Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Terrible Sharp Sword run through

At recent club we put together a run through of the Terrible Sharp Sword rules for ACW. We did make some mistakes with the rules which we have ironed out for the next club.

Initially all the troops were represented on blinds, Union by cards and the Confederates in terrain. In the photo below we see the Union troops spreading out whilst some head up the road towards the bridge.



Confederate dismounted cavalry successfully spot advancing groups of Union troops and open fire from behind the cover of the tree line. They also manage to spot the advancing Zouaves forcing them off their blind.



Again the cavalry opened fire but disaster strikes as they roll more 1s than 6s causing a random event - in this case excess smoke builds up in front of the firer.



Union dismounted cavalry take advantage of their Sharps rifle to pore shots across the river towards their foe.



The union "big men" manage to combine groups and advance.





Confederate troops behind the tree line.



The Zoauves reach the bridge.



At this point we bring the game to a close, realising we all opened fire to soon, holding for the first volley is worth doing and shouldn't be frittered away firing at long range. We also made a really stupid error with the rules which is far too embarrassing to reveal, none the less we are playing again next club.

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