The Union Army is holding their ground amidst the advancing Confederates.
About this creation
Hi all. Well, I've been working on a new Civil War battlefield the past three days, and this may not be the final result. I will be displaying it in the NMRA train show this summer and would like to work a little bit more on landscaping.
This MOC is titled "Defending the Flank" since, as you can see, the Union Army is working hard to keep the Confederates from flanking them. In layman's terms, flanking is when an army attacks from an unexpected direction, trying to get around the the end of enemy lines. Lee used such an attack at Gettysburg and failed.
There's a ton of action going on in the field, and I counted over 86 soldiers in the scene. The Union are holding their ground from behind the stone blockade. Men are fixing their bayonets, charging, firing, running, and dying. Two particular regiments of interest I have portrayed here are the 54th Massachusetts(African Americans), and the Union Zouaves(known for their flashy dress...see if you can figure out which ones they are.)
I think it turned out great. Only thing is though that this is going to be a big pain to set up at the NMRA, what with placing over 70 soldiers in an insane amount of positions!
To Scott Smeall: Yeah, it does take a long time to set up. I had to do it at a couple shows too, with even more detail and scratch-built trees!
To Alex/Tyler Fox/Hemmrik Féat/Kyle Godfrey/Jimmy: I bought the figures individually from sellers on Bricklink. And Hemmrik & Kyle, I don't plan on ever selling them.
To Isaac Volk: There was more involved in it than that. A variety of new tactics were employed during the Civil War. The Civil War was the beginning of the age of modern warfare. 1812 would be closer to the Napoleonic Wars.
Christopher C:He's an officer, but those aren't his glasses, but rather his mustache.
To rick: Sounds like a good idea. Maybe I'll be able to get to something like that.
gsahf: The Union didn't have 50 states during the Civil War, and that flag doesn't have 50 stars on it. I looked for a period flag on the net with the appropriate number of stars and printed that one out.
Confederate Cavalry. Three of the horses are articulated ones made from brick. I like them because they offer more variety in movement, and many action poses can be achieved with them. Check ou the one rearing in the back. I got the instructions here:(http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=62856).
Check out the center area of the photo. The one soldier that's wounded and falling back is being caught by one of his comrades behind him. Soldiers stick out for one another, and I wanted to capture that image.
I love it!I want to do something similar and call it Gettysburg.Yours,looks like gettysburg.because of the general,hat on sword,leading his troops like Lo armerstead.I would love to know where you got your confederates.
Great diorama. But I hate to correct you Jake. A civil war is defined as "a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country," straight from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. In our case it was the citizens of the Northern states fighting against the citizens of the Southern states.
The only knowlegde I posses of the American Civil War is of the game North & South, which I loved playing by the way. I do know a thing or two on Lego battle scenes. And this is amazing, great setup, allot of variation in heads, posses etc and a huge number of figs.