As I stated in my earlier post Robbie and Colin also staged a demonstration game at battleground convention using a mixture from both of their 28mm ACW armies. The game really looked great and definetly In my opion captured the feeling/flavour of an ACW battle, I'm not to sure who took the honours in this Refight of the battle of Wilsons creek But I did manage to take a few photos of the game and some of the stunning models on show.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
On Saturday we (independent wargames group) attended Battleground wargames convention to put on two demonstration games for the public, my dad and myself showcased a 10mm Colonial game set in the Sudan campaign 1885 and Robbie and Colin a 28mm ACW Refight of the battle of Wilsons Creek. The show seemed to be well attended with it been particularly busy in the morning part of the show, and both our games seemed to attract positive feedback from the public. We managed to fight our game to a conclusion with the Mahdist Army falling just short of taking the town with the Eygptian force who due to some new found courage held the town long enough for the British relief column to arrive, in true British form of very late in the day! I am going to follow this post with some pictures of Robbie and Colin's game, while below is a report of our Sudan game.
The Table at the start of the morning, myself as the Mahdist player had to take the town from the Eygptian garrison before the British arrived to relieve it. The Bitish entered the table in three columns at the opposite end of the table with my remaining Mahdists troops in hidden deployment ready to stop or at least delay the advance
The Dervish infantry appear from behind the hill and throw themselves at the Gordon highlanders who although shaken defeat the Fuzzies
The main Mahdists assault of the white flag hits the defensive perimeter on the right flank of the town but the the Eygptian defenders fight hard to keep the attack at bay
The final position
Friday, 25 November 2016
Tomorrow sees our final show of the year, at Middlesbourgh with the Battleground wargames convention. This year see's the Independent wargames group put on two display games, myself and my dad will be fighting a 10mm colonial (Sudan campaign1885) Blackpowder game and Robbie and Colin will be refighting the battle of Wilson's Creek 1861, in a ACW Blackpowder game in 28mm . It's a great local show with plentry of trade and games on display, so Hopefully the show will be a sucess. If your attending drop by our game and say hello 😄
Monday, 7 November 2016
After a few months of been stored away in boxes I really fancied giving my Macedonian army a run out. Now this army has a kind of love hate relationship with me as I absolutely love the look of it, all those pike Phalanxs how can you not but my gaming record using it is appalling, try as I might,changing tactics, adjusting the personnel of the divisions, changing dice,I just can't buy a win or a dominant performance, Usually resulting in my army ending up a very disjointed..well mess to be brutally honest. Granted this army certainly isn't the luckiest army in my collection and when using Hail Caesar like its counter part Blackpowder when the chips are down it can be pretty brutal on you. So after another poor outing last weekend against my dads Indian army, it's back to the drawing board to rethink my strategy from scratch. I think I am a little to reliant on my skirmish screen, these troops tend to end up been a hinderance to my army and not the opponents so I think sacrificing some of these units and having some more Phalanxes should be the way to go, i think another division of heavy infantry phalanxes would give those Indians some food for thought, or more target practice if they decide to give up moving when they get to Bow range! Anyhow I sneaked a draw in our game, to be fair my dad didn't have the greatest nights dice rolling and for once those heavy chariots flunked big style, none more so than when 11 attack dice saw my dad hit twice (which I saved) when they had charged my Hypastists in the flank, and ended up losing the melee ! Still it was a fun evening and a enjoyable game to play, here are a few pictures of the game...
The aftermath of tne battle