6mm ACW

 

Having once played Brigade F&F to extinction - using my old Airfix troops - I decided it was time to give Regimental a try and build a more modern army to do it with.

 

I rejected 28mm as too bulky - also beyond my painting skills, and 15mm because it was too close to the 20mm I already had. The answer therefore was 6mm. This would also give the sense of mass and tactical density I had always hankered after.

 

Adler figures are beautiful - I use them for the individual commanders - but also very frail and bendy.

Heroes and Ros - I couldn't get close enough to judge, but they looked lacking in precision.

Rapier - very gracile, but the heads are exactly to scale and therefore appear 'pinheads' next to anyone else, they do offer a range of poses, but only in shell jackets - so they were used for some confederate variety

Baccus - my final choice, they come in paintable strips and are nicely detailed, the poses are limited but sufficient and they have a solidity and durability that is worth having on the table.

 

Problem - Baccus figures come in 20mm strips, but standard F&F favours a 25mm frontage. I could have scaled everything down - F&F do a play card to let you do this - but decided I'd rather stay mainstream, with no one needing to make any mental adjustments; so invested in a good pair of hobby clippers instead.  

first efforts
a sense of mass
finished product

6mm Fire & Fury - Winchester 1862

 

A trial run at Regimental F&F - the Union can't win so there's no need to fret over tabletop ego, it's just a test bed for the rules

The Confederate left wing - Taylor's (trained) Brigade on the left, Winder's (crack) Stonewall Brigade to their right with Jackson himself in the centre
The Confederate centre - Campbell (trained) and Fulkerson (trained) astride the Winchester Road
The Federal right wing Gordon's Brigade (trained) outnumbered, almost flanked before they start and General Banks nowhere in sight
Off to the West Ewell and Trimble's Brigade (veteran) arrive to find Donnelly (trained) holding the creek against them
Hit simultaneously by Winder and Taylor the Federals survive the first onslaught - but at the price of their artillery
Off on the left flank Donnelly more than holds his own and batters Ewell into inaction
But while the Federals put up an unexpectedly good fight Fulkerson and Campbell are free to march into Winchester almost unopposed and the Union position collapses - total play time 1.5 hrs
A tolerable first effort - 'Regimental' artillery is far less lethal at close quarters than 'Brigade' and the addition of troop quality as a factor gives the owner of 'crack' troops a significant movement advantage - fire combat seems more attritional, which is realistic