Friday, October 2, 2015

28mm American Civil War Terrain

I thought I would put together an article on all the various terrain I'm pulling together for my ACW gaming.  Admittedly some of it is hard to find but most it still available today.


I don't have any need to have my troops enter buildings for ACW so I've looked more towards resin buildings than my normal MDF kits I like to use.  Don't get me wrong, there are still a pile of nice looking MDF kits out there, but I really love the look of some of the resin kits you can get.

Sally 4th

First up, the project I'm 1/2 way through, building and painting Seminary College.  This is a beautiful kit that is available from Sally 4th.  I'm really looking forward to finishing up this kit (this is happening very soon!) and will be posting part 2, the conclusion which has been long overdue.  Picture below from the Sally 4th website of the completed kit.  This is the only MDF building I'm planning to use at the moment.

28mm Seminary College
Sally 4th


I've used Hovels in the past and they make some great resin buildings in many scales and periods.  They have a great ACW range, but I was looking specifically for their following kits:

  • 23AC - Clapboard house from Guiney Station. South of Fredricksburg where Stonewall Jackson died 1863.
  • 24AC - 'Four Chimneys' Three storey brick house, four chimneys shuttered windows, veranda with tiled canopy. This house also from Guiney Station.
  • 40AC - Leister House ( Meades Headquarters).
  • Discontinued - Brawners Barn
  • Discontinued - Brawners Farmhouse
  • Discontinued - Bryan House
Although the last three are discontinued you can still find it from secondary dealers.

Hovels 23AC

Hovels 24AC

Hovels 40AC

A better paint job on 24AC and Brawners Barn on the right.

Perry Miniatures & Renedra

I also plan to do the Perry Miniatures North American Farmhouse model and the ramshackle barn and church from Renedra.

Perry Miniatures
North American Farmhouse

Ramshackle Barn

North American Chruch

Obstacles (Fences & Walls)

If you are going to play ACW you are going to need a heck of a lot of fences and stone walls.  I have stone wall sets from Architects of War that I've used for years now.  Additionally, I've picked up some of the hasty works set from Architects of War as well.  These blend in nicely with the stone walls I already have from them and can also work with the Architects of War overgrown stone wall set and hedgerow sets.  I've also picked up stone fencing from Monday Knight Productions (PW01 and RW01) that although a little on the smaller side, works well for marking the area around a farm house or similar.

Architects of War
Hasty Works

Monday Knight Productions

Monday Knight Productions

A mix of Monday Knight Products RW01 and PW01 with
Hasty Works from Architects of War.

Although very hard to find these days, the Lemax Snake & Rail fences look horrible out of the box but are actually very good.  I lucked out and recently got some off of Ebay for cheap.

Snake & Rail Fencing - "out of the box"

Snake & Rail Fencing - with a little TLC

I've also got a bunch of the Cross & Rail fencing with stone bases from Renedra.  Their picket fencing is also top notch and I'll be using that as well along with their 5 bar fencing.

5 Bar Fencing

Picket Fencing

Corn Fields

Last but not least are corn fields.  Matt Hilzendrager has the best looking corn fields I've seen - but they have been painstakingly put together using wire and rubber bands.  You can of course attempt this on your own, but I found an equivalent solution using O-scale corn stalks from JTT (easily found on Ebay).  What is great about the JTT corn stalks is that you can get both healthy corn stalks and dried up corn stalks.  I've order both.

JTT of Ebay
2" O-Scale Corn Stalks

JTT off Ebay
2" O-Scale Dried Corn Stalks

You can't beat the price on these and they are very nice.

Well, that certainly gives me a lot of terrain to go work on and will fill out my ACW battlefields very nicely.  Hopefully you've all found this useful in some way.


  1. Jay,

    Nice list, however I believe your NA church is a Hovels (I have that one).

    1. Hi Jon --- funny enough, that is the Renedra Church ... but the Hovels and Renedra Church are damn near identical :-) The main difference is the Hovels church has the stone layer at the bottom and around the front entrance whereas the Renedra church has clap board around the whole thing (no stone).

  2. Jay,

    My apologies - they are damn near identical.

    - Jon

    1. Oh, no need to apologize, I had to take a second look as well. ;-)

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