Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Union Skirmishers (2)

Back to the troops! Bashed out another unit of skirmishers for my Union force.

Kept them fairly uniform apart from one chap who has non regulation brown trousers.

Again, Perry figures, but all metal instead of the usual plastic.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

A Napoleonic Interlude

As you’ll no doubt have noticed, I’ve painted quite a lot of figures for ACW over the last few months, so I needed to paint something slightly different.  These two figures were a bit of a treat!

Both figures are lovely Front Rank sculpts.  The lady on the left is a Non Player Character figure whilst the Caçadore is a test figure for a colour scheme I had in mind - the main uniform colour is Foundry Spearshaft, collar and cuffs are Foundry Bavarian Cornflower Blue.

One of the many joys of SP2 is being able to include a variety of NPC figures (often with humorous names) be they bumbling civilians, mad scientists, ladies in need of rescue from foreign bounders, enemy spies, bounders in need of rescue from foreign ladies, friendly spies, exploring officers, minor royalty, politicians, traders, etc.  The list is potentially huge and adds an extra narrative element that really brings the game alive.  Plus, if you’re running a game it gives you as the GM something extra to join in the fun.  Indeed, in our own games and campaigns it is often these characters that help drive the narrative and set the scene for subsequent games as much as the combatants.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Confederate and Union Deployment Points

These are Perry metal figures mainly from their ACW range along with a couple of bits from AWI.

The fellow in the middle is a Doctor figure (as a ‘Physic’ support option) that I picked up at a show some years back, possibly a North Star model?

If not playing SP2 (What!? 😂) then these will just be little vignettes to make the battlefield look more interesting.

Friday, 2 July 2021

Union Artillery (1)

This week I’ve also added a 12lb Napoleon cannon and a leader to my Union force for SP2.

Perry plastic figures.  Artillery tray by Charlie Foxtrot Models.

Painting info for the crew here and cannon here.  Thanks for looking 🙂

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Union Regulars (1)

I’ve painted up the first unit of Union infantry in line.  With a level two leader that’s 18 points for early war and 24 points for later.

All Perry plastics (right shoulder shift style) with Charlie Foxtrot movement trays.

The recipe can be found here.  Next in the painting queue is some heavier firepower for the North.

Monday, 21 June 2021

Union Skirmishers (1)

The Union forces have their first troops! 

Perry plastics and here’s the painting recipe:

  • Prime with Halfords grey primer
  • Jackets & Kepi - Foundry Union Blue shade
  • Trousers - Foundry Union Trouser Blue shade
  • Straps & Bags - Black
  • Musket - GW Scorched Brown (highlight with Foundry Conker shade)
  • Water Bottle - Foundry Slate Grey mid
  • Water Bottle Strap - Foundry Boneyard shade
  • Hair, beards, boots etc - Either black or dark/mid brown

Some of the hats and the odd pair of trousers were painted using Foundry Bay, Spearshaft or Rich Butternut.

Apply the GW Agrax Earthshade wash (well shaken first to avoid it giving too much shine), but not to the lighter blue of the trousers.  Allow to dry fully.  Then highlights of the base colours and lighter shades.  Finally a quick spray of AP anti shine varnish.  Basing as per my Confederate troops.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Union Forces Incoming!

Here they are!

That’s 78 miniatures for only £36 and is enough to enable me to build a very respectable force for SP2, with some models to spare, although I’ll add a few metal command figures too.  I already have the Perry artillery boxed set which has 3 cannons.  One was built for my Confederate force, another allocated for the Union, but I’m not sure what to do with the third? 

Movement trays and bases by Charlie Foxtrot Models 😎

Here they are primed and based (foliage, grass, etc is added after the varnish).

I’ll be starting with this 1861-3 list:

  • Level 3 leader & level 1 leader (12pts)
  • 3 groups of 8 Union Infantry (18pts)
  • Level 2 leader & level 1 leader (9pts)
  • 3 groups of 8 Union Infantry (18pts)
  • Level 1 leader (3pts)
  • 6 Union Skirmishers (11pts)
  • Level 1 leader (3pts)
  • 6 Union Skirmishers (11pts)
  • Level 1 leader (3pts)
  • Cannon & crew (7pts)

For a total of 95 points which nicely matches my Confederate force.