Tuesday 28 November 2023

Battle of Neds Cabin: Fire & Fury revisited

Posties Rejects got together at the weekend for some ACW action using Fire & Fury. I haven't played these rules since 2019 but we all picked things up quickly under Stuart's watchful gaze. 

Union Order of Battle
3rd Corp c/o McDowell
1st Division (c/o Hatch) 1st, 2nd, 4th & 6th Wisconson + Gun
2nd Division (c/o Ricketts) 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th New York + Gun
3rd Division (c/o Reynolds) 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Pennsylvania + Gun
Cavalry Division (c/o Pleasanton) Vermont Cavalry & Gun
+ Reserve Artillery (dice for quantity in 2nd turn)

Confederate Order of Battle
2nd Corp c/o Jackson
1st Division (c/o Starke) 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Virginia + Gun
2nd Division (c/o Lawton) 1st, 2nds, 4th and 6th Arkansas + Gun
3rd Division (c/o AP Hill) 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th Alabama + Gun
Cavalry Division (c/o Wheeler) Texas Cavalry
+ Reserve Artillery (dice for quantity in 2nd turn)

The initial setup. Artillery reserves would come on later in the game. 

The Federal line was anchored on a ridge line

The Confederate players advance towards the Union positions

New player Dan turned a humble wood into a formidable redoubt

My Wisconsans watch the approaching rebels

Much of the fighting took place on the right flank.

The Rebels charge up the ridge in the first of several back and forth melees

Union troops are pushed back

On the right flank, the Pennsylvanians charge downhill, bayonets fixed in an attempt to disrupt the Confederate advance.

Extremely high rolls on both sides made the melee very exciting. 

The Pennsylvanians are touched back up onto the ridge and hold their position

Meanwhile, Dan's New Yorkers fight bitterly for the woods. 

Richard's Virginian's charge uphill and I roll a double one, but so does Richard. There's an immediate second turn of melee and I roll 11 but Richard rolls a 12 and I'm pushed back

But then the Union right flank crumples. Both sides are being worn down but the Union troops have the worst of it. 

At this point in the game, it was getting later in the afternoon and I decided another round or two of melee would not improve the union position so I conceded the game. When Stauart totted up the points the Confederates had won by three points, a narrow win but one that would probably have only widened further had we played on.

Friday 17 November 2023

6mm Medieval Building Kickstarter

Phil Page (aka 6MilPhil of Slug Industries fame) sent me a few buildings to review from his new 6mm Medieval Village Expansion Set Kickstarter. I already had one of these models earlier in the year so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on the full set for a review video. I wasn't disappointed, with every model being wonderfully sculpted and full of character. There wasn't a single flaw in the casting of any of these models and I'm more than happy to recommend them. 

All views expressed in this product review are my own and reflect my genuine and independent view of the product. 

Phil Page's YouTube Channel - Includes video of lit interiors

Slug Industries on Facebook

Sunday 12 November 2023

Warfare 2023 Show Review

The Warfare 2023 wargames show took place this weekend and Posties Rejects drove down to Farnborough to enjoy the show. As always we shot a load of pictures, talked ourselves hoarse and spent loads of money. A brilliant day was had by all concerned. 

Are you a Grognard? Or a Beer and Pretzels type of gamer?

Are you a Grognard? Or a Beer and Pretzels type of gamer? Many wargamers would probably describe themselves, in a slightly self-deprecating tone, as a Grognard. But maybe you also enjoy newer, simpler, fast-play rules? I quickly look at the definitions of these two wargame archetypes and ask, do we need to pick just one? 

Saturday 11 November 2023

Dense Woodland Build Tutorial

This wargame tutorial/walk-through is my take on how to create dense woodland for 6mm wargaming. This version has tree trunks holding up a thick canopy of leaves and represents patches of impenetrable wood (ie units can't pass through them). However, you could make the same model, without glueing the canopy to the trunks, thus allowing models to be placed inside the forest. 

Sunday 5 November 2023

The 15 minute wargamer: Turning even short period of time into hobby time

Sometimes we don't have hours to spend enjoying our hobby, but that doesn't mean we can't make even the shortest period of time, hobby time. Breaking down tasks into smaller pieces means we can tackle the largest of projects, watch the longest of videos, or even play big games, even if we only have 15 minutes to spare.