Well the god of small children, furry animals and dopey wargamers smiled favourably on me today when the expedition to Lead Mountain led not only to the discovery of the missing ACW miniatures, but also a box of 40mm square bases I'd bought for them!
Recovering Mr Bickley's rules I sat down to work out what I had and what (if anything) I needed to get to "complete" my two armies (I use the term "complete" loosely, as we all know there is no such thing but it can convince less diligent SWMBO's on odd occasions).
Infantry wise I need to pick up a couple of packets of metal command from Perry's to give me eight infantry regiments (four for each army) comprising of six bases each (24 figures). With the addition of some more command bases, I could field more regiments, albeit understrength ones of three to five bases, something to think about for the future.
I also have a box of Zouaves which, with the addition of a spare Union officer and a converted drummer using a spare drum from the original infantry, will give me one six base regiment and one five base regiment. At the moment I am unsure whether these will both be Union or one for each army.
Artillery is straight forward with each army having a three gun battery for starters, however cavalry is going to require the purchase of quite a few blisters to utilise them properly. I have two regiments of 12 mounted figures but need to get some dismounted figures and some horse holders.
Finally I need to pick up a General for each brigade level army.
As you can see I braved the winter weather (North American readers can laugh here!) and sprayed up the Confederate infantry. This project is going to utilise the same dip techniques applied to the Prussian Scrunts so hopefully won't take too long.