Sunday, 7 July 2013

The 'Other' Gettysburg Movie.

Gettysburg, The Final Day.

Reports are still filtering in from the Battlefield around Gettysburg but it appears the Confederacy has won a narrow victory based on points, though to be honest, from my position smack dab in the middle with 2nd Corps, it didn't feel that way. I felt my opponernt, Tim, and I had the measure of each other with no decisive winner of the contest when time was called, despite some spirited and courageous assaults by Pickett's Division.

But in the true spirit of wargaming the Union accepts the decision of the umpires with good grace and dignity.

As previously stated a full report of this battle will follow once all the reports have been collated.
To be honest a game of this size gives one a small sense of the fog of war because I found myself so engrossed in my section of the battlefield that I hardly had time to take it all in. Fortunately a good portion of the day was spent behind the camera or camcorder so I can dissect the event in detail with the aid of photographic evidence.

I don't claim to be much cop at movie making but check I am working on video of our refight complete with suitably stirring musical score, juddery motion, blurred images, out of focus shots and waaay too fast zooming and panning.  Special thanks to my darling daughter Courtney, who does all the tricky computer stuff while Dad sits beside her saying do this or that, or,  is it possible to add music...? All I have to do now is figure out how to upload it to my blog, I think it must be way too big because every time I try to upload it things go tits up.

I've attached some pics of the final day for your delectation.

Pickett's Charge

The aftermath

Meade, C in C, Army of the Potomac, outside his Headquarters

The Lads

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Gettysburg Refight, Let the battle commence!

At last the great day is upon us.
Months of preparation and frantic painting and modelling have come together on the day to recreatre the epic event in 28mm. See Rodger Woods Blog, 'Harpers Weekly', for an depth narrative of the lead up and preparation of the table.

There is so much to absorb with a table this huge and over 4000 beautifully painted figures plus superb scenery so I will just post the selected highlights of Day Two, we omitted Day One to condense things a bit to ensure the battle could be fought to completion over a weekend.

 Look out for more pics of Day Three's action and a full battle report in the near future.

I cant wait for tomorrow.

Initial deployment

The calm before the storm

Moving up

Cemetery Ridge

Culps Hill

Hoods Texans

Birds Eye view

Hancock the Superb.

Reinforcements in March Column

Hot work at the Cemetery Gates


The Butchers Bill

Rebels assault Devil's Den

Limber up

Gorgeous Zouves

Looks like horsemeat for dinner again.

Here they come!