Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Game 1" - Move 4

Union Movement Phase:

OK – with three full descriptive moves behind us I think I owe you a break so I’ll cut down on the full description of all the modifiers going forward..

Union commander throws 7 for his brigade dice when deciding move distance.. which, with modifiers comes out as 9 – both units are disordered so check on the “Disordered Troops” part of the manoeuvre table.. they get “Rally” results, so they remove the disorder condition and can then move half..
  • 14th Indiana: unit moves up on the 8th’s flank – mostly behind the wall.
  • 8th Ohio: decides to stand behind the wall – no move.

Union Firing Phase:

Confederate Defensive fire:
  • 2nd Virginia 4 bases – all firing at 8th Ohio
  • 4th Virginia 5 bases – 1 base firing at 8th Ohio, the other four bases will fire at the 14th.

8th Ohio: 5bases/9 stands @ 3”- 6” (1FP) range = 9FP’s = +2 Modifier; -2 for the fact that the 8th Ohio are behind the wall plus a dice throw of 9 (!) means they score a 9 – “Galling fire” first Union casualties and also disordered.

14th Indiana: 4bases/8 stands @ 3” - 6” range = 8 x 1FP = 8FP’s = +1 Modifier; -2 for the fact that they are (mostly) behind the wall plus a dice throw of 5 means they score 4 – no effect…

Union Offensive fire:
  • 14th Indiana – all 4 bases will fire at 4th Virg.
  • 8th Ohio 5 bases – 3 bases at 2nd Virg., the other 2 bases will fire at the 4th Virg.


2nd Virg.: 3 bases/5 stands @ 3”- 6” (1FP) range = 5FP’s but unit is disordered so half FP’s = -1 modifer; D10 of 10 means they score 9 which results in a “Galling Fire” – second blood of the engagement – they lose 1 stand & are disordered (yellow pin). The score of 10 on the dice means that there is a chance the unit will be “low on ammunition” – but a dice against the chart shows “no effect”… because this is the second stand lost one whole base is removed..

4th Virg.: 6 bases/12 stands @ 3”- 6” (1FP) range = 12FP’s but four of the stands are disordered which ends up in a modifier of +2; D10 = 8 means they score 10 which results in a “Galling Fire” – further disorder, and another Confederate stand lost!

Some quite outstanding shooting by the Union troops and thereby hangs one of the issues with these rules - I'm no historical simulationist when it comes to my wargames - I know they're just games - but I do like to be able to rationalise the results I see when a dice is thrown; these single D10's introduce a massive range of possible results. DG and I have done away with it for the movement phase by using 2D10/2 but at the time I said I didn't want to do that for musketry, it's clear however that the dice is a massive part of the calculation - I may want to change my mind! Based on what we've seen in this game so far, for example, we see the Union troops firing a good volley, a bad volley, and then an excellent volley - but what would cause this variation in "real life"? They've been under fire throughout, disordered for most of it, the only change is the variation of the dice and what is that modelling?

Union Charging Phase:


Move 4 - Confederate Movement Phase:

Again, the Brigade Commander within 9” of both so they share the move dice

D10 = 6, which gives a modified result of 8. Both units are disordered so they both get a “rally” result – disorder removed and half move. The rebel yell rings out across the table as they both surge forward towards the enemy held wall …

Confederate Firing Phase:

Union Defensive fire:

7 bases at the 4th, 2 bases at the 2nd…

2nd Virg.: 2 bases/3 stands @ 0 - 3”(1FP) range = 3FP’s but unit is disordered so half FP’s = -2 modifier, no other modifier, D10 = 7, so result is 5 – just enough to disorder them, but not enough to stop them closing!

4th Virg.: 7 bases/14 stands @ 0 - 3” (1FP) = 14FP’s = +3 modifer, no other modifier, D10 =8, so result is 11! A “galling fire” – disordered, one stand removed, but still not enough to stop them…


Confederate Offensive fire:

None – I reserve my fire for a “cold steel” bonus in the melee

Confederate Charging Phase:

In we go…

First combat was against 8th Ohio

Confederate modifiers:
+2 for fresh troops; -1 for trained troops;+1 for “cold steel”; -1 disordered; D10 = 2 – overall result of 3 (gulp….)

Union modifiers
+2 for fresh troops; -1 for trained troops; -1 disordered; +1 for the wall; D10 = 8 – overall result of 9..

A difference of 6 – the worst possible result! 2nd Virg. lose a stand and retreat a full move disordered… 8th OH hold.

Second combat against the 14th Indiana

Confederate modifiers:
+2 for fresh troops; -1 for trained troops;+1 for “cold steel”;-1 for a lost stand in the firing phase; -1 disordered; D10 = 3 – overall result of 3 (gulp….)

Union modifiers
+2 for fresh troops; -1 for trained troops; +1 for the wall; D10 = 2 – overall result of 4..

A difference of 1 – the attack falters, 4th Virg. move back a half move and end up disordered – no casualties

Definitely not what was wanted - looks like the Rebs left it too late to launch the attack, the concern now is that casualties are significant and the 2nd Virg. is now "worn" (due to the casualties)...

Position at end of move:


  1. An exciting move. May I give a suggested rationalisation of the varied shooting scores - probably be shot to bits myself but hey ho.
    Good volley - first volley in action - we're all loaded, gotta shoot the enemy.
    Bad volley - ouch, they're shooting at us - let's keep down behind the wall if we can.
    Excellent volley - officers and sergeants encouraging return fire, they haven't hit too many of us, got to get out of this.
    That's how I would look at it Steve but I am in the camp of those who accept the 'odd' variations of dice and say it represents any number of imponderables. The most bases lost was one each time wasn't it?
    Best wishes

  2. My thought on simple systems where dice affect things is that you need to look at the overall result over several turns rather than the effect each turn. Over a period of say 1/2 an hour, the rebs lost a fire fight. The die roll here is a combined Target morale and shooter fire effect roll. The factors covered by in the roll ate myriad. The real question is "do the rules encourage reasonable historical tactics and delver belevable results on average?

  3. I tend to agree, it would be wise to not be discouraged by wild dice throws until two or three ames are complete.

    I am a big fan of the bte sized reprts. It is about as much as I can manage before the brain seizes up.

    It does remind me however that a small brigade action played solo on the dining table ia a much neglected wargaming genre.