Thursday 8 February 2024

Threat to the flank Scenario ACW and Tallarn heavy weapons

George came up for a battle to the dungeon and I was looking for a scenario to introduce him to our ACW bolt action rules, I’ve had this Scenario book for a long time and it often provides a good starting point.

One of the scenarios in the book is a simple, flanking attack the idea being it places the commander in the position between concentrating his forces for the main assault or increasing his flanking force. 
The map in the book is as above, I adapted this slightly to squeeze it onto a 6x4 battlefield for 28mm ACW. I also gave both sides a flexible reserve off table to make the tactical decisions more interesting.
The river is only fordable beyond the tree by the bend, the objective for the Union force is to take the hill where the defending D force is stationed. No time limit is given in the book but I estimated 8 turns would be about right and put some pressure on the attackers.
The Union flanking force sets off towards the river by the bridge
The confederate flanking force moves to contest the bridge and their cavalry dismount
At the far side the Rebels open up with everything they have and rock the Union advance back
Both sides open fire across the river
But the yankies have the advantage and the rebels get pushed back
Union reserves start to arrive and push towards the bridge
A couple of very poor morale rolls and suddenly the rebel centre has collapsed luckily a reserve unit arrives but it may be too late ?
Union infantry are now moving across the bridge and the rebels have one last big volley to stop them crossing, the Union take 3 casualties but it isn’t enough to force a morale check
With the main frontal assault pushed back one of the rebel units on the hill make the mistake of pushing forward to cover the bend in the river and gets caught badly in the flank pinning them down
With cavalry now pushing on their flank and formed infantry across the bridge things are looking bad for the rebels and they have 2 more turns to hold 
The Union commander rushes every available unit to Wade across the river
The rebels are able to send the leading Zouave unit back where they regroup in the ploughed field
But with one turn left the second Union unit pushes across the river and the rebels are forced to surrender the hill πŸ™

As often the case a very enjoyable battle, the scenario with the adaptations worked pretty well giving both sides a good chance, the rebels were able to defeat a whole Union brigade on the hill but the flanking movement over the bridge drew in resources when they might have been better holding the hill at the end. The rules which we have tested many times seemed to give a fun and entertaining battle including the random events. Always nice to get my ACW on the table.

A bit more painting this week but the only things finished are the heavy support weapons for the Tallarn XR force. All painted in the same style as the infantry.

Two autocannons, I do have a thirds but can’t see why I would need that at the moment unless at some point we go to a larger scale battle ?
A heavy mortar, again a have another of these for the future perhaps
A heavy bolter gun.
So lots of options here to support the infantry squads, next for the Tallarn are some vehicles/tanks I had but they will take a while

I am back in Edinburgh for a few days but do have some stuff with me which I can work on.

Thanks as always for stopping by πŸ˜€

Matt


29 comments:

  1. Nice battle, I do like the bolt action version we play. Cool heavy weapons units, a game to add to our future list

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    1. Thanks Martin, I do have plenty of 40k stuff to play with πŸ˜€

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  2. Great looking ACW stoush Matt and the bew Sci fi support options look great too. Enjoy your visit to the Athens of the North!

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    1. Thanks Keith, weather in Edinburgh a little more like Siberia at the moment

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  3. Great battle and excellent work on the Tallarn support weapons

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  4. A grand game there Matt. You have achieved a fine down and dusty finish in the Tallarn troops.

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    1. Thanks Phil πŸ‘ the Tallarn are used to fighting in the sand

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  5. Interesting scenario, but can't see Bolt Action for ACW myself. The Sci-Fi chappies look very deserty.

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    1. Thanks David , you might be surprised how the rules work for smallish battle with a couple of brigades each side πŸ‘

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  6. A great looking game Matt. Interesting that you have adapted Bolt Action to the ACW, and it seems to provide an entertaining game. Nice Tallarn figures. I always wondered what they were having see the name on the side of a GW paint pot.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence, we have been using the rules for a while now and they do seem to standup pretty well providing an engaging game

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  7. An exciting game Matt and thanks for putting on.

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    1. Thanks George if I could just have held the bridge a couple more turns, but my rebel morale just fell apart with those two very poor morale test……it happens πŸ‘

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  8. A splendid looking and sounding game Matt…
    The Tallarn are coming together nicely as well…

    All the best. Aly

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  9. I love that scenario book and it has provided me with many a good game over the years. Excellent work on the heavy weapons, which I'd forgotten about and how good the models are. Hope the caring duties in Edinburgh go OK this weekend.

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    1. Thanks Steve I’m sure I will be returning to the scenario book for inspiration if nothing else.the Tallarn are certainly some of my favourite sculpts from the period and I like the fact they are fairly generic. As for caring as my father pointed out it is the cycle of life πŸ€”

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  10. Great looking ACW battle. Your miniatures are really great. Almost makes we want to burst into song…πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Stew it must be one of the best Civil Wars ?

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  11. Excellent Matt. Lovely looking table and game and of course I like the 28’s on the standard table. Your photography is very good, all those undulations can be seen and these are often blown out in picture taking, with contours being hard to see on screen. I shall be coming back to this post.

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    1. Thanks Norm. The pictures are all taken with my iPad so nothing fancy. These cloths have obviously seen a lot of play and are really a bit dark for my liking, hence the newer larger cloth being a bit lighter in shade. I often lighten the photos slightly when I edit them for the blog.

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  12. Great looking game set up and new figures, Matt. I've also scaled down a lot of my games to fit onto a 6x5' playing area - a lot to do with many local venues have tables of this size. Also, I don't have to lug more tables out of the garage.

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    1. Thanks Dean my permanent table is 8x4 so it is a good size to work with πŸ‘

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  13. Crackin looking game Matt. Its a great book, that one, so many idea's to dig and delve into.

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    1. Thanks Ray I’m sure we’ll be using it again soon πŸ‘

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