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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Monday, 22 July 2013


...proving, again, that Ross Mac's 'A Rattle of Dice' rules are just the thing for the solo, ageing wargamer...

After their initial high dice throws, the Confederates began to throw low, and, worse, the Union artillery battery was on target far too often.

Firing from just outside the tree line, the noise awakened an Old World fellow, who, somehow, had found his way on to the table. Fortunately, the smell of Australian wine distracted him...

Conscious of the need to take hold all of the railroad by the end of move eight, the Union line put in a spirited attack. The New York Zouaves suffered badly, having to cross the front of an entrenched Confederate regiment, who were being poorly engaged by the fresh U S Zouave regiment.

Centres clash, and the Union prevail, although the Rebels would rally next move. In the far distance the Union right flank assault has seen off the infantry company protecting the rebel artillery.

The partial collapse of the Confederate centre (center?) left Old Gray Beard and his ADC fighting hand to hand with the remnants of the New York Zouaves ... and the Gray heroes saw them off!! Just goes to show what the Mexican War, the Old Testament, whisky, and a beard can do for a man.

The Confederate gunners eventually succumbed, but they took plenty of blue bellies with them.

And it was the end of move eight. Endstate. Heavy losses on both sides.

But the Confederates had held on, and the railroad, though threatened, was still under the Stars and Bars.

And, before I go:
God Save our new Prince !


  1. God save him indeed!

    The Union shall come again - there will be a reckoning I assure you!

    1. For a second there I thought you meant 'The Union of Great Britain and Ireland' ! But then I thought, 'no, probably not'. Pity though. Not to worry, we'll all end up under the other Union.

  2. Excellent game and highly inspiritional, I have been toying with the idea of some ACW for a while and this could be the way to go. Thanks for the news by the way, I had missed the fact we have a new royal.

    1. 42mm (good for old eyes, shaky hands, nostalgia-affliction), shiny (plus), good service from Irregular. Could be!
      I knew his father, y'know. And his uncle.

  3. A valiant effort by the boys in blue but is that wine or blood in the glass?

    I hope the young prince will have such splendid toys.