Today Sven and I went for the smaller version of the Battle of Monocacy respectively scenario 4 in MMP’s TO TAKE WASHINGTON ~ Jubal Early’s Summer 1864 Campaign. I played the Confederates and he took the Union defenders. Our main aim was to get into the rules and see how we would like the game. And off course to have a pleasant day with a friendly game.
Fully in flamed with the American Civil War or Second War of Indipendance as the Confederates referred to it, I have taken to approach the topic from different angles. The GCACW Series is one of my favoreds as one can estimate from my recent posts on this blog.
A different level of detail brings me to the Line of Battle series published by MMP. I got hold of the latest title To Take Washington that covers Jubal Early’s advance on Washington in September 1864. As the GBACW: Road to Gettysburg II also contains Rebells in the White House I now can play the campaing as well as the Battle of Monocacy itself.
The battle of Antitam is considered as quite pivotal for the course of the American Civil War. And so one can find many publications on the battle and on the campaign leading to it. Two publications that are both freely available on the internet I find enlightning are
With the newly arrived Roads to Gettysburg II the GCACW Series published by MMP evolves into one of my favored game systems. This game cought me because the box actually contains three games as revised reprints and counters for an additional campaign game:
- Here come the Rebels
- Road to Gettysburg II: Lee Strikes North
- Rebels to the White House
- Long Roads to Gettysburg (counters)
Stonewall Jacksons Way published in 1992 by The Avalon HIll Game Company I aquired some 15 year ago from a wargames buddy. The game spent all the years in a dark shelf as I never found the time to occupy myself more closely with it. I allways admired the maps but never came round to actually read the rules.
After some years of abstinence I have resumed painting som miniatures. I got stimulated by the excellent videos by Little Wars TV. I got especially captivated by their videos on the ACW battles of Antitam and Gettysburg. These the club played out with Altar of Freedom Rules that I once bought and used to play quick battles. I played with bases that I pasted pictures of ACW regiment on. I also bought a pack of 6mm Adler Miniatures, but only few of them ever saw my painting table.
The ACW Longstreet campaign starts wirth few but large units, 3 infantry, one cavalry, and a battery of artillery. As the unfolds the brigades have more and smaller infantry units and the number of artillery increases. So for the gamer the need arrises to add a few guns to the brigade.
Yesterday after more than one year of abstaining from painting figures I now reinstalled my work place. I am very happy to have restartet paintig. I find it very satisfying sometimes it is like meditating for me.
One of the tasks I tackle is to finish painting figures that have awaited final touch for a year or longer. First in line are US cavalry and a ACW gun.
I just finished the autobiographical book “Unter dem Sternenbanner” by Carl Schurz, his memoirs of the years 1852 to 1869. For those interested in history it offers some insights into the Americal political system of those years. What struck me most was his account of the founding of the Republican party in 1854 from the abolitionalist movement. He joined the movement and the party to become one of her leading propagandists.
It took me a while to return in earnest to painting figures. But see what a rainy day offers for the world of wargaming and painting figures. Continue reading