry broke through the Confederate lines. One of the units ran by my artillery, but the cannon crews were fast enough to at least catch the second unit with a hailstorm of shrapnel and they had to withdraw.
In the meantime the first unionists cavalry unit had shoo'd my cavalry off the table and reformed for charging up the hill and at my artillery battery.
For the most times of the game my artillery battered the enemy artillery but only to little effect. First one of the southern batteries had a horse killed. In return my artillery killed two of their crewmen and one of the limbers.
I really like that limber model by the way. Excellent minis on that one. :-D
Towards the end the Louisiana Tigers also made it into range of the enemy lines and fired a salvo. I rolled really well too but trying to hit infantry sitting in a building at long range and counting as loose formation still was rather ambitious. I'm sure the enemy was impressed with the trousers still.
Yeah, so it went on up until I had to leave due to having to appear at a friend's wedding early the next day.
It was rather clear though that the day and the first Battle for Ramshackle's Barn was won by the Union.
Well, maybe next time...
More pictures can be found here:
Hope you like the report.
The rules left us a little 'meh' in the end. They're definately playable and there are some really nice bits in there (units under fire firing less effectively themselves, the fact that troops are advancing or retreating playing a role in further morale checks and so on) but ultimately there was a bit of a 'meh' feeling to it. I have to point out that none of us were familiar with the rules though so we probably made some mistakes.