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Recruits: There and Back Again

My second Recruits convention in Lee’s Summit is in the books. I had a great time, though next year I’m going to make some changes so that I get to play more than two games!

I saw some old friends and acquaintances, made some new ones, AND all my games were victorious. Difficult to beat that combination. On the downside, I spent waaaay too much money, but we’ll just ignore that part.

I apologize for these photographs-they were all taken on my phone, because I was stupid and forgot my camera at the hotel. Also, I did a poor job as a correspondent, and pretty much only photographed games I was involved in.

Recruits at 8:30 AM

Recruits at 8:30 AM

7-Years War Flats

7-Years War Flats

Beautiful flats

Beautiful flats

Undead mammoths! (Dragon Rampant/Lion Rampant)

Undead mammoths! (Dragon Rampant/Lion Rampant)

Fierce Woodland Indians

Fierce Woodland Indians

Fierce Puritans

Fierce Puritans

Made it to the woods-line.

Made it to the woods-line.

Fantastic terrain.

Beautiful terrain.

Excellent terrain.

Teddy bear fur and sticks.

Brigadier Patterson. A FANTASTIC leader of men.

Played a game of Regimental Fire and Fury, based on a portion of Williamsburg. I sat down behind this guy: Brigadier Patterson. A FANTASTIC leader of men. That’s sarcasm. He was rated poor, and with the exception of one trained unit, all his regiments were green. Conservative defensive play saw us through, though, and Patterson’s boys managed to inflict double the casualties (7 to 3) on the Sesh scum.

Williamsburg

Patterson’s brigade covers the right flank of the battle. Fortunately there’s a nice swamp to anchor against.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Soon-to-be-repulsed Rebs charge one of Patterson’s regiments.

Williamsburg

Action in the center

Williamsburg

Here they come again, boys!

The 2nd Battle of Maggie’s Farm

This farmhouse occupies a strategic crossroads somewhere in western Kentucky. Will feature in a Bob Dylan song, 100 years later.

This idyllic farmhouse occupies a strategic crossroads somewhere in western Kentucky. Will feature in a Bob Dylan song, 100 years later.

Yet another game of Regimental Fire and Fury. I’m really enjoying the set of rules, though I suppose that might have something to do with my having won the last two games.

We ended up re-running our last scenario with a few modifications. I had thought we were going to reverse the situation the two forces found themselves in, but the Scarlet J wanted to see how things would go with some slight changes.

Essentially the scenario is a fictional meeting engagement at a crossroads, somewhere in Kentucky in 1862. The CSA forces, consisting of two brigades of three regiments each, plus two batteries of two guns each, arrive (appropriately) from the south, starting at that edge of the playing area, but able to come on the field at any point along that edge’s length. The Union starts on the northern edge of the playing area, but has to come onto the mat within 6″ of where the road intersects the mat edge. The Union starts with a brigade of four regiments, and a single battery of two gun. Starting on turn 2, with a 20% chance, the USA forces may receive reinforcements of a brigade of three regiments, plus a two gun battery. Chance of reinforcement increases with every turn, and, in this case, they came on in turn 3.

So, the pressure is on for the Confederates to take advantage of their obvious early game advantage.

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The Confederate Order of Battle-completely fictional and somewhat silly.

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Divisional Commander: General George Leverett

Tillman’s Brigade

  • 1st Arkansas (10 stands)
  • 2nd Arkansas (10 stands)
  • 3rd Arkansas (10 stands)
  • J.E.D.’s Cavalry (4 stands)

Nielsen’s Brigade

  • 13th (Danish) Texas (10 stands, excellent morale)
  • 15th Texas (10 stands)
  • 16th Texas (10 stands)

Bateman’s Battery

  • 1 rifle
  • 1 12 pounder Napoleon

Conrad’s Battery

  • 2 12 pounder Napoleons

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On to the report, in captions.

The battle plan. Tillman's brigade advances in line on the right, fixing the Union forces, while Nielsen's Danish Texans advance on the left, with one of their three regiments swinging wide behind a height, to come in perpendicular to the Union lines, delivering an enfilade attack.

The battle plan. Batteries rush to occupy the high ground, while Tillman’s brigade advances in line on the right, fixing the Union forces, and Nielsen’s Danish Texans advance on the left, with one of their three regiments swinging wide behind a height, to come in perpendicular to the Union lines, delivering an enfilade attack.

Looking east

Looking east down the east-west road. Funny thing about our board is that I need to buy another layer of foam mats, because a lot of the needle mounted trees have a bit TOO much needle and bottom out on the table underneath. Thus the levitating little tree to the right of the road. Bateman’s battery, consisting of a rifle and a napoleon would occupy the wooded hill to the right, and pretty much have their way with the Union masses on the plain below.

sumthin

Two twelve pounders occupy a commanding position on a height just south of the ¬†east-west road, protected by a battalion of cavalry, led by J.E.B.’s younger brother, J.E.D. Stuart. Columns of infantry advance in the distance, trying to seize the initiative before the Yanks can get organized. I managed to roll a ‘double quick’ maneuver for my first turn, which was a BIG help in executing my plans.

lines

How far can I move before coming in range of that Confederate line?

something

Contact! I managed to wreck that Union battery very early on.

engagement at hill

This is the Confederate right flank, anchored by some rough ground. The 1st Arkansas tried to do some good, over here, and eventually drove that Union regiment from the hill.

firing

Nielsen’s brigade in the far distance is maneuvering, one regiment serves as the hinge, while another advances through the forest, and the famous 13th (Danish) Texas maneuvers on the reverse slope of a distant hill to catch the Yanks in the flank.

Reinforcements in turn 3

Union reinforcements came on in turn three. This is the daunting scene they faced. The wagon is a Federal ammunition supply point. I had to make my move before these reinforcements could get into action, because I would soon be outnumbered including four fresh new Yankee regiments.

From the union lines

Hard pressed Yanks. Nielsen’s brigade pushes through the woods and homestead on the bluebellies right flank.

Hammer and Anvil

Hammer and Anvil. The 13th Texas quickmarches over the concealing hill to take the Union line square in its right flank. Chaos ensues.

from the western battery

View from the Confederate western battery on top of the wooded hill.

battleline

Tillman’s brigade, in a nice bit of maneuvering, dresses their lines to receive the Yankee reinforcements, who are closing the range and mean to do some bloody work.

from the hill

J.E.D. Stuart’s view across said neatly dressed lines.

Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals

later

Serious business.

Danish Texans....chaaaarge!

Danish Texans….chaaaarge!

A hot and tense engagement. Will the Union right collapse before they can make the weight of their reinforcements on their left be felt?

A hot and tense engagement. Will the Union right collapse before they can make the weight of their reinforcements on their left be felt?

The Danish Texans do what they do best, and give the Union right a taste of cold steel.

The Danish Texans do what they do best, and give the Union right a taste of cold steel, causing the bluebellies to flee to the rear.

Union forces press on my right

Union forces press on my right

something.

The Union right flank collapses, just as their 2nd brigade gets into position to threaten the Confederate right flank. Would the lines have begun to, effectively, pinwheel? ¬†Could Nielsen’s brigade have swept through the disorganized Union right, catching the whole bluecoat force neatly in the bag? Who knows, we ran out of time. Another resounding Confederate victory!

This was a really tense and engaging game, right up to the point where the Union right flank collapsed. We made it to turn 7 before running out of time, but I don’t think the Scarlet J would have been able to recover from having an entire brigade become near-combat ineffective-at least not within the 10 turn limit.

Keys to success? I think I used the terrain fairly well, and never suffered from any real command & control issues. Knocking out his early game battery certainly helped, and getting a ‘double quick’ move to start the game put me in a position to dictate the tempo of the game. I think my opponent was a little over-aggressive. I probably would have held back, and let the Confederates cover more distance and suffer more defensive fire. That said, a static defense can be deadly to the defender, plus it’s not all that fun!

 

Regimental Fire and Longstreet

The Scarlet J and I had our second game of Regimental Fire and Fury, using the “Meeting Engagement” scenario from Mustafa’s Longstreet rules. Thus the not-so-witty title of this post.

We’re still getting it together on the terrain front-I need to do a mat up that better reflects your typical rural North American landscape, rather than the arid wastes of Spain. I need yards more fencing. I also need to develop some forest floor and rough terrain pieces, as well as cultivated fields. In other news, it’s surprisingly difficult to find good corduroy fabric, locally!

Also of interest, is the appearance of a couple of new limbers, serving the newly christened “Nielsen’s Battery) and the (fictional) 13th Texas Regiment, largely served by recruits from the heretofore unknown Danish population of west Texas. Suffice it to say, I need to do a post on the incredible generosity that I keep encountering in the wargaming community.

Enough rambling-here are some mediocre photographs!

We Confederates suffered from traffic problems, early in the game. It's best not to park a regiment of infantry in front of your two batteries.

We Confederates suffered from traffic problems, early in the game. It’s best not to park a regiment of infantry in front of your two batteries.

Our first hand-to-hand combat! Moments later, I rolled a 1 and the Scarlet J rolled a 9. Cue fleeing rebs and exposed guns. Shame on you, 3rd Arkie!

Our first hand-to-hand combat! Moments later, I rolled a 1 and the Scarlet J rolled a 9. Cue fleeing rebs and exposed guns. Shame on you, 3rd Arkie!

The situation at the end of the game, which we called for time. Counting casualties, a narrow Union victory (13-10 stands). If we'd kept going another turn I might have destroyed that entire disrupted and routed Union regiment at the top center of the table.

The situation at the end of the game, which we called for time. Counting casualties, a narrow Union victory (13-10 stands). If we’d kept going another turn I might have destroyed that entire disrupted and routed Union regiment at the top center of the table.

End game from the Union perspective.

End game from the Union perspective.

The new recruits from down in Texas shot up a spirited New York regiment, and then gave them hell with the bayonet, sending them fleeing in disgrace.

The new Danish recruits from down in Texas shot up a spirited New York regiment, and then gave them hell with the bayonet, sending them fleeing in disgrace.

Split rail fences made from 1/16 balsawood. They're a little too perfect for the rough cut timbers you usually see in these types of fences, but I'm not about to whittle hundreds of tiny sticks.

Split rail fences made from 1/16 balsawood. They’re a little too perfect for the rough cut timbers you usually see in these types of fences, but I’m not about to whittle hundreds of tiny sticks.

The 1st Arkie, posed behind some new kitty litter stone walls. Very easy and quickish to make! I haven't painted the edges of my flags, yet.

The 1st Arkie, posed behind some new kitty litter stone walls. Very easy and quickish to make!
I haven’t painted the edges of my flags, yet.