Considering a new 2017 Project – 15mm Pacific War 1879-1884


September 19, 2017 by wargamerchris

This is admittedly one of my sadder, more telling posts.  Two months ago, I started this post about how I was considering, but would reject the idea of entering a new gaming period.  Then I updated it ten days later, with my sad inject about how I had rather predictably broken down…

Now the first units are done…



I’m working through the initial stages of analysis for the typical get myself into trouble by starting a new period process….

This time the subject is the Pacific War 1879-1884.  Chile vs Peru and Bolivia.  Why you ask, so here are my reasons – first and foremost a terribly inspiring series of project updates and battle reports from this site – Wargaming for Grown Ups…

Nice exposition on sources, period outline and a general sense of the conflict.

The other reasons I’m pondering this:

  1. The number of forces is relatively low throughout – no 1000 figure collections for this one.
  2. The nature of the conflict was unsophisticated late 19thC application of weapons and tactics – the experience levels and the variety of units is appealing
  3. I think I have some suitable figures across the lead inventory – primarily considering ACW, Maximilian, MexAmWar 15mm piles.  Most armies wore Kepis, some taller shakos like the French in Crimea, and Gatling guns.
  4. The terrain varies (Desert and jungle/ littoral?)
  5. Common terrain and some unit overlap with my Paraguayan Wars 15mm project (which is a fancy way of describing a pile of books and research and a big bag of suitable unapainted figures). Hmmmm – perhaps there is a lesson there about starting new projects…. oh never mind – it’s a hobby.


I resisted temptation successfully for one whole ten day period….  last night I posted a note to Outpost exploring an order and spent an hour digging through the storage room looking for ACW, MAW, Maximilian, and French FFL bins.   You know you have a problem when….  I also ran across a very kind gentleman on TLP who was looking to unload his unpainted guilt as well.

First units came off the line then:  Bolivian Infantry


Chilean line infantry:wp-image-1640121522

The Chilean cavalry.wp-image-1178313158

About 35 figures down perhaps 400 to go.

Do you think I could ever do the right thing.


2 thoughts on “Considering a new 2017 Project – 15mm Pacific War 1879-1884

  1. Lee Hughes says:

    Just discovered your blog as I’m interested in trying out the War of the Pacific. Which miniatures did you end up using for the Bolivians and Chileans pictured?


  2. Lee – thanks for your comment. Outpost Wargames Services miniatures has a comprehensive line.

    Good luck with your project.


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Field of Battle
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15mm Napoleonic mass battles rules (holy grail)
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15mm Zombie mass battle rules


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