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Monday, 13 January 2014

Battle of Hangman's Creek

View of the table - Union forces on the left

View from the other end

Union camp and brigade on the left flank

Central Union brigade

Confederate forces advance on to the table

Confederate brigade in the centre

Confederate brigade on the right

Last Sunday Craig, Gary, Josh and I met at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, for the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Wargames Club. We played a fictional American Civil War scenario, called Daybreak at Hangman's Creek, taken from the Black Powder rule book (pp.146-15). This involved a Confederate attack at dawn on a Union held camp, town and munitions factory with the aim being to capture one or more of these places.

They were three brigades a side, with Craig and I commanding the Union forces, while Gary and Josh had the tough task of trying to capture these objectives. In the end it was too much and the Rebs, while breaking one Union brigade, failed to capture any of the objectives, and the game ended with their right and central brigades broken. Thanks to Craig, Gary and Josh for another fun, fast ACW Black Powder game. There was quite a good turn out for the first meeting of the year and there are a few photos of some of the other games played further down in the post.

Union picket line of my troops in open order - Go Boys give 'em Hell!

Confederate right flank advances

 The Rebs swarm forward

Rebs right and centre attack the Union camp and town

Union right flank finally advances

Rebs' right and centre are driven back

Union right flank engages in desultory fire

Reb's right and centre brigades are broken at the end 

Here are some photos of the other games played at the club. Apologies to the players involved as I'm not sure of the details of some of these games and I only got a single photo of some of them. Below are photos of Doc's lovely Black Powder Napoleonic game with the defence of a village against Russians.

Greg and Ian's 'Closing the Gap' practice participation game for Cancon 2014, Orcs attacking.

John and Roger's 15mm Napoleonics game.

DBMM 15mm ancients  game.


  1. Some great looking games


  2. Looks like great fun was had by all. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing

  3. Very nice, great looking games...the ACW's minis are splendid!

  4. Thanks guys, everyone seemed to enjoy the games they played.


  5. Great looking games and figures there, Cyrus. Very inspiring as I would like to hosts some Black Powder games this year. I note that the ACW game has some 12-man units - I'm considering that for my Napoleonics - that way I can double the amount of unit and possibly make it more interesting for players; only thing half the units won't have stands - but no bit deal I think. Best, Dean

  6. Thanks Dean. We used 16 man units and smaller standard units is a good way to go when starting out with armies. Looking forward to photos and reports of your BP Napoleonic games.