EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Small Relief or Its All About Shoes

The Federal forces deploy for a piecemeal attack of Sawmill Village.

Shoes? Yes as in "If the shoe fits", though there may have been a stack of shoes in Sawmill Village, it would explain its importance anyway. One needs a good match of figures, rules and intent. It was a relief to try out the restored Hearts of Tin with my 1/72nd ACW troops and find that it all worked for me again. Playing one small game left me wanting to do another, bigger one.

There is very little to any particular unit's activity in the game but it was quickly obvious, painfully obvious, that having lost the race to grab the strategic objective, the Union commander had no plan and was just throwing units forward as and when they appeared, without even the hutzpah to throw them into a close assault before the enemy could consolidate. After a period of trying of vainly trying to out shoot troops in cover without even a numerical advantage, the Union finally started to use their artillery and organize some co-ordinated assaults which worked much better but early losses told and a counter attack.threw them back. A small game resolved in an hour.

Now to fit another 100 or so ACW figures into my over long painting queue.

6 comments:

  1. I'll take a pair of sailing mocs in size 10 please!

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  2. Just finished 12 more (Airfix) federals myself this afternoon. I too have loads more queueing up.

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  3. Hi Ross,

    Wow! Are those old Airfix ACWs still available? I can remember using some of the Confederates as Brunswick slouch hatted jager types for my 1815 Wellingtonian extravaganza many years ago!

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. I think all I have is Boots, Plastic, Size 1/72

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  5. Matt, glad to hear the armies are still increasing, its been months since I added any. Nothing like an outing to encourage recruiting.

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  6. DC, My stock was acquired c 1982 and are the MPC issue. Wish the artillery were still available other than at collector prices on ebay etc. I'm not that fond of any of the plastic sets and will probably fork out for some 20mm metal when the war chest refills.

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