Well the wait is finally over as I threw a couple brigades of Union troops, and a single brigade of Confederate troops on the table today. The year is 1863 (this matters for gameplay - I'll explain). The Rebels must prevent the Union troops from breaking through and linking up with their comrades further down the pike.
|2 Union Brigades of 3 Regiments each - they face 1 single Rebel Brgiad|
|Union Divisional artillery and the Division Command stand. Most of my ACW are a work in progress and need rebased badly!|
|Rebel officers survey the yankee approach march. "The damn Yanks form well!"|
|Yanks march right up to the woodline.|
|Union Brigade on the Union left facing off against a battery of guns and a Regiment of troops in the woodline.|
|Regiment (left) is flanking the unit in the cropfield.|
It's now the end of the first turn. I roll 2D6 + 8 giving me the result of "19". The clock advances to 10:19am. I'm playing until noon. The Union brigade on the Union right has made good progress trying to flank the single Rebel Regiment to their front. On the Union left, it's a much different story, and a single Rebel Regiment in the treeline and a single Rebel battery is holding up an entire Union brigade.
|using my yellow dice to track the advance of time|
|successful Union flanking maneuver|
|A Union unit in close combat with the Rebels earns paydirt with 3 hits - and a flanking bonus gives you extra dice!|
|The Union Regiment on the left charges home! The flanking bonus gives even more dice to the attackers|
|The Rebel capability test forces them to retreat. They retreat towards the main line next to the artillery battery.|
|They'll be disordered for 30 minutes. Units take 8 hits before they break.|
|Casualties piling up with the yanks from the single Regiment in the treeline.|
|THey couldn't hit an elephant at this ....THWACK In TFON, a new commander is appointmented next turn in the rally phase. until then, the Union units of this brigade will remain disordered, without a commander.|
|The Rebel Regiment supporting behind the treeline moves up and closes the door on the Union 1st Brigade.|
|The Rebels did an excellent job of keeping the Union 1st Brigade bottled up on the left. Note the 2nd Brigade in the upper-center of the picture - their attack has been much more successful.|
|Better look at the attack by 2nd Brigade who pushed the Rebel Regiment out of the cropfield.|
Lots of questions that I think I'll post in another blog post but I will definitely play TFON again soon.