Monday 3 April 2023
The Union’s Tullahoma Campaign began on 24 June 1863 with William Rosecrans moving south-east from Murfreesboro, his Army of the Cumberland constantly outmanoeuvring Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee. Within ten days, Bragg had been forced to withdraw through central Tennessee to Chattanooga close to the border with Georgia. The campaign ended on 3 July, in a week that saw the Union victory at Gettysburg and the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg.
In mid-August, after resting and re-supplying his army, Rosecrans moved on Chattanooga. Capturing the city would provide a vital rail hub, opening the way to Atlanta. Beginning on 21 August, and over the next two weeks, Union artillery sporadically bombarded the north-east of the city. This kept Bragg's attention whilst the bulk of Rosecrans's army crossed the Tennessee River south-west of Chattanooga. When Bragg learned of this on 8 September, he abandoned Chattanooga and withdrew the Army of Tennessee into Georgia.
Rosecrans pursued Bragg, but his Corps became scattered traversing the difficult rocky, wooded terrain. Bragg, having now received reinforcements, planned to attack and overwhelm these isolated elements of the Union army. His plans were poorly executed, but alerted Rosecrans to the threat and he began to concentrate his corps. Bragg resolved not to lose the initiative, forming up the Army of Tennessee near to the Chickamauga Creek by 18 September. He wants to strike the Union left before Rosecrans can fully concentrate his army, additionally cutting them off from Chattanooga. Rosecrans foresees this, ordering forced marches to reinforce his left.
Shortly after dawn on 19 September, Bragg launches the first in a series of assaults against the Union lines, opening up the Battle of Chickamauga. Some of the fiercest fighting in the entire battle taking place in and around Viniard Field.
Monday 20 March 2023
It's a long time since I updated you all on my current and emerging projects. As always this is something of an eclectic list!
First the Stage 3 Projects (see my Project Categorisation post):
I am planning to use the Freikorps und Spartacist rules by Stephen Danes which, as will be obvious from the title, are specifically for the period. I have purchased a goodly amount of figures from the TSUBA Miniatures German Revolution range available from Empress to be supplemented by appropriate other armed and unarmed civilians from my existing collection. The latter are all painted and the former are nearing completion.
Rif WarRif War in Morocco against the Spanish and French colonialists. This allows me to utilise figures I already have from my Spanish Civil War collection and supplement them with French colonial troops, Berbers and locals.
Great Syrian Revolt
Operation Sealion (28mm)
And now my Stage 2 Projects:
By Fire & Sword
Hungarian War of Independence 1848/9Hungarian Revolution of 1848 but it didn't take long for me decided to make it a future project.
American Civil War (2mm)Altar of Freedom rules; this led on to the usual "how low can you go?" conversation regarding figure size. As a result I have got some sample 2mm figure (blocks?) from Irregular Miniatures to experiment with. I am interested to see how they will turn out given the size and my limited painting abilities.
Thursday 16 March 2023
Since the scenario has only a relatively small number of units we managed to get two plays of the scenario in, swapping sides between them.
I began with the Austrians but really struggled to untangle my traffic jam of units arriving over the bridges at the table edge caused by an early French cavalry attack. I then failed to break through the French unit screening my closest objective all through the game and only managed to secure the objective further up the table. I didn't get anywhere near the other two! So that game ended in a French victory.
In the second game I took command of the French which was a bit of a change as whilst they have less units they were mostly veterans with skirmishers and command stands (something the Austrians lacked!). I decided to try the same approach as in the first game and charged my cavalry into the front of the Austrian column. This proved somewhat less successful for me and entirely failed to slow the Austrians down.
Whilst my Austrian reinforcements entered across the same bridges as the core force, in the second game I was facing reinforcements entering from a completely different edge! Whilst I managed to hold these off my attempt to secure a third objective and thus secure victory failed. So the game ended in a draw.
Not a great performance from me but lots of fun.
Monday 27 February 2023
Tuesday 21 February 2023
I took command of two units of Anglo-Saxons on the left wing facing off against a horde of Strathclyde Welsh, Scots and Irish. I was feeling pretty outnumbered and the wily Scot's horse moved around to threaten my flank which didn't help make my position feel any more secure.
In the end the Welsh were terribly reluctant to get into the fight but the Scot's were up for it and I ended up with a desperate fight outnumbered 2:1. Fortunately a blunder by the Irish commander to my right meant his troops withdrew and freed up the Saxons next to me to come to my rescue. I managed to hold on despite being pushed back to the table edge and having lost my stronger unit. But the Viking assault across on our right wing collapsed and the battle was won there by Athelstan. A most historic result.
Here are a couple of photos I took on the day:
|Looking up the table - Saxons to the right|
|And from the other end|
|The wily Scots horse moving around my flank|
|Battle is joined!|
Wednesday 1 February 2023
On 13 August 1708 the allied army of Marlborough and Eugene began to besiege Lille. Eugene conducted the siege while Marlborough commanded a covering force. The French King Louis XIV ordered his armies under Vendôme, Burgundy and Berwick to link up and break the siege. Can Marlborough hold-off the French assault until Prince Eugene arrives with reinforcements or will the French lift the siege?
Here are a couple of photos from the game:
As it has been a while since I played and neither of the other two players had played before we got off to a bit of a slow start (not helped by some appalling dice rolls by the French). In hindsight, given the lack of previous experience, I should probably have started with the forces deploying a little closer. But everyone had a fun game even if we didn't fight the battle to a final conclusion.