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 CaΓ§adore 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!? πŸ˜‚) 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 πŸ™‚

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.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Surprise Delivery

Imagine my delight when a surprise parcel containing these arrived!

Very kindly sent to me by my good friend George (his splendid blog is here).  Thank you matey! 😎

The Paddy Griffith book looks to be especially interesting as it gives an overview of the war, weapons, equipment, organisation, tactics, etc.  The uniform reference book is jolly well timed too as I’m starting to get my Union force together. What splendid fellows gaming buddies can be eh?

Friday, 11 June 2021

Warhammer Barn Up-cycled for ACW

Many, many years ago I built a barn/workshop for my Warhammer Fantasy Battles collection.  In countless battles it was happily fought over by hosts of Dwarfs, Empire, Brettonians, Undead, Elves and Orcs.  But I long ago gave up on WFB and all those years in less than ideal storage had not been kind to the model.  So I replaced the damaged woodwork and repaired the battered roof, but that meant a significant re-paint.  I also had to remove or disguise several Warhammer-esque shields and other items.  Anyway, here it is again ready to grace our games of ACW.


It was a scratch build based on ideas from an article in White Dwarf.


The main structure is foam-core board which was then clad in carved balsa.


The chimney is modelling putty sculpted to represent stones.  The roof tiles are thin card.


It was re-based in a similar style to my troops.  I’m looking forward to using it in many happy hours of gaming with friends πŸ™‚

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Confederate Force for Sharp Practice

Here they are, deployed and ready for battle.


I plan to add two more groups of regulars and a couple of leaders so that I can field two units of 24.  A mounted commander would be a nice addition too.  Also on the list are a couple of mounted units plus dismounted figures and horse holders.

After that I’ll need to look at adding support options such as a water cart, an ammunition wagon and a mule train.  Then there’s wounded markers, maybe some little dioramas for deployment points, etc.

Friday, 28 May 2021

ACW & AWI Fences

Conflicts in the North American theatre, particularly for ACW and AWI, need the distinctive “zig zag” or “worm” style fencing to set the right tone for the battlefield.  So I’ve taken a short break from painting miniatures to build some.


These were based on the test piece (here) I made a while back.  Simply kebab sticks glued to MDF bases (Charlie Foxtrot Models).  Painting was easy: spray with Halfords grey primer, heavy dry brush of a lighter grey tester pot from the DIY store, then another heavy dry brush with an off-white tester pot.  Basing as per my troops.


The fences in the pic above are made from matchsticks.  Painting was as follows.  Prime with matt black spray, heavy dry brush of of VMC Leather Brown (any dark, flat brown would be good), very light dry brush with AP Uniform Grey.

I’ll probably add some cross and rail (with stones) style fencing too, but this lot will do for now.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Confederate Skirmishers (3)

These are all metal figures from the Perry range and very enjoyable they were to paint too!

This group brings my Confederate total to approximately 90-100 points for Sharp Practice 2, so more than enough for a good sized game.  Army pics to follow soon!

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Confederate Militia (2)

The first unit of Militia is complete! Two groups of ten plus a leader. Here’s the second batch of figures.


The two groups.

The two groups with each batch mixed up to spread the different colours throughout the unit.

Also... in my earlier “artillery” post there was some confusion about which artillery piece was shown.  So here’s the iron 10lb parrot gun πŸ˜‰

Happy gaming!


Friday, 14 May 2021

Confederate Artillery

A cannon & crew plus an officer join the ranks of my Confederate force for Sharp Practice.  All figures from the splendid Perry plastic ACW artillery set.

This piece represents a typical smooth bore cannon of the period which were cast in bronze.  The cannon carriage is painted in a drab olive green, GW Castellan.

Artillery tray by Charlie Foxtrot Models.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Yet More Rebels

Another group of eight regulars including a flag bearer and a drummer plus a Sergeant to assist the officer.


My mate George has kindly drawn up some flags (thanks again) so when I can get my printer fixed, I’ll add something to the flag pole! πŸ˜‚  Anyway, this gives me a ‘unit’ of four groups as the core of my Confederate force.


Still to be added are some more militia and an artillery piece (both of which are in progress) plus another unit of skirmishers.  I’ll add some cavalry, dismounted cavalry and horse holders later.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Confederate Militia (1)

My Confederate army is themed for early war so some militia are a must have! The painting “recipe” is here, although I’ve added a few extra colours to make them look a bit more like armed civilians rather than regular troops.

These are a mixture of Perry plastic and metal figures.  Another group of ten are in progress.  I have figures for a third group but I think thirty militia might be a bit unwieldy?

This fellow will be a level two leader and a self styled “Captain of Militia”.  I’ll take some better pics when the force is complete.

Monday, 12 April 2021

More Rebels

It’s not all Dakka Dakka here at the table!  Here’s a few more men in grey to boost my ACW force for SP2.



The bases have not been flocked yet as I’m awaiting a delivery of some static grass.  Up close, the highlights look a little stark (especially under a bright daylight lamp) but on the table I think they look okay.  Next up are some militia.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Mini-review: Resin Ork extras from Wargames Exclusive

One of the many fab things about Ork kits is that they come with heaps of spares and extras, including a number of different torso options.  So I decided to pick up some extra "legs" so as to make a few more Orks - can never have too many!

These items are from Wargames Exclusive.  The legs are in fact "cyborg" legs built in a suitably Orky fashion.  The mechanical "squig" will either accompany my Mek-boy or I may use it on a vehicle as a battering ram perhaps?  Anyway, the resin is superbly cast with virtually no mould lines and minimal flash.

The pic above shows them fresh from the blisters.

Here are my extra Boyz.  I built a couple more heavy weapons - a Big Shoota and a Rokkit Launcher - as you can always use more Dakka!  Two of the others have Kustom Sluggas - a Burna and a mini Rokkit Launcher - whilst the fifth figure has two Choppas.  I tend to build the figures however I prefer then when playing they can "count as".  Anyway, the idea of uniformity is meaningless to Orks!

A better view of the bionic legs.

And here's the mechanical squig - just blu-tak-ed for now until I decide what to do with it.

There's quite a range of additional Ork (and other races) stuff available, especially characterful one-off figures so I hope to order some more in the future.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

More Warhammer 40K Nostalgia

A mixture of Real Life and a very hectic work schedule has meant there's not been much time for hobby things for a while now.  Indeed for a number of weeks my hobby 'vibe' was at a very low ebb.  However a sudden burst of inspiration saw me dig out my collection of Ork kits!  This was ideal as I could just grab the odd half hour here or there to get busy with clippers and ploystyrene cement.  So... what have I built?

This Ork Trukk kit was so much fun to build!  It reminded me of those crazy games of GorkaMorka back in the 90s.  That was a fun game.

Here's a few Shoota and Slugga boyz to give you a better idea of scale.

I've also built another squad of Ork Nobz.  This is another fantastic kit - no two figures should look the same as there's so many options available.

I'm currently working on a Battlewagon and it's a monster of a kit!  I'm hoping to have some bits left over so that I can Ork-ify an Imperial Leman Russ I have lurking in the plastic mountain.

I have managed to do a little painting too.  A friend kindly picked up a range of metallic paints from his local hobby shop some time back and they've proved to be ace!

So there you have it.  Not too much progress but I am keeping a little bit of hobby going.