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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2017 8:13 p.m. PST

I may be getting jaded. I'm perfectly happy to build 54mm ACW, Napoleonic and AWI armies--and have--but I'd really hate to build for a war in which all or most of my units had to be customized, was not quite right or both.

Might want to simply build two armies each unit of which was historically accurate but not part of the same historical army so you have a red, a blue or a white army--or go the full imagi-nations route.

But if you're going to go ahead, stick tight to 1848. It looks as though you can find just about everything in use somewhere.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2017 10:02 p.m. PST

In the Balkans, you could use the Egyptian infantry from the Egypt and the Sudan line,for Turks. The Japanese might be converted to Greeks with a little judicious trimming of the kepi. This would give you most of the troops for the Greco-Turkish War of 1897. This may have been the first contemporary war recreated for toy soldiers, with William Britain's producing figures for both sides. Sadly, the Greeks did not do well, though the campaign in the western side of the peninsula swung back and forth.

If you like George Bernard Shaw's play, Arms and the Man, YouTube link , there is the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. Use Russians for Bulgarian infantry, maybe the Japanese again for Serb infantry.

While both wars have a certain element of comic opera to them, they feature colorful uniforms, cavalry, and limited amounts of modern equipment (like machine guns).


dBerczerk23 Jan 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

The gentleman who publishes this blog does some amazing things with Armies in Plastic and other 54mm plastic figures.



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