First game of the year is a small affair using my classic Spencer Smith collection. Each side has 2 infantry units, a cannon and a cavalry unit (I used unpainted figures for these).
My opponent for this little affair was my son Max who commanded the Union forces.
The rules used mix of Charge and the War Game plus some of my own rules.
The Confederates mass their Infantry in the centre,
With artillery support. The rebel cavalry are massed on the right close to Cringle Wood.
Max deploys his Federal forces with his Cavalry and artillery in he centre and am Infantry unit on each flank.
The Irish Regiment face Cringle Wood.
The Rebel battle line moves forward with their battle flags flapping in the early morning breeze,
Max is a chip of the old block as he quickly launches his first cavalry squadran against my artillery who are only able to remove one figure as the cavalry close and ride down the gunners.
Max quickly makes the stone wall his and deploys his artillery supported by his second cavalry squadron.
In support of his cavalry he moves his infantry against the Confedrate Infantry.
Panorama of the battle.
The Union infantry move into close range however the Rebels hold their nerve and let rip bowling over 8 Federal Infantry. The subsequent morale test is failed and the Union turn tale and skedaddle. This unit fails subsequent rally rolls and leaves the table.
The devastation in front of the stone wall where Union cannister fire and a failed Union cavalry attack leave the ground littered with grey and blue soldiers.
The final stage of the battle sees the Irish unit take on the 2 weakened Rebel regiments.
Although outnumbered the Irish rout one of the Rebel regiments however with Rebel cavalry attacking their flank and rear they are forced back into Cringles Wood and then rout from the field.
Max had a good time and I think I am going to have to paint some more of these figures up for the next game.