ACW Camp Scenes

I’m researching and preparing yet another scenario for Sharp Practice. This one is going to be about the Union cavalry raid on Port Republic during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1862. This was one of the few moments when the Union showed aggression and they almost managed to capture Stonewall Jackson himself.

The Union cavalry surprised the encamped Confederates, so I need some camp scenes for the game. I procured tents from QRF/Freikorp15 and stacked muskets from Irregular Miniatures. Incidentally, Irregular Miniatures have great stuff, but some of it is well hidden – the musket stacks are in the 15mm napoleonic section. Add a couple of crates and spare figures, and I had two camps.


As the Confederates were surprised, I wanted to convey frantic activity. In this scene, a drummer is beating the long roll while soldiers hurry to get into formation:

While tents look nice, I’m actually not sure the Confederates camped at Port Republic had them. Maybe they only had bedrolls and slept under the open sky like this guy:


So I made another scene where I tried to model sleeping soldiers with green stuff. The results are, I have to say, somewhat mixed. But they look ok is looked at from a distance, like it is usually the case when actually playing a game.

It’s been fun making those scenes and I’m looking forward to testing the scenario.

Oh, also painted up the strange man himself – Stonewall Jackson from Peter Pig’s new range of ACW generals. I painted him in his old blue VMI coat, so this is a portrait from early in the campaign, which is strictly speaking not correct for Port Republic. But at least he is mounted on Little Sorrel!


6 thoughts on “ACW Camp Scenes

  1. Pete S/ SP April 19, 2019 / 7:06 pm

    Those are really great- those sort of vignettes make a table looked ‘lived in’.



    • cptshandy April 20, 2019 / 9:04 am

      Thanks Pete!

    • cptshandy April 20, 2019 / 11:21 am


  2. Mike April 22, 2019 / 11:44 am

    You’ve done a great job on these vignettes. I am not sure that Stonewall’s “Foot Cavalry” would have carried tents with them. but they look terrific. Not sure I would want to lie on that rocky ground of your bases, though!

    • cptshandy April 22, 2019 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks Mike! I concur, I don’t think that Jackson’s army had tents, but using tents is much easier than sculpting sleeping men 🙂

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