|GHQ's Winfield Hancock and US Grant sculpts|
I got my start in historical wargaming with 1/285 scale GHQ microarmor back in 1982. That switched over to Sci-Fi and Fantasy gaming in the late 80s through early 90's. My return to historical wargaming was with 15mm ACW games of Fire and Fury and Johnny Reb II and III in 1994-5. (I started playing in Mark Rounds F&F games at the no defunct annual "Game Faire" in Spokane, WA, and found the games to be outstanding fun.) I funded most of that transition by selling off or trading my extensive GW figure collection for painted and unpainted 15mm Union Troops. I was more interested in gaming than painting back then, which resulted in a very eclectic collection. Another confounding variable was in my approach to the collection. My regular opponent, Angus, was a CSA aficionado, which meant we each focused on collecting one side of the conflict. When Angus moved across the country (to Georgia of all places..), he took the OPFOR with him. This left me with a massive Union collection and only a few CSA units to face them. Thus my ACW collection has lain fallow for two decades now.
I was taking a stab at painting another unit of Zuoaves last spring, when I realized what a mess my collection had become. There is work from 8-9 different painters and as many figure producers represented. They are based for three different systems, and there is no overall uniformity in base size. Finally, the CSA troops are still hopelessly outnumbered.
My decision then was to simply expunge the collection and use the resources thus acquired to recreate it in a more manageable scale. I ordinarily dislike trading away painted figs, but in this case, very few were painted by me. Thus, I feel very little connection to them. I am going to use this as a chance to create a collection that is all mine.
My rule for this project then is quite simple: I will only buy figs using funds from the sale of the old collection, or trades for unpainted figures.
|My first 10mm Regiment|
GHQ's infantry packs come with 24 riflemen and three command figs (officer, standard, drummer) this works fine for me as I am combining two packs to form each regiment. I also picked up some other loose figs off Bartertown which allows me to beef up the command stands to eight figures each.
I am taking a page from Jon's playbook and basing these guys in double ranks on 1.125" by .875" bases for use in Regimental Fire and Fury. This is a bit of a change as I have been moving towards single unit basing up until now. I will ameliorate this by painting as many generic stands as possible, so I don't have to worry about unit cohesion when removing stands in my terribly infrequent games.
|My second regiment comprised on one pack of USA infantry marching + the command figs from the second sack)|
|The advantage to multi stand units is that they do rank up well for displaying formations.|