Cory Ring of Cigar Box Battles has produced a growing series of printed mats/blankets for wargaming use. They are useful for quick set-ups for tabletop games where time or space is a premium. They come in a variety of styles and prints and can be cut apart for additional variety of setups.
In the case above, I set up a quick 15mm American Civil War game between a brigade of Union infantry and a Rebel brigade protecting a critical roadway leading from a village in Northern Virginia. I spread out the mat over an air hockey table in my game room, added a dozen stone walls, some houses and outbuildings, and placed a few tree models in the printed “woods.” Add the figures and the game is ready in under 5 minutes!!!
Cory has a nice website with photos and ordering information, as well as images of each of these new mats.
Long-time wargamer Roger Mark has produced a stunning, hand-crafted diorama of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s headquarters at the Widow Thompson house at Gettysburg. While Lee managed the battle from the field and had his actual HQ in a tent across the street from the stone house, over the years the Thompson house has become known as Lee’s headquarters. For many years, a free museum has filled the building.
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“Time frame that this scene might have taken place, (this is complete conjecture on my part, BTW) would be approx. early morning July 2nd, 1863. Although there is mention that these three did recon the South Flanking plan.
The miniatures are Perry Brothers 28mm and they represent Generals Longstreet, Lee and Hood. Ironically the General Lee figure was originally supposed to represent General Meade, but a little file and putty work fixed him up. Paints used were mostly Vallejo and Tamiya.”
“The building is pretty much scratch built out of balsa wood, plastic, putty along with the roof and stone facade being model railroad sheets. The trees and bushes are various Woodland Scenics products with a lot of scratch building. The fences are handmade out of balsa and basswood. Lee’s HQ flag and pole was scratchbuilt, with the flag having been drawn up and printed via MS Paint.”
Roger has placed the diorama up for auction on eBay. If successful, he will then donate a majority of the auction proceeds, (minus shipping and materials costs only) to the Civil War Trust’s campaign to purchase the actual building and surrounding property.
Why not place a generous bid and try to get this wonderful diorama for yourself??? The Civil War Trust’s efforts to obtain this property, while controversial to some in Gettysburg because of the potential loss of tax from nearby income-generating businesses, is commendable and will continue the process of slowly restoring as much of the battlefield vistas as possible.
Northwestern Pennsylvania gamer and publisher Stephen Huckaby has released his fourth issue of his popular new electronic magazine (“ezine”) for Civil War miniature wargamers, ACW Gamer. This publication continues in the tradition of The Zouave and Charge!, two defunct hard copy magazines which helped grow the hobby of ACW gaming, but with the advent of digital offers more color and more pages than possible with the earlier magazines (which were limited by postal weight regulations and costs).
Stephen, congratulations on completing your first year with ACW Gamer! Well done! Huzzah!
Here’s to many more years. I published Charge! with my wife Debi for a decade, so I have a little appreciation for the work you do in collecting and soliciting good stories and articles, laying out the issue, building up a fan base, and keeping it going quarter to quarter.
Here is the table of contents for the Summer 2014 issue.
For more information, or to subscribe, send an email to Stephen at email@example.com
Steve Miller has produced a fascinating illustrated story of the Battle for Fort Phil Kearny set in the Plains Indians Wars. Here is the first installment of this series.
What follows is a battle scenario that I will be creating as I go along. It may be thought of as “Alternative History” in that everything is as it was as the start of the “Deer Rutting Moon” to the Sioux, or November 1866 as we would know it. It is not a war game in the sense that it has no rules and right now I do not know how it will end; I will be making it up as it flows. I would expect it to have some seven to eight scenes or “episodes”, each of which will be accompanied by one or more photographs although it may turn out to have somewhat more. I hope you will enjoy following along.
Setting the Stage
The scene of the “battle” is Ft Phil Kearny, Dakota Territory (currently in northern Wyoming. The date is November 3, 1866. Four companies of the 18th US Infantry Regiment arrived at this site and began construction of the fort in mid-July of this year, its purpose to guard the Bozeman Trail which ran from southeast Wyoming at Fort Laramie to the gold fields in western Montana. Almost from the start, Sioux under Chief Red Cloud (who had vowed to close the Bozeman Trail) began harassment attacks on details assigned at the various “satellite” sites, the pinery (located about 5 miles west of the fort and the hayfield site, about 4 miles east of the fort. In addition, the Sioux launched frequent raids on the herds of cattle, horses and mules that grazed daily in the fields surrounding the fort. When raids succeeded in driving off livestock, a patrol of mounted infantry (since no cavalry troops had been assigned to Ft Phil Kearny to this point) would pursue, usually unsuccessfully. Until this day, however, Red Cloud had elected to avoid making any major attack on the fort itself, husbanding his strength as he gathered more bands to his banner.Now with over 2000 warriors nearby, that is about to change.
At 0900 hours that morning, the wood train had departed the fort for the pinery; the train consisted of 25 wagons, each driven by a civilian teamster, and was escorted by a platoon of roughly 20 soldiers. Already at the pinery was the weekly work party of 20 timber cutters, also escorted by a 20-man platoon. Remaining at the fort were 9 officers, 3 surgeons and the remainder of the 4 infantry companies and the regimental band, altogether about 320 men. In addition there were about 100 civilians, some of them quartermaster employees, some contractor personnel and some just en route either up or down the Bozeman Trail. Continue reading
Pennsylvania-based wargamer and e-publisher Stephen M. Huckaby has released the second issue of his new e-zine for American Civil War miniature wargaming, ACW Gamer.
- Review: Trident Miniatures’ “Nation Divided” 40mm ACW Range
- Battle Report: Crossroads at Seven Pines
- Weapons: Weird Weapons of the Civil War
- Scenario: The Morning After
- Battle Report: Return to Castleman’s Ferry, Part 1
- Review: Infantry Flags, Longstreet’s Corps, Gettysburg 1863
For more information, or to subscribe to this excellent new addition to the Civil War gaming hobby, please contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pascal Toupy from Bordeaux (France) was kind enough to send me the attached file with labels for the scenario for the December 1862 battle of Salem Cemetery which was published in a past issue of Charge!, the now defunct newsletter of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society. The rather small battle was fought near Jackson, Tennessee, but the tactical situation makes for a nice tabletop two player game.
He writes, “As we play Regimental Fire & Fury we’ve designed the labels for the units, and I thought it could be useful for other players. I’ve attached the labels for the Salem Cemetery battle scenario published in Charge! #2.”
Click here to call up the .pdf file with the Salem Cemetery labels
Map is from the Salem Cemetery Battlefield Association. They are seeking copies of letters and documents from the battles, as well as artifacts or relics.
Salem Cemetery Battlefield Association:
367 White Fern Road
Beech Bluff, TN 38313
Among Osprey Publishing’s recent releases in the autumn of 2013 are these four new titles of interest not only to wargamers, but also to general military history buffs. All contain Osprey’s usual excellent custom-drawn graphics, as we have become used to seeing over the years, as well as an excellent selection of vintage and period photographs and drawings. Each paperback book is printed on high quality, coated-two-sides enamel paper using fine offset lithography printing.
The two books at the top of the photograph are both part of Osprey’s popular “Combat” series, which examine opposing warriors across a wide variety of periods and armies.
David Greentree has written an interesting account of the opponents in the Mediterranean 1942-43 theater: British Paratrooper Versus Fallschirmjager. His book details three key encounters between the airborne forces in Tunisia and Sicily. The new book contrasts their organization, training, tactics used on the battlefield, experience, and weaponry. Greentree has drawn from first-person accounts, military records, old photographs, and contemporary strategic and tactical maps to give a useful look at the opposing units. Tennessee freelance artist Johnny Shumate nicely drew the modern illustrations. Chapters include The Opposing Sides; Pont du Fahs, Depiene, and Oudna; Green Hill, Primosole Bridge, and an analysis and conclusion. He also includes a useful look at unit organizations and a selected bibliography. $18.95. ISBN: 978170969244.
Stephen Huckaby’s new digital wargaming magazine (an “ezine”) is debuting this month.
“ACW Gamer: The Ezine” will be available on the 4th of October 2013. The cost for a 4 issue subscription is $12 and can be sent by Paypal at Ravenbannergames@yahoo.com
. Please include the email address where you wish the PDF to be sent to.
The Fall Issue features:
- An interview with Chris Hughes of Sash and Saber Castings
- A history of the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
- Pohick Church: An early war scenario
- Crucible of Valor: An American Civil War Ruleset for Warlord Games’ “Black Powder”
After 10 years of publication, Debi and I have printed the final issue of Charge!, the official newsletter of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society. We published more than 100 American Civil War scenarios over the years, terrain tips, painting guides, and articles of interest to the ACW gamer.
It was a great run, but after 40 issues, it was time to stop and move on to other things. I will be focusing on writing more ACW books (I have 10 in print, with 3 more in various stages of pre-publication).
On Friday, July 26, 2013, I presented a demonstration of a wargame layout to the attendees of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminar at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. Many people stopped to comment on the terrain, figures, and structures, and several expressed a desire to learn more about the hobby of miniature wargaming.
Here are a few more photographs of my 15mm ACW game.