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Author Topic: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report. 29/03/11 final pics added.  (Read 21860 times)

Offline Malamute

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Yesterday we played our second  Sharp Practice game set during the Texas Revolution of 1835-36. Messrs Jim Bibbly, Silent Invader and Captain Blood gathered at my house for another days fun.

The History behind the scenario:
Beginning in October 1835, Texians laid siege to the town of Bejar (San Antonio). The last engagement before the Texians stormed the town came on November 26. On that day, scout Erastus "Deaf" Smith rode into the Texian encampment with the news that Mexican cavalry with pack animals were approaching the town to bring reinforcements to General Martin Perfecto de Cos at the Alamo.
The Texians were eager to stop the reinforcements, and had high hopes that the pack animals were carrying silver coins -- back pay for the Mexican troops. General Edward Burleson sent 40 cavalry under James Bowie and 100 infantry under William H. Jack to stop the reinforcements and seize the supply train.
The two cavalry forces skirmished west of town, with Cos sending infantry to the aid of the supply train. The Texas forces pushed the Mexican troops into the town and seized the supply train of 40 pack animals. The casualties numbered four Texians wounded, three Mexicans dead and 14 wounded.
When the Texians opened the booty carried by the animals, they discovered not silver coins but grass, intended to feed the army animals.

The Game:

Texians: Silent Invader and Captain Blood. Mexicans: Jim Bibbly and myself.

The Texian force was divided into two groups of mounted riflemen, one led by Jim Bowie, the other “Deaf” Smith. They decided to dismount and occupy the rocks on either side of a valley that opened out onto the grass plains on the outskirts of San Antonio.



The Mexican players cautiously moved their supply train onto the board escorted by a half company of Presidial lancers and an infantry platoon. The commanding officer Capitano Santiago De La Bibbly moved ahead of his column nervously scanning the surroundings anticipating an ambush.





Unfortunately he failed to spot the two Texian groups and immediately came under attack from the expert Texian sharpshooters. The Texian plan was to shoot the civilian wagon drivers and drovers thus reducing the vehicles to a standstill.



This plan was to prove highly successful with the Mexicans failing to deliver significant damage to the Texians with their musketry who were well protected amongst the rocks above them. Corporal Gomez decided the only option was to take the high ground by force and launched a bayonet charge on “Deaf” Smith’s group. Smith obviously failed to hear the soldados scramble up the rocks and was quickly defeated. Smith just managing to escape the demise of his small command.





On the other side of the valley Jim Bowie was having a much better time, killing all the wagon drivers and also destroying the Presidial group who were unable to get into range with their carbines.
By the time Corporal Gomez had descended the rocks, reformed his platoon and moved across the valley Bowie was able to quickly and efficiently pick off his troops with his superior longer range rifles.



With the command decimated Capitano De La Bibbly and Corporal Gomez retired from the field leaving the victorious Texians to their Booty. So the game followed the historical course of events.

Texians painted by Bugsda, the Mexicans By Bugsda and Dave from my collection. Photos by Captain Blood.

Then followed a fictitious full on battle. more photos to follow. :D

« Last Edit: March 29, 2011, 09:27:13 AM by Malamute »
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Offline Gluteus Maximus

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Re: The Grass Fight. November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 12:56:35 PM »
What a beautiful game! Figures, scenery all stunning  :-*

The cork-bark rockery is particularly good. Must get my own sorted.

Well done to you and the others. Perfect LAF material.

Offline Gluteus Maximus

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Re: The Grass Fight. November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 12:58:05 PM »
Who does the wagons, by the way? Always useful in 19thC games.

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Re: The Grass Fight. November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 12:58:46 PM »

Dixon Miniatures?
A CANADIAN local hobby store with a small selection of historical wargames miniatures (mainly from Warlords). They also have a great selection of paint and hobby accessories from Vallejo, Army painter, AK Interactive, Green Stuff World and more.; https://www.kingdomtitans.ca/us/

Offline Malamute

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Re: "The Grass Fight." November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011, 01:02:40 PM »
Yep, Calimero is indeed correct the covered wagons are from Dixon Miniatures as are the drivers and oxen. The drivers were converted from Norte Americanos into Mehicanos with head swaps and Greenstuff.
The open cart with load is from Boot Hill Miniatures and the two peons leading the pack mules are by Cannon Fodder Figures available from Blaze Away Miniatures.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2011, 01:12:15 PM by Malamute »

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Re: The Grass Fight. November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2011, 01:03:17 PM »
Mein Gott!! What magnificent figures and terrain...!  :-*

(Excellent scenario, too!).
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Offline Gluteus Maximus

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Re: "The Grass Fight." November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 01:23:42 PM »
Yep, Calimero is indeed correct the covered wagons are from Dixon Miniatures as are the drivers and oxen. The drivers were converted from Norte Americanos into Mehicanos with head swaps and Greenstuff.
The open cart with load is from Boot Hill Miniatures and the two peons leading the pack mules are by Cannon Fodder Figures available from Blaze Away Miniatures.

Ah, Dixon! I never seem to think of them - must be that I'm scared by all those dreaded pumpkin heads   lol

Looking closer at the oxen, I can see the Dixon sculpting style in them.

The wagons are lovely though and well worth getting. The CFM peons fit in very well with the BHM stuff, so also on the list!

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Re: "The Grass Fight." November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 01:42:39 PM »
The CFM peons fit in very well with the BHM stuff, so also on the list!
Be warned they are tiny figures and are dwarfed when stood up against Foundry, Artizan and Boot Hill figures. They are even shorter than the orginal Foundry peons sculpted byMark  Copplestone from the first Wargames Foundry Wild West range. I bought them on the basis that you can't go wrong with any figures of Mexicans dragging reluctant mules. lol

Offline Gluteus Maximus

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Re: "The Grass Fight." November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 01:46:17 PM »
Be warned they are tiny figures and are dwarfed when stood up against Foundry, Artizan and Boot Hill figures. They are even shorter than the orginal Foundry peons sculpted byMark  Copplestone from the first Wargames Foundry Wild West range. I bought them on the basis that you can't go wrong with any figures of Mexicans dragging reluctant mules. lol

Fair enough - maybe explain them as undernourished or youthful peons  :)

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Re: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2011, 03:47:22 PM »
Great report!  Minis are beautiful and I really like the look of the hills.

Looking forward to the full on battle report.
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Re: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2011, 04:02:16 PM »
Looks fantastic.  The figures and terrain are just beautiful!
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Re: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2011, 04:21:06 PM »
Viva Gomez! Stunning just stunning, im green as a grass fight with envy! Love the wagons in column.

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Re: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2011, 04:44:31 PM »
Another great report with figures and brush work that make me jealous!

Looking forward to the big battle report.

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Re: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2011, 05:11:35 PM »
waiting for the battle report ;-)

very nice pictures, terrain and figurines

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Re: "The Grass Fight". November 1835. Game report.
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2011, 05:26:01 PM »
A few additional images of the "Grass Fight" including more of the supply train, Cabo Gomez's fight and Jim Bowie skirmishing with the dismounted Presidiales.















Photos and second battle report tomorrow. ;D
« Last Edit: March 26, 2011, 05:34:29 PM by Malamute »

 

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