How many Miniatures do I Need?
How many miniatures will you need to play the 18 battles included in our "All Quiet on the Potomac" supplement? Great question, and we just uploaded a PDF chart to answer it in detail. All scenario requirements, including table size and miniatures, are listed in the free PDF.
Cold Wars 2013
ALTAR of FREEDOM will be at Cold Wars this November, featuring the Battle of Seven Pines in 6mm scale. Our rules allow the entire two-day battle to be fought quickly, in under three hours, on a gorgeous 6'x4' table!
Sign up at Cold Wars to play Saturday morning, or just stop by to check out the game and see if Johnston can checkmate McClellan at the gates of Richmond....
Based on the volume of emails in the first week, the most popular questions are related to 15mm scale conversions. Many Civil War gamers (myself included!) own 15mm miniatures, but this game is quite clearly designed for 6mm to accommodate big battles on modest tabletops.
Can you play ALTAR of FREEDOM in 15mm scale? Yes, you can. A game appendix discusses the measurement conversion and illustrates how I've based my own 15mm Fire & Fury troops on cardboard movement trays. Six infantry stands (24 figures) represent a full brigade of troops, which could range from 800 to nearly 3,000 men. A single gun represents multiple batteries, depending on the scenario.
But to be perfectly honest, I feel strongly the game looks and plays best in 6mm (or 10mm) scale. The condensed ground scale allows you to play the entirety of Gettysburg and Antietam on a 6'x4' table. By converting to 15mm, you will require larger tables, and even then, the ground scale looks quite distorted. The game mechanics play just fine, but it demands a great deal more visual abstraction. Rifle range, for example, will appear extremely short compared to the miniatures themselves.
Official Release Date!
Today is the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, and also the official release of ALTAR of FREEDOM!
This feels like the culmination of a very long, very rewarding journey which began two years ago. At that time, I wanted to play a massive Gettysburg scenario for the 150th anniversary of the battle but could not find a suitable rule set to cover the entire battle in a single session of gaming. Two years and several thousand 6mm miniatures later, the project is ready for others to enjoy--hopefully as much as I enjoyed developing it.