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  • Daemon of Decay
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    Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    Correct. Keeping on schedule (I'm a sucker for staying up for 24 hours.....long day, SWAT call out at 2am, work from the end of that until 6pm, get rear ended at 6pm on the way home, and so on).......
    Stay safe!

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  • TacCovert4
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    Correct. Keeping on schedule (I'm a sucker for staying up for 24 hours.....long day, SWAT call out at 2am, work from the end of that until 6pm, get rear ended at 6pm on the way home, and so on).......

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  • Cheetah772
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    Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
    Update:

    Map Complete. Enemy Complete. Other stuff Complete.

    Rainbow will be moving into Episode 2 very shortly.
    I assume you'll create a new thread with Episode 2?

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  • TacCovert4
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    Update:

    Map Complete. Enemy Complete. Other stuff Complete.

    Rainbow will be moving into Episode 2 very shortly.

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  • Cheetah772
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    Captain Holden's idea of leisure time is taking out his Badgers militia on training its sharpshooting skills and working on unit cohesion in simulated combat drills. He also finds time in getting to know his men, including raw recruits coming into his command. His expectation is to turn the Badgers into a true sharpshooter unit -- the one that directs its awesome firepower at long range. Holden is determined to find ways to train his men in recognizing enemy officers and pick them off one by one.

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  • Pruitt
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    Captain Pruitt announces a training schedule for the Legion. Five days a week they will work on Cavalry formations, three days a week there will be target practice, mounted and dismounted. They will also do weekend patrols (these men get a day off during the week). The Captain wants them in particular to hit a horse size object at twenty yards charging. Dismounted Shooting will concentrate on prone, sitting, kneeling and standing. He wants the men familiar with loading in these positions as well. During December and January the men receive limited furloughs to go home. If your home is in North Carolina you get a week to get there and then back. This also gives the men a chance to get winter clothing from their home. Excess gear will be sent home when the campaign season starts. We won't have enough room in the wagon for everyone to have tents.

    Captain Pruitt tells his officers that if he has to sleep rough in the open so do they. This does cause a bit of grumbling, but the Captain leads by example. The sick lame and lazy either get a tent or get sent home if seriously ill.

    Captain Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry

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  • TacCovert4
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    Post up any more flavor that you'd like. As soon as drug dealers stop making me come out at 2am to kick doors, I'll be working on the map for Episode 2. Rainbow will be fighting again.....and this time it'll be much more independent.

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  • TacCovert4
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    New aggregate strength of Rainbow:

    1768 Officers and men, Including Player Characters

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  • Khryses
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    Lt Colonel Fawcett's return to Washington came in rather more comfortable circumstances than his departure scant weeks earlier. He and his junior officers stood out in their green-and-black frocks and butternut when they stepped off the train and made their way through a crowd of local citizens still abuzz with the news of Beauregard's recent victory. With the ex-planter's burning vision vindicated on the field, the party sweeps through the recruits with a very exacting notion of what they are after. In the end only twenty nine men make the cut, that being big strong men who are quick on their feet and possess magnificent beards (or at least the potential with sufficient care and attention).

    Initial training after the recruits are divided among the squads and go through the standard grenadier training promoting rapid movement and the use of cover. When von Luntz and the Dreyse arrive, the company withdraws to the Fawcett Place for training for high intensity training throughout the morning, then rest and recreation in groups throughout the long winter afternoons. The Grenadiers enjoyed their winter, their distinctive uniform and heroic reputation brought them plenty of attention from the fairer sex although under Fawcett's stern eye they kept to the principles of chivalry. Mostly.

    With the benefits of the new breechloaders, Harry is minded of some of the principles of medieval warfare, and considers means in which the arrowslit could be adopted in modern warfare.

    Come the spring or the Colonel's call, the Guard will be ready to meet the foe.

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  • Frtigern
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    Cpt Leroy had a hard decision to make for the Tigers. Take on a bunch of raw recruits and reduce his combat effectiveness or replace only those that were lost to keep the espirit de corps he has worked hard to build. He was a line infantry soldier and commander in the past and he knew what happens to green recruits on the firing line when they enter the killing zone. Only the most disciplined or most proud stayed to the end, and even they had thoughts of running to safety. It takes a miracle of effort to keep men not accustomed to the fog of war to keep firing and he respects line companies for that but he knew that wasn't what the Tigers were trained for or best at. That and he didn't want to throw away good men until none were left. Tigers dare to do the impossible to achieve victory. Thankfully, he didn't bring with him many, just enough to replace their losses.

    As he came into camp with the weapons and recruits he saw a look a relief as the Tigers dreaded the inevitable. That they would become like the rest and their cohesion would go out the window with new guys swamping their ranks. They knew that they would've had to coddle the recruits like babies on how to do everything which they neither had the time nor energy. Their profession was war and they considered themselves experts at that craft and looking out for men not trained for how they fought would've made them weaker as a whole. They welcomed the new Enfield rifles and bayonets while they turned in their Mississippi muskets. All of them checked and worked their rifles, and some took the liberty of fixing the bayonets and being thankful of the extra reach but knowing there's nothing better than a blade in hand in close combat.

    The recruits were dispersed to lieutenants where they filled out the 4 man teams who were missing men. The Tiger's welcomed them as brothers but would test them before they were trusted. It would take a while for the recruits to get used to their New Orleans dock and Louisiana swamp pidgin English but this seemed to have the effect of making the recruits consider the Tiger's as special and them honored to be a part of them. He hoped so as they would waste no time getting the recruits up to speed on how the Tiger's operate.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Finch's Company: (130 men, Regular, Enfield 1853 Rifle & Bayonet)

    Assigned 480 "points" of equipment over replacement. Has priority after Bird to purchase rifles from the captured weapon pool at standard pricing (2 points each). Consider reinforcing heavily to a 280+ man battalion and accepting the loss of experience.
    Has now been reinforced to 485 men, armed with Enfield 1853 Rifle & bayonet, knife, 1 axe/shovel/or 3 empty cotton or linnen bags per man.

    This in fact makes us a small battalion, rather than a company and we can do away with unhistorical platoons.

    The new recruits will be incorporated into the earlier system, split in 4 companies of roughly 120 each.

    1 will be the skirmisher company, 2-4 will be line companies.

    The new men will be adopted into the existing formations, and training will restart as before, so what follows is a copy paste from my original orders.

    Try to look for a somewhat natural organisation, grouping men of same families or villages together appointing some figure with an air of authority as sergeants.

    1 company will be my tirailleurs, they will train to quickly disperse from a company formation with the battalion to a loose circle surrounding it, or a loose line in any particular direction making use of available cover and firing aimed shots, individually as opportunity allows.

    Also obviously - to react to a given bugle signal that will recall them to the main unit, and form up in line at the rear of the battalion.

    The other 3 companies will be my line companies, they will individually train to form into either a column three men abreast or a line 3 men deep.

    The line companies together will also train to move from column of companies to line of companies quickly and in good order, either by the left or the right.

    Throughout these exercises I will look for those talented in these matters and appoint them as NCO to the various company positions.

    Hopefully in this manner we should have a somewhat functional battalion by the time the game (picks up again).
    Basically the organisation of the unit is what it was before (to avoid confusion among the original recruits and facilitate the training of the new arrivals) but in threefold.

    When deployed three companies on line, my frontage should now be 120 men, 3 ranks deep.

    With 3 companies in column, 40 men in width, 9 ranks deep, which may even allow a charge with fixed bayonets, if needed.

    Tnx.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 24 Oct 17, 02:52.

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  • TacCovert4
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    Corrected

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    Just a note:

    I started with 12 pd. Blakely's not Brookes. Brooke rifles are the Confederate version of the Parrott for coast defense and use on Confederate ships. The smallest Brooke is 6.4"

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  • TacCovert4
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    New Order of Battle, Winter 1861

    As new recruits are divided up amongst the companies, some of them swelling into cavalry squadrons or infantry battalions, Lt. Col. Fawcett faces many challenging decisions. Each captain has a thought on how his unit could best be augmented for the benefit of Rainbow, but ultimately it is the needs of the Brigade that have to come first....though with every consideration otherwise.

    In the end, compromises are made when necessary, and additional augments are made when possible. Units like the Tiger Rifles see smaller increases to their numbers, but improvements in their weapons and firepower to make them into shock troops, while Bird sees a massive swelling of his ranks as his role in the main line requires such. Captured guns are divided out, or taken to foundries and re-smelted into better guns for the artillery. In late January, a fast sailing ship cruises up the Pamlico River to Washington, and disgorges its bounty, weapons imported from Europe. Some are merely more of the same, Whitworths, various revolvers, Kammerladers, Terry Carbines. Some are new and unusual, like smaller bore Swiss rifles and the quite interesting Dryse needle gun, purchased by Fawcett for his men. And with those highly prized and supposedly revolutionary weapons comes one more thing, Hauptmann Helmut von Luntz, of the Prussian Jaegers, here to 'observe', though his pickelhaube and accoutrements state otherwise.

    Full OOB for moving forward to the next Episode....note the 10 additional supply wagons for the Brigade, you should be relatively well supplied on campaign....and note your own units, there were leftover funds, in fact more funds than manpower, so Fawcett made a few decisions about how to distribute....you might not have gotten as many men as you would have liked, but maybe instead they're a bit better or something to compensate:

    Brigade stores Unattached to units
    12 Wagons (24 men)

    (G)Gardner’s Battery (Capt. Gardner)(TAG)
    2 x 3.5in Blakely Rifles
    4 x 10lb Parrott Rifles
    1 Wagon
    40 Men (grey-blue uniforms w/ red facings)
    Smoothbore Musket/Bayonet

    (V)Brittanic Battery (Capt. Lord Tremayne)(P O S)
    4 x 12lb Field Howitzer (Flying Artillery)
    25 Men (Mounted)(Black Uniforms w/Red Cuffs/Collars, Pith Helmet, Gold Braid)
    Smoothbore Carbine

    (G)Tar Heel Troop (Capt. Pruitt)(Pruitt)
    130 Cavalry (Grey Jackets, Jeancloth trousers, assorted covers)
    3 x 1860 Colt Army
    Enfield Short Rifle

    (G)Sennef’s Saddle Blazers (Colonel Sennef)(Sennef)
    120 Cavalry (blue/grey uniforms, Crimson Cavalry Hats some with ostrich plumes)
    Tranter Revolver
    Saber
    Sharps Carbine

    (R)Dee’s “Dutch” Hussars (Capt. DODee)(Businessman Bonus)
    75 Cavalry (Green Jackets, Black Trousers, Black boots and Shako)
    Kammerlader Rifle
    1850 Swedish Cavalry Pistol (Smoothbore shot-pistol)
    Kerr Revolver
    1842 Swedish Saber (Straight Falchion-like Heavy Cavalry Saber)

    (V)NC Grenadier Guards (Lt. Col. Fawcett)(Khryses)
    140 Infantry (Green Frocks w/black front panels, Green/Black Helmets, Butternut Trousers)
    Dryse 1841/Bayonet
    Bowie Knife
    Grenades (10 per man)(2 per man carried in battle)

    (G)Bird’s Green Jackets (Capt. Bird)(Capt AFB)(Businessman Bonus)
    480 Infantry (Green Sack Coats and Trousers)
    Jaegergewehr 1856/59 / Bayonet
    Wagon of Supplies and Ammunition in personal stores

    (G)Finch’s Company (Capt. Finch)(Snowy)
    485 Infantry (Variety of Homespuns, good boots)
    1853 Enfields/Bayonets
    Shovel or Axe per man

    (R)Bates’ Company (Capt. Bates)(Sen)(Businessman Bonus)
    130 Infantry (Green Sack Coats, Butternut Trousers)
    Calisher & Terry Carbines
    Single-shot Pistol
    Dirk

    (V)Tiger Rifles (Capt. Leroy)(Fritgern)(Soldier Bonus)
    130 Infantry (Blue/White Striped Pantaloons, Red Shirts/Blue-Red Jackets), Straw Hats & Fezzes)
    1853 Enfield/Bayonet
    Single-shot Pistol
    Cutlasses

    (G)Georgia Badgers Militia (Capt. Holden) (Businessman Bonus)
    132 Infantry (Solid Green Sack Coat and Trousers, Brown leathers, brogans and Slouch Hat)
    Whitworth Rifles w/Globe sights (1200yd range)
    Kerr Revolvers
    1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword (carried on baldric)
    Last edited by TacCovert4; 23 Oct 17, 20:13.

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  • Cheetah772
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    OOC:

    What's the best breechloader for long range gunfire? A breechloader with long range will almost surely be more effective than muzzle loading Whitworth rifles.

    I'm not sure what to do with my equipment points. I'm thinking of beefing up the formation to 140 or 150 men, again equipped with Whitworth rifles with global scope and I would like to replace the cavalry swords with revolvers. I'm keeping the unit light and focused mainly on long range support and skirmishing tactics. I don't want the unit to be too big and unwieldy to get around on the field. It's not intended for front line roles.

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