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Black Powder in the American Civil War – The Battle of Snifter Station

By Michael Cannon / January 25, 2011

I have spent the last few months trying to complete an ACW project that has been underway for a while. I bought the figures back in 1986??? and they have been in storage since then. Fire and Fury (FnF) was all the rage and I wanted to get a sizeable force for both sides of the conflict, so I picked up a lot of MiniFigs, Stone Mountain, and some other figures (but I have no clue who made them).

As I was starting I inventoried my figures and organized them into brigades of 24 or so for infantry and 12 for cavalry. I ended up with 30 or so infantry brigades, 6 cav brigades with dismounted equivalents and about 16 artillery batteries. Of course, I had as many general officer figures as both sides together had generals.

I have only 6 brigades left to paint as of today and 12 batteries so I took a break and set up a solo game. Our local group has been using Black Powder (BP) for Napoleonics and since the unit sizes translated easily into BP scale I decided to use those rules instead of FnF.

building-comparisonI was pleasantly surprised at the amount of 15mm terrain I had on hand but ordered a few more JR Miniature buildings to round them out. To my horror, they were bigger than the ones I had on hand and looked way out of proportion. Then I decided, what the heck, it’s a game, the pieces just have to be used on different areas of the battlefield! The picture to the left shows the smallest JR building I just purchased and that is closest in size to the earlier purchases. The one to the right shows the two largest buildings compared to the ones I had previously.

More on the battle in the next post….

Part 2 is here.

Part 3 is here.

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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