Thursday, May 19, 2011

94th New York "Bells Rifles" Infantry Regiment










As I posted previously one of my friends is playing the Union while the other the Confederates and so I therefore opted for doing both sides . I was going to any ways as I like both sides. I thought I would start with a union regiment first to get the ball rolling.

Since I don't want to just call my regiment entries " Union Regiment Generic" or "Confederate Regiment Generic" I've decided to name each regiment and post a matching historical flag set if possible and give a bit of history if their is some which most do as the ACW period is remarkably well documented.

I haven't received my GMB flags yet and so with the 94th I'll use what came in the plastic box. I couldn't find their exact state flag and so thought no harm done using the box example.

This regiment is the 94th "Bells rifles" Infantry Regiment from the Army of the Potomac,I Corps,2nd Division of the I Brigade during the Gettysburg Campaign.
The 94th or "Bells Rifles" was recruited in Jefferson County and was mustered into service at Sacket's Harbor March 10th 1862 under the command of Henry K. Viele as Colonel.

It saw service in Gen. Pope's Virginia campaign and later rejoined the army of the Potomac and saw service at South Mountain, Antietam,Fredericksburg, Gettysburg where it suffered it's highest casualties from combat, Mine Run Fiasco,Wilderness campaign, Cold Harbor, Totopotomy, White Oak swamp, Weldon Railroad, Petersburg Siege, Five Forks and finally Appomattox Court House. It was mustered out of service in Washington on July 18, 1865. The regiment lost 116 KIA and 138 from other causes. In addition 37 died in imprisonment.

The regiment has a monument located at Gettysburg and for those seeking further information on the 94th I recommend this lovely site http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/94thInf/94thInfMain.htm .

On to the miniatures. These of course are the Perry plastic American Civil War box sets figures with the addition of a couple Foundry figures. My overall opinion is they are not bad if a bit too fine for my tastes, but are a nice way to cheaply bulk out your armies. Personally, I'll probably paint up the 2 boxes I already own and then move on to metal figures as I really do prefer that. I like dynamic figures and the Perry plastics are just a bit too stiff if you get my drift.

Some of you may have noticed that one stand has only 3 men and not 4. This is on purpose as it allows for the building of off number regiments for Guns at Gettysburg. Most units in the lists are divisible by four 12,16, 20,24 etc., but some do not and are 14,18 etc. and this allows to build for that. But, of course I can still and in most cases will still play it as a full 4 man base. Also, I went with 40x40mm bases which leaves perhaps a bit too much room for these slighter and less dynamic Perry miniatures, but when I mount my more animated and larger Redoubt I think I'll be happy with the extra room.

Right now I'm doing white backgrounds until I build up some ACW terrain and then I'll do a mix of white backgrounds and scenic shots together.

On to the second half of the box which will be a firing line.

As always, thank you for viewing.:-)

Miniature Company- Perry Miniatures





23 comments:

  1. Very nicely done. I too am working on some Perry figs, though mine will be 'feds, to start the first box off with...
    Keep up the good work.
    Scott

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  2. These look great, what paint colors did you use on those pants?

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  3. That's how I - being almost completely ignorant of this conflict - would imagine those Yanks. Love the vibrant tones of blue, and in particular how you've varied the figures in this unit (hair colours, hats etc.). The tree trunk is a nice addition - if a bit too "in line" with the marching men. Did you run out of figures? ;-)

    Nevertheless, great painting on an impressive unit.

    Cheers
    SG

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  4. Nice paintwork but as you said I prefer the metal for the better poses and size. Good work as usual sir.

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  5. Super unit Christopher! Great painting and basing. Wish I could shoot them off the battlefield...
    Looking forward to the rest. Cheers, Michael

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  6. Awesome looking unit. Once more a fantastic finish on the base.

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  7. That's a beautiful looking unit, a nice bright fresh unit ready to get stuck in!

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  8. @Everyone
    Thank you!!!!

    @Iowa
    The pants are Foundry French Hussar Sky Blue A,B,B+C at the end to avoid to strong of a contrast.

    @SG
    Didn't run out of figures, but rather on purpose gave a short base, however your point is taken as the tree truck is to in line with the troops.:-)

    @Ray
    As always, the colour of the unit isn't quite as intense in real life as a white background is what magnify this. I'll be doing some scenic backgrounds in the future as well as white to see the true colour of the unit with is still colour strong, but not so strong.

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  9. Great brushwork Christopher.

    I know what you mean about wanting to collect both sides of the war. both have their particular merite when it comes to painting and can have a lot of visual 'punch' on the tabletop.

    Darrell

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  10. Well done! Really like how this turned out. And I concur on the NAMING UNITS. It just adds a bit more.

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  11. Great work , Christopher. I was curious whether or not you'll use your dip-highlight method for this project, but it seems you are not. And the painting is really great as are the bases.

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  12. Looks great, but not sure about the flag that stands on one's head...

    But lovely painting as always!

    Stephan

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  13. Thank you guys.

    @Doc

    Indeed no army painter as I don't like how it mixes with light blue.

    @Stephan

    Oooops!!! Thank you Stephan. In my hurry to finish I didn't notice that. I'll have to correct that!!!!!

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  14. Beautiful painting, Christopher, with vibrant blues and subtel variations in equipment and headgear. And the basing, as usual, is highly imaginative. Terrific work!

    Giles

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  15. I'm going to have to get into wargaming sometime.

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  16. Great painting and basing on the Perry plastics!

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  17. wow great work!!! I do not know how I missed your blog up until now, but I will visit regular now.

    Cheers

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  18. Thank you guys and welcome to the new followers!:-)

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  19. Very nice!! I´m painting some confederates for me. As always your painting is stunning, clean and bright!!

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  20. we play a lot of JR III and one of the guys in our group has buckets of 25/28s. most his figures are metal, but picked up the perrys for the price. his assessment was about the same. good to fill, but not dynamic enough.

    despite this you did a great job on those figures.

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  21. The blues are so vibrant. I can only imagine an entire army.

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  22. Wow !! Amazing work my friend !!

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