Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Game Photos: The Bloody Cornfield, Antietam 1862

Game Details:

Rules: A modified version of Rally Round the Flag by Scott Monsour

Scenario: "Antietam: Hooker" By George Anderson (Miniature Wargames Magazine, December 1990) Note: This scenario covers Hookers opening attack on the Cornfield. The scenario ends before reserves on both sides are brought into the battle. Hood for the Confederates and Mansfield for the Union.

Ground Scale: 1”= 30yds (apx.)

Table Size: 6’ X 5’

Table Overview:

Victory Conditions: The Union must inflict 60% losses on the Rebels before the end of the game. The game length is eight fifteen minute turns.

Initial setup:


Turn 1


Turn 2


Turn 3

Turn 4

Turn 5


Turn 6


Turn 7

Turn 8


About This Game:

I ran this game three times in the fall of 2012, including at Fall-In. The Union players won two of the three games. The game pictured above was a near Union victory. Shortly after putting this game together, Rick Hasenauer released a Cornfield scenario for his Regimental Fire and Fury Scenarios book. At some point, I’m hoping to revisit this battle and give Rick’s scenario a try.

Thanks for looking


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Skirmish Campaign “Russia 41-into the Ukraine"

One of my flea market purchases at this year’s Cold War’s convention was a copy of Skirmish Campaign “Russia 41-into the Ukraine” by Scott Fisher and Nathan Forney. The book includes 10 scenarios that cover the June/July German invasion of the Ukraine during Operation Barbarossa. These scenarios were written for smaller skirmish size games, but with some simple modifications, I believe that they will work well with my preferred World War 2 rule set, Blitzkrieg Commander II.

Over the last few weeks, I have taken a brief detour away from my nonstop American Civil War project to work on down grading my mid war German and Russian armies. These armies are comprised mostly of figures from Battlefront. Since my last foray into 15mm WWII, Zvezda and the Plastic Solder Company have started to offer plastic models. Priced at less than half of what a resin tank from Battlefront costs, I decided to use plastic models whenever possible for this expansion. Having now painted and assembled around 30 plastic tanks, I must say that I’m pleased with them. Going forward, I will probably choose plastic over resin whenever possible.

Let’s take a look at my reinforcements:

T-28's, manufactured by Battlefront.

BA-10 armoured, manufactured by Old Glory 25.

T-35 Super Heavy Tank. These all resin models were manufactured by Gaming Models. Priced at only $5.00 each, these are the cheapest T-35’s on the market today. Link:

T-26 Light Tank, manufactured by Zvezda.

OT-26 Flamethrower Tank, manufactured by Zvezda.

BT-5/BT-7 tank, manufactured by Zvezda.

Panzer IV F, manufactured by Plastic Soldier Company.

Panzer III G, manufactured by Plastic Soldier Company.

German Motorcycle infantry, manufactured by Battlefront.

SdKfz.222 & SdKfz.232, by Battlefront

Panzer II, by Zvezda

StuG III B, by Zvezda

Sd Kfz 10/4, by Battlefront