Bolt Action ACW Rules

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Battle of Kernstown

Today we fought the Battle of Kernstown fromthe Americal Civil War, kinda. It was the 1st opportunity for me to get out my entire ACW collection. I have 2 full divisions, Early's Division and Birney's divisions from Gettysburg, well close enough. We were using Matt and my Bolt Action variation.

The map. A Confederate Brigade have tried to evict a Union Brigade from Pritchard's Hill and have failed. They have retreated behind the stonewall and sent for reinforcements. The Union, sensing an opportunity have also sent for reinforcements. The objective for the Confederates is Pritchards hill, for the union the church and bridge on the extreme left. Ian and John were the confederates and James and Dave the Union

The table, 17ft by 6ft

Kernstown and the Church

Pritchard's Hill and the union

The stone wall and the confederates

Pritchard's Hill and the Union Camp

On comes the 2nd Brigade, onto the hill

2 small Confederate brigades come on the face them

Rebels on on but are still in column and will they have enough room to deploy

More Rebels, again in column. Like all rules column good for moving, really terrible for fighting

On come the Union in good order, brigade in line in the front and brigade in column behind. There is weight behind this advance, and I don't just mean the generals

The rebels, well Ian - more of John later - advance but are still in column

The Union cavalry advance along the road and threaten to flank the rebels

Rebel cavalry comes on just in time but the volleys don't do enough damage

Union cavalry charge home against the rebel skirmish line and destroy it. Threatening the guns and Early himself 

2nd Rebel cavalry regiment take them in the rear and rout the Union cavalry but it has messed up the rebel deployment

Which is bad as here comes the Union. There 3rd brigade has also arrive and is in and around the woods

John, remember him has decided to advance and take the Union in the flank. Some verve and vigour and the Union could be wrecked. Oh wait, it's John. if ever a general was born to defend a wall it was him.

Down the line, some rebels still in column

The brigade round the church is battered and running

They can try and repel the Union but out gunned and out manned

It's a thin grey line


Both small rebel brigades are in a mess

The Rebels have no right flank, and not much centre. The Union juggernaut moves on

The make the church

Their only hope now is John's intact large brigade smashing into the flank

And here he is retreating back over the wall.

Crushing victory for the Union, the rebels didn't get organised in time and ended up being outnumbers 3:1 on their right.
Really enjoyed the day, even if James did throw the box of Union artillery to the floor, jump up and down on them and grind them to dust. OK so he dropped them and reglued them back, so he is forgiven.
I've posted the rules on the blog, generally they work well and needed some tweaking


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The Seven Years War - Brunswick Army

I've finished my Brunswick 10mm army. I know I've said I've finished things before but these are all the units that fought in the 7 Years War who took to the field. There are several units who never fought and 1 small unit of fusiliers who fought skirmishes but at only 3 companies strong won't work in our planned epic scale.
All the figures are Pendraken and a joy to paint. I've really enjoyed painting them and can't wait to buy more - Hungarians and Prussians.

The whole force, 4 infantry regiments of 2 battalions each, 3 cavalry regiments, 2 combined battalions of grenadiers (in the Prussian style), 6 battalion 3lb guns, 4 mounted officers and Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick.

The officers

Volontaires Auxilaire. These are "Turkish Spahi style" lancers with turbans and fezzes. 

Close up, loving the hooped lances

The battalion guns

The battalion guns pointing in a different direction

von Zastrow regiment

much closer. 

von Behr infantry

less far away

Leib Regiment

and again

von Imhoff Regiment

yip, them again

2 combined grenadier regiments - Leib+Imhoff and Behr +Zastrow. Combined grenadier battalions didn't carry colours

Leib and Imhoff

Behr and Zastrow

von Roth Hussars

Brunswick Dragoons

And again

Really quite chuffed with these, they look great from far away.

Right back to making scenery for Sunday's vast ACW battle - a division a side in 28mm using the rules that Matt made using the Bolt action rules. have made some tweaks to speed up the orders phase - only 1 dice per brigade instead of 1 per unit.


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

The Final Confederate Units (for now)

So having committed to completing 2 opposing divisions of my ACW forces I've completed what I need to do for their first full outing at the end of the month. We will be sorta fighting the 1st battle of Kernstown in a dance studio near Billingham. I finished the Union forces a couple of weeks ago and have now completed the Rebels. i say completed but you all know what I mean.


1st up a couple of bases of horse holders from Perry


The final Confederate unit, 61st Georgia, part of Gordon's Brigade, Early's Division - mix of manufacturers

Finally a couple of bases I was missing - Perry plastics

There are 2 more limbers but the photo was shocking, even by my standards.

So that is 36 infantry regiments - 730ish figures, 4 cavalry regiments plus dismounted figures - 48 cav plus 40 foot, 12 artillery pieces plus 4 limbers, about 10 commanders and some bits. All in all about 900 figures, about 760 painted by me. I still want to do some skirmish bases for the infantry and at the moment they are regiments of 20 figures. Whilst I can merge them into larger units I would like to make some of them 24 figure units, although I would need a new boxing system for them, so in theory another 150ish figures to paint
I started them in my 1st analogue hobbies challenge and they have come on a pace since then. It's been a 5 year voyage and i think they will take me most of my life