So, 3 months of blogging have seen (stats at close of play on 31 March):
95 posts (32 in March) = >1 per day
106 followers (31 joined in March)
7962 page views (3141 in March)
Pretty good going I'd say!
So, what have I been up to?
- horses for the Alan light horse have been glued onto sticks for painting (riders yet to be glued)
- played ironclads at the club this evening - see below
- that's it
Tonight's ironclads game was good fun - scenario based on the Battle of Memphis I think, on Ole Miss. The damned Yankees had 6 heavily armed ships; the Glorious South had 5 wooden hulled ramming ships (lightly armed) and 2 reasonably well armed ironclads.
My command consisted of:
CSS General Bragg
CSS General Sterling Price
CSS Little Rebel
As this battle was fought at a bend in the river, we had to contend with the current, several sandbanks and the river bank. Unfortunately for me, the starting position of the Bragg in combination with our commander's battle plan resulted in it getting caught on a sandbank very early on in the game. She took heavy damage from gunfire then was rammed twice and would have sunk if she wasn't being kept afloat by the sandbank.
The Sterling Price managed to get a few shots off to some minor effect with its "pepperers" before succumbing to the heavy guns of the Yankee ships and sinking midstream.
Little Rebel - despite her small size, lack of any serious weaponry and damage sustained from gunfire did remarkably well and was last seen chasing down a Yankee ship which she had successfully rammed - both ships would have got swept off the table in the next turn.
My comrades did manage to do some damage to the Union ships, enough for the umpire to call the battle a draw.