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Fire & Fury

Fire & Fury ACW is a set of rules with each unit a brigade or battery of artillery and it has spawned a number of similar rules (Age of Eagles, Battles For Empire, etc.) that use it's command, movement, and morale system as their basis. This allows for large battles that involve multiple corps to be fought to completion in 4-5 hours, making it a great game for group play. Although we like tactical level games such as Johnny Reb, Fire & Fury is easy to set up, easy to teach, and we can finish a game in one night, which is hard to do with other sets of ACW rules. There are several scenario books available for F&F, which are great for helping gamers to organize their armies or to set up quick games. We use 15mm figures from Blue Moon, Old Glory, Essex, and even a few old Minifigs here and there for our ACW games.

Seven Pines/Fair Oaks Pt. 1


Early Fire & Fury ACW Battle

We had been talking about getting back to doing an ACW battle so when the opportunity presented itslef this time we jumped at it. The battle was Seven Pines/Fair Oaks, which would give us a chance to play an early ACW battle, which are always interesting. The first thing you notice about the orders of battle is that many of the Confederate units are huge and the command structure has quite a few names that would become quite famous over the length of the war. This battle is tought to set up as it requires a ton of woods, so we focused on trying to set up the clearings accurately as most of the action would take place there.

We got through almost the entire first day, which saw the Confederates overrun the first line of Union defenses, then some back and forth at the next defense line. When we stopped both sides were deploying major forces across the board and the Confederates were getting close to the main crossroads. The terrain meant that trying to deploy in depth or outmaneuvering your opponent is practically impossible, so it turned into a headlong battering contest. Both sides were desperately fighting for the clearings and the casualties were pretty heavy. The other thing that is hurting the South at this point is that there is a serious lack of artillery, which could have proved decisive earlier. Next time will see some maneuvering overnight and then onto the second day.

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