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FlyXwire11 Nov 2018 8:31 a.m. PST

Hi All,

Here's a few pictures I took at the 2nd skirmish on McHenry's Farm (this time with the two mats joined together to make one contiguous board) -

Pushing here from the west is a Union Brigade, initially opposed by Confederate skirmishers and lt. artillery -

Roused from their bivouac, the Rebels begin pushing out against this Union attempt to envelope them -

And from the east -

"High-water mark of the Confederacy"- with aggressive [forlorn] attacks against the Union jaws closing in, the Rebs are able to hold a tenuous salient (and an expected retreat to the south out of the trap deemed likely).

It was a well-fought action by all participants, with fortunes ebbing and flowing for each side a number of times during the game.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2018 9:50 a.m. PST

Great looking game! Thanks for sharing

bracken Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

Brilliant looking set up 👍

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Super pretty! Nice set up. 😀

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2018 1:25 p.m. PST


WarWizard12 Nov 2018 9:52 a.m. PST

That looks great. Can I ask where you got those mats from please?

GROSSMAN12 Nov 2018 1:49 p.m. PST

Looks like painted teddy bear fur.

FlyXwire12 Nov 2018 2:21 p.m. PST

Thank you Guys!

The base fleece mat is a Cigar Box Battle Mat cut in half, resprayed with lighter green colors, and the road section taped off and sprayed on. The fields, woods, and farm yard are as Grossman thought, teddy bear fur pieces.

Having made a few full-board teddy bear fur mats now, I discovered with their pile nap, that individually-based figures tend to tip over on them too easily (multi-based figs still work fine). For this reason I'm using the flatter fleece mats for our group's ACW game project.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

Looks good. What rules did you use?

FlyXwire22 Nov 2018 8:03 a.m. PST

HG thanks!

They're a conversion of the Muskets & Tomahawks FIW/AWI-period rules for the ACW.

We modeled units (Rgts.) on a 1 fig. = 15-20 men per ratio, and a 1" = 20 yards ground scale. Veteran Inf. Rgts. contain 10 minis, and green ones 12-16 figures. This kept the figures-per-unit ratio right within the original rule's functioning mechanics, and let our group build and field units while calling them "Bn./Rgts." (instead of as skirmishing "Plts."). The whole idea being to play small battles that don't require a lot of figures per unit, while still getting some of the fidelity of skirmish-level terrain layouts and tactics (like enabling skirmishing formations [vet. units] and special figure actions, etc.).

This latest 28mm iteration was a group "Run Whatcha Brung" project too

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The local guys have really taken to it, and more than a half-dozen of them have painted up their own Brigades to field now.

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