Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Oh yes indeedy! I have been after a copy of this for years and have finally scored one that does not involve selling body parts to pay for it!
It has been a day of decisions in respect of my ACW project. To begin with I have decided to forego adding a unit of Confederate Zouaves to the collection and instead will raise a units of smartly attired Texans. I say smartly attired as the formation I am thinking of – Hood’s Texans – apparently received a new issue of uniforms just before Gettysburg. That was all the excuse I needed to field some smart looking Rebels in sky blue trousers and brown slouch hats with the officers sporting sky blue kepis as well. Let is not forget the lone star flag as well. The formation also fought against the New York Zouaves (which I have) so it works on that level as well.
I have finally managed to track down a copy of Mark Adkins tome The Gettysburg Companion, written in a similar vein to his Trafalgar, Waterloo and Western Front volumes. It was not cheap but I have been after this for an age so it will fill a hole in the collection rather nicely. There is a painful tale about this book or rather how I missed out on getting a brand new copy for £7 but the memory of what might have been is still a raw one….
I have settled on the scale for the naval side and it will be 1:2400th. My reasoning is very simple. The models are cheap and easy to paint and it means that I can not only make use of the sea map from Honour and Glory but also the vast array of Heroscape tiles I have – this is an important consideration given that most of the actions I will be fighting will feature river banks in some way, possibly islands as well. I have ordered a nice selection of types from the rather modest range that Tumbling Dice produce but there is sufficient variety for my needs.
The first order of business with the ACW collection will be to get the additional figures organised and front and centre of this will basing the Union Zouaves I have. The final organisation for each army is very much based on the unit set up from Charge! There will be three infantry companies (16 figures in each excluding officers etc) a light company (sharpshooters - 12 figures) and a grenadier company (16 figures) - Zouaves for the Union and Texans for the Confederates. There will be a squadron and a half of cavalry (12 figures) and an artillery battery of 3 guns and crews (a battery and a half under Charge!).
I also need to think about making a map for the campaign setting - this is something I am really looking forward to!