Last Week’s Campaign Game

Ben looks over the battlefield as the Confederates get closer to his end of the board and victory.

Ben looks over the battlefield as the Confederates get closer to his end of the board and victory.

Another weeks game above.

Rick celebrating with a victory cigar with General Grant.

Rick celebrating with a victory cigar with General Grant.

Bad picture of strategic map

Bad picture of strategic map

I was busy and missed the latest American Civil War Battle in the Wednesday Night Gamers of Alexandria campaign game. Del informed me it was a moderate Union victory.

The battle was a straight up fight for a hilltop outside Alexandria, VA. This was part of a large battle of over 120,000 troops taking place outside Alexandria. Feels kind of historic even though I did not play any part.

The strategic loses were 10,000 troops on each side so this was pretty bloody but the terrain did not allow for following the confederate forces. With several players not able to make the game this week, an actual historical battle is being prepared by Del. It is unknown which battle though so a bit of a surprise is being prepared for the players according to Del.

I am able to make it this week so I am looking forward to this. I hope to post to the blog pictures of the game after today.

Recent painted figures

Prussian mounted Officer

Prussian mounted Officer

I had not painted anything in a while but I decided to do some cavalry for a change to fill out some of my units.  I have been building up some armies for the period of 1859 to 1870.  Including French, Austrian, Bavarian and Prussian.  Not having any mounted brigade commanders for the Prussian I decided to paint some up I had for a while. Not the best pictures I am afraid.

Prussian mounted Officer

Prussian mounted Officer

Not the best picture (I need to remove the hair from the front of the horse).  The figure is from FreiKorps 15 and seems a little chunky but one must use what one can find.

Prussian mounted Officer

Prussian mounted Officer

Cavalry did not play a big part for the Austrian’s against the French and Italians in 1859 or in 1866 against the Prussian but I felt I needed some.  I already have lots of Austrian infantry and artillery.

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

I had already painted some Austrian Dragoon regiments and used the left over figures for one stand of Cuirassiers.  I will need to get some more to finish out the regiment.  I was left with one more figure I am going to use for a divisional command stand.

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

This is my first attempt at adding more to the base than just painting it and adding a little flocking.  Mostly dirt from the back yard.

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

These figures are 15mm from Old Glory and are supposed to reflect either Dragoons or Cuirassiers.

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Austrian 4th Cuirassiers Regiment

Rick and General Grant

Rick celebrating with a victory cigar with General Grant.

Rick celebrating with a victory cigar with General Grant.

Rick won the battle of Springfield in the club’s American Civil War Campaign Game. Rick pulled General Grant from the strategic pile and used him as the field commander during the battle. After the battle Rick decided to hang out with his victorious general.

Just incase you wondered Rick is on the left.

 

2nd Battle of Springfield Missouri

Confederate entrenched guns on hill and road in center.

Confederate entrenched guns on hill and road in center.

After the Union invasion of Wilmington, North Carolina was defeated the next strategic move was made.  Del seeing an opportunity after pulling General Grant from the Generals pile and the union getting a second move attacked the Confederate garrison at Springfield, Missouri.  Del had seen George move troops and the opportunity presented itself for a 2 to 1 advantage at Springfield.  So with roughly 10,000 confederate troops under my command versus General Grant with 20,000 the stage was set for a single night game in the campaign the 2nd Battle of Springfield.

The stage was set for a difficult battle with the goal of holding an entrenched hill and building in the center as the goals for the union troops.  Del was partnered up with me on the Confederate side as George was unable to attend the game.  Rick and Ben were the Union.  On the left Del had the guns on the hill and supported it with infantry behind the hill.  In the center a forward defense in front of the defenses was prepared with infantry and my other cannons.  On the Confederate right hidden in the trees I had a veteran regiment and some cavalry.

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Confederates in front of white house objective and on the hill.

Confederates in front of white house objective and on the hill.

I had expected to duke it out for a while with fire and have to fall back on my supported positions due to the advantage in Union troops.  I had hoped to catch the Union troops in a cross-fire with my hidden troops on the Confederate right.  Well no plan survives contact with the enemy.

Union cavalry probe around flank.

Union cavalry probe around flank.

Ben and Rick surged forward all across the field of battle.  Rick using his cavalry to try to come around my right flank.  The only way to protect against this was going to be to bring my infantry out of the woods earlier than I had planned.

Ben's troops march on the center.

Ben’s troops march on the center.

Union troops surging forward all across the board.

Union troops surging forward all across the board.

Second problem I expected Ben to stop in the middle and blaze away for a while and soften up my troops before going in.  I had wanted to soften his troops up and retire behind the building and fence line.  Ben charged on turn 2.  I could either stand and deliver or voluntary break.  I chose to stand and deliver as I took the risk at canister range I would inflict enough damage to stop the charge.  I rolled no hits and was butchered the battery being taken.

Ben's Union troops charge the center on turn 2.

Ben’s Union troops charge the center on turn 2.

Ben had moved on the hill and was taking fire from Del but he was rolling like me not a good start to the night.

Union attacking the Confederate Left on the hill.

Union attacking the Confederate Left on the hill.

Even on the right side of the Confederate line where I killed half of Rick’s cavalry unit in a single turn Rick made the morale roll and did not break.  Nothing going right for the Confederates as I did not make my morale rolls in the center and was pushed back in melee.

Ben takes the first objective.

Ben takes the first objective.

Not even half way through the game and Ben has taken one of the objectives with the Confederate forces routing in the center.  One infantry regiment already destroyed and the battery taken.

Union forces moving on the second objective.

Union forces moving on the second objective.

With the center broken the Union forces under Ben are able to start and surround the second objective seen in the above picture.  I rallied some troops in the center behind a fence to draw them off but they were ignored by the Union troops seen in the picture below.

Feeble attempt at a second line.

Feeble attempt at a second line.

The rolls were bad on the confederate side and the forces outnumbered which did not help.  Ben and Rick never waited around to try to shoot it out for a while which might have helped the Confederate chances.  The rolls in fire and melee were bad for the confederates and they did not make it through half the game turns.

Confederates charged from all sides.

Confederates charged from all sides.

This was a complete Union victory.  Perhaps holding back with a deeper deployment would have been better but since Ben and Rick were so aggressive the only real hope for the Confederate forces were better dice.  That did not happen so Ben and Rick were rewarded for their good tactics.   Springfield, Missouri has fallen to General Grant and as commander of the Trans-Mississippi I am responsible. At least I know I won’t be sacked.