When I first got back into wargaming and was looking for different ideas, I bought a lot of Old Glory 10mm figures. I must admit that I really like the strips of infantry. And when I bought Avalon Hill's Battle Cry game, it seemed that it might be a good match. And then Heroscape came along and it seemed perfect to use with Battle Cry. However I've only combined them a couple of times.
I haven't got a war-game in for a while so I decided to have a go at it. After all, for a solo war gamer Battle Cry is great as the scenarios are given with troop deployment, terrain and victory conditions spelled out for you. I decided to use Memoir of Battle by Bob Condrey for the rules. I couldn't find my rulebook for Battle Cry; however I did have an additional scenario supplement that came with the game. I used the Battle of McDowell, May 8,1862.
|Part of the scenario for the Battle of Mc Dowell|
|The set up for the battle. I still haven't figured out how to have woods that will work with the miniatures, so I just marked those hexes with chalk.|
|The Armies deployed; Union on top and Confederates on bottom.|
|Although the Union forces were well positioned for a defensive battle, according to the pamphlet |
the Union general launched an attack on the center hill, and so attack they did.
|One Union regiment loses one base and is thrown back.|
|The fighting is brisk in the center and the Union forces manage to take out 3 Confederate bases.|
|The Union forces start taking heavy losses in the center; the Rebel forces on the right flank start working to hit the weak Union forces on that side.|
|On the Union right, the 3 Union regiments try to take the ridge line, while the artillery and one regiment try to delay the strong advance on that flank.|
|The Union forces continue to take heavy losses as the Rebels consolidate their line. The Union center is almost wiped out at this point.|
|The Union forces manage to check the Confederate attack momentarily. The Union right actually pushes on regiment off the ridge, keeping alive the hope to turn the Rebs left flank.|
|The Rebel superior numbers are now apparent and the Union line is now being pushed back at all points.|
|A close up of the Confederate left flank as they mount their final assault.|