Below are a number of pictures of Union ACW units that I painted about 30 years ago. Yeah, I’m that old.
The figures are 22mm Musket Miniatures (now out of business) but in 1984 they were called Stone Mountain Miniatures. Today a company named Stone Mountain makes similar miniatures but in the popular scale of 15mm.
A number of years after I painted these I got out of miniature wargaming for a number of reasons and sold off most of the thousands of metal miniatures I had painted and war-gamed with.
Although I have no memory of it one of my friends ended up with my ACW collection. I had roughly 4-5 regiments of USA and CSA and a couple of batteries. They were organized for a set of rules titled Rally Round the Flag.
In 2014 I reconnected with two of my old wargaming friends including the one who now owned my old collection. He had kept them in a box for roughly 20 years.
When we decided to war-game the ACW period again he dusted them off, remounted them and brought them out for our first ACW battle in that scale in more than 20 years.
I was surprised how well they held up.
The added touch is that the flags are all hand painted by the other friend I reconnected with. I’m not sure he could do them now but he still is an excellent painter so who knows.
|The brigade I painted was meant to model a brigade from the western Union armies. Each brigade had an attached artillery battery. A small unit of Union cavalry on the right rounded out my collection at the time (1984ish)|
|The 94th Ohio! I know that Union Regiments rarely carried a State flag so forgive the artistic license.|
|The 33rd Ohio! Note the painted on Battle Honors. Onward Buckeyes!|
|Historically the 33rd Ohio saw a lot of action in some of major battles of the ACW.|
|Another view of the 33rd Ohio.|
|The majority of the units in this brigade were from the Buckeye State.|
|The Hoosier’s of Indiana contributed the 38th to the brigade. The Union Army frequently mixed units from the northern states into brigades while the Confederates after Antietam tried to maintain a State character to theirs.|
In the meantime I’m painting new units of ACW. Most of the new units are plastic but I did manage to obtain a good number of Musket Miniatures before he went out of business in June of last year (2015)
Watch this space for the Texas Brigade ANV organized for Black Powder.