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North against South

Fastplay card driven American Civil War wargame

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This is what it looks like in 28mm (other scales would do just as well). The surface of the table is covered with an imitation grass carpet, as sold in garden and carpet stores, on which a hexgrid (hexes are 15cm or 6" flat to flat) has been drawn using a cardboard master and a green felttipped pen, finished with a light spray of greens & browns using spraycans. The hexes are thus faded, though still visible and the game surface looks more realistic as opposed to the pictures above, showing the "bare" hexes. The whole job took about 3 hours and had to dry overnight. Cost around USD 30 for the carpet and the pen. Please note that, contrary to Battle Cry or Memoir '44, the flat sides of the hexes are facing the players' base lines in order to make proper forward movement possible. You could also use the ready made 10cm hex system as offered by Kallistra if you wish (see Designer's notes).

TOP ROW: typical setup, viewed from the US lines. A Northern Infantry brigade stops a Southern cavalry attack. A Southern cavalry brigade on the move.

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