Over a weekend we re fought this famous battle in the American Civil War using the new edition of the Fire & Fury brigade rules. The new rules in the main were judged to be much better than the first set although a bit slower to play. Recreating the terrain was a challenge as was creating new labels for the troops involved. We used in the main historical deployments. The Confederate thanks to a qualitative advantage, lady luck and I am sure the players skill won quite a decisive victory with the game ending with 4 out of the 5 union Corps all with heavy casualties.
Last night's game was a refight of day three at the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, in 6mm scale. Mal, Richard and Doug controlled three Confederate corps and a cavalry corps (led by Jonathan), while Rob, Phil, new player Cameron (Phil's son), and Noel, were in charge of six Union corps and a cavalry corps.
On Friday 15th March 2019 I put on a Battle of the Bulge game at the club. Richard and Simon each had a panzer division, while Noel controlled a Volksgrenadier division, as the German side was tasked with crossing two rivers to capture the US fuel depot. Meanwhile, Mal, Doug, and Mark, each with a battle group of Americans, stood in their path. Jonathan and Phil took control of the German and American air forces respectively.
I've been wanting to wargame the November Uprising (1830-1831) - one of the nineteenth-century Polish revolts against Russia - for years. I wrote an article on the subject for Miniature Wargames, issue 220 (September 2001), based on a few Polish books, but have never got round to collecting the armies. I now have about a dozen Polish books on the war - more than enough to recreate the armies and uniforms for both sides.
Phil bought many of us back to early youth by painting some Airfix 1/32nd scale plastic figures for the Far East campaigns on WW2 which included the Australians, Japanese and Gurkhas!
Phil created a set of rules for this which involved moving the figures between irregular rectangles. The type of terrain was only know when moving in it unless defending when the player was aware of the surrounding terrain. Combat / firing was pretty straight forward, each base having a firing ability which was downgraded as it took hits. The rules also allowed the Japanese to "Banzai charge" when worn down! we have a good fun day although the Japanese were probably rated a little too highly in the rules.