David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Battle of Privy Farm

Earlier this week Jon came over to GHQ for our re-established regular game. As it was my turn to choose I decide to break out the ACW collection and give its first airing of the year. I took command of the Union army and Jon took the Rebs! The calm before the storm ~


















Before you ask: the balloon played no part in the game; it just happened to be in the same scenery box as the buildings! The general shape of the unfolding battle can be followed through the following pictures and the relevant captions. As ever all the figures are from my collection and the scenery is largely a mixture from The Last Valley and scratch built. As you'll probably know my figures are almost all by Dixon Miniatures and unsurprisingly the rules were my own Bull Run to Gettysburg. The game lasted 9 of the scheduled 10 turns and was over in 2 1/2 hours.
The Privy Farm











The Boxe Farmstead














The Union centre is held strongly














The Rebel assault begins!













The Union right is thinly held
















But the artillery commands a wide field of fire
















The Union left comes under early attack from Reb artillery











The Rebel centre is fixed on the Privy Farmstead













South Carolina troops move on the Union right













Broken ground slows their advance













The Reb centre slowly moves forward in a pinning attack











Rebs emerge from the cover of Robinson Woods to assault the Union left















Union artillery on Pender's Hill come under heavy counter battery fire


















The Union right is suffering heavy casualties from a fire fight

















Things are hotting up on the Union left















An overview of the battle at the half way stage


















The Union left seems to be holding












 
But fresh hordes of Rebs emerge from Robinson Woods













The Union left crumbles under intense pressure













Suddenly the boys on the Union's right flank have had enough





















The centre may hold for a while but Rebs have two of three objectives and
win the game


14 comments:

  1. Great looking game - lovely figures and terrain - great photos as well.

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    1. Thanks Dean! Kind words much appreciated!

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  2. That's a really nice looking game! Excellent choice of period.:-)

    Christopher

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    1. The one true period, of course, Christopher! Glad you approve!

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  3. Splendid stuff as we have come to expect, you should have sent the band in.

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    1. Thanks, Phil! The band was to amuse William when he popped in to see Grandad!

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  4. Great looking game David. What size table do you use these games?

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    1. Thanks Mark! The table is 6'6" by 4'.

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  5. Hi Dave, splendid looking game as always. Good to see BRTG getting a run-out - still a favourite set of mine. Cheers, Norman

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    1. Hi Norman! Glad you enjoyed the pictures of the game! Naturally BR2G remain my favourite set of ACW rules.

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  6. David,
    Great looking game, well narrated and photographed. Next time maybe the "Rock of Boxe Farmstead" will have a better outing.
    Bill.

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  7. Thanks for the encouragement, William! I always hope to do better next game, but am usually disappointed...Onward and Upward!

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  8. Nice one. Looks great! I'm running a game of BRTG at the next club meeting.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, hope the game goes well for you all.

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