As some of you probably noticed, Sharp Practice 2 was released in late April:
Before the release the interwebs was buzzing with anticipation. It's TFL's flagship rules after all, and them getting a new incarnation is pretty big. I'm currently working on my rules review of this one, but I can already tell you that it's an impressive effort in several regards.
The rules cover large skirmish games set in the 18th and 19th century, with a big focus on leaders and the narrative of a game, replicating the exploits of literary heroes of the time.
Of course I'm bubbling with ideas for all kinds of things to do with these rules, but the period that would be the easiest and quickest to put on the table turned out to be the American Civil War. So I placed an order with Old Glory to get my hands on some of the 28mm ACW minis from the Sash and Saber range, just to see what they're like. I was cautious, so I just got a pack of dismounted cavalry and dismounted cavalry command. Very, very good prices on those. The minis themselves are pretty okay. The molds probably are a bit worn and the metal used isn't the best. Well, there's only one word to describe it: soft. Not a huge problem, but you gotta be a bit careful with gun barrels. The thing is that the Perrys only do 6 different sculpts for dismounted cavalry, and that can be a bit repetitive over time, so it's nice to have additional poses and such. And the minis mix well with Perrys, so things are cool. The dismounted Confederate cavalry troops pack is 10 models (armed with a mix of shotguns and carbines. Some of them wear regular shoes and no sabers, so they can double as skirmishers or raiders), the command pack is 4 models (officer, sergeant, musician with bugler and a dude to hold the flag).
Here's a WIP shot of the chaps along with a then almost fully painted officers from the Perrys Confederate infantry plastics box:
For Sharp Practice you need a bunch of leaders (a.k.a. Big Men) of various ranks to lead the boys into battle. Here the Big Men I assembled from my collection are all finished:
From left to right: 2 Corporals, 2 Sergeants, 1 1st Lieutenant and the guy with the yellow feather on his hat is ranked Dashing. I also finished a random skirmisher and a marksman with a target rifle (note the scope).
...and with this my boys are ready for Sharp Practice.
edit: As civilians and 'minor characters' play a big role in Sharp Practice I ordered these fine people here from Redoubt Enterprises:
...along with a civilian coach. Can't wait for the minis to arrive!