|Action at Brawner's Farm|
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
|The German squadron takes to the skies|
|Lt Manove' gives chase|
|Nice maneuvering, Manove'!|
|The Baron tailing the enemy|
|Hard to tell friend from foe|
|The two-seater spins out!|
Saturday, October 16, 2021
The Battle of Brawner's Farm saw action on the gaming table a second time. Again, like Game #1, the battle unfolded remotely. Rather than umpiring a two-player game pitched against two American players, in this contest I faced off against an Australian opponent. Peter (Grid based wargaming) accepted the challenge to participate in a remote game.
Peter and I managed a collaborative game years ago refighting the French & Indian War. We teamed up with a combination of strategic play using a board game and tactical resolution using miniatures. The campaign can be found at Montcalm & Wolfe. Who still recalls that series?
With the 18 hour time zone difference, we decided upon a two-player game with me commanding one of the combatants. Peter, from Melbourne, chose to command the Confederates under Stonewall Jackson. I took command of elements of King's Division including Gibbon's Iron Brigade. After guiding players from afar in the first Battle of Brawner's Farm game (see Battle for Brawner's Farm), I thought I saw opportunities for the Federals to gain a victory. Well, not so much for gaining a victory as fighting not to lose the battle.
|Federals are marching toward Groveton|
on Warrenton Turnpike.
|Gibbon's Iron Brigade wheels off the turnpike and begins|
to deploy on the eastern edge of Brawner's Wood.
|Jackson arrives with 26 and 60 GA as Rebel guns|
swing into position on Stony Ridge.
Federals build an artillery fire base on the turnpike.
|Baylor arrives to support Jackson |
at the copse of trees in the center.
|Gibbon draws deeper into the woods.|
|Confederate guns command the open field.|
|Rebels move up to support the guns as Gibbon sends|
a regiment and gun out to the east.
|Federal troops preparing for action.|
|In a costly mistake, Federal guns move toward Brawner's.|
They will be lost...
|Rebels charge off the hill destroying one gun section.|
Gibbon reinforces his right.
|Has Doubleday's position been turned?|
The center Federal regiment takes heat from guns
on the heights as a Rebel regiment attacks.
|Rebels attack Doubleday after preparatory fire |
from Brawner's Farm.
One Federal regiment heads for the rear!
|Flushed with success, has the Confederate regiment|
advanced into a Hornet's Nest?
|Yes! Rebels are ejected from the woods.|
|On the Rebel left, Confederate reinforcements|
arrive in strength from Stony Ridge.
|With Rebels lining the high ground,|
can the Iron Brigade hold?
|Situation about 7:30pm|
|With their left turned, Federals reel as casualties mount.|
|While the Iron Brigade holds on the Federal right preventing|
the Rebels from attacking Dogan's House, Doubleday's brigade
is destroyed in Brawner's Wood. Gibbon is forced to retire.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
In preparation for playtesting Ian's Rein-Bow Warriors, his rules require more skirmishing troops than does either Impetvs or To the Strongest!. Ian said, "I need more Hittite skirmishers." I snapped into action and pulled javelinmen from The Lead Pile and set to work. It was only after I was part way through with painting these sixteen figures that I realized the figures on the workbench were not Hittites at all. The figures were actually Babylonians. Sigh. I pressed on and finished them.
Off the painting desk today are four stands of four Babylonian javelinmen. These sixteen figures are Newline Designs. Next time, I will double check the figures before slapping on the paint. More Biblicals are in the painting queue but work returns to the Sumerian project.On the gaming front, a second remote battle of Brawner's Farm is on today's agenda. This time, I face off against Peter (Grid-based wargaming but not always). Peter will step into the role of Stonewall Jackson while I try to lead the Iron Brigade to victory. With a time zone difference of 20 hours between us, I am playing on Thursday while Peter is playing on Friday. Should be fun.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
|Gibbon's Iron Brigade swings off to skirt |
the east end of Brawner's Woods
while a gun section unlimbers to cover Brawner's Farm.
|As Gibbon turns into the woods, reports are received|
that Rebel troops are approaching the farmhouse.
|View from the Rebel, overhead webcam.|
|Doubleday peels off to advance upon the farm.|
Baylor and several batteries arrive as Lawton approaches.
King brings up more Federal guns into the woods.
|The Iron Brigade working through the woods.|
|Both combatants take up positions along the fence line|
with a No-Man's developing between them.
Rebels position guns to the east to harass Gibbon.
|View from east end of battlefield|
|The lines are drawn.|
|While Gibbon distracts Rebel reinforcements,|
Doubleday prepares an attack with artillery support
upon Jackson and Brawner's Farm.
|Double prepares assault on farmhouse.|
|The Federals assault!|
|2 WIS charges Rebel guns positioned at the edge|
of the woods.
With devastating volleys from Lawton's Brigade
almost on its flank, the 2 WIS wavers.
|At the farm, Doubleday takes fire from the west|
and his assault loses steam.
|With heavy casualties,Doubleday calls off the attack.|
|Lawton's Rebels eject the 2 WIS from the field|
as the Federal right is threatened.