This is the first in what may be a series of blog posts showcasing my wargames armies.
And now for the Union army
20mm plastic figures have been fun to paint, and I reckon even a very basic paint job looks good, so I may be open to doing other periods in this scale. I intend to put on a game with these armies at the club using a retro set of rules, possibly the Airfix ACW ones, once we are back to normal.
In this time of no barbers, however, I am reduced to growing period-specific facial hair.
I hope you are keeping safe and sane at this difficult time. Of course there are more serious matters than wargaming to attend to. At the same time, many of us now have buckets of free time available for personal projects - and no excuses not to finally action them; so I thought I'd update you on some of mine, for your entertainment and diversion.
When I'm not applying for jobs - like Sisyphus - during the week (yes, I left B&Q on 1 March), I have several wargames' activities on the go.
1. 42mm November Uprising (1830-1831)
On Friday 14 February 2020 I umpired a 6mm ACW game at the club.
Rob and Noel were on the Confederate side, and Doug and Phil on the Union side, as we refought the first day of the battle of Shiloh (6 April 1862), one of the classic engagements of the Western Theatre.
Historically, General A. S. Johnston led the Confederate Army of Mississippi in a surprise attack on the Union forces of the Army of the Tennessee under General U. S. Grant, encamped in woods off the Tennessee River.
Saturday 25 January 2020 saw a large American War of Independence battle umpired by Noel at Rob’s War Room.
The previous night, eight players tested out the Shako-based rules, with Mal, Patrick, Juan, and Greg on the American side, and Brian, Simon, Rob and Doug on the British side. That game ended in Juan’s militia in full retreat to Doug’s advancing troops on the American right flank, while Rob threatened the American centre. The armies pulled back and more units were added ready for play the next morning.
Below are some pictures of a refight of the Battle of Eylau, which I put on at my house on Sunday 29 December 2019. Tim played Napoleon's French, while Phil played Bennigsen's Russians. We used my collection of 6mm figures from Heroics and Ros, and a version of my Coup de Grace rules.