Thursday, October 17, 2013


Forty four years old today. Probably 40 spent playing with soldiers and 32 painting them. Thanks to everybody that has made them good years. I have a great gang to do battle with every Thursday (Wednesdays lately), and great space to battle in (thanks to my lovely wife).
Last night was campaign battle #2 for Longstreet. We had an odd number so I sat this one out to let somebody else play. I felt like drinkin' anyway.
The scenario was a hilltop defense. The Union won the scouting roll but decided to be the Attackers. They got to add 4 extra pieces of terrain. Most of their choices ended up helping the Rebs. To make matters worse, one of the Reb generals had as his personality trait "Engineer" which allowed his troops to spend several turns reinforcing their position. This would make them a tough nut to crack.
Terrain favors the defender.

The earthworks

Yankee troops await the order to assault the ridge

Rebel left flank

I really thought the Union would stack their troops on one side and overwhelm the dug in Rebs with sheer numbers. Instead, the assault was spread out and uncoordinated. The outcome was expected.
Of course, it's easy to sit back, drinking really good beer and armchair general. 
Longstreet provided another entertaining game. The campaign mechanics are brilliant, especially the after battle sequence. Camp fever took it's toll!


styx said...

Happy 44 Fellow Fortry(isher)! May you have many more games and birthdays!

Foss1066 said...

Many happy returns, Baron!

Phil said...

Nice looking pictures...and happy birthday!

Simon Quinton said...

Many happy returns sir!

Capt Bill said...

All of Beerstein wishes you a very happy Birthday...

Scottswargaming said...

Happy Birthday mate!

Bluebear Jeff said...

I wish you a wonderful birthday, Jaye, and a great many healthy returns.

I really do enjoy your various different gaming posts. Thank you for sharing them with us.

-- Jeff

PS, when will "Beyond the Wall" get refreshed?

Cluck Amok said...

Happy Birthday, Young'un!

BaronVonJ said...

Jeff, I can update the Wall when work lets up. Hopefully soon. Have to see what happens with those pesky Lizardmen. Also need to peak in on Unkerlant, too.
Thanks for all well wishes. This community gets me thru the day sometimes.

Sean said...

Happy belated birthday!

Jon F said...

Happy birthday, Jaye. It's been great getting to be a part of the Wed. and Thur. get togethers. Thanks to you and the rest of the generals for taking me in.