Having finished the Baccus 6mm ACW Armies including “special stands” it was a matter of time that I would have “the itch” again. I am not surprised… it has been always like this. So I am going to explain it in this post and let you see how things evolve. In fact I am NOT through the ACW… I fear I am addicted to those Brigade bases 60×30 mm specially for the ACW… because they look like my old units of 25mm Minifigs. Going to write a solo play rules for them… having in mind the use of my special stands. I guess I am going to concentrate in the ACW period and leave it at that. Better do one properly than disperse my actions with new periods. Have already sidetracked enough as it is… so at this moment ACW is paramount in my thoughts… A deep analysis of Altar of Freedom ORBATS manifests the sorely need to get 13 new Union Infantry Brigades and 9 Confederate new Infantry Brigades… that way I can play even Gettysburg (again)… The clear point is that what matters is the base and not what’s on it, so I am going to design new ways of glueing the minis on them and the way I placed them. Examples: 1) Gaps in the lines; 2) Three Regiments per Brigade stands 6 in two ranks/one man gap/ 8 in two ranks with the flags/ one man gap/ 6 in two ranks… only minor changes in colour schemes; 3) Rear rank with less minis (attrition and filling the first line); 4) More space in the flanks of a brigade, have enough brigades with two lines of 12 minis… will go for some brigades with two ranks of ten; 5) A mix of all the afore mentioned. I love variety on the look of them.
1.- New Project priority: Be able to solo play wherever I am… confined or not… that means reorganizing my wargaming life if science and medicine gives me a second lease of life… sounds a lot like a “saving throw”. Three months of confinement gives you time to think a lot.
2.- I am using smaller bases for projects like the French Foreign Legion and guess some characters deserve to be in single stands. Nearly Role Playing you will think… in 6 mm?… well, why not? … Got them and are very playable for small games.
3.- Confined without my camera and no access to my 6mm figures makes the wait frustrating in this field. Those pics below seem very old to me. Finally got my camera/tripod after a trip to my office, the Military Modelling post was done thanks to that.
Today 27th of February the Reveille parcel arrived!… Very good Zinderneuf Fort and legionnaires based in twos and singly (smaller bases by Pendraken), also trees stands, bocage or impassable terrain in 60x60mm bases and a Mill Building for the ACW!… as usual Daniel Hodgson does the best scenery around, but still very good painting minis too mind! have to do proper pics… in due time… access to my 6mm collection still restricted. Busy making lists of the ACW Brigades and negotiation with Dan Hodgson about the future Indian Plains for the LBH looming in the not so far distant future…
4.- Long, long, long ago I decided that I have not love lost for Dervishes, Fuzzy Wuzzies, Afghans, Zulus, Redskins (going to do an exception to the rule with them Injuns in 6mm… the Baccus Catalogue is some kind of dead trap for me!) etc. specially NOT in 54mm (That I will keep intact). I still have temptations in 6mm… but so far I have avoided the minis… puffs of smoke here and there and dice throws will suffice… To each his own manias… I love MY Armies but do not have empathy with the enemy at all… wish there was a Wargames Club nearby sometimes (but I am a bit like Groucho Marx in that aspect if they would have me then I probably would not be interested…)
5.- Finally the Baccus ACW packs arrived today 27th of February!… time to sort them out and organize heterodox compositions on the standard 60x30mm stand for POLEMOS or Altar of Freedom rules (tampered by me of course!). I guessed right… 3 packs of ACW07 gives you two full brigades of kepi with blanket across chest… + the rest up to 12 or more brigades. More packs have arrived since then. Next one’s will be bought by Greg directly… no need to come and go from the UK as he has to paint them… must post to him the one’s I got. Finally decided to get Division Commanders (at least they will have an use as “markers”).
6.- Have a couple of pics from Replicamodelsoldiers Andrew… he has nearly finished my order from last December by now…
In those four pics you can see part of the Infantry, the lancers, and the rearranged/reshuffled cabinet to liberate a shelve for them. By now the RCMP is gone to the other cabinet and two shelves are liberated.
So in a nutshell those are “the moves” actually happening, in the meantime reading a lot of books as usual, Little Big Horn, ACW, Western “classics” , a BD (read Comic Strip with French text) on the Maximillian Mexican War (splendid drawings by Meynet) and a wonderful English edition of War&Peace by Tolstoi (actually ended it and no wargaming use for it at all I am afraid… lol ) Actually in page 700 he mentions Blue coated French Dragoons to my everlasting surprise and disgust, at least the editor could have provided a footnote on the page explaining that French Dragoons were Green coated… (redundant and farfetched comment just for those who still think that is a new set of Napoleonic rules). Just bought the book ROSEBUD by Paul L. Hedren on amazon.co.uk because it seems interesting to wargame… in fact it is a very good read and I can recommend it!… also reading the third volume of Daniel Greene’s Northern Wolf ACW series… and even reading at the same time “The Eagle and the Snake” by Douglas Boyd, “Sharpe’s Eagle” (Bernard Cornwell of course) and Beau Geste/Beau Sabreur/Beau Ideal by P.C.Wren yet again… and indulging in some yet read again of Zane Grey.
And here we are… waiting for a vaccin to be developed or a cure (read drugs anti “the thing” that works)… any of them will do I guess. Not finding funny the comments on the news that only kills over seventy (been 68 puts you too near of the front line I guess).