The Battle of Gaines' Mill
Welcome to the first proper game of Two Splendid Lines, our 6mm regimental-focused ACW game! I think I'll let the pictures (properly captioned) do most of the talking. This was a small snapshot of the 4th Texas attacking the Federal positions on top of Turkey Hill at Gaines' Mill, June 27th 1862. As part of our campaign we are playing every battle in which the 4th Texas participated in, in order. We had a minor skirmish at Eltham's Landing last week, but this is the regiment's first pitched battle...
The game mechanics had been simplified since our first game, and worked much better. We took heavy casualties, but because we kept moving steadily and didn't stop to get bogged down in a firefight, we could overcome their defences. But it was costly - 23 killed, 62 wounded and 2 missing. About 20% casualties!
|The basic situation. The Texans start in the gulley on the right, and have to advance up the hill and take the defences.|
|The Texans wait anxiously for the order to advance... lovely Baccus figures.|
|With the Federals eagerly anticipating their advance. They have two guns from a Rhode Island battery to support them.|
|The dice gods favour those who get into the spirit (and clothes) of the game. Come on, boys!|
|Ollie's skirmishers, hiding in the woods, can't hurt the Federals with their smoothbores.|
|The moment of crisis approaches! My regiment (on the right) is a little disordered from the advance but I form line of battle and advance to within 40 yards. My skirmishers force the enemy to refuse a flank, sparing me crucial firepower.|
|Meanwhile, the skirmishers manage to get into a farmhouse and soon drive the guns away. They have to charge the last one, but the canister only causes a few casualties and the cannon are ours!|
|And it's all over! I let loose one volley at 30 yards, before leaping over the walls. The Federals flee in terror! Hurrah!|