About this project
Pea Ridge. Fredericksburg. Stones River. Chattanooga. Nashville. All iconic names of American Civil War battles where armies violently clashed and the course of history altered. In addition to fighting the enemy, soldiers had to battle an even more persistent foe: the cold.
This project is being created to bring 28mm soldiers in winter gear to your table top. The first phase of this project is to fund the molding and casting costs of producing 28mm metal figures of Union soldiers marching in great coats.
The marching pose is popular among wargamers and collectors and will allow you to create a units prepare to fight the enemy AND old man winter.
These figures are designed to be compatible with other popular lines 28mm ACW miniatures and will make a handsome addition to your army!
We have worked to make these figures accurate and true to history.
The figures have been sculpted to add animation and character to your Civil War armies!
You will be able to build regiments complete with color bearers, musicians, NCOs and of course, gallant officers.
Everything you need for assaulting Marye's Heights or Missionary Ridge!
Like most Kickstarter projects we have stretch goals:
The purpose of our first stretch goal is to provide an add-on of Generals from the Eastern Theater to command your forces! Current Generals planned:
General Ambrose Burnsides, Union commander at Fredericksburg:
and General Thomas Francis Meagher, commander of the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg:
If we reach Stretch Goal 1, you can add-on the Eastern General pack for $8.00.
For the Western Theater we have planned General U.S Grant, for Ft. Donelson or Chattanooga:
General William S. Rosecrans, commander at the Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro:
And General George Thomas, the Rock of Chickamauga at the Battle of Nashville:
If we reach Stretch Goal 2, you can add-on the Western General pack for $8.00.
If we reach Stretch Goal 3, then we be able to produce Union soldiers in great coats attacking:
These figures will be great for skirmish games....or mix them with your marching figures to as more animation to your regiments.
This stretch goal also will fund making the officers, musicians, NCOs and flag bearers to go with the attacking figures:
If we reach Stretch Goal 3, you can add-on the attacking figures at for the same price as the marching figure pledge level prices (i.e. $25 for a regiment pack.)
If we reach the fourth Stretch Goal, then we will produce Union infantry in great coats firing. They would like similar to the firing figures that we produced for the 33rd New Jersey.
If we reach Stretch Goal 4, you can add-on the firing figures at for the same price as the marching figure pledge level prices (i.e. $25 for a regiment pack.)
The Fifth Stretch Goal will be reached at $10,000. At that level, we will add United States Colored Troops (USCTs) in great coats marching. If we reach Stretch Goal 5, you can add-on the USCT figures at for the same price as the marching figure pledge level prices (i.e. $25 for a regiment pack.)
Starting at the Regimental pledge level, you can add single figures to your pledge so you can build your regiment for your favorite rules. Indicate which type of figure you need (i.e. marching, musician, etc.) and add $1.25 to your pledge for each additional figure you need.
To add on flags, increase your pledge by $2 per set and indicate which flag you want: square star pattern, circular star pattern, or both.
Click on the flags above to see more of Cotton Jim products!
Starting at the Brigade pledge level you can add on the Cigar Box Battle Mat of your choice! To add on flags, increase your pledge by $59 per mat and $10 for shipping. Shipping at the Division Level is $5 and free for all higher pledge levels. Please indicate the code of the mat you want. (Offer only valid for standard mats, does not include Plush or round mats.)
Starting at the Regimental pledge level you can add on the 33rd New Jersey Regiment pack of your choice!
Organized at Newark, N. J., and mustered in September 3, 1863, the 33rd New Jersey was uniformed in the style of French Chasseur á pied troops. The unit saw service in the Atlanta Campaign. Battle honors include: Chattanooga, Dallas, New Hope Church, Peachtree Creek, Averysboro and Bentonville.
Set includes 16 infantry, 1 officer, 2 color bearer, and one musician. Some of the figures are portrayed as having replaced some of their chasseur uniform items with standard issue uniform items.
To add on the 33rd NJ (flags and poles not included), increase your pledge by $25 per set plus shipping of $7. Shipping is free when added to any Great Coat pledge level from Regimental level and above. Please indicate marching, attacking or firing.
To add on a 33rd NJ mounted figure, add $2.50 to your 33rd New Jersey order.
Fighting for the Colors:
28mm metal figures for wargaming and dioramas. Set includes 14 X 28mm figures, 7 Union and 7 Confederates. This diorama depicts the desperate fight for the 33rd New Jersey's Regimental Colors.
20 July 1864, north of Atlanta. The Union Army under General William T. Sherman is advancing on the strategic city after months of maneuver and battle against the Confederate Army under General Joseph E. Johnston. Sherman's men are confident as they approach the city's defenses but cautious after receiving the news that General John Bell Hood has replaced Johnston and that he is spoiling for a fight. Hood launches an attack to strike the Union forces as they cross Peachtree Creek, hoping to destroy them piece meal.
On the skirmish line is the 33rd New Jersey, a unit uniformed in the style of French Chasseur á pied troops. The 33rd soon found themselves facing waves of attacking Confederates and were overwhelmed. In the fight, the unit's regimental colors were captured by the Confederates along with many prisoners. Later, in 1865, the Union would recapture the flag in North Carolina among artifacts evacuated from the Confederate Capitol at Richmond, Virginia.
To add on the "Fighting for the Colors Vignette" add $15 to your pledge. (Flags and poles not included).
Starting at the Regimental pledge level you can add on 28mm vignettes.
The Cleburne set (shown above) includes 28mm figures: General Patrick Cleburne, 1 flag bearer, and 3 infantry.
It's 30 November 1864. General Hood has lead the Army of Tennessee in a desperate bid to turn the tide of the war by invading Tennessee.
Following a failed attempt to trap the Union Army of Ohio at Spring Hill, Hood discovered the same force dug in around the outskirts of Franklin. Hood orders a frontal assault on the Union works, fearful of allowing General Schofield's force from reaching the near impregnable defensive works of Nashville.
Six infantry divisions, including that of Irish born Patrick Cleburne, charged the Union forces. General Cleburne, nicknamed "the Stonewall of the West," was a talented commander and beloved by his men and on that fateful day, he would lead them bravely into the inferno of Union musket and cannon fire.
By the end of battle 6 generals, including Cleburne, were dead or mortally wounded. 55 of the Army's regimental commanders were dead or wounded.
To add on the Cleburne vignette (flags and poles not included), increase your pledge by $7 per set plus shipping of $7. Shipping is free when added to any Great Coat pledge level from Regimental level and above.
The Johnston vignette takes place on 6 April 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh. Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston has launched a surprise attack on Union forces under General Grant massing on the banks of the Tennessee River. In the early stages of the battle, Confederates had overrun some of the Union camps and many had begun to loot the abandoned tents. Johnston spotted a Confederate officer with a arm full of the spoils of war and chastised him for his behavior. Observing how chastened the officer was, Johnston picked up a tin cup and declared it to be his part of the spoils.
Later, Johnston would wave the cup as he encouraged his men to launch an assault against stubborn Federals holding a position that would become known as “the Hornet’s Nest.” Johnston’s men swept the position, but Johnston would receive a wound which, although would appear slight, would cause him to bleed out shortly after the attack on the Hornet’s Nest. Historians speculate that this loss may have cost the South the leader it needed in the West to turn the tide of the war.
Set includes 28mm mounted Johnston figure, 1 looting officer, 1 dismounted officer, 3 infantry.
Getting the figures!
When you pledge, your information will be recorded and you will be placed in the shipping queue based on the date you pledge. Once completed and cast (sometime in April 2017), the figures will be shipped out to you. The figures will be packed to prevent damage and sent by the most economical means possible. You will be sent a notice when your figures ship.
We hope to build up enough support to expand the miniatures range to add more variety to your armies. Future releases could include Confederates in make shift winter gear, more personalities in great coats as well as artillery and cavalry in winter gear.
Risks and challenges
There is minimal risk attached to this project. The masters shown in the basic levels have been sculpted and the project funds the models and initial castings. We use a reliable wargaming caster based in the United State that cast for several different miniature companies and previously casted our vignettes and other units which you can see on our website. are already made so we don’t need to wait to get them sculpted.The primary risk for delay is being further down in the caster's queue.
There is a possibility of delay due to the masters needing correction in order to cast properly, but the delay should not be significant and backers will be kept updated on any changes to the timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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