Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Battle of Little Blue River Bridge

Three months had passed since General Ross's attempt to seize the bridge at Tea Room Junction (See report here) and both Faraway and Origawn had made use of the time to get their armies into shape while patrols watched the borderline.  At last the word came: "The Blues are on the march, looks like they're heading towards the stone bridge over the Little Bluetaip River."  General Turner ordered all units within a day's march to rendezvous there and then led the Brooklyn Regiment  forward himself.

As they came in view of the bridge, they could see the dust columns across the river. It was going to be a close thing. 

A small wood near the bridge became the centre of fighting. The Brooklyn Regiment waited until news arrived that the two other columns were at hand, then they fixed bayonets and proceeded to drive back the enemy riflemen bur not without heavy losses.

By noon, both armies were on the field and air was filled with the "crack crack" of the riflemen, the roar of cannon and the blaring trumpets as the opposing dragoons charged and countercharged, each seeking to dominate the field while the infantry deployed.

By midday, the armies were all on the field and the fighting began in earnest.

On the Northern flank, the Origawn dragoons had finally been forced back over the river and with no room to manoeuvre in the bridgehead, were essentially out of the battle. The Brooklyn Fusiliers took heavy casualties but with both bullet and steel being used, they drove the enemy riflemen from the small wood by the bridge. It was beginning to look like the opposing infantry would have to settle the thing. 

An attempt by the Grey's to retake the central wood was repulsed with heavy losses, but if they could just hang on to the bridge till dusk, reinforcements should be at hand.

The duel between the opposing dragoons suddenly grabbed everyone's attention. After charge and countercharge, the Red Dragoons suddenly broke, the survivors pouring back over the bridge left a gap and the Queen's Dragoons poured into the gap and hit the Blues in the flank and they crumbled.
Howdya like that roll? 5x 5/6 on 6 dice!)

The artillery soon forced the Dragoons back, but the sun was sinking rapidly. There was nothing for Gen. Wavely to do but place himself at the head of the remaining Grey's, order "BAYONETS!!" and then lead the remaining companies of the greys to secure the north side of the bridge. 

But, it was a forlorn hope after all. The Fusiliers unleashed a heavy volley and the battalion broke and ran.

Balloon's eye view of the field as the battle ended.

The figures are mostly 40mm homecasts, some from commercial moulds, others from moulds of my original sculpts, backed by some conversions of Historifigs figures.  The rules are another tweak of  "A Whiff of Dice".


  1. Excellant looking battle nice to see these figures in action again.

  2. Really good looking game, your figures are quite superb, good to see them battling away!

    1. Thanks, almost all are conversions or original homecasts.

  3. Outstanding game as always Ross. I wonder if you could model the Brooklyn's regimental mascot? You know, Dominic the Donkey. :-) Remind me to tell about that story sometime.... It all started one day in Brook-a-leen, ya see?


    1. Sounds like beer or something would be a prerequisite for that explanation but I'll keep my eye out for an appropriate 40mm donkey and give him a touque so he fits into the setting.

  4. Reminds me a little of the bridge battle scene in "The Good, The bad And The Ugly"!

  5. A splendid little action, thanks for the entertaining report. Shows, once, again, that you can have a good game without vast numbers of figures. The type of game which should feature more at wargame shows (conventions in the Canada and the US).

  6. Thanks,
    Since at least the '80's, the prime drive behind conventions here has been to draw new people into playing and hopefully enjoying it, to give existing gamers a chance to see and try different things, make new friends and meet up with old ones who may live as far as 1,000 miles away, and to play good, well run games, as well as to see and buy figures, etc from the vendors.
    For those who don't know any wargamers near home, its more than just a day's outing.

  7. Splendid stuff as always Ross…
    And as others have pointed out you certainly don’t need hordes of figures to have a great game.

    All the best. Aly

  8. Good stuff. Can I ask what happened to the "Blogs I Follow" feature. BGOTM was my one-stop for checking out everything I was interested in.

    1. Long story. Started trying to update it and after a prolonged struggle, it is currently 1/2 hidden as the first item on the list of links at the top right of the page. Eventually I'll get something better again.

  9. Great report Ross, it's always a pleasure to see your figures in action.
    I am sorry that General Wavely did not achieve his objective, I think that splendid miniature deserves the victory!