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This weekend Jack came over for a game, usually, we have 4-6 players but holiday time kept the numbers down, so jack said ACW and the armies where




Brigade1 – 6 Infantry Units and 2 artillery batteries

Brigade2 – 6 Infantry Units and artillery battery

Brigade3 – 6 Infantry Units and artillery battery

Brigade4 – 6 Infantry Units and 2 artillery batteries

Brigade5 – 5 Infantry Units and artillery battery


Cavalry Brigade 1 – 2 cavalry units and 1 battery H/A

Cavalry Brigade 2 – 2 cavalry units


Artillery reserve 4 batteries



Brigade1 – 6 Infantry Units and 2 artillery batteries 

Brigade2 – 6 Infantry Units and artillery battery 

Brigade3 – 6 Infantry Units and artillery battery 

Brigade4 – 6 Infantry Units and artillery battery 

Brigade5 – 6 Infantry Units and artillery battery 

Brigade6 – 5 Infantry Units and artillery battery 


Cavalry Brigade 1 – 2 cavalry units and 1 battery H/A 

Cavalry Brigade 2 – 2 cavalry units


Artillery reserve 4 batteries


Options were to spread the Artillery reserve to the infantry brigades but we both decided against it


Table is 11.5 foot x 5.5 foot deployment was 1 foot in





We deploy by using a deck of cards each card referring to a brigade and a random number of blanks, these are deployed – it saves times and also bad maps face down 

Movement for any card is by the C in C die and movement is on cards at infantry speed, at anytime you can turn a card to use the commanders rating and faster( cavalry) movement but the troops have to be deployed

Once cards come within 24 inches they have to be revealed


Movement for the figures is 4 inch for foot and 6 for cavalry half the speed in the rules but ranges are the same

The objective was to drive away the enemy and keep control of the railway junction, the premise being the Union want to use this spur to extend the line for supplies to the main army, the Confederates want to drive the union off destroy the Junction and railway, hopefully making the main union army retreat due to supply problems





The Battle 

The Union (me) decided to put the weight of the army on the Union left Centre, to the left of the stream(( 4 infantry brigades No1-4 and 1 Cavalry brigade No2 and the Artillery reserve) on the Right infantry brigades 5 and 6 plus cavalry brigade 1)


The Confederates( Jack) split his army on the Confederate right 2 brigades of Infantry and the Artillery reserve to the left of the stream he placed cavalry Brigade 1, and on the left his remaining 3 brigades of infantry. As you will see one cavalry brigade never appeared for the Confederates, I never noticed but in the heat of battle jack must have removed it as a blank in error

The armies are very even the commanders threw and the rating was 12+1 for the C in Cs for both the brigadiers where a smattering of 10, 12 and 12+1 for both sides.

The Union had the edge in quality of Artillery whereas the Cavalry and Infantry for the Confederates had a decidedly strong advantage over the Union.

The battle began with all cards on the table and the Union got the first move and quickly headed on the Right towards the wood and Right had village although brigade 6 declined its initial move on the Union left the columns advanced on the objectives, after further into the deck the union pulled a second move card and Brigade 5 arrived at the wood on the Union right and took hold of the village, brigade 6 making up for its late start swept toward the hill its objective and the supporting cavalry brigade on the extreme right arrived and the Fencing next to the village and Brigade 5 and dismounted, on the Union left the central hill was occupied by the Artillery reserve and the infantry 1-4 swept up in support the extreme left cavalry brigade advanced through a wood to dismount.



 Jack thought we would end up playing on his side of the table as the union settled into its positions, soon the Confederate cards started to move with 2 brigades on the Confederate left marching straight for the woods and Union 5th Brigade, the cavalry in the centre swept over the hill toward the Village and the grand battery/Union artillery battery opened up and inflicted severe casualties, 2 hits each and driving one unit back in disarray also at this time over the hill to the front of the Union Artillery on the ridge appeared the 3rd Confederate brigade led by the Louisianan Tigers and Pelicans, the Confederate Artillery reserve deploying next to them with 8 batteries controlling the valley and others with the infantry brigades this was about to get bloody.




A little more manoeuvring led to all but a few blank cards of hidden troops and the Confederate Attack going in the Confederate left as it attacked the Union cavalry and the 5th Brigade, with an almighty volley two of the leading Confederate units Routed and 3 where pushed back, not a good start but it got worse the ragged volley back inflicted a few casualties but broke a unit in 5th Brigade. The Confederate cavalry swept into the railway junction but one battered unit got there the other, pushed back awaiting an opportunity to recover but the Artillery from the Cavalry brigade deployed to put more fire into the Valley of death. Licking its wounds Confederate infantry running for the baseline, the union turned a fire card and 5th Brigade and the Union 2nd cavalry brigade poured another volley into the Confederate line and two more units ran for the baseline. Although the downside was uncovering the Confederate second line and one of the Dismounted cavalry taking to its heels – as this was the best-dismounted cavalry unit for the Union this was a eeek moment, also fire from the Confederates in front of 5th Brigade and another Confederate brigade to their left caused several push backs – the 5th was buckling.



 Inf the centre the Bombardment continued with the Union infantry and some supporting rifle fire causing the Confederate artillery hits to silence two and out of command 2 others, so them Union brigades 2 and 3 moved forward either side of the Reserve Artillery. The Union cavalry ordered forward swept toward a knoll on the Confederate right to try and enfilade the Confederate right and to draw away from the attacking 4th Union Brigade supporting infantry Brigades 2 and 3



On the Union right the Confederates attacked the village and were repulsed, in the woods the union second rank fed in to strengthen the line as pressure mounted and the fire gradually drove the Union 5the brigade back but it bent and didn't break. The confederate now trying to turn 5th brigade engaged Union brigade 6 on the hill just to the south and initially drove back part of the brigade.

The cavalry on the Union right had only one unit holding the fence line a raw 4/10 unit and storming into view came an elite 10/12 and his friends although I didn't know that as our accessories don't let the unit ID be seen, luckily the Confederates desperate to clear away the cavalry didn't fire they charged with a rebel yell and they where in and the unit looked doomed, but a good die result led to the cavalry being pushed back with one casualty and out of command but the Confederate unit also out of command – well done.


In the centre, the Confederate commander ordered the remaining 4 units to assault and off it went and against all, the artillery fire( most missing) it broke two units of Union infantry and continued to fight toward the gun line.

Now it was getting desperate for the Confederates on their left the advance had been too slow and on their right, the Union cavalry had pushed past the flank. But desperate times make a commander take risks, on the left of the Confederate line saw the Union infantry ejected from half the village and 5th Brigade almost pushed out of the Wood, the Confederate assault on the cavalry brigade saw another melee and another push back, followed by the union deploying the brigade artillery in support of the cavalry only to see it silenced immediately and another melee with the dismounts seeing these raw troops wiped out, in the Confederate centre Brigade 3 shot up the artillery reserve battery destroying one of the 4 batteries and the Union Artillery praying for a fire card. On the Confederate right the brigade holding that was under attack from 2 union Infantry brigades and a brigade of cavalry.



 The next series of cards see the Confederate high mark on the Confederate right they engage with the Cavalry brigade and with two supporting batteries panic the Dismounted cavalry and they flee leaving the Artillery battery alone in the centre the 3rd Brigade advances, in the face of two more brigade batteries coming into play and got to within an inch of the Union artillery reserve on the left they take the last section of village pushing a Union unit out. On the Union side 5th Brigade rallied its broken unit and formed the third line, 5th brigade threw in its last fresh unit to push back two Confederate units, the Right wing Union cavalry unit rallied and the Union 6th Brigade attacked and broke two of the opposite confederate brigade, the Union Infantry surged forward and broke several Confederate units, and eventually the artillery card appeared for the Union and so ended the confederate 3rd Brigades advance so close but not close enough the brigade with only 2 units left not routed and with the Confederate right and left with more broken units than steady with the Confederate general on the extreme left being killed with no tokens in the Confederate bowl and adding to the Union tally we called it to for the Confederates to limp home.





The heroes on the Confederate side definitely 3rd brigade under fire from artillery, infantry and killing the Union 3rd brigade commander it nearly achieved its superhuman target, unfortunately behind the hill and thus behind the Artillery was the Union 1st Brigade ready and waiting for these brave men, on the Union side it has to be 5th Brigade not only did it fight against twice as many confederate infantry but at the end all its units had rallied and although losing the village it still clung to the woods, bloody and having routed 4-6 units of confederates, also sterling service the artillery battery of the 5th Silenced, was assaulted by a battered( 2 casualties) confederate unit who sought to destroy it, alas our gunners had a surprise and pushed them back

 The game lasted around 5-6 hours and was engrossing a thoroughly enjoyable game, even better when a plan works and you win

















12th June 2016

Its been nearly a year since my last Blog, lots of reasons no excuses, so sorry for not keeping you in the loop on plans etc but lets rectify this now.

Our new 18mm ACW range is coming on line in a couple of weeks, thanks to all those pre orders and we are already working on our next addition to the range for October watch this space

Our next project is a large one, something for several months we have been talking to people about our 18mm Napoleon in Egypt range, we have gleaned that what you want from an initial range is, well everything so we are trying to get a balanced list together and we will publish it here and in our Future ranges section hopefully next week.

If your interested please let us know what you think and as its a biggy we are asking for people to pledge so we can see demand and hopefully do the whole range together and those who are interested to pre order can take advantage of our special offer so watch this space.

Next month we will be releasing more Napoleonic 15mm cavalry - Austrian, Prussian, Polish and much more

Lots in the pipeline and even more Ill tell you about later, take care and enjoy your gaming.

7th July 2015

Hi a little late with the blog, but its been a hectic few months, but at last more new ranges, the samples for the 15mm Renaissance, Napoleon in Egypt and WW1 Middle East will be on the site in a day or two for your last votes before we get stuck in, don't forget the one with the most votes will be up first and our 25 % pre release offer.

Our Club discount scheme will be ready soon hopefully we are compiling the list of clubs ready for its launch in a week or two so watch your mail boxes and if you haven't already register your club hopefully you will like the scheme, plus it will be there for people to find your club and hopefully get you a few extra members.

Thanks for all the pictures send in from everyone I'm always interested as are lots of people to see the different styles of real gamers and the games they play.

My personnel challenge come new armies, is my Punic war collection,  the moment completed the African Heavy Infantry, all the Celt foot and the Carthaginian Heavy cavalry, pictures up next week and the next addition will be Celt cavalry.

That's it just to say watch out soon for some new Blaze Away 28mm Spanish as well......


13th August 2015

Its been a busy few weeks, our vote for our next range came in and the next instalment of our World War One epic is underway - The Middle East, something I have always wanted to game so another army to paint, although I was voting for the Italian Wars it came in last but its in the pipeline as is the Napoleon in Egypt range.



I've also been busy painting some of my own armies and my Carthaginian army is coming along, there are some pictures in the gallery but here are a couple


The Army so far

and the Numidian Light cavalry freshly based reinforcements


The Spanish cavalry are underway as are the Chariots (to make the Celts into an Ancient British) soon I will be able to start the Romans!


The Club site and Club list are nearly complete thanks for those who sent details, we have spent many hours trawling list of clubs finding lots of dead ends but we have our initial list.

Finally we are fast approaching our shows again, Border Reivers, Partizan, the World Championships, Fiasco then Reading, I'm looking forward to them all, especially the weekend away in Reading. But next year I'm looking to add a few more shows, already added Hammerhead, possibly Salute and a couple of others, so if you can suggest a show that you think we would enjoy near you drop us an e mail and we will look into it.

Now the Final, Final thing is to tell you that we are going to be adding lots more figures to the WW1 ranges in the next 12 months, inc East Africa and  lots of colonial and minor states, plus we have got underway with our Limbers and we should be releasing the first before the end of this year

One last thing to add is how much we at Lancashire Games appreciate your support we are very lucky to work in our hobby and we like to deliver what you all want so again any suggestions please mail us and you never know






24th April 2015

Another busy month getting ready for Salute and the shows coming up in May and answering all your e mails regarding the future ranges and the club registry, thanks for the info and help.

To fill you all in the future ranges, people seem most interested in the WW1 Middle East and the Napoleon in Egypt, we are making no decisions until the end of May but in the meantime I am getting the designer started on a couple of codes from the 3 ranges to wet your appetite.

As for the club registry we will hopefully have completed our gathering info by the end of May ish and then we will be doing the mail out to show our club offer.

In the next month we have a new release, a little surprise hopefully for the middle of June, we have a designer slaving away a the moment and if all is well there will be pictures available just after triples of the masters, so watch this space.

On a slightly different note this is an appeal for help, not for me but for a little girl called Olivia. As some of you may know I have been fostering for the past 27 years, it has been and always will be a great joy looking after children and I have maintained contact with many of these children and regard them as my extended family, I also adopted one of these children Reece who you will see at the shows sometimes. Anyway a sweet little girl called Amber who I fostered, who I love so dearly has returned to her family and through contact I met a little girl called Olivia, soon to be Ambers step sister.

Olivia is a bright little girl funny, clever but she has a problem, she has Cerebral Palsy, there is an operation that can help her walk and give this little girl a chance of more independence and a greater opportunity to do more, unfortunately our National Health Service will not fund this operation, they would rather leave this young girl to struggle and need special support for the rest of her life, and in the meantime fund stupid ugly models having boob jobs, or vain idiots getting nose jobs or healing the self inflicted alcoholics of this world or people who want gender changes. So the young parents of Olivia have the problem of raising the money for this operation and the physiotherapy after and have started to raise money. I know there are thousands of  causes and people who need help, but we cannot help everyone we can only help whop we can so I'm asking you to please help with a small donation this little girl and give her a future  that we all take for granted and then pass on to friends and family or through social media this link and make this beautiful funny little girl a happy funny little girl, as I said we cant help everyone so please help the one you can OLIVIA

I hope some of you can help and will be willing to pass on this request to everyone you know and help this little girl


On that note I will let you have another blog soon and pictures of the 4 x 48 figure Celt units once I paint all the shields and base over the next 14 days as my 28mm Carthaginian army grows

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