Where the soldiers lie peacefully dreaming,
Their tents in the rays of the clear autumn moon,
O'er the light of the watch fires, are gleaming;
There's only the sound of the lone sentry's tread
As he tramps from the rock to the fountain,
And thinks of the two in the low trundle bed,
Far away in the cot on the mountain."
Essentially, for this 'large skirmish' game I will be representing the men of a single regiment per side, broken down into groups of 8 figures - I like to think of them as companies - with 6 figures per group for those in skirmish order. I'm starting with the Rebs, and the mid war list is as follows:
Leader, status III
Three groups of 8 infantry, rifled muskets.
Leader, status II
Two groups of 8 infantry, rifled muskets.
Leader, status I
One group of 6 skirmishers, rifled muskets
Leader, status I
One group of 6 skirmishers, rifled muskets.
Points value for Confederate 1862 = 83 points.
As you can see it's a fair sized force to get started with, and can be supplemented from the Generic Support list. What I need to decide on next is which regiment I want to represent.
The figures I have chosen are by Renegade Miniatures, wonderful 28mm castings of real character. I wanted to go with metal one piece castings, no plastics, and after much thought decided upon the 'marching' pose for the main groups, and' firing line' for the skirmishers. I decided against the classic 'Right Shoulder Shift' pose used when advancing at the double, and instead go for the more sedate marching, order arms pose with musket tucked into the right arm and upright. Muskets were of course universally carried on the right shoulder during the ACW, as evidenced by drill manuals and countless paintings and photographs.
I'll get started soon as the figures arrive. IN the meantime I'm planning a Sharp Practice FIW game this weekend as the family, (wife, daughters, granddaughters) are off to the Great Metropolis for a day out on Saturday. I'll write it up as best I can in order to explain some of the unique features of the rules.
Time to get down to some reading!
|Battles & Leaders, 4 volumes a must have for any ACW enthusiast.|
|Lord knows how many years ago this TV series was shown, but the book of the series remains a favourite of mine.|
|Of my Time Life collection The Road to Shiloh remains a favourite and I may base my forces on this campaign.|