John and Stephen set up Salem Church, for 4 players + ref, with the excellent Fire & Fury (Regimental) - which definitely has some advantages:
There is clear and unarguable attrition, as in the ACW accounts, so it feels like the ACW - though there is a 'cold steel' charge rule, which inevitably means that there are distinct advantages in charging home without shooting . We debated this for hours...well, minutes anyway (many minutes)...at least in terms of how 'ACW' it was, and whether it was a game balance thing.
|(Yes, those are curtain tassels attached to the hat...)|
The setup used the excellent 15mm collections of John & Steve.
The Union was forced to attack Reb positions - inevitably perhaps coming unstuck on one flank. A Reb drive on their left threatened to make good on the scenario conditions, after the Union had captured / and lost the church, but neither side was going to win in the end - neither the Union capturing the Church, nor the Rebs the toll house. In the end, it became a hard fought grinding draw - but a great day - followed by wine, beers, Indian food and John's (not) gay beer.
|NOT a gay beer|
|Reb positions at the church, with skirmishers along the walls. It's not a big position, and thereby only holds skirmishers at this scale.|
|Union attacks straight at the centre, with cold steel charges for the most part, with some smoothbore/RM discipline from the Rebs|
|Billy Yank was determined to say the least|
|Union attacks in the centre initially - but they can expect reinforcements|
|Federals hold the church...for a time|
|Building attacks on the Reb left|
|A mass battle in itself on the Reb right - was turning into a bloody stalemate - though the Union were still concerned enough to send multiple reinforcing regiments in that direction...|
|'Here they come again boys!' Union attacks are hard and fast, but, the Rebs can still counter-attack as the turns wear on, on their left...|
|Terrible melee on the left flank (my dice rolls were terrible anyway)|
|The bloody centre|
|Reb pressure tells terribly on their left flank...but it's too late|
|The centre and right are in stalemate...|
|...and the (Reb) bands played on...|