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29 Apr 2019 10:14 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Apr 2019 10:13 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link – and since there were a significant number of people who said they would support them, I have added two new 54mm boards: 54mm Napoleonics and 54mm ACW.

dBerczerk29 Apr 2019 11:27 a.m. PST

Three cheers for our esteemed Editor!



79thPA Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2019 11:35 a.m. PST

If we are going to further fragment the boards, why limit it to just those two? There are 54mm Pirates, AWI, Old West, etc.

cloudcaptain29 Apr 2019 12:14 p.m. PST

Way awesome! Woot!

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Apr 2019 12:24 p.m. PST

I agree with 79th. Also 54mm colonials, Fiw, SAW and WWII.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Apr 2019 3:38 p.m. PST

Agreed with the above!

Either a "Generic" 54mm Board, or sub-boards for Colonials, AWI, WW II, etc.

But "Hoo-ray!" for returning the ORIGINAL wargame miniatures to the hobby's eyes!


Mike Petro29 Apr 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

10mm Napoleonics board and I will shut up.

oldnorthstate29 Apr 2019 5:09 p.m. PST

You will need to convince me a significant number of wargamers use 54mm figures, no matter how traditional they might be. How many 54mm games were there at the recent Cold Wars convnetion…five at the most and I think I'm being generous.

tribunemike29 Apr 2019 8:03 p.m. PST

Awesome! I was just getting into 54mm when AllTheKingsmen shut down. I hope someone picks up their line as I prefer lead over plastic.


Bob the Temple Builder30 Apr 2019 2:38 a.m. PST


I'm not sure what's the situation regarding 54mm wargaming is in the US, but I know quite a few people in the UK who are either exclusively 54mm wargamers or who own and use sizeable collections.

If you do a Google search using FUNNY LITTLE WARS and/or LITTLE COLD WARS and/or A GENTLEMANS WAR as your search terms, it will take you to several places that will show you that 54mm wargaming is alive and well, and whilst not mainstream, it is growing in popularity.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Apr 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

+1, Bob The Temple Builder!


IUsedToBeSomeone30 Apr 2019 4:44 a.m. PST


I tried to buy the line but he didn't want to sell…


Gone Fishing30 Apr 2019 6:22 a.m. PST

I'm excited to hear 54s will have their own boards. Most of my gaming has been in the big scale for well over a decade, and while I'll still happily play with anything – and in fact am getting going on a 28mm project now – it's hard to go back. The little guys have lost some of their appeal.

So many thanks and well done, Bill!

Major B30 Apr 2019 3:13 p.m. PST

I enjoy several scales including 54mm. I have a large ECW collection that I need to get on the table and a few units for an imagination project. It is an enjoyable scale to work in.

John Michael Priest30 Apr 2019 5:50 p.m. PST

I prefer playing with 54mm – AWI, ACW, Alamo, MexicamAmerican War. On regimental and skirmish levels. The games are big and noisy. Lots of fun.

acough2001 Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2019 8:11 p.m. PST

A great idea! Thanks. I agree with some of the others in that expanding them to include "Lace Wars", including the SYW and AWI would be a great boost to those who rediscovered our wargaming roots!

John Michael Priest02 Jul 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

I am going to Fall-In and will be playing a game system which I developed mostly through playing solitaire. It's a version of my By the Left Flank! At Fall-In It will be "Chaos, Confusion, and Casualties."

The plating surface will be 6X12.5 and divided into anywhere from 6-13 entry points all of which are open to random entry based upon the Area Card drawn.

Each side will have 3 – 4 players. One battery commander each and three brigade commanders each with 5 regiments ranging from 300 – 800 men (6 – 16 figures.)

The game is card driven when it comes to assigning entry areas and the size of regiments.

Dice are used to determine effects of firing, cost in movement points because of terrain, officer recovery, results of hand-to-hand, etc.

Movement can be simultaneous, but I an still working on that.

It will be loud and I think fast moving. Only know by trying it.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 10:16 a.m. PST

This Board does seem to be struggling with take off. I only looked in as I am seriously wondering about moving up from 28mm. I stress I collect figures rather than throw dice and watch them slaughtered.

Marc at work15 Aug 2019 8:32 a.m. PST

Liam – come along to the 54mm Naps board – it will eventually take flight. There is good stuff out there and it will become more mainstream as our eyes fail us :-)

Grumble8710619 Aug 2019 10:22 a.m. PST

I will be selling 98 ACW 54mm figures at Fall-In! on Sunday morning -- 49 Union and 49 Confederate.

They're a consignment of plastic (and one metal) figures from various manufacturers. Very nicely painted IMO and many of them converted.

Grumble8710609 Nov 2019 4:32 p.m. PST

Sorry, but family health issues will oblige me to only make short day trips on Friday and Saturday to Fall-In! 2019, just to run my games 2:00-6:00 each day.

THEREFORE, I will not be selling the consignment of 54 mm ACW figures (mentioned in the above post) at Sunday morning flea market after all.

I hope to have them for sale at the Cold Wars 2020 Sunday morning flea market in Lancaster.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 9:26 a.m. PST

I will be running a HUGE 54mm Sudan toy soldier game at HMGS-Midwest Little Wars show. There will be close to 1,000 toy soldiers on the table 6ft by 20ft and 12 players.

The scenario is called "Rescue Mrs. Pettygree!"

Our gaming group in the Milwaukee suburbs has the 54mm toy soldier game in its regular rotation and we probably play them a couple times per year.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 9:31 a.m. PST

I also want to echo that 54mm games are on the upsurge led by Howard Whitehouse's Gentlemens Wars rules. Search out its Facebook site.

The logistics of bringing a toy soldier game to a convention can be quite daunting because you have to bring more and heavier boxes of toys, but it can be done. I'm teaming up with General Pettygree to host this game so having a helper is a big plus.

If this game goes well I can see running more toy soldier games at conventions.

epturner13 Mar 2020 4:50 p.m. PST

I concur. I think if I still with plastics as much as possible it's more a matter of bulk than weight.

I'm looking at using On To Richmond for my ACW figures and slightly modified ACW figures for It's Getting A Bit Chile.


RBH Jr10 Apr 2020 8:55 p.m. PST

Hello everyone. I've been a lurker sucking up accumulated board knowledge for years but just joined as my main (if not only plastic soldier) interest is Napoleonic 54mm.

Look forward to interacting with board members and enjoying our mutual interests.


Grumble8710623 Jul 2021 8:37 p.m. PST

I will be selling 98 ACW 54mm figures at Historicon 2021 on Sunday morning -- 49 Union and 49 Confederate.

They're a consignment of plastic (and one metal) figures from various manufacturers. Very nicely painted IMO and many of them converted.

Going to try again, since the pandemic shut me down in 2019 and ever since on the first attempt.

Grumble8710630 May 2022 10:58 a.m. PST

Trying again: I will be selling 98 ACW 54mm figures at Historicon 2022 on Sunday morning -- 49 Union and 49 Confederate.

They're a consignment of plastic (and one metal) figures made by various manufacturers. Very nicely painted IMO and many of them converted, by a gamer/modeler in Albuquerque.

The consignment was made several years ago, but COVID had other plans.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2022 10:38 p.m. PST

We need a 84mm board.

I will be running the three days of Gettysburg in 84mm at the next convention. Rules will be regimental JR2. The 84mm town of Gettysburg will be a highlight. I will be hauling in the 84mm Lutheran Seminary and other buildings by semi-truck. I have reserved one entire convention ballroom for all three days of the convention. I have contracted with a construction company to install the terrain. Sign up now, just a few commands left. wink

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