Thursday, June 16, 2016

142nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

I've been painting this unit on and off for quite some time and thought it was time to finish them up. 
Lately I've had issues with painting mojo in that I'm having trouble with focus. The problem isn't with wanting to paint, but rather having so many projects I want to do I end up doing nothing. I'm sick with envy for anyone who is able to stay focused on projects until they reach their goals and not become distracted. Anyhow enough of my moaning and on to the unit.

This regiment is for my growing 28mm ACW collection and represents the 142nd Pennsylvania regiment. I usually model units after particular regiments, but truth be told most often the units are used according to scenario requirements and not used just for when that unit was historically involved, but it's fun to give them a regimental affiliation especially at this scale.

The 142nd Pennsylvania regiment was organized in August 1862, with Robert P. Cummins as colonel. It did various garrison duties until attached to the 2nd Brigade Pennsylvania reserves fighting in Fredericksburg losing 250 out of 500 engaged, before later being assigned to 1st Brigade 3rd division I Corps. It saw heavy fighting in Gettysburg where the regiment was reduced to under 140 effective fighting men for stubbornly fighting for each piece of ground. The regiment was then assigned to 3rd Brigade 4th Division V Corps and went on to see more action at Five Forks twice, Petersburg and finally Appomattox Courthouse. Out of 935 total enrollments it lost in officers and men 140 killed, 430 wounded, 81 lost to disease, and 158 captured and missing for a whopping total of 809 lost making it into 9th place in the entire union army for losses from combat.

The figures themselves are Sash and Saber which are not the easiest to paint,but sure pack a lot of character into the sculpts which I quite like. The flags are the ever lovely GMB designs.

As for what I'll be painting next I have no idea I'll just have to see where the brush takes me.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Sash and Saber

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Impetus game and the state of the hobby on the hill

Spanish Christians vs Andalusian Moors

Last month Nick and I played a double header of  big battle Basic Impetus and as often is the case the pictures didn't come off as well as I would have liked, but I'll share them anyways. It of course was great fun!

First game was Late Romans vs Germanics which is a mixture of both Nick and my own figures. Nick took command of the Late Romans and myself the Germanic. If I remember correctly the hairy Germans rolled over the Romans. It helped that my dice were pretty hot that game. Sorry only these two pictures somewhat came out for this game.

The Late Romans

The Germans
The next game we played was Spanish Christians vs Andalusian Moors with the figures from my own collection. The pictures came out a bit better for this game, but still not as good as I would have liked. I took command of the Spanish and Nick the Moors. Again my dice remained hot and Nick's unfamiliarity with his army pretty much saw the Moors routed from the field. As always Nick remained cheerful and great games were had by us both.

The two armies face off
The Moors arrayed for battle
Andalusian light cavalry and Christian Mercenaries
Black Guard and Berber Infantry holding the center
Berber infantry and Skirmishers protecting the flank
Christian army formed up. Lots of heavy cavalry on flanks with a decent amount of infantry center

Didn't I say the lots of Heavy cavalry for the Spanish

Yep, more cavalry

Spanish launch an assault on the Moors left flank
And turn the flank.

I need to increase the size of my forces especially the Moors as they need a lot more infantry so I can play them as Almoravids and Almohads. I also need to make some special command bases as I expect the newer versions of Impetus will be using those.

Next topic is:

During Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I won a prize for reaching a goal. The prize was a gift package from Simon from The BigRedBat Cave blog and author of "To the Strongest" ancients/medieval rule set. He not only sent me a copy of the rules but playing chits as well and all of it free charge to include shipping! Extremely generous and thank you very much Simon!! I haven't had a chance to play the rules, but I've heard only good things about them and book itself is lovely indeed!

Please check out his:


And finally my plans in the future will of course include more Impetus projects with some ACW thrown in, but another rule set that has caught my eye that I want to try and that is....

Yes sir, like many others this has grabbed my attention, but for now I'll keep it a little secret as to what it will be building for this, but let's just say since I was a kid a certain film has always peeked my interest in the period and no it's nothing you have seen from me so far. Oh and I won't answer guesses:-)

For some reason blogger didn't post this until 5 hours later! Well at least it finally got posted.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tarentine Pike Phalanx

I've been meaning to come back to my Pyrrhic project for sometime now and finally got around to doing so with some Tarentines. The Tarentines are famous for their cavalry, but they did need infantry as well. These represent some of those citizen soldiers trained to fight in the Hellenistic fashion using pikes. I'm not sure if they switched from hoplites to phalangites through the influence of Pyrrhus or were introduced earlier to this style.

My approach to painting them was to make them colorful and rather individual looking. This served to give them a less uniformed look then the better trained Phyrric phalangites and further distinguish them. It was great fun painting in several bright colors if perhaps time consuming. I also arranged the the them with the heavier armoured to the front and progressively lighter armoured to the rear.

The figures are from the fantastic Pyrrhic range from Aventine miniatures which are easily among the best ancient figures around in my opinion and an absolute pleasure to paint. The shields are transfers from LBM and while I highly recommend them I find transfers do not adhere to oval shields very well(yes I did the pre-cuts) and so that took some extra adjustments. I also painted some extra highlights on the edging and free space on the shields as well as a little on the designs as well to help blend the transfer and bring the design out a little more.

I originally started with a slightly darker basing on my first Pyrrhic unit, but decided I wanted something a little lighter so lighted up the base on this unit to give a more southern Mediterranean look and I am happy with the results. I have since re-did my other units to match this.

Lately Nick and I have been playing a lot of Impetus and having a great time which has really motivated me to continue painting more Impetus units so I will be adding another unit to this project soon. They way things are going this could be a real banner year for me in getting some progress on my ancients/medieval as I want get some cavalry for my Germanics, cavalry and infantry for my Romans so we can game a Roman civil war and light infantry next for my Pyrrhic army plus I purchased some Republican Romans. Lots of plans!

Collecting  a Pyrrhic army is a very fine army to collect as it offers quite a few different troop types to collect along with enemies like Rome, Carthage, Sparta and other Hellenistic opponents which if you collect the enemies leads to Peloponnesian War and Punic Wars and....well you get the idea.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Aventine miniatures

Monday, March 21, 2016

International Brigade Group 2 (SCW)

Adding a few more units to my long delayed Spanish Civil War project of 1936-39. This is some more International National Brigade reinforcements.

Painting the international Brigade is great fun as basically anything goes because they were issued with truly an eclectic assortment of equipment from all different nationalities some of which they brought with themselves from their respective countries or were issued by the Republican government. However, in spite of their militia look they were generally very highly motivated and some of the best troops the Republicans put into the field.

As a painter they are great as you can just go through all the different khakis and browns to your hearts content and not really be wrong! I pretty much had a field day with Vallejo paints mixing up combo's and trying things out. Ahh the freedom to do as you please.:-) Hopefully folks will like them as much as I had fun experimenting with the colors. The figures themselves are of course from Empress in 28mm scale.

I have plans to do more and almost have enough for Operation Squad which is my starting point gaming wise before building it up from bigger games like Bolt Action or Chain of Command. I haven't decided what Nationalists I'll do for the opposition, but I am leaning towards Carlists at the moment.

Thanks for viewing!
Miniature Company- Empress Miniatures

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Regiments Permskiy and Rostovskiy (SYW Russians)

In my cabinet I have one lonely regiment of Russians for my long stalled Seven Years project and decided they needed some desperate reinforcements and so decided to paint up a couple regiments to  bolster their ranks in the form of  Permskiy(White/Green flag) and Rostovskiy(White/Yellow flag).

Some highlights are the Permskiy Regiment took part in the invasion of east Prussia and the battles of Paltzig and Kunersdorf and Rostovskiy also joined in the invasion of east Prussia(twice) and fought in the battles of Gross-Jägersdorf, Zorndorf , Paltzig and Kunersdorf as well.

The regiments are uniformed in the standard Russian colors of green coat, red waistcoat,pants, cuffs and turnbacks . They typically wore black gaiters, but I prefer the white parade gaiter.

The figures themselves are from Front Rank and while perhaps a bit dated compared to say Foundry are still quite nice figures and paint up well enough. I'm hoping Front Rank will revisit  their AWI and SYW ranges and give them an update similar to what they did with their Napoleonic range with their superb new reinforcements additions. The flags are from the fantastic GMB designs.These guys took longer then I thought as I rather foolishly figured I only needed a week or so to finish them because of the uniformity......yeah right........they took darn near 3 weeks!! Forgot about all the little details SYW figures entail to include a ton of buttons, straps and flaps etc. Now I understand why my SYW project got stalled in the first place! I will of course return to the SYW , but I do need to take a break again from the period just hopefully not as long as the last one.

It will take some time before I have fully completed armies to play the SYW period properly, but fortunately I also enjoy "imaginations" gaming which will allow these figures to see some wargaming until then.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniture Company-Front Rank


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