In the March 2021 issue of Wargames Illustrated magazine (Wi399) Nick Eyre of North Star Military Figures takes us on a tour of his 28mm American Civil War figure collection, based on the battle of First Bull Run – the opening encounter in the war.
Below you will find some spins of the figures seen in part one: The Rebs (in Wi399) and part two: The Union (which will be in Wi400), along with a snippet of information about each one. You will find loads more information about the figures in the two magazines and you can already find Wi399 in the Vault or buy a physical copy from our store.
One of the characteristics of the early militia units was that each company sourced their own uniforms. This is represented here in these Perry Miniatures ‘Iron Brigade’ figures, which were pressed into service as the 5th Virginia.
79th New York Volunteer Infantry
This unique regiment was originally a militia unit, they mustered for the Union and marched to First Bull Run. They fought on Henry Hill and suffered from mistaking the Confederate Star & Bars of an advancing enemy unit as the Stars & Stripes, until it was too late. Figures by Crusader Miniatures.
Don Troiani illustrates a 4th Virginian soldier from this period. He depicts him in a blue battle shirt, lined with dark blue. Figures by Perry Miniatures
The U.S. Marines fought their only major land action of the Civil War at First Bull Run. Because President Lincoln had an army of barely trained volunteers, he needed as many regular troops as he could find. Figures by Crusader Miniatures.
1st Minnesota Infantry
The 1st Minnesota were the first volunteers the Union recruited following the outbreak of war. They fought against the Virginians at Bull Run. Don Troiani painting shows a soldier in a red shirt and cap with Havelock. Figures by Crusader Miniatures.