For the rules and building the army we have an approach we do for all new periods. We begin with a ruleset that allows us to play with limited figures to get started and inspired. When we have enough painted or combine armies we look for a larger scale ruleset. Most project never pass the first phase though :-)
With ACW we start using Terrible Sharp Sword, for larger battles either Black Powder or Guns at Gettysburg.
TSS are company level rules using eight man groups. If you have five or six groups you are ready to go. So I paint my units in two groups of eight and include the command. In larger games this will then represent a regiment.
These are the first ones ready for the table. 28mm by Renegade. They are large figures but I do like them a lot. Paint up easy with good results. I combine Renegade with Redoubt for this army. That's fine for me but don't try to mix Perry or other ones. It won't work.
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Some extra shots in the now launched ACW gallery