Battle Cries & Rebel Yells

As well as all the other projects I’ve been detailing on this very blog over the past couple of weeks, I have been up to my neck in static grass and flock whilst making a terrain board on which to play Battle Cry using my 10mm American Civil War miniatures.

Battle Cry is a hex-based miniatures board game from the Command & Colours family of games created by Richard Borg and as I’m not as much of an aficionado of the American Civil War as bloggers such as Arkiegamer, its simple mechanics and plethora of historic scenarios makes it perfect for the neophyte such as I to learn more about this conflict.


This is just one combination that can be created and I have enough hexes to increase the river or remove it entirely. Many of the plain hexes are drilled to allow for trees to be screwed in creating forested areas and the round pieces can be laid on top to represent hills.

I still have some extra terrain pieces yet to make including split-rail fences, entrenchments, hay fields and the like, but for now I’m ready to start playing the first scenarios from the rule book.

Let’s start raising that rebel yell!


10 thoughts on “Battle Cries & Rebel Yells

    1. Thank you, funnily enough my interest in British military history revolves more around our meddling in the affairs of other nations WWII, the Napoleonic and the French & Indian war… maybe it’s just a national trait 🙂

      I’ve rather enjoyed all the documentaries I’ve been watching and of course your battle reports and links to others (that was a fantastic man cave those chaps have!!)

      1. I’m horribly jealous of the man cave.

        I can recommend James McPherson’s _Battle Cry of Freedom_ for a general history of the war. The finest single battle history I’ve read is Stephen Sears’s account of Antietam, called _Landscape Turned Red._

  1. Plain awesome. Your take on the hex table looks beautiful. The ebst part is, that you can use this for pretty much any period. What is your solution for hills? Will you have single hexes with a hill on it or say five connected ones that depict a hill range? That board might also work well for campaigns.

    1. Thank you, The round pieces are laid on top of a hex to represent hills, several together to create a range, it’s an abstracted solution which I’m happy with for the moment though I may replace them with something else at a later date.
      Your very correct about being of use for several different periods and I hope to use them with my WWII as well. As they’re made from laser cut MDF the whole lot was quite cheap too.

  2. Really like what you are doing in dressing up the hex tiles, creative use of disks to add the elevation too. Almost inspires me to go back and look at the Command & Colours system 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I do like the Command & Colours series, I just abhor the plastic miniatures and flat terrain tiles in the original Battle Cry. I’m just waiting for a friend to come round for our first game on this board and I’m really pleased with the way it’s looking.

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