27 April 2011


My favorite CSA flag, the Van Dorn pattern. Good for the Trans-Mississippi 1862,
Corinth/Iuka 1862, Vicksburg campaign 1863, Atlanta Campaign 1864,
Hood's invasion of Tennessee late 1862.
I ordered some ACW flags from GMB in the UK last week and received them today! I don't think I would have received an order from someone in the US any quicker so... they've got my business.
I got 2x generic US Volunteer flags, 1 set of Illinois Volunteer cavalry standards & guidons, 1 sheet of CSA Van Dorn flags, 1 sheet of Louisiana State flags and 1 sheet of SC State flags.
As you know the CSA infantry unit I am completing has been planned as a representation of a well to do SC volunteer regiment beginning to go to pot. But they could represent any similar unit from all over the Confederate States.
Since we are planning to follow up the last 28mm Pea Ridge game with at least one more Trans-Mississppi game it would make a certain amount of sense, but the chances of my CSA figs hitting the table is negligible since I will be playing the Union.
So anyway which flag should I give my cadets? I'll let you vote. In future I will probably buy some First pattern Confederate National flags since they're a good generic. So as they say in Chicago: vote early, vote often!

24 April 2011

More Pea Ridge game photos

 Here are some photos that Gary took of the recent Pea Ridge game. I only lifted the ones that show Shiny's Brigade. They seem to be in roughly chronological order and mostly show the later part of the early game. At that point several regiments were deployed screening both Shiny's regiments and some of Jeff C. Davis' (Gary's) on the right. As you can see, Gary does a much better job at photographing the minis than I do. Thanks Gary for documenting this stuff. I'll add captions as time goes by but I'm going to go ahead and post so you can enjoy.

23 April 2011


I've been devouring the book Pea Ridge:  Civil War Campaign in the West by William Shea & Earl Hess. The Trans-Mississippi has not interested me at all in the past, but after Jim ran that Pea Ridge scenario for GaG the seed was planted. Soon after-words the book came into my work and though it was going to be recycled since it was heavily mildewed, I saved it, cleaned it up and began to read. Excellent. Definitely the best ACW battle history I've yet read. And a super resource in wargaming terms.

Also I finished another stand worth of figures for my SC Cadets unit. They may become Louisiana Cadets if my current enthusiasm for the Trans-Mississippi has any staying power.  I placed an order with GMB flags (which is now on it's way) so I'll have to decide.

The book has also spurred me to place an order with Sash & Saber. I'm going to put together 2 Squadrons of Union Cavalry both mounted & dismounted. Pea Ridge is, so far, the only ACW battle that I've read about where you could really justify the use of Mounted cavalry and Infantry on the same table.

I've received a really interesting book on ACW guerilla warfare called A Savage Conflict as a B'day present and also bought several other recent ACW releases. It's beginning to heat up out there in Civil War land due to the sesquicentennial having arrived. Lots of good lectures available all over the web, though I'm sure the "Lost Cause" crowd is frustrated since that falsehood has lost all traction and is consistently ridiculed.