Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Sunday 31 March 2024

Gaming - ACW -Antietam

 Today saw a gathering for the monthly  games day for the North Riding Wargames Crew .  4 of us were playing Altar of Freedom using our 10mm collections - we were doing Antietam which is a big game fir AOF. Having actually visited the battlefield last year it was great to recreate it . Stig and I would be Rebs , Ian and Roy Union .


The table is 9x6 . It sees the Union forces attacking and attempting to damage Bobbie Lee’s forces after invading Maryland .  


Rebs defend the cornfield area 

Antietam creek - with Burnside attacking the bridge - they just could not get over it .- mind I did have my strongest division defending. It .

The sunken lane - however the Union didn’t get near to it all game 


The Union forces could just not co-ordinate their forces or apply sufficient force in an area to kill Reb units . The interior lines and strong command traits and command control points kept the Rebs in control of the game tempo at least until  a Union unit charged through the flank of Jackson’s batteries and severely injured Gen Jackson . However enough of the time clock had passed to stop the Union getting to an anywhere near a victory . Lee would leave the battlefield his army intact .


I really like AOF - you play a full battle - but it has you thinking all the time . We checked out current collections and we now have enough to do Gettysburg . That will be along this year 


  1. The figures and table look great! It sounds like a bad day for the Union but at least they winged Jackson. I have AOF but haven’t tried it yet must put on the to do list.

    1. Indeed - a combination of the scenario command constraints and then not fixing on a plan

  2. That's a fab looking tabletop Dave.