The Battle of Belmont 1861

I often see a war game as an experiment especially when using new rules. In this case the experiment failed but because it was an experiment it didn’t fail at all because I learned from the failure. Having said that the pictures turned out.

Birds eye view of a very nice gaming table. It shows the Reb right flank holding a dominating ridge while the Union boys form up for the assault. The paper slips are for unit ID and have yet to be deployed.
My 14th Brooklyn standing in for a historical regiment that was at Belmont in 1861. The figures are Musket Miniatures in 22mm.
A Reb battery holds the road and is supported by some Texas units on their left. The Texans were a substitute for the Tennessee troops that formed the bulk of the CSA forces at Belmont.
My ACW armies are a combination of plastic and metal figures between 22 and 24mm. 3rd Arkansas on the far right with the Bonnie Blue flag.
The Union 7th Iowa boys close in and will push back the Texans.
The 5th NY Zouaves closes in but the Reb line is too strong.
Nice close up. The Zouave unit is the 5th NY.
Edge of the mighty Miss.
The CSA camp on the left was effectively defended by the units on the ridge. Nice Bird’s eye view.

8 comments on “The Battle of Belmont 1861

  1. Most impressive pictures Bruce, a great looking game, we are in the heart of the action…Splendid!

  2. Stunning looking game, Bruce! Excellent photography too.What rules were you using and what was the failure? Something that handsome can never be credited as a failure.

  3. Thanks Jonathan. I had been trying to use On To Richmond which has a bde\div orientation with regiments. I used the latest edition and it was simply clunky. It was an experiment and Black Powder is the direction I want to go in. Next Time. Thanks for the comments Jonathan. Much appreciated.

  4. On to Richmond was a forebearer to Fire and Fury, no? Have you given F&F a try? Since you are exploring a regimental game, how about Regimental Fire and Fury? The guys I game with like it a lot.

  5. When I returned to wargaming a little over 2 years ago I was impressed with Black Powder and started to paint accordingly. A friend who does 6mm ACW used On to Richmond so I thought I'd give it a try in 22mm. I've heard of Fire and Fury and just may try it out if Black Powder doesn't turn out to be what I'm looking for. Thanks for the tip Jonathan.

  6. Thank you for giving me the possibility to discover your excellent blog! I painted ACW figs à looong time ago, i particularly loved to paint zouaves.

  7. Thanks for the visit and compliment Phil. I enjoyed your blog as well. Zouaves are indeed special and fun to paint!

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