Last year I started making plans for the ACW using the Spencer Smith collection and also tackling the all important naval dimension, specifically operations along the ‘Great Father of Waters’ - the Mississippi and its tributaries.
I wanted something compact and quick and easy to put together and for a variety of reasons I decided that using the modest range available in 1:2400th from Tumbling Dice would tick most of the boxes for me. Originally I was looking to scratch build a limited number of generic models using the ‘cartoon’ style approach but again, for a variety of equally tedious reasons, I abandoned the idea.
I acquired a number of packs of models from their Victorian range and then set them to one side whilst I focussed on the Del Prado collection.
Whilst this was going on I made the decision to scale down the planned Arab Revolt/Madasahatta style WW1 campaign - the naval side was becoming rather unwieldy - and so I opted to dispose of a whole pile of ships.
To cut a long story short, my ACW collection was painted for me as part of the aforementioned disposal by the legend that is Jim Jackaman.
I have not revealed these models up until now (I had them way back in January) as I needed to add the names and ensigns. This has now been tackled and so for your delectation here follows a selection of pictures of ACW naval vessels primarily for use on the rivers or in estuaries.
My first port of call in respect of rules will be Bob Cordery’s Gridded Naval Rules or rather the variant that Mr Fox spent some time on which are rather good. Having said that there are a few other bits and pieces I would like add in.
The main reason for using 1:2400th is so that I can make use of the large quantity of Heroscape terrain I own. This will be invaluable for shaping the twists and turns of a meandering river. I have some shore batteries as well as the floating variety so some combined arms style actions will certainly feature.
Jim did a really lovely job on these and in fact there are a few minor conversions as he added some spare fortress guns to some of the cottonclad types for variety. All I had to do was to add the names and the flags which I have finally gotten around to. Now for some games methinks!
Once again many thanks to Jim for his work with this and I am only sorry I did not give it the credit it deserved sooner!