In a recent visit to Melbourne, I couldn't resist dropping by one of the Model Shops, even though I didn't have any particular need. In the shop I came across an Airfix Cromwell tank which seemed like the perfect opportunity to kickstart my painting, which has been rather slow or non-existent lately.
|The completed Cromwell tank|
During the week I been playing some quick American Civil War games using One-Hour Wargames rules. I have made a few tweaks to the elimination mechanism, modifying them to test unit morale instead, with the aim of avoiding outright eliminations. Instead, when a unit fails their morale test, they are forced to retire, enabling them to be potentially redeployed for defence or regroup to make attack again.
|A game in progress using my old Minifig 15mm collection.|
I use the One-Hour Wargames American Civil War as written with the elimination section replaced by a moral section with the following rules.
Any unit that took hits during the shooting phase must test for moral. The procedure is as follows:
- Roll 2D6 and double the score.
- If the score is equal to, or greater than, the number of hits a unit has taken, the unit passes the morale test.
- If the score is less than the number of hits, then the unit must retire 12” directly away from the enemy. The unit will pass through any friendly units and must be placed facing away from the enemy.
- Units are only eliminated when they are forced off the tabletop.
|The tabletop setup for an ACW game.|
I am planning to do some more gaming with these ACW armies. I will also be adding a few more cavalry and infantry units to them. Using some Minifig miniatures I had purchased 40 years ago but never got around to painting. They have been sitting in storage for all these years, but I'm now motivated to finally put some paint on them and get them on to the tabletop.
|A few Minifigs finally see the light of day and will make there way to the painting table.|