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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Airfix & Battle Cry - Cedar Mountain

I thought it was time to dig out my old Airfix ACW troops and have a go at one of the Battle Cry scenarios; I picked the battle of Cedar Mountain:
The scenario has the Federal forces groping forwards against what they believe to be a smaller CSA force; however, coming through the forest is a significant reinforcement led by A.P. Hill. This is the battle as set out on the table:
Things started off well for the Federal forces, successfully attacking in the centre and their right flank, sweeping away a CSA battery and infantry:


A brisk firefight slows down the Federal assault in the centre:

And on the CSA left the Federal troops are halted:

The Federal troops rally and after a second assault the CSA centre collapses, with the destruction of a battery and an infantry unit. The rebel centre is wide open:
Only the Texans remain in the centre, grimly holding on to a small settlement:
The tide then turns in favour of the rebels as Hill's troops come up to fill the void in the centre:
The Texans join in the advance and things look good for the CSA:
Hill's troops advance against the Federals holding the high ground, but two batteries of blue coated gunners destroy the advancing rebels:
At the same time Federal infantry firing into thr flank see off the Texans. Suddenly the tide has turned and it is now 5 - 4 to the Federal side; needing 6 points to win.

The Federal win comes with a dashing cavalry charge, supported by infantry over on the right Federal right flank:
The end comes quickly, with the CSA taking too many casualties and it is a 6 - 4 win to the Yankees!

The final positions:
This was a really enjoyable game. I thought the CSA would easily win by sheer weight of numbers, but the bold Federal attacks (and some lucky cards and dice!) saw them quickly gain victory. The battle took about an hour to play.










14 comments:

  1. Wow... Bob
    Talk about nostalgic... Thank you.

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks Aly - some of my favourite figures.

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  2. Wonderful! Berdan Lancers I say!

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    1. Makes a change for the cavalry to do well in my games!

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  3. Wonderful looking game with the old Airfix miniatures.

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    1. Thanks Peter. Battle Cry works very well as a game system and provides an ideal setting for these old warriors.

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  4. Vintage Airfix, lovely looking ACW game. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I have seen some wonderful figures in your collection too. Even after 50+ years I think they still look good on the table.

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  5. Nice to see all those Airfix figures in action...

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    1. They do look good based and en masse. I am currently painting some limbers and supply wagons (Wagon Train figures).

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  6. Nice! A victory at Cedar Mountain is an accomplishment for the Federals.

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    1. I was equally shocked, as I was playing the rebels, confident that I would sweep those darn yankees away!

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  7. Airfix ACW was where I started. One of the collections I wish I'd never given away.

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    1. Me too. The fisrt soldiers that I had and they were the beginning of 50+ years of wargaming.

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