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John Michael Priest14 Nov 2019 11:30 a.m. PST

I game with 54 mm because they are easier for me to handle and, at my age, see. They challenge is to expand the game systems from skirmishing to full scale engagements. I know it can be done because I have done it.

A lot of it depends upon basing the figures. Rather than a 1:1 ratio, I use a 1:24 or a 1:50 with pieces mounted on poker chips on cut stands to fit 2 pieces. On a 1:50 each stand of 2 pieces represents 50 men in 2 ranks, if facing by the long side of the stand or column of 4's if facing the narrow side.

When using 1:24 I form the stands in two ranks (4 pieces) each piece representing 24 men in single ranks facing the long side. With two stands together facing the narrow side again stands for a column of 4's.

Casualties are either 5 men per hit (1:50) or 4 men per hit (1:24),

Just an idea to kick about.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 12:19 p.m. PST

That sounds like some rule sets from the 1970s. Too much book keeping for me. You can play battles with any commercial sets. I've used 12 man regiments, and 20 man regiments (A Glint of Bayonets).

John Michael Priest14 Nov 2019 12:57 p.m. PST

The basing is strictly up to the individual. That is what works for me. My emphasis more on tactics, artillery and small arms fire. A veteran regiment for me would have 4 – 8 figures on any stand configuration a person would design.

epturner14 Nov 2019 3:23 p.m. PST

I have a renewed interest in both the ACW and in 54mm games.

Right now I'm building my 54mm towards On To Richmond, with three figures per stand for the infantry and two for the cavalry. Brigades are 4-8 stands strong.

Artillery are two stands, each three inches wide by four or five inches long. Limbers, when I get to them, will be the same.

Dhoolie bearers, bhistis, and general hangers-on will be sorted out later, although I simply must have a "photographic establishment", a Temperance Tent, a Sanitary Commission vignette, and an overworked Quartermaster with boxes of hardtack strewn about him (to represent ME!)…


John Michael Priest14 Nov 2019 4:08 p.m. PST

54mm is a lot of fun. Are you going to Fall In?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 4:58 p.m. PST

I like the big boys and well. I have around 400 painted infantry.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 4:59 p.m. PST

@epturner, what size infantry and cavalry stands are you using?

John Michael Priest14 Nov 2019 5:14 p.m. PST

Infantry at 2x3inches but fit nicely in trays. Cavalry are the same. Right now I am not doing much with cab.

John Michael Priest14 Nov 2019 5:15 p.m. PST

My Alamo in 54mm has about 900 figures. My brother painted them while he was laid off.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 5:18 p.m. PST

I am doing 60mm Romans and Celts. Loads of fun to paint and play. I have almost 500 figures so far.

John Michael Priest14 Nov 2019 5:31 p.m. PST

I really like the larger scales. Makes for a big game area and quick action.

epturner14 Nov 2019 7:44 p.m. PST

I'm coming back from FT Bragg, hopefully, late tomorrow night, so I'll be at Fall-In on Saturday some time.

Heck, I only live three miles or so from the VFCC.

My bases are 3 inches wide, by 2 1/2 deep for infantry.

Cavalry are 3 by 3.

I'm using basswood from the local A C Moore.

Simple paint job and a spray lacquer to seal them.

I'm thinking about running OTR at Historicon. I can't make Cold Wars because of more Army stuff.


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