My new Union flags? Didn't take long to figure out I wasn't up to hand painting a few dozen US flags so off I went to Warflags, downloaded some textured flags and made a donation to help maintain this valuable site. It took me a few tries to get them re-sized to what felt right but once done they look like they'll serve well. Since time was limited and a re-org contemplated, I just chose 6 flagless regiments and propped the flags up for the game.
I also decided to shift the table a bit to match the map a little better and for looks.
Lack of mounted officers was a bit of an issue but I begged, borrowed and stole enough to mount all of the Division Generals and most of the Brigadiers. Something else to work on.
Last but not least, I decided to go with 4 x 3 stand Reb regiments per brigade rather than 3 x 4. Amongst all the theoretical points, a 3 stand unit with flag in the middle just works nicely especially if I put 6 figures per base in stead of 4 giving me 18 man units as originally planned.
Somewhere around turn 4. The new volunteers on bright green 30mm bases, my figures on 40mm flocked bases.
At last the game got under way. In the picture, the 1st (old) Confederate Division has crossed the bridge, deployed and is attacking the Federal 2nd Division which arrived just ahead of them. The 2nd (new) Confederate division has started a hesitant attack once 3 Brigades were deployed. The last Brigade is just arriving. It took the corps about 5 turns to deploy or about 1 1/2 hours. At this point the Yanks are outnumbered nearly 2:1 but the Rebs are having a hard time capitalizing on their numbers because of the constricted terrain and some low Order rolls just as they started the attack. These followed some very high rolls while deploying (parade ground soldiers?). I had been worried that the allotment of order points was too high but on the whole it worked well especially since Division Generals couldn't share so 1 commander not trying to do much might have leftovers while another in the midst of an attack is screaming for more.. .
More on the game. rules, and corps sized battles tomorrow.