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repaint17 Jul 2021 5:15 p.m. PST

Hello,
I am soon to start a long overdue ACW project painting both sides in 6mm.

How many rows of men would be deployed when the regiments were advancing in line? 2 men, 3 men deep?

thank you

repaint17 Jul 2021 5:15 p.m. PST

Hello,
I am soon to start a long overdue ACW project painting both sides in 6mm.

How many rows of men would be deployed when the regiments were advancing in line? 2 men, 3 men deep?

thank you

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 5:59 p.m. PST

ACW companies would normally form two ranks deep.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 6:09 p.m. PST

ACW battle lines were two ranks deep with file closers and junior officers behind that line and skirmishers out in front.

I would recommend that you get a copy of Battle in the Civil War by Paddy Griffith. It has several diagrams that will help you depict how a regiment, brigade, and division could be deployed, depending on the level of your "smallest" maneuver unit.

Jim

repaint17 Jul 2021 6:55 p.m. PST

thanks a lot gentlemen. It also saves me lots of painting :)

Really all pumped up to start my new project.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 7:25 p.m. PST

What rules will you be using?

repaint17 Jul 2021 8:03 p.m. PST

What rules will you be using?

Altar of freedom will be my main ruleset. I have also Fire & Fury and Volley & Bayonets. But AoF is the set of rules I want to explore most at the moment.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 8:48 p.m. PST

I haven't played that one, but I have enjoyed the other two. Good luck with your project.

Murvihill20 Jul 2021 11:58 a.m. PST

I'd base it on the number of figures in your maneuver unit. If there are less than 10 to 15 I'd make it one figure deep. larger and I'd make it two. Both for aesthetic reasons and because the line will be too short if you make 8 figures two deep (though you can probably do the math if you need to).

MichaelCollinsHimself06 Aug 2021 4:27 a.m. PST

I must reinforce Col. Campbell – Battle in the Civil War by Paddy Griffiths is excellent, but then also there`s his "Battle Tactics of the Civil War" which in paperback is cheaper on Amazon than the other which is a beautifully simple picture book!

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