I haven't posted for a bit about my ACW doings, so I thought I'd share my latest thoughts/plans. I'm still playing away at the FDWC club campaign of Longstreet, and the Longstreet rules do seem to be excellent in my opinion.
However, my own taste is for large-scale battles in ACW and this is not what Longstreet is really intended for. I had been pondering scale-changes etc. to try and do a big battle in part, but then a friend at the club put me on the the rule set 'Altar of Freedom' which is available at 6mmacw.com and from (I think) Iron Ivan.
This does things at my favoured scale of 'one base per brigade' and the emphasis is very much on flanking with divisions and corps, while trying to manage your prickly corps-commanders so they do what you want.
The rules themselves are pitched at 60mm x 30mm bases of 6mm soldiers, but of course I couldn't bring myself to restart ACW collecting in 6mm! Instead I would use my numerous unpainted ACW 15mm models I've been nabbing off ebay, which proved to be available in such quantities I could do even the biggest battles from the Eastern Theatre (Gettysburg, inevitably, is the largest game). So, how to base them in a way that lets me do Longstreeet, and also Altar of Freedom, and - if at all possible - sticks to the intended base-size for each?
The result, courtesy of a lot of well-priced stuff from Warbases, is the above. I'm basing the infantry on 25x25mm bases for Longstreet use, then sitting two bases on a 60x30mm 'sabot' base for Altar of Freedom. The slight overlap in sizes also gives me space to write brigade names & modifiers, as a nice extra bonus. Artillery and supply-limbers are on 50x25mm bases normally, and so also work on the same AoF footprint.
With a scenario and game in mind as my objective, I'm now off painting and basing to get them on the tabletop as soon as I can!