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Lord Ashram23 Nov 2017 6:56 a.m. PST

Anyone out there game the ACW in 10mm? Seems like a great scale in terms of feel, and with the ACW I'd think they would be easy-ish to paint up…?

JimDuncanUK23 Nov 2017 7:34 a.m. PST

They weren't too difficult for me and I'm an old age pensioner.



Othra the thief23 Nov 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

That is very nicely done.

Syr Hobbs Wargames Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member23 Nov 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

I do but not worked on my collection for at least a year now. Love the scale for this period.


donlowry23 Nov 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

Cavalry did not carry the US flag until after the war. Tho' they did have guidons based on the Stars & Stripes.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Otherwise, looks great!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

In my experience, you need to change your painting style when going from 15mm to 10mm if you are looking for relatively fast painting. It is easy to fall into the habit of trying to paint a 10 like a 15, which results in about zero time saved painting the figures.

JimDuncanUK23 Nov 2017 10:34 a.m. PST


My 6mm Baccus Cavalry come as they are in the manufacturers packet and have guidons based on the Stars and Stripes.


Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

ACW in 10mm is extremely popular at the moment, after WWII it's probably our biggest seller currently.

This chap is doing some nice games: link


JimDuncanUK23 Nov 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

Oops, just realised the original post detailed 10mm, mine are 6mm.

mollinary23 Nov 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

I think Donlowry may have mistaken the divisional/brigade command stands at the back for cavalry units?


Prince Alberts Revenge23 Nov 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

I have 10mm ACW. My figures are from Old Glory's range, which I think is one of those best. I use Sam Mustafa's Longstreet set. Perfect scale for the period.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

Yup. Old Glory/AIM figures.


The rest of the game looked like this:


Sobieski Inactive Member23 Nov 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

I do it in that scale too. Pendraken and Newlines have excellent figures, and they're not hard to paint.

Noble Crow23 Nov 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

Don't forget about Good Ground Miniatures. Bill's line is very comprehensive, and I've always thought his figures capture "the look" of ACW troops on campaign.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 6:10 p.m. PST

I have 10 mm union and Confederates…..all Perrin Miniatures. I have to say, I like the look of Cracker line tho.

vicmagpa123 Nov 2017 6:49 p.m. PST

now i am energized! nice pics guys!

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 7:12 p.m. PST

I've decided to take the plunge into ACW. Most everything else I game is in 15mm. But after looking at all these photo's. I really think 10mm is the best option for ACW.

So far I'm looking at Cracker Line Miniatures and Pendraken. Anyone know how these two lines of miniatures compare to each other??

JimDuncanUK, your miniatures look really nice, didn't realize they were 6mm until after you posted they were.

photocrinch Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 8:31 p.m. PST

I'm using 10mm and half to say I am very pleased with the scale as well as the rules:


More details on my blog:


Facebook site that includes my Stones River game:


Normal Guy23 Nov 2017 9:47 p.m. PST

I have told Bill Moreno more than once that if I didn't have thousands of 15mm ACW figs, I would be hitting his line hard. And I mean it. Quality product. Great service., Fair prices. 10s would be a great way to go, and Cracker Line Miniatures would be a great way to get there.

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Nov 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

Have a look at the Blaze Away line now owned by Lancashire Games


donlowry24 Nov 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

I think Donlowry may have mistaken the divisional/brigade command stands at the back for cavalry units?

Ah, that would explain it! Sorry 'bout that.

Leon Pendraken Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Nov 2017 5:17 p.m. PST

There's a comparison photo from this blog: link

Ours and Cracker Line match up quite nicely there.


Sobieski Inactive Member25 Nov 2017 3:04 a.m. PST


CATenWolde Inactive Member25 Nov 2017 4:04 a.m. PST

10mm Has always been a popular scale for the ACW, probably due to the early entry of the beautiful GHQ line, along with Starfort, and also Perrin (now Magister Militum).

These days, you are spoiled for good choices, but IMHO far and away the best figures are the Good Ground figures by Bill Moreno (ACWBill here on TMP). These are pictured as "Cracker Line' above (the same company also has Starfort now). Extremely complete range designed by a real fan of the period, beautiful figures, excellent posing and details. They also mix well with the "new" Pendraken line, as well as Perrin/MM, and fairly well with GHQ (although GHQ are the smallest of the lot).

The excellent Blaze Away figures are unfortunately much larger than most other 10mm, and Kallistra are so large they are practically a scale unto themselves! I never figured out why they did that.



Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2017 12:45 a.m. PST

Thanky for all the info on the different 10mm lines. I'm a fan of Penraken but when I invest in a new period. I like to purchase figs from different vendors. Spread my small fortune around the hobby. lol

For example for the Union I'd like to have 12 regiments. Half of them made up from Penraken and the other 6 from another line. Same with the Confederates, so I have two maybe three different companies figs. For Cav, Artillery and limbers the same thing.

BW195926 Nov 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

Ironwolf, try Cracker Line Miniatures they should match well with Pendraken and have some excellent artillery


My 2 cents worth

DOUGKL26 Nov 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

My collection consists of Good Ground (Cracker Line\Plank Road), Old Glory, Minifigs,Pendraken and GHQ. I like the Cracker Line\Plank Road the best. The Old Glory are decent figures and a good deal price per figure wise. So with a modest expense you can get enough figures for a few games to see if you will like the period. The GHQ are my least favorite only because they are the smallest and my personal taste is for a chunkier figure. I think they all work fine on the table together

womble67 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 3:07 a.m. PST

My 10mm American Civil War Project maybe of some use. hope it helps.

As always, comments are appreciated.

Take care


Trajanus27 Nov 2017 5:21 a.m. PST

I've never really understood why Kallistra went for 12mm (1:144 scale) they are really nice figures but you can't mix them with anyone else.

Maybe that was the idea?

Albino Squirrel30 Nov 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

It is a great scale. A good balance between mass of individuals and detail. I like to base mine pretty close together so they really look like a firing line.

You can have a look at some of my battle reports and other pictures on my blog: link

Here's an example regiment:


And some action from one of the battles:


marshalGreg30 Nov 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Here is some presentation of the Cracker line Confederates:
TMP link

and Cracker line Yanks with a few Pendraken mixed in:
TMP link

To assist in getting an idea of what the 10s can become!

Good luck and happy collecting!


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