I have embarked on a new wargaming adventure. For many, many years I have been drawn to this period. It is a very structured period. It is a very environmentally clean period if that makes any sense. The uniforms are colorful and there is a wide range of units to choose from for color and character.
My only problem was settling on a scale and manufacturer. My first inclination was to go with 25mm figures and bring back some of the old flavor of wargaming. But they are really too large these days. So that left me with 15mm figures. I put out an order for some essex AWI figures and I am very impressed! But this one of those periods that has very colorful uniforms and I am not a good enough painter to do them justice. The 15mm guys are big enough to have all the glorious detail and small enough to do in my wargaming space.
But then I took a serious look at Scruby’s N-Scale figures. The line is not really large but the necessary figures are there. So I put out a small order just to see. And am I impressed! They are perfect for what I am looking for! They are small enough so I can get the effect I want and large enough for very basic detail which is good enough for me. I may try to do hat trim but I kinda doubt it. Using the old 3-foot rule, I actually don’t want a lot of detail because it will just be too much going on.
I don’t want really animated poses either. To me this is a very sedate period so advancing and standing at attention are just fine. It also gives me a very traditional wargaming look. I will mount them 10 figures to a stand and that will be a battalion. The stand is 1.5”x1”. Everything will be mounted on that stand. Ten infantry, 5 cavalry, 2 guns. Each battalion will have a national flag for a standard as well. The only exception will be leaders who will be mounted singly on a 1 inch square stand.
For rules I will use the game “Hold the Line” by Worthington Games. This is a really great game for the period. I think they capture the feel of the period and don’t get bogged down in rules details. The game flows smoothly and shouldn’t take but an hour or so to play a game. I am using a hex board with 1.5” between sides. With the point up the 1.5” stand fits perfectly and I get the massed line look that I am looking for. It won’t even require much of a playing area. I can play out the scenarios on a board of 9×13 hexes! But I have a hex board of just about 2’x3’ so I have room to play with the rules a little to give me a lot of space.
For the campaign element, I will use the old Avalon-Hill game 1776. This is one of all-time favorite board games and I have all the add-ons and expansions along with the 3rd Edition rules. I am figuring that one strength point in that game will equal a battalion in the tactical game. I am mainly interested in the northen campaigns and the middle states campaigns so I won’t use the entire map.
So there it is! My plans in a nutshell. I will update this as I get everything put together. I have 4 battalions of infantry primed and put on popsicle sticks all ready to be painted so I will have a lot to say when I finish them.