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Cleburne186319 Dec 2015 9:04 p.m. PST

Hello all!

I'm happy to announce the upcoming publication of my latest Civil War miniature scenario book.

Summer Storm: Regimental Wargame Scenarios for the Battle of Gettysburg

"Who can describe such a conflict as is raging around us? To say that it was like a summer storm, with the crash of thunder, the glare of lightning, the shrieking of the wind, and the clatter of hailstones, would be weak." 1st Lieutenant Frank A. Haskell

168 pages
Final price to be determined.
ISBN 978-0-9904122-4-3

It includes 12 scenarios

McPherson Ridge
Heth Renews the Attack
Blocher's Knoll
Longstreet's Assault (Round Top to the Peach Orchard)
Little Round Top
The Peach Orchard
Cemetery Ridge
East Cemetery Hill
Night at Cemetery Hill (Extended scenario with Rodes' Division)
Opportunity at Culp's Hill
Culp's Hill at Dawn
South Cavalry Field

Each scenario includes 2-3 pictures of the modern battlefield or period photographs showing the battlefield just after the battle. Mostly O'Sullivan and Brady photographs from July 5th-15th. Also included, like the Atlanta book, are two maps for each scenario. One showing strictly terrain for ease of set-up, and one showing all the units on the board.

Included is a full order of battle.

I'm hoping to have it published on or around January 23rd, 2016.

Below is the scenario map for the first scenario, McPherson's Ridge.


And in addition, you can download the McPherson's Ridge scenario for free by clicking on the link below.

PDF link

I hope everybody enjoys this book! It's been a lot of fun in the making.


Brad Butkovich
Historic Imagination

hetzer19 Dec 2015 9:36 p.m. PST

Very nice. Thank you.

kustenjaeger20 Dec 2015 3:47 a.m. PST


Looks interesting. I like the full OB numbers and table to indicate scaling.

How many of the scenarios would work for a 6' x 4' table?



general btsherman20 Dec 2015 4:18 a.m. PST


Buckeye AKA Darryl20 Dec 2015 5:46 a.m. PST

I have most of Brad's other ACW scenario books, and they are highly recommended! Good details, clean maps, good background for each scenario.

CATenWolde20 Dec 2015 6:23 a.m. PST

Brilliant! I was at Gettysburg this summer with the family (including wargamer son #1), and these will be very welcome.

Echoing the above, I have all of Brad's scenario books, and they are superb – always looking forward to new releases.

Have you thought about doing another book of "hypothetical" scenarios? I found the first one great for throwing into the mix to break up a run of historical scenarios.



Cleburne186320 Dec 2015 8:20 a.m. PST

Forgot the cover.


Cleburne186320 Dec 2015 8:22 a.m. PST

Hello CATenWolde,

Yes, I have a growing list of hypothetical scenarios for a future 2nd Volume. I just have so much material for historical books that I don't know when I'll fit it in. It won't be a year before my next scenario book is released. :)

Cleburne186320 Dec 2015 8:28 a.m. PST

Hello kustenjaeger,

Here are the table dimensions for each scenario.

McPherson Ridge 4 x 5
Heth Renews the Attack 4 x 5
Blocher's Knoll 4 x 6
Longstreet's Assault 5 x 7
Little Round Top 3 x 4
The Peach Orchard 4 x 6
Cemetery Ridge 4 x 6
East Cemetery Hill 3 x 3
Night at Cemetery Hill 4 x 5
Opportunity at Culp's Hill 3 x 4
Culp's Hill at Dawn 4 x 5
South Cavalry Field 3 x 4

madcam2us20 Dec 2015 8:55 a.m. PST

I too have all of Brads scenario books…. First Rate!… Will be picking these up to.


Syr Hobbs Wargames Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Dec 2015 10:08 a.m. PST

Looks great, thanks for the update

john lacour20 Dec 2015 10:40 a.m. PST

Looks great! Where will it be sold?

Cleburne186320 Dec 2015 10:53 a.m. PST


Wargame Vault
Anywhere you can purchase a book with an ISBN number. You can order it at a bookstore with the ISBN number and it will be printed to order.

Rifleman196520 Dec 2015 3:16 p.m. PST

Very cool, I will be getting this book!

Noble Crow20 Dec 2015 9:00 p.m. PST

Another vote for Brad's scenario books. I have played and GM'd several scenarios from his books, and find them all to be first rate and balanced. I ran one of his Atlanta Campaign scenarios (Resaca) at Nashcon this past year, and the game came down to the last turn before a winner could be determined.

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2015 10:03 p.m. PST

Yep, Brad's books are great, and best part is they're available not out of print being horded like all the other ones!

Great way to start the New Year! Thanks, Brad!!!!!

GoodOldRebel21 Dec 2015 6:22 a.m. PST

Can only echo the positive reviews above! I have The Road to Atlanta: Regimental Wargame Scenarios for the Atlanta Campaign May-June 1864, Criminal Blunder: Wargame Scenarios for the Battle of Pickett's Mill and The River of Death: Regimental Wargame Scenarios for The Battle of Chickamauga and I cannot fault them!

Superbly researched and thoroughly playtested, each scenario works as intended!

This new book is a must buy!

Scott Mingus21 Dec 2015 6:49 a.m. PST

I too heartily endorse Brad's work! Excellent!

Cleburne186321 Dec 2015 7:02 a.m. PST

Just for fun, here are a few pictures from my trip to Gettysburg.

Scene of the charge of the 1st Minnesota


Looking at the position of the 20th Maine from the Confederate perspective. I know the road probably changed the grading a bit, but not much from the look of the boulders on either side of the road. Until I got there, I didn't realize how much of a "shelf" the 20th actually stood on.


Devil's Den from Little Round Top in late afternoon.


Cleburne186321 Dec 2015 7:06 a.m. PST

The Wheatfield from Anderson's perspective looking north.


View from the high ground overlooking a branch of Plum Run. This is the view the right of the 1st Texas would have had as it crested the hill and made its final approach. The Triangular field is on the slope ahead, Devil's Den on the revere slope, and Little Round Top in the background.


A then and now of the dead at the Rose farm.


GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2015 7:54 a.m. PST

Thanks for complimentary download of the scenario for Heth's initial attack. I did a scenario for 25/28mm figures, 1 base per approx 100 men, and used a 4'x 8' area for the terrain which seemed to help with the 40mmx40mm bases being used.

Having the pictures with the scenarios is good. I'll be picking up the book soon, and eyeing the non-historical set of scenarios, too.

Thanks for the Gettysburg pictures here, too. I'm so glad that it has been protected as it has, and I don't get tired of visiting and seeing the battlefield.

Old Guy22 Dec 2015 8:11 a.m. PST

Lovely stuff, I particularly like the photographs, especially the last one, very poignant.

vtsaogames22 Dec 2015 8:47 a.m. PST

Hmm, looks like I'll be playing that in the new year. Thank you.

Darkoath11 Jan 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

Glad to see this! Your scenario books are always great! What are you thinking of working on next if I might ask?

Cleburne186311 Jan 2016 7:52 p.m. PST

I'll let you know in 4-5 months. :) My next book should be out around June. I've already started the maps, but honestly, I'm taking a month break.

Cleburne186312 Jan 2016 5:59 a.m. PST

Working from proof copies now, so I have an actual book in my hands!




Cleburne186312 Jan 2016 6:01 a.m. PST

And let me just say, OMG, the fences! I've never mapped out so many fences in my life! Seriously, I could have released the book in November or December if Gettysburg didn't have so many fences to lay out on the maps. :)

Darkoath12 Jan 2016 6:56 a.m. PST

Brad do you always walk the battlefield as part of your research for making a new book?

Cleburne186312 Jan 2016 3:37 p.m. PST

Yes. You can only get a real understanding of a battle until you walk the battlefield. That way you find out all the quirks of the terrain that make for interesting special rules, if warranted. Plus, I like my books image heavy, so I have to take pictures from several angles and plan out what images I might use for each scenario.

Cleburne186314 Jan 2016 4:44 p.m. PST

Just FYI, I've finalized the book price at $32.99 USD. That's the retail price. I'm sure Amazon will discount it, as will others. Haven't set the pdf price at Wargame Vault, but will let you know.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2016 1:30 p.m. PST


ACW Gamer Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2016 9:39 p.m. PST

Cleburne, you have done an outstanding job with Summer Storm! Keep up the good work. (And finish Atlanta)

Cleburne186316 Jan 2016 7:10 a.m. PST

I'll be taking pictures for the second Atlanta book this summer. I'm also just about finished with Earl Hess' Ezra Church book. Good book. Lots of good information, but lots of padding too. I don't fault Hess for that. The battle is pretty small, and the good, detailed description of the battle is worth it. His book on the Battle of Atlanta July 22nd is excellent as well. I'm not promising the Atlanta book this year, but I'm getting the material.

I should be putting out a new scenario book every six months for the next year, or so. My next project, Shiloh, Atlanta, maybe another fictional scenario book.

Trajanus17 Jan 2016 3:11 a.m. PST

Looking good Brad, could be your best yet!

GoodOldRebel18 Jan 2016 4:38 a.m. PST

Shiloh!!!!! Excellent!!!

vtsaogames19 Jan 2016 8:42 a.m. PST

I'm setting up the McPherson's Ridge scenario for Thursday. Does anyone know where/when the 42nd Mississippi shows up? I can't find it on any maps online.

This is a fabulous scenario. Must get the book. I've got one of his other books and must get all of them. A great resource.

Cleburne186319 Jan 2016 3:53 p.m. PST

I'm not quite sure I understand the question. However, the 42nd Mississippi is already on the board. It is astride the railroad bed just south of the 2nd Mississippi.

vtsaogames19 Jan 2016 4:06 p.m. PST

It's hard to understand a mistaken question. Let me re-phrase it. The one I don't see is the 11th Mississippi. Is that a reinforcement?

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