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Even the Olympics has to stop for wargaming

August 8, 2012 in AAR, ACW

With the country in thrall to the Olympics and the great efforts of our sportsmen, we all still found time to gather at the Village Hall for an evening of gaming. Tonight we welcomed John and John, who had come down to have some first games of Saga, with our Saga day coming soon we needed no encouragement to put on some games for them to learn the rules. Elsewhere we had Warmachine and another game in our ongoing ACW campaign game.

It had been a little while since we’d played a game in our Sharp Practice ACW campaign so we thought we drag the figures from our boxes and have a game. This was going to be the fifth game in our ongoing campaign, the 79th had been reduced to 73 rank and file, more importantly Captain Cook was still recovering from a wound sustained in the last game.

After rolling up the scenario, Marching, the Confederates rolled and ended up having to march across the table and off for victory. Seemed simple, a few good rolls and it would all be in the bag. In the photo below, the Confederates were moving from left to right and the Union players, Dane and myself, choose to attack from the top.

We knew that the trees would give us plenty of cover, our blinds unhampered by the terrain could advance to the road quickly.

The leading bases of the Texas, had reached the junction, coming off their blind after being spotting by Dane’s zoauves. The zouaves opened fire giving first blood to the Union.

The Union blinds continue to advance, cutting off the Confederates from their exit.

The first groups of the 79th reveal themselves as they prepare to open fire.

The Confederates will be in danger of being enfiladed. The Zouaves fire again.

After some desultory fire from the Texans, the New Yorkers return their fire creating such as black powder cloud that fire from anything but short range becomes near impossible.

Some of the Confederates are driven off routing whilst others take cover behind their countrymen.

During the exchange of fire Burnham is badly wounded and will play no part in the next game.

The remaining Union troops deploy from the blinds cutting the Confederates off from their table edge. The Union enfiladed the rebels and they began to retire to save their numbers for another day.

In the middle of the table the Confederate skirmishers are driven off and the zouaves draw themselves up for a tremendous volley., with the Texans retiring the Union win the game and with it the two victory points. Points are spent to improve leaders and musketry, alas the losing side receive no points to spend to improve their troops.

The next club night is going to be a SAGA practice session.

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