|The jackets, including ACW, RJW, WWII, ECW...|
This all started when I decided to get into reenacting - I started with the American Civil War (which I don't do any more), and now I do English Civil War. I think reenacting and wargaming go together quite well; a lot of the rules I write factor in lessons I've learned from reenacting. For example, I now know that wheeling is, in practice, an incredibly difficult manoeuvre to pull off. This ties in with my reading on the subject - so now, in Two Splendid Lines, any unit attempting a wheel rolls two 'mishap' dice.
Of course, with hats and jackets to hand it was only a matter of time before they were worn for wargaming... and it grew from there. Part of the fun is making a new uniform cheaply - very few of these are bought 'as is' from a reenacting supplier. Most start out life as old-fashioned jackets and blazers from second-hand shops, with some buttons sewn on. They're not very realistic up close, but they only cost about £10 - £15 and make gaming a lot more fun.