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swammeyjoe24 Jul 2021 10:52 a.m. PST

So the Epic ACW starter set from Warlord comes with lots and lots of figures. Has anyone split the strips up and based one rank of five on a smaller (Fire & Fury sized) base?

I've always been dismayed by the sheer number of bases needed to play Regimental Fire & Fury, and this seems like the only economical way to get the 150+ bases needed for the "medium" sized scenarios. I've got some 6mm ACW figures but that's just a bit too small for me.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2021 11:41 a.m. PST

I have done this, and it wasn't too difficult. I used an ordinary craft knife to do the operation, and a smaller, sharp X-acto knife to trim the cutaway areas to "regularize' the shape (can't explain it better than that, just trim away any bits of plastic that don't look like man or musket).

I found that when excess plastic on the sides of the bases is trimmed away, you can get each resulting strip of 5 men onto a 27mm wide base (I use 3/4" steel strapping salvaged from a lumber yard dumpster). Two ranks of 5 make a nice-looking ten-figure stand. If I didn't already have ACW armies in 9mm and 28mm, this is probably the way I'd go! (Cavalry, specialty troops, etc from Kallistra.)

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Jul 2021 3:02 p.m. PST

I tried it too. Cannot make up my mind. The biggest problem I see is that if you are going to go with consistent 5 man strips, you have to cut the command strip twice and rearrange.

Warlord24 Jul 2021 7:56 p.m. PST

I cut mine into 5 man sections with no problem, just could not see doing lines of 10. The command I also as VCS said above, cut the into 3 parts and rearranged.

I cut 27mm bases to fit them also.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2021 5:49 a.m. PST

Neat idea/adaptation!

(would enjoy seeing some pics too)

General Kirchner26 Jul 2021 10:01 a.m. PST

would love to see some pics.

anyone just count them as multiple bases?

swammeyjoe29 Jul 2021 8:31 p.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback, everybody. I'm still undecided on how I'll use them, but I went ahead and bought the starter set. $110 USD via Amazon for 2400 infantry + command and cannons was too good a deal to pass up.

I think I'm going to enjoy this. I have a handful (20 stands or so) of "traditional" 15mm Union figures and an unpainted Baccus Union Army from 12 years ago (a Christmas gift when I was 16), but otherwise no other horse-and-musket figures of any kind. So I'll just jump feet first into this "new" scale.

Amazon says the box will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully this weekend I can get a strip cut in half and see how that looks. 2 half strips (10 figures) on a 30mm x 20mm base is probably the way to go, but I wonder if five figures (a single half-strip) would fit on a Fire & Fury base (1" by 3/4").

flashman221 Aug 2021 3:14 p.m. PST

I plan on playing Fire and Fury Brigade. I count a stand of 2 strips as 2 bases in F&F. I also cut a strip in half and base them 5x2 so I can make change.

green beanie22 Aug 2021 6:00 a.m. PST

Let me know if you need an extra sprue. I am trying to trade one off for Black Seas sprue.

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