One the main reasons for going to the Derby Wargames show last Saturday was to see the new game from Baccus – Gettysburg at the Gallop.
We didn’t get to the show until after lunch (unavoidable due to Josh’s Saturday morning Orchestra practice) and so we didn’t have as much time as we would have liked to look around the show and chat to people.
We did spend some time chatting with fellow 6mm gamers from the Humberside Wargames Society, who were putting on the battle of Torgau in 6mm in what can only be called ‘style’ – the players all resplendent in dinner jackets and serving fine wine…great stuff.
We also got to chat to the guys from ‘The Rather Large Towton Project’ about how everything was going. They are still promising a game with up to 20,000 figures on the table…
My only disappointment was that I totally failed to meet up with Mike from the Lead Commanders. On the Friday before last year’s Derby show we were both at a wedding where his son was marrying my neice, and unfortunately I haven’t seen him since…
So, onto the main reason for us going – the Baccus 6mm Gettysburg game. Unfortuneately (for us anyway) the game had been packed out all day, so our 4pm booked game was running rather late.
The board looked every bit as good as the pictures on the web had led us to believe – a great job by Pete & Chris. The whole thing done in 2mm was quite an inspired idea, and despite some liberties being taken with the geography, the resulting 4′ square board was both functional as pleasing to play on.
The game itself played out as I would expect for one of my games – we hit trouble early and it all went downhill from there. Due to time constraints, we were only able to play until the start of day two, but in that time Dave and I (playing the Union) had completely lost control of both Gettysburg town itself and cemetery ridge, and whilst it was promised that we would deliver a world of hurt on Day 2, we ran out if time before we could roll any more ‘1’s – we called it a day at about 5.45 – so maybe next time (and for our trouble, at least we got a mention on the latest Baccus news entry!)
Many thanks to Neil (whose last name I’ve forgotten – sorry) who not only handed us a sound defeat, but is also a podcast listener to boot!