Saturday, November 14, 2015

Regimental Fire and Fury American Civil War bash (pic heavy)

Played in a multiplayer game of Regimental Fire and Fury today at John Bs to 'bust the cherry' of his new table in his new man pad and as compensation for not making it to Warfare Show for second (!!) year running.
Richard M, Stephen P and his brother Stephen B also in tow.
Scenario was set up by Stephen B(I think from a Johnny Reb scn) being a hypothetical  Rebel defense of a creek on the approaches to Savannah in 1865 against oncoming Yankees.
I played on Federal side commanding a large Brigade of Veteran Regiments backed by a Battery of Rifled Artillery. 
Richard M had a Brigade with some Crack units and Stephen B  a third Yank Brigade that was to come on third turn.
Facing me was Stephen  P with 2 Brigades (mostly Green with couple of Veteran) backed by 2 Artillery Batteries and defending the creek line in combination of hasty works, fences and walls.
John B had 2 more Reb Brigades but all Veteran in similar defensive positions backed by more Artillery and a single unit of Cavalry.
Aim was for Yanks to capture 2 of 3 fords across the creek.
Richard M was on our right flank and I on left.
I decided (in one of my better moments) to forgo the obvious advance straight forward and to move my Brigade in March Columns to the center so as Union strength was concentrated and we could threaten the two fords on our right essentially ignoring the ford defended by Stephen Ps Green bunch.
This meant I had to run gamut of Rebel Artillery taking some losses on my columns but was greatly aided by a fortuitous roll of 10 which generated a double move allowing my Brigade to fairly scoot along road.
I left 2 Union Regts in extended line in fields to hold off Stephen Ps units and they effectively held up two Brigades with my Artillery in support. 
This allowed me to form along the central stream just as Stephen Bs reserve Brigade arrived. 
So Johns 2 Brigades were now facing the whole massed Union assault.
We took some heavy casualties on approach to Johns lines but he was forced to deploy his forces in an unsupported line whereas we could approach with good support lines (ie in more depth)
We managed to throw in a co-ordinated assault of 6 units although I had one unit checked and both Fords were carried.
My second assault pushed back the Rebs although I had a flank protecting unit severely battered.
Richards tough as nails Crack units were unstoppable and pushed well beyond ford objective into wooded area decimating the defenders.
Stephen B also pushed hard towards the road with my Brigade supporting his left.
The Rebs called it a day at this point as 2 Fords taken and their own losses mounting with little prospect of them being able to retake lost objectives.

A great game with a set of rules I really enjoy being a nice balance of complexity and speed of play.
Crack troops very tough indeed and we thought too much so but then they are few in number.
A highlight was Stephen B 'christening' Johns table by spilling a 10 yr old whiskey shot on it :-)

Johns table and room really good and hope to get a few games in against him.

Table overview with Rebs in defensive lines on left

 Stephen Ps Brigades await my Brigade

My troops arrive but begin to head along road to center of field

Reb Generals Stephen P and John B stunned by my tactical brilliance

Stephen B shows Richard his Brigade (hidden in tin) with Johns book collection as backdrop

Johns Brigades arrayed

My Brigade haring along road after moving with Elan

Rebs having to redeploy reserves into front line

As rest rest of Union army pushes forward

Stephen Bs Brigade (left) and Richard Ms (right) pushing into teeth of Reb lines

With bulk of my Brigade now redeployed and pushing forward in the center

Contrast between thin line of Rebs and depth of Union assault

My flank guards hold Rebs in place as they cannot give up that ford

Action (and debate) heats up on our right

Stephen P moving some units to his left with my two flank guard units and Artillery masking bulk of his units

First Yank assaults pile in

Later on right as Richards Crack units turn enemy flank in woods

Rebs still having to leave units to defend ford on their right

Union carries the center despite going into teeth of some heavy fire

 Richards Crack troops mopping up and unhinging Reb line

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