Why I Have Never Finished a Game of Sharp Practice

About a year ago, one of my gaming buddies and I decided to get into Napoleonic wargaming. We split a Black Powder Waterloo starter set and got to work painting the minis. While we enjoy the Black Powder rules, we found them to not be well suited for our 4′ x 6′ wargaming table (at least not with our 28mm minis). Transporting the large amounts of minis to the gaming shop we play at was also a hassle (especially when I need to take them on a crowded bus). Additionally, I feel that Black Powder benefits greatly from pre-game scenario preparation and is not well suited for casual pick-up games. When I heard about Sharp Practice, a large skirmish-scale gunpowder era wargame that doesn’t require large armies or a large table, I got very excited.

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Unboxing: Warlord Epic Battles ACW Starter Set (Deluxe Preorder)

Today I finally got my deluxe pre-order edition of Warlord Games’s new hot game — Epic Battle American Civil War (ACW). Its not actually a new game, though, just mini miniatures for an existing game in a smaller scale than Warlord usually sells. If you’re new to wargaming, this may sound ridiculous, but actually its a really big deal. While many gamers already play large-scale battles with small-scale miniatures, they almost always have to play with metal models that are fragile, heavy, and often expensive. These new models from Warlord are the first small-scale (around 13mm) ACW miniatures I have seen in hard plastic, and boy are they nice. So lets take a look at this box set and see what I got.

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