Friday, July 23, 2010
6MM ACW Black Powder Battle Report
Ernie and Mike came over and played a test game using my 6mm ACW figures and the Black Powder ruleset. The game was loosely based on the Batltle of Shiloh and involved a initially larger confederate force (6 infantry and 2 calvary brigades and 14 batteries) attacking a smaller Union force (4 infantry and 1 calvary brigades and 12 batteries). The Union did have reinforcements (3 Infantry and 1 calvary brigades plus 8 batteries. The reinforcements needed to be rolled for but did come on fairly quickly. The objective for each side was to exit a brigade off the far corner of the table. Mike commanded the Union and Ernie the Confederates. One note of warning, Ernie does attempt to speak in a southern drawl while commanding the confederates and sounds suspiciously like a former Governor of Arkansas. I'm sure it's just a coincidence.
Like most battle reports here at the Lair, I forgot to take a any pictures during the fight!
Architects of War (yes, that is a shameless plug).
Overall, I think the game went very well and we did learn the mechanics of the rules. BP is a game that rewards both concentration of fire and flexible tactical thinking given the potential for either really good or really bad command roles. It is a great set of rules for larger battles and I think gave a good feel for the period. We had just under 2,000 figures on the table and the battle proved to be very manageable. The next test game will involved some ironclads and then I think we'll be ready for the campaign!