Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Guns at Gettysburg report

Two weeks ago the group came together for a first game using Guns at Gettysburg rules by David Brown. As you have noticed on the number of ACW posts on this blog our club theme this year is ACW. Our aim is to have about five infantry brigades a side ready for our new years game early January. Against all odds we are ahead of planning and in the meantime we play some games to stay inspired. I'm surprised the group keeps his focus so long and i think our approach to start gaming Terrible Sharp Sword and grow to a larger scale over time really worked well.
For our regiment based games we picked Guns at Gettysburg. Main reason is we like General de Brigade and do not want to bring in yet another system. Could have gone for the Elephant rules by TFL since we are using Lardie rules a lot and we might do a test drive with those as well to see if we like them. But so far, we like GaG.

 The game itself was good fun. One player unfortunately could not make it so we had to adjust the scenario as the Union now missed five regiments. This was also a good and now legal opportunity for Marc 'Mudwall' to hold on to his tradition of finding cover asap as seen in our previous games. This time however, the fences did not save him as the Rebels ferociously charged and routed the 16th Michigan from behind their cover (I must say the double six helped). We deployed a bit too far apart but it also meant we could see how movement and formation worked.
Anyway, not a lot of time today so some pictures of the game...

Complete gallery of the day on photobucket and Rob Pohlman created a gallery with some great shots of his Rebs here
Overview after a couple of turns moving

Rebs moving in 1


Battle for the bridge. Due to quick and decisive movement the Confederates got there first. No charges unfortunately, they faltered when they got the attack order

The first wave is getting in

with success
More thought on the rules and it's mechanics follow after we played one or two more games. Next few weeks a couple of new regiments arrive on the blog and I need to sort out some old pictures to post variation...


  1. I love it when a plan comes together.

  2. Great layout and figures fellow reject.

  3. Thx! and you are right Suchet, I should have mentioned we predicted all their moves and deployment and got most of the objectives by cunning strategy:-)

  4. Great looking game

    I think the charm of the ACW to `grab and keep focus` is the fact both sides where actually identical in type of troop and weapons, more so then other historic (and fantasy) wars.

    No matter what unit or regiment you field, it tends to be possible to swing either way

  5. Great looking game Mike!! and beautiful figures as well!

  6. Greate looking game and realy nice pictures !

    Best regards Dalauppror

  7. Looks a damn fine game and now thinking ACW for Salute?

  8. Great to see you survived your brush with Postie's Rejects!;-)

    Lovely looking table and figures. Sounds like a great game, too.

  9. Great looking table! That's the rules we decided at our club to use as well for our 28mm ACW. However, it will be awhile before we can get some games in.


  10. Fantastic looking game! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Those are some great layouts,Mike great photography

  12. Thanks for the comments. Well appreciated.
    @Tomsche Interesting point and you are right. I did not think of it that way. What I also like (simplified and among others) is it's only two sides and you don't have the zillion uniforms for every month of the Nap period while there is enough variation available to field interesting armies.
    @Paul You are just like all of us :-) ACW would make a great headstart though and gives us an opportunity to paint more of the 'extra's', the non fighting vignettes that can make a game really stand out.

  13. Beautiful set up and wonderful looking figures there Mike.

  14. The minis and the layout all look incredible. A very impressive (and fun) looking game.

  15. Wonderful work indeed, sorry a bit late on parade but these look tremendous.

  16. Lovely looking game and good on your group for 'keeping the faith' and getting this amount of stuff completed - very impressive.