Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fire & Maneuver

On March 21, 2015, I had the pleasure of hosting JG Randall, Rod Galati, Frank Patterson and Harmon Ward to a Game Day at my home in Laguna Niguel in our West Wing guest room/game room. JG Randall demonstrated the versatility of his own rule system, Fire & Maneuver, by staging first a Civil War meeting engagement between Brigade-sized opposing forces. 

After a Union victory, the battlescape was transformed in minutes into France 1940 and another meeting engagment was fought between a French Cavalry (armoured) section which had come across a German recce platoon. German armour in the form of a PzKpfw II section reinforced the Axis troops whilst a Troop of the Queen's Bays in A13, A9 and A10 Medium Cruisers rushed to the support of the outnumbered but heroic French tankers in their Somua S35's.

The two games illustrated very well the playability, realism and adaptability of this innovative rule system. Frank Patterson built many of the buildings and other scenic props. 

I provided the ACW forces. The figures came from the collection of British author Martin Robson which I was very fortunate to acquire in 2014. They are Perry miniatures painted by Martin for his own use.

The A13's were customized and painted for me by Duncan Hamilton. The metal castings were   made by Ian Crouch of BEF Miniatures. The rights to these and other of Crouchie's AFV's were acquired in 2011 by Warlord Games and many subsequently re-released in resin. All the other AFV's are the work of Neil Burt of Troop of Shewe. The infantry were painted for me by Carl Robson of Raven Painting. 

I highly recommend Fire & Maneuver if you want a fast, fluid and enjoyable wargame with historical resonance but without becoming rules-bound. 

The Federal troops hold the High Ground

The apple orchard held by Berdan's Sharpshooters

Frank deploys in Line

Note the Union battery silhoueted on the hill

Reb Brigade moving up

Battlefield overview

Union forces close for the kill
Frank considers

Col. Chamberlain omnipresent

Firefight on the fence line

Zouave reinforcements force the flank

Union artillery takes its toll
Confederate riposte on the Union flank
Key to Victory: Berdan's Sharpshooters 

Setting up 1940 scenario

The KOSB's advance

Supported by A13 Cruisers of the Queen's Bays

German Recce unit supported by PzKpfw II's


  1. Two excellent looking games and nice game room too!

  2. So that's what it is like to actually play a miniatures game? It has been so long that I had forgotten. Ha ha!

    The figures are fantastic and the terrain is nice as well; it does the miniatures justice. I especially like the apple trees. They are a nice touch. I'm jealous that I was unable to attend. Perhaps next time?

  3. Great looking figures and terrain, I hope the Union won (and the Brits too!).

  4. Stryker, yes the Union and the Allied forces were both victorious.

  5. Michael,

    Well done! As already mentioned by others, both games look terrific! I'm very glad to see you and RJ, Rod, Frank and Harmon playing together! I feel like I helped broker a powerful new alliance! I just hope some day I can come down and play in another one of those games!

    1. Ethan,

      You did me a very good turn making this introduction, thank you! I'm looking forward to the day we can team up and conquer!

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  7. A fine balance of wine, woman and war.

  8. This looks great I cross posted this to my Miniatures War Gaming site on Facebook as well. Great system mechanic. Great group of miniatures players and lovers of history.

  9. Please feel free to post pictures of your games of F&M at my site as well if you like.

  10. The next time you play a game and is open to another player I'd love to join in a game.Mostly free on Sundays