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MetisSteve Inactive Member28 Oct 2012 8:15 a.m. PST

Hello. I would like to do a wargame senario of the Sioux uprising. Any recomondations for figures and scales?Thanks.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2012 9:20 a.m. PST

You could use most of the Old West figures with the proviso that they would be using rifle-muskets, not breechloaders

The civilians would tend to be mostly unarmed – for the US troops there are lots of early ACW or Old West figs you could use – Foundry spring to mind, or Perry

I would do it 28mm – the battles were pretty small and more of skirmish level seems right to me

Ranger 3 Inactive Member28 Oct 2012 9:46 a.m. PST

There is a scenario in the old Freikorps rules set "Yellow Ribbon" or in the companion volume "…And Continually Wear the Blue."

David Gray28 Oct 2012 10:12 a.m. PST

And good luck to Governor Sibley…

Inkpaduta Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2012 11:00 a.m. PST

For the army all you need to have are Union troops from the Civil War. I remember that awhile back some company made the Sioux for the Dakota War of1862. Since then I have seen more then one quiry about these figures. Wish someone still made them.

For scenerios just look at several of the battles. Acton, Birche Couleee, Wood Lake.

Also, don't forget about the puntiative expeditions of 1863 and 1864. Some great possible games there. My book "Columns of Vengence" will be coming out soon on the expeditions. (shameless plug).

Personal logo Miniatureships Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Oct 2012 11:08 a.m. PST

The Old Glory line of buildings have several that were specifically created for this war. In the Fort range there is the log cabin and lean to from the Acton Massacre. In the Western range there is the Stone Storage building and the Indian agent house from the Lower Sioux Agency.

There was a range of figures for this war, which went to Bicorne Miniatures, but I don't see them on the web site. I had a few greens done up of specific characters that were never released for this battle.

In some old issues of the Zouave Magazine, there are few scenarios for this war. But, if you buy the book, The Minnesota Sioux Uprising, or I believe it is now called the Dakota War of 1862, it will lend itself very easily to creating your own scenarios for this period.

One thing that you could do to make the scenarios more historical is to create a looting rule for the Indians. One of things that did help some settlers get away was the looting that took place by the Indians after attacks on homes in the area. Also, looting was one of the main set backs for the Indians in the attack on Fort Ridgley.

You should have a lot of civilians in this game, both armed and unarmed.

MahanMan28 Oct 2012 10:18 p.m. PST

Don't forget New Ulm, either; I seem to recall there were a couple of battles that took place in that general vicinity as well.

I think I still have a couple of the figs I picked up of the old Wood Lake civvies that the Source was blowing out for dirt cheap a while back. Let me know if anyone wants 'em!

MetisSteve Inactive Member29 Oct 2012 5:34 a.m. PST

Hello MahanMan. Sure Ill take those minis off your hands .Just send me the details. Thanks.

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