|German HQ set|
|Peter Pig panzergrenadiers.|
|Panzer 4's, model H with stand off turret armour.|
|A pile of undercoated StuG's!|
|Resin and metal Steyre strucks by Battlefront.|
And on the subject of the American Civil War I have been giving much thought to rules. To quickly outline my long association with this period, it certainly extends back into the early eighties, the scan below shows my then collection of Minifigs 15mm figures on my home made 6 x 4 terrain boards. I remember that they were very heavy due to the amount of filler used in construction, but I was extremely proud of them at the time. These figures were later replaced with early Battle Honours figures by Tony Barton and then expanded with Polly Oliver figures. These in turn were replaced with 25mm Connoisseur figures and those in turn by Dixons. Somewhere along the line I also collected Old Glory's and Redoubt. These days I don't have a single ACW figure in my collection, but that's about to change!
|Blurry old pics from the 1980's Minifigs 15mm pure nostalgia.|
|Shots of my Redoubt collection lifted from my previous blog, they were already long sold on by then.|
|Why on Earth did I sell them!|
In the Nineties I also got into ACW re enactment as a member of SOSKAN and enjoyed several fun years as a private in the 42nd Pennsylvania 'Bucktails'. I learned much about the life of the ordinary soldier and the rigours of period drill. If I have one enduring memory of that time it was being on the Union skirmish line at Knebworth during a joint SOSKAN & American Civil War Society event that also included other European and US re-enactors, and watching the vast numbers of Confederate infantry and artillery emerge from the woods to form up, stretching across the length of the park, an amazing experience and one that sent shivers down my spine!
|Bucktails on the Knebworth picket line, I'm second from right.|
|My Wife came along but was not into 'dressing up' so we camped in comfort!|
|Waiting for Johnny Reb to attack, picket duty with the 'Authentic' camp behind us, those guys were the hardcore reenactors!|
I think that the more I learned of the reality of Battle in the ACW, the more I backed away from gaming it and it's taken until now for me to return to it. So as not to waffle on for too long I'll save my thoughts on rules for another post, but the images below give you an idea of my favourite set from back in the Nineties, Johnny Reb 2nd Edition.
|For me JR II remains the finest set of ACW rules ever produced.|
|My scribbled notes on the playsheets from well over 20 years ago.|
|I played these rules extensively then against my regular opponents.|
|They included a beginners guide to get new players started.|