ACW


The Crisis gem I discovered

Sadly, let me say I didn't find time to sit down and play a demo, and later on blatantly forgot to purchase from them.But the hidden gem for me that I saw on this year's Crisis show was a new polish brand of 6mm ACW figures.Made by GM Boardgames, Gods of War: Lee is using high quality 6mm PRINTED figures instead of the usual metal ones, and this shows in their price as it ain't that expensive for an army box, coming down to about 50 euro for one.The models looked quite stunning at the show, and it caused me to considering ordering one soon.  I just need to free up some budget for one of them (or heck, both, and then get Nemesis to play as well) but that shouldn't be to hard to achieve.  On both fronts.The ruleset was available at Crisis in english, but as I said a while ago in my show report, the time I spend "indulging" this years convention was decided by Lord Ipsqueek, so I couldn't just do all I wanted unfortunatly.Never the less, it's something I'll be seriously following up on, and take it fro

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Fort Bartovski (1862) and Eldritch Horror.

Today two games. The first big, two days game with 12 players and the second the board, fantasy.Dzisiaj dwie gry. Pierwsza duża, dwudniowa z udziałem 12 graczy i druga, planszówka fantasy.1. Fort Bartovski, 1862.That was our AB1 gaming group game. This time organised by me. It was ACW game with fictitious fort Bartovski (the name was taken from our previous games with ironclads), this time attacked from the land. It was 6 players on each side, everyone commanding a division. We used Black Powder rules for the game. Despite the scenario was fully prepared by me,  would like to thank Bill for his help with rules and unit statistics. The game was played on three 12'x6' tables.Była to gra naszej grupy AB1, tym razem organizowana przeze mnie. Była to gra z okresu wojny secesyjnej z fikcyjnym fortem Bartovski (nazwa wzięta z naszych wcześniejszych gier z ironkladami), tym razem jednak atakowany od lądu. W grze wzięło udział 6 graczy, każdy dowodzący dywizją. Do gry użyliśmy zasad Black Powder. Pomimo faktu, że

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Project: Siege of Vicksbug

Just a quick update today on my ACW Siege of Vicksburg scenario that I'm hard at work on for the upcoming convention season.  I scanned in an updated map of the battlefield and plan.  This time I needed to figure out more extra scaling/sizing of the various battlefield elements.Siege of Vicksburg MapFor the field positions around Vicksburg I've decided to use the Gabions from Ironclad Miniatures (https://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/ourshop/cat_302099-Gabions-28mm.html).  I figured out using the map how many of each section I would need to complete the positions for Vicksburg and the Union artillery positions.I have WW2 trenches from Ironclad that I used for my Pegasus Bridge game many years ago and their products are absolutely top notch.90 Degree45 degreeEnds (50mm each or ~2")Straight with Opening(100mm or ~4")Straight(100mm or ~4")Printing of the ACW buildings for the edge of Vicksburg is nearing completion.  I set out to print 11 buildings and the final building is printing now and af

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With a Rebel Yell 13

Confederate infantry advancing from Old Glory. The command stand was painted earlier this year. The other five bases were painted during the first 30 days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge or was it the second.The Old Glory figures have great character amd paint up well. There will be more of these sooner and later.Cheers for now.

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This Hallowed Ground v4.1

Just a quick update today.  While the rules really haven't changes much, I've refreshed the This Hallowed Ground rules to version 4.1. The changes are primarily around cleaning up some of the wording and clarifying the order of things.  Additionally shooting and melee are on 1 of the double-sided pages and orders, movement and morale are contained to the other double-sided page which makes things a little more practical when playing the game.  Screenshots below of the pages.You can download the updated rules here.

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This Hallowed Ground v4.2

Just a quick update today.  While the rules really haven't changes much, I've refreshed the This Hallowed Ground rules to version 4.2.The changes are primarily around cleaning up some of the wording and clarifying the order of things.  Additionally shooting and melee are on 1 of the double-sided pages and orders, movement and morale are contained to the other double-sided page which makes things a little more practical when playing the game.  Screenshots below of the pages.You can download the updated rules here.

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Shenandoah Valley, 1862.

ACW once again with Black Powder. This time we played a scenario prepared by Peter. In our game, we used the AB1 house rules for our big game, as I had some things to be tested. Wojna secesyjna ponownie z użyciem Black Powder. Tym razem rozegraliśmy scenariusz przygotowany przez Petera. W naszej grze wykorzystaliśmy zasady domowe grupy AB1 do nadchodzącej dużej gry, ponieważ musiałem jeszcze kilka rzeczy przetestować.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Peter MearnsUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Peter MearnsFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns1. Forces. Siły.UNION/UNIA(Alisdair, Mike, Bartek)1st Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun Battery2nd Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun Battery3rd Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun BatteryCavalry Brigade2 x Cavalry RegimentCONFEDERATES/KONFEDERACI(Michael, Peter)1st Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun Battery2nd Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Reg

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ACW it is...

Hoi,Yeah well, for most of my hobby-life I have kept well away of the American Civil War but then this happened:Yup that's my ugly mug as boxart again...So obviously I now have to buy some boxes of those for the family as well and what to do with the figures eh? Apart from that I also received the testshots for all 3 sets (Command, US Marching and CS Marching) and well I have painted up most of them. Here are the US troopsOh and yes I am aware I accidentally switched round the Colours, but I can't repair that without damaging the figures so I will leave it like this.In a later post I will show you the CS infantry.

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Bendy Bayou, 1862, second game. Bendy Bayou, 1862, druga gra.

Next ACW game. I decided to use once again Bill's scenario and give it to our club members. I slightly changed the OdB of the game, like some game statistics for the troops. That was the outcome of Bill's game. To simulate a bigger table, we used Peter's 15mm collection and changed inches into centimetres. We used Black Powder.Kolejna gra amerykańskiej wojny secesyjnej. Zdecydowałem się przenieść scenariusz Billa i zaproponowałem go naszym członkom klubu. Lekko zmieniłem OdB gry, tak jak też niektóre statystyki oddziałów. To wynik gry u Billa. By zasymulować większy stół, użyliśmy kolekcji Petera w skali 15mm i zamieniliśmy cale na centymetry. System to oczywiście Black Powder.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bill GilchristUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Peter MearnsFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns1. Forces. Siły.UNION/UNIA(Michael)CinC - level 81st Brigade (level 8)3 x Infantry Battalion1 x 10pdr Gun battery2nd Brigade (level 8)3 x Infa

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Bendy Bayou, 1862.

Our next AB1 game will be the American Civil War, for which I'm preparing scenario. Unfortunately, I played with Black Powder only one game for that period and it was a long time ago. To refresh the rules I was invited to Bill's house for a small game.Nasza kolejna grą grupy AB1 będzie amerykańska wojna secesyjna, do której przygotowuję scenariusz. Niestety, do tej pory z zasadami Black Powder rozegrałem jedynie jedna grę dotyczącą tego okresu i było to dość dawno. By przypomnieć sobie zasady zostałem zaproszony przez Billa do jego domu na małą rozgrywkę.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bill GilchristUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill GilchristSCENERY/SCENERIA: Bill GilchristFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bill Gilchrist1. Forces. Siły.UNION/UNIA(Bartek)Brigade General Ambrose Burnside (CinC - 8)1st BrigadeBrigade General Foster (8)23rd MA24th MA25th MA1st US RiflesGun battery (4x10pdr Rifle)2nd BrigadeBrigade General Reno (8)21st MA Zouaves51st NY Zouaves51st PA ZouavesGun Battery (2x6pdr SB)Caval

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Back to the Brushes 245

Yesterday was the last day of the current 30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge; which earlier this week looked like it was not going to happen.A last push at the finish line made the following possible:First up are Confederates from Old Glory. These 15mm figures are animated and characterful; just what you need for charging the Union lines.Next, an old mid nineties skeleton from Citadel or Marauder Miniatures. A great figure to paint, perfect for finishing off a painting challenge.Completed this challenge:Day 30 - 34 figures completed.Cheers for now

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15 mm ACW Command

At the end of August I posted the result of one of my impulse buys from Britcon: a set of 18 mm Confederate generals from AB Figures. I really enjoyed painting something other than my usual medieval figures. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to try painting a few more. A little research led me to order a selection of figures from Warrior in Scotland. I liked the fact that each figure had

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Design: ACW Siege of Vicksburg

My next project I'm working on now is for the Siege of Vicksburg during the American Civil War.This scenario is a bit tricky because I want to achieve the following:Represent a part of the town of Vicksburg.Represent the Confederate defenses surrounding the city.Include a naval component for both sides (Ironclads).Represent some of the Union artillery positions.Include lots of large siege guns of different types.Include a US observation balloon.Include Confederate signal towers.I want to achieve all of the above in an 8 foot by 6 foot layout.  Very aggressive!I've found some very inspiring pictures from a museum located in Vicksburg ...The historical challenges are many.  Firstly, the Confederate defense line was not very close to the city.  The US assault was primarily against the middle and north positions - also not very close to the city or the water technically speaking.  Additionally, the naval component was very much one-sided.  All of these things were very spread out not only

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