A bit similar to Chain of Command, the new version of Sharp Practice uses Deployment Points. These are the places from where you can bring your forces on the table, but they also represent the lines of retreat, so it is important not to lose them.
While any markers can be used, it is fun to make small vignettes to represent those Points. For the ACW project, I’ve made two for each side – there is the option of using a secondary Deployment Point, so a second one can come handy.
The first Union DP represents a commander puzzling over a map. Army commanders often had troubles because of inaccurate maps and forces sometimes got lost.
The second Union DP shows a fugitive slave talking to a Union commander and his NCO. This is a scene that is described time and again in books. For the slaves, the war was about slavery from the beginning and they helped the Union forces where they could. As the NCO is black, this DP is only usable for fielding USCT forces, but this is my main force anyway.
The first Confederate DP is another command vignette. This time, a mounted commander confers with a subordinate who uses his newly acquired field glass.
The second Confederate DP shows a rebel soldier showing off before two ladies – much agitated, he shouts something like “From my dead cold hands!”. The ladies look properly impressed.
The figures used were Peter Pig and Freikorps15. Making such vignettes is great fun and I’ll probably enter mine to the TooFatLardies Deployment Point competition, although I know that I won’t be able to compete with the masters. Still, the joy is in participating, as they say.