Battle Cry: Shiloh

Setup from rules book

Shiloh, Tennessee (first day of battle) — April 6–7, 1862

Battle Cry scenario from page 20 of the 150th [Civil War] Anniversary edition.

Battle Cry has been on the game table since late November; have played few different scenarios. Some solo. Some two player. This is the first time playing the Shiloh scenario.

On the table

The first thing you may notice is that we are not using the playing pieces or game-board from the game. Instead we use a Hotz Command Mat and Scruby 40mm figures.

Not a lot of free time right now, so was only able to fit in six (6) turns last night, so you will be getting this battle report in a few installments…

  1.  Minor maneuvering, a small skirmish initiated by USA resulting in a CS withdrawal
    • CSA action in Center; scores hit on USA Artillery
    • USA in turn Assaults Center resulting in CSA casualty
    • CSA Sharpshooter targets General Prentiss (in Center), but fails to score a hit.
    • USA under command of General Prentiss strikes back, eliminating the first CSA unit!
    • CSA maneuvers on the Right
    • USA coordinated Attack pushes CSA unit from Center sending General Bragg, riding hard to the rear.
    • CSA maneuvers, the previously idle Artillery on the Left
    • USA Infantry in Center Force Marches to better positions
    • CSA Artillery Bombards USA Troops and scores a hit
    • USA Attacks Center, pushing CSA troops back

After six

My pictures are not the best, I will work on getting better pictures going forward. Be sure to check back later in the week for more from Shiloh…

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Victoria’s Enemies

Now Reading:

Victoria’s Enemies
An A-Z of British Colonial Warfare
By Donald Featherstone and
published: 1989

This book provides a overview of Britain’s overseas wars and campaigns on five continents between 1837 and 1901. The book examines: tactics, weapons, uniforms or battle dress and equipment; all this in short, easily digestible chapters. This is the type of book that I won’t sit down and read cover to cover; I find it perfect to keep at hand, on the reading table, to pick up and consume a chapter at a time and usually not in any specific order. If you have an interest in British Colonial warfare, I recommend this book for your library, while not currently in print (at least not as far as I know) it is easy enough to find in used bookshops (online or otherwise).

Some Sample Content:

The Abyssinians
The Afghans
The Ashanti
The Baluchi
The Boers
The Burmese
The Canadians
The Chinese
The Dervishes
The Egyptians
The Kaffirs
The Mahratta
The Maoris
The Persians
The Russians
The Sikhs
The Tribesmen of the North-West Frontier
The Zulu
The last section of the book includes sources

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New Facebook Group

Old School, Table Top Talk goes new school (is that a thing?); well sort of…

We have setup a new group on Facebook. Look for, newly hobby focused, posts here and then pop over to Facebook and join the discussion. Start a discussion of your own, or just show off your latest figures, or brag about your latest table top conquests…

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Where has January Gone?

Not nearly as productive as I had hoped for this month. But still busy from before sun up to after sundown.

This means, nothing new for January. However, I thought I’d post a quick picture from late last month when I was able to grab a few hours at the painting table. Please remember that I’m not a great painter; best I can say is that I manage to get paint in roughly the right places…

Anyhow, the above photo shows some quick conversion work I did over the holidays. The figure in the center was my starting point. The two flanking figures are the result of my conversion efforts. Nothing fancy here, pretty much a straight head swap along with a new shield. The head and shield are standard bits from Blasted Planets; an orc head and the shield is from the bits box (used on various Blasted Planets figures).

The idea was to create some new fantasy themed figure(s) for use on the game table. So, here we have a simple orc swordsman; he will be joined by a few more variations on same figure – I’ll be doing some sword swaps next. I’ll be adding another basic pose or two as well; conversions all – the others may include some gunpowder weapons. When I’m done, I’ll make a mold and cast up enough pieces to field an orc army or two. I typically paint orcs in two basic colour schemes: goblin-ish green (as seen in the photo) and red. This gives me two factions or tribes; I can use the tribes to distinguish units or I can simply fight a green vs. red battle.

More photos as I complete my various conversions. I’ll be sharing my game ideas as well; right now, I’m toying with a variation on the Commands & Colors system, but may mash things up a bit, since my troop types will be quite basic (infantry with: swords, spears and maybe muskets and perhaps some light cavalry types). I have a couple more busy weeks ahead, so progress will be slow until the first full week in February.

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