Massive Bull Run 150th Anniversary Wargame in Belgium!
My cyber friend Patrick Roovers sent me a link to nearly a hundred photos of a recent wargame the Tin Soldiers of Antwerp hosted for a weekend at their gaming clubhouse in Belgium. I was privileged to have met Patrick in person during one of his trips to the USA, and someday, God willing, I would love to visit his club while a Civil War game is in progress. These mega-games are fascinating and visually stunning in the photos, and I can’t imagine how cool a layout this size must be in person.
Well, the battle is over and I finally managed to post the first batch of pictures.
Things went very well for the Union, they managed to move two divisions to both flanks of the Confederate army that was still forming. Lack of reinforcements meant that they were desperately trying to hold onto Matthew’s Hill, hoping to minimize the damage.
The Irish Brigade hit the Confederate lines in the middle of their lines and drove a deep wedge, it wasn’t until the 69th was surrouned on three sides that they finally broke (but they did rally)
It was a major victory for the Union, and it did shatter the myth of Southern invincibility at our club. One more victory point and it would have been a massive Victory and the Union army would be in Richmond the next day.
Overall a great game, but some of the conditions may have been slightly unbalanced (lucky die rolls meant quick reinforcements for the Union who were able to flank the Confederates before they had any chance to set up a defensive line.)
Here’s a writeup by a fellow clubmember.