Today, four of us; Rafael, Wes, Steve Clarke and I fought out the McPherson's Ridge scenario for Regimental Fire and Fury at Essex Warriors.
Here's the scenario and the rule book
Battlefield from left of the Confederate position, at the beginning
View from right of the Confederate position
The scenario book we used
Here's Steve Clarke and Wes planning their moves
Centre of the Union line and the important ridge line
Out on the left, Union troops realise the threat to their flank
Whereas over on the right, Rebel infantry mass on the water line
The Rebels charge up the incline left of centre
at the same time as the large Rebel unit on the Union right flank charges home
Confederate guns receive count battery fire early on and one gun is disabled
These are the chaps who caused the damage.
The Union forces on the Federal right retreat, heavily out numbered
as the Rebs in the valley crash across the water and head for the Union lines
Feds and Rebs clash in the woods in the centre ground
The Rebel commander on the left sends one unit to pursue the enemy whilst the other units sort themselves out
The Union commander surveys the field, obviously worried about the rapid collapse of his right.
Time for the Union commanders to pause for thought !
Looks like Rafael is planning something fiendish.
The Rebs charge again on the left, determined to finish any Union resistance over there
But Union troops over the other side of the battlefield have poured forwards to attack the Rebs on the water line.
This now ebbs and flows for a long time
The Union boys on the extreme right desperately hold on for now
as a Rebel unit hits the rail way cut to advance on the Union centre
The centre is a whirl of clashing units but Union casualties have mounted fast
Under the scenario rules, if the Union casualties are really heavy, they begin to lose cohesion and activations become more problematic - this is what happened here.
We stopped before the Rebs had actually captured the ridge but with the problems they had caused the Union, it was pretty certain this would have happened in short order.
A hard fought game - Wes's first go at Regimental Fire & Fury, but I think we've got him hooked !