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Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2005 2:07 p.m. PST

Just saw a thread asking people when they first started wargaming (for me it was 1976). In 1978 I started putting together an ACW collection in 6mm using Heroics and Ros miniatures, and in 1989 and painted up my last units. I now have 100 Union Regiments and 76 Confederate regiments, plus 60 batteries of artillery (includes: seige guns, two machine guns, rifled and smoothbore plus howitzers and mortars) and about 30 Cavalry regiments, plus 60+ mounted officers and 40+ supply wagons, pontoon bridges units, etc.

Since there were no real rules out at the time for 6mm, I used SPI's board game system and converted it into a miniatures game. Had a lot of fun over the years playing,but haven't played since 1992. I still want to play, but most new gamers shy away from the scale, and all my old players now have families and no time, or have moved far away to new cities and jobs.

My thoughts returned to 6mm ACW this morning, after reading the threads on TMP and I started to wonder,how many other people collect ACW in 6mm or 2mm and what rules do you use/recommend?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2005 2:33 p.m. PST

You might take a look at Phil Barker's Horse, Foot and Guns. I know a number of groups that play that using 2mm.

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Phillius Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2005 2:34 p.m. PST

Its one of those periods and scales that has been at my imagination for quite a while.

I would be thinking of playing Fire and Fury and using 6mm figures on 15mm bases. Not sure I like brigades based up to look like regiments, so I figure putting the 6mm figures on 15mm bases should help to keep the regiments of the brigade visually apart at least.

Kent Reuber Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2005 3:43 p.m. PST

I have both 6mm and 2mm ACW. I use Volley and Bayonet primarily. This is the best rules for large battles with a minimum of figures. Fire and Fury or Regimental Fire and Fury for smaller engagements would be my recommendations.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2005 4:11 p.m. PST

I have several thousand 6mm ACW troops that I hope to use one day for Volley & Bayonet battles.

sherman 101 Inactive Member09 Oct 2005 5:11 p.m. PST

i use fire and fury with everything cut in base size,distance everything and it works great.just go to eastern battles and cut the map down by 1/2.

Calico Bill09 Oct 2005 5:15 p.m. PST

The club here has been playing 6mm ACW for many years, and is still our most enjoyable period. We use "On To Richmond", and found they work very well indeed for our microscope slide mounted armies. OTR is, I think, long out of print, though MAGWEB may have it in its original form in a back issue of "The Courier". We've tried V&B and it works pretty well too, but I can't say much good about Horse, Foot, & Guns, especially its army list.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2005 6:44 p.m. PST

I have done 6mm ACW for about 5 years. My first project was the OOB for Shiloh at 25 to 1. It took about a year to get all the figures, Baccus and Adler, painted and based. We used a modified Johnny Reb 2 rules to play. Since my orginal armies did not have enough cavalry to really do an cavalry battles I began recently to paint up to corps of cavalry using Adlers 6mm figures. I've finished the cavalry part and now doing the dismounted part. In addition to the dismounted I ahve also started another two armies using the OOB from the Battle of Chickamauga. This will be about 4000+ figures. I had about 1200 left over from the Shiloh armies so I had figures laying around. I've finished about 1000 so far plus the 500 cavalry.

I did not adjust the JRII rules for 6mm except the base sizes. The games are played with the 15mm rules. It give a better feel for massed infnatry and great battles. is a link to my web site. It has rules modifications and lots of pictures of the various CW battles we played over the years.

Mapleleaf Inactive Member09 Oct 2005 7:39 p.m. PST

Callico Bill is correct On To Richmond and its charts are on Magweb which is an excellent service in its own right

Ferrata Legio VI Inactive Member11 Oct 2005 6:30 a.m. PST

The ACW is my passion and I have a small number of 54 mm figures, about 100 28 mm figures and thousands and thousands of 15 mm. I have had some 6 mm for a long time; over the last year we have been running a campaign and one of our players has quite limited room, so this gave me impetus to dust off and expand the 6mm. We have been using 6 mm for about six months and they are great, especially for "the big battles". We use the Fire & Fury rules and substitute centimetres for inches. My troops are Heroics & Ross – I wish they had a pack of generals, but I use the generals pack from the Franco-Prussian War. I purchased a few Baccus figures, which are good figures but sadly are a bit large to be used with the Heroics & Ross.

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Oct 2005 1:59 a.m. PST

I downloaded a copy of "On to Richmond" to give it a read and… perhaps… even give it a try!

I wasn't aware theser ules were availble, but I do remember hearing about them at some time.


I wouldn't mind trying Fire & Fury as well.

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