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17 Aug 2018 10:12 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2018 11:59 a.m. PST

In a recent poll – TMP link – many of you said you've lost the passion for American Civil War gaming.


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

I'm not.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 12:19 p.m. PST

Not me! I just bought a ton of 28mm painted figures.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

I love the period, but i just can't finish a single unit. And as I'm desperately trying to narrow my focus I don't have room for it now.

BW195925 Jan 2018 12:38 p.m. PST

I'm not dropping it. But getting fewer chances to game it. Age, the passing of friends, and work are killing my gaming.

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 12:46 p.m. PST

BW1959 I share your pain. Much the same has happened to our little gaming group.

WarWizard25 Jan 2018 12:48 p.m. PST

Not dropping here either, actually adding on.

MajorB25 Jan 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

I'm not!!

Cyrus the Great25 Jan 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

I used to game it a lot. I thought I'd buy and paint my own figures one day, but that day never came. There were other periods that interested me more and I started to game with another group.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

My interest continues to be strong

Axebreaker25 Jan 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

I'm not! I have pauses for other periods, but I always come back.


Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 1:41 p.m. PST

It was my first wargaming interest, but has just been pushed down the line by others. No loss of passion, just not enough passion to go around.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 1:42 p.m. PST

I never picked it up.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member25 Jan 2018 1:45 p.m. PST

It sometimes puts me in contact withthose of political views I would rather not hear from. Other than that, I just find it less interesting than Napoleonics. I have no desire at all to buy or paint any ACW figs of my own but I will play a board game on it.

ACW naval ican be still very interesting to me.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 2:18 p.m. PST

Because it's hot?

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 2:20 p.m. PST


TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 3:48 p.m. PST

I never picked it up, sorry.

Trajanus25 Jan 2018 3:54 p.m. PST

Hell No!

Old Pete25 Jan 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

I'm into it to it as much as I was when I started playing it 37 years ago. Still researching and painting 15mm and 25mm ACW along with my 28mm AWI, Ancients, Dark Ages and all the rest.
ACW still an excellent period to start wargaming.

bobspruster25 Jan 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Somewhat strong interest here and hatching a scheme for a campaign. Delighted with Strelets' new figs. Just a lot of stuff on my plate right now.

Rich Bliss25 Jan 2018 5:23 p.m. PST

I'm not dropping it. I just have no reason to buy anything. Because I ‘inherited' a friends collection, I've got enough troops to play literally any battle from the Civil War.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

I'm not: just switched scales from 15mm to 54mm.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 6:06 p.m. PST

its so politically incorrect to do a South Army

a few years back I read the comment that ACW is popular in UK and the ECW is popular here in the States because its easier to recreate and play someone else's civil war no family or regional ties

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 9:50 p.m. PST

Yes, it's all so wicked, all the sudden.

Just like Woody Allen became Hitler Pt. 2 just last week, when everything he did was full knowledge to everybody on the planet, thirty years ago.

So somebody becomes shocked and apalled, and not to be outdone in wideopenmindedness, somebody else, and the dominoes fall.

Just more PC idiocy and its great, groaning bandwagons.

Wolfshanza25 Jan 2018 10:39 p.m. PST

I'm still building !

forrester25 Jan 2018 11:41 p.m. PST

Has anyone ever actually TOLD anyone they shouldn't paint a Confederate army? Or is this imaginary persecution?

Interest in particular periods can go in fashionable waves. That can be connected with popular high profile rules systems or figure ranges that fuel interest.Maybe there isnt anything big new and shiny for the ACW at this time?
And even then it bears no relevance to what you yourself are keen on doing. We are all free to buck the trends.

I don't think many of us in the UK have any known family or regional connections with the 17th Century…Im surprised if theres much interest in the ECW in the US; it must seem a bit parochial?

Bob in Edmonton26 Jan 2018 5:08 a.m. PST

+1 to forrester

Cleburne186326 Jan 2018 5:41 a.m. PST

I haven't dropped ACW.

I haven't heard of any backlash or political correctness extending into miniature gaming, even in the current climate. Not saying it might not be happening, but I haven't heard anything.

I will say though, if you show up to a Flames of War or Bolt Action game in full SS uniform, or even an ACW game in a full Confederate uniform (or even US to some extent) you have issues.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 5:42 a.m. PST

Not dropping and never will – in fact, I will be adding some more units to my already massive 15mm ACW collection soon!

jdpintex26 Jan 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

I'm not

Old Wolfman26 Jan 2018 6:54 a.m. PST

I haven't. Just resting for a spell. Possibly considering rebasing figs.

Dynaman878926 Jan 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

I haven't even painted them yet!

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

going strong with ACW, just got a big shipment from Old Glory of Blue Moon ACW figures!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 9:02 a.m. PST

Not dropping here ! In fact, working on integrating
skirmisher rules into the set I most often use (which
lacks rules for skirmishers).

Bill N26 Jan 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

Manufacturer indifference.

When I got back into wargaming it was ACW 1/72 plastic figures that got me started. Unfortunately for a couple of decades manufacturers didn't turn out anything new for ACW in that scale, and I already had too many 1/72 figures to switch to another scale where good quality figures were coming out.

axabrax26 Jan 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

Actually I just got turned on to ACW after ignoring it for years thinking it was boring, all the uniforms were the same, and required too many figures. Not only am I starting it, but I'm making purchases in both 15mm and 28mm and naval! Thanks Don Troiani and Keith Rocco for turning me on to the period!

Ironically I recently lost interest in Warhammer of all varieties contradictory to the poll…

General Kirchner26 Jan 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

I love to read about the American Civil War, but admit, like some above, it hits too close to home. It's a lot easier emotionally to play Italian wars or ECW or nine-years-WSS for me. I know so very little about the actual people and what i do know is pretty romanticized and not real to me, as opposed to people of the ACW period.

Same reason why my WWII stuff never seems to get completed. Or why i could never wargame 'Nam.

I have turned more historical the last 10 years or so, and have finally gotten rid of all my sci-fi and fantasy stuff. I suppose some day, i will get some ACW stuff painted. As for playing it, who knows?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

X) Never had a passion for it.

Chose Napoleonics for my horse foot and guns gaming and for much more painting entertainment!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 1:48 p.m. PST

I played ACW board games in Junior High and picked up ACW miniatures in High School. It was my first miniatures period and I plan to stick with it. I studied the ACW in college and it is still a big part of my gamming life. I am gratified to see such great support for it.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 4:36 p.m. PST

I'm not, love ACW period.

tayerigonz26 Jan 2018 4:58 p.m. PST


khanscom26 Jan 2018 6:02 p.m. PST

I never started collecting in this period although I've played a number of games over the years. For spectacle I'd rather work with figures from the same period-- Austro- Prussian War, War of the Triple Alliance, or fictional armies.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 8:36 p.m. PST

I still have my 4000 figs and am painting more although my group hasn't played much since the Bicentennial.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Jan 2018 11:14 p.m. PST

I'm adding more to my 10mm armies.

Old Pete27 Jan 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

Seem to be playing 15mm ACW Fire & Fury every second Sunday at Ayr Wargamers in Scotland.
I have painted both the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac at 1 figure representing 40 men and I cannon model representing 8 cannons. Did this to tie in with my own rule set but now mostly use them in Regimental Fire & Fury games.

d effinger27 Jan 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

Never dropping and always adding buckets at a time! I can't stop.

I do only 25mm and my goal is to do the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg 1-1 scale. I've already finished the III Corps and one V Corps division, all the artillery for the III Corps and some of the Reserve artillery. Need to do limbers & caissons and wagons for all.

Also, Hood's and McLaws' divisions… just so I can game something. Some artillery for Hood/McLaws are done.


AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2018 4:50 p.m. PST

Still gaming ACW here. In theory, no one has any emotional attachment to either side (apart from an American chap), but interesting to see to which side folk gravitate.

The H Man27 Jan 2018 6:02 p.m. PST

Always thinking of starting.

Now thinking if I shouldn't be be doing the modern civil war with all thats been going on in the US to do with it!

Green Tiger27 Jan 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

I dropped it in 20mm because it took up too much room and didn't interest me enough – only units I've ever got rid of. Might do it in 10mm one day but only when I've done everything else that I'm interested in – As a period it currently lies third to last just ahead of WWI and the entire 16th century.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member29 Jan 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

Just to clarify: it's the ranting about PC that bugs me. I personally have never seen any progressive chastisement of a gamers pieces but I have seen plenty of Southerners quite eagerto complain of it at a game.

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