Friday, January 27, 2012

Confederate Signal Station


My latest unit is a Confederate Signal Station that I saw earlier on the Redoubt Miniature web site and knew I had to have it!  I can't say enough how much I like the figures for Redoubt's ACW range!
I thought I would paint it up for the competition and snag a few quick point's ......... but that's not how it happened at all! As usual I completely underestimated how long it would take to do this which in fact turned out to be quite a bit of time indeed!
Last confederate unit I used army painter and so on this I wanted to see how it looked without army painter and I prefer it without and so won't be using it again on my confederates or any ACW for that matter. I did use MIG pigments again to weather the rocks and tower and the signal flags are hand painted. Also need to add if I haven't before the new Foundry ACW paints are superb and well worth buying folks!
The Confederate Signal Corps was unofficially first started under the leadership of Edward P. Alexander for a brief period before officially being made a separate branch on April 19, 1862, under chief signal officer Captain William Norris consisting of one major, 10 captains, 20 lieutenants, 20 sergeants, and 1500 men. In addition a signal officer was given to the staff of each corps and division.
While not as large or as well equipped as the Union Signal Corps it did function in a very similar manner of battlefield observation, intelligence gathering, and artillery fire direction from their elevated signal stations using platforms and aerial balloons. Unlike their union counterparts who had access to electric telegraphy (due to the limited resources) confederate signallers had to rely on flags or messengers  to relay information.
Another distinct difference between the two signal corps was that confederate signal corps also included espionage as part of their mission. This included undercover missions behind enemy lines and a network of agents running from Richmond to Canada. Because of this records on their activities and their going ons in the war are quite sketchy as most records were burned or otherwise disposed of to most likely protect information and people.
Thanks for viewing!
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25 comments:

  1. Wow these are great Christopher, absolutely lovel. What a nice piece to have in your collection!
    Cheers
    Paul

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  2. Stunning piece, looks realy nice.

    Good work !!!

    Best regards Dalauppror

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  3. Amazing. An excellent piece of work.

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  4. I want one!!

    I might have a go at trying to scratch build one as my ACW set up is 20mm.....

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  5. stunning, I agree redoubt ACW are excellent and this signal tower will make a great focal point

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  6. The most beautiful work! I know little about the ACW, but the work itself is delightful. My respects, Christopher.

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  7. Christopher, this looks absolutely stunning. Really fantastic work! I love the flags, especially the way you have done the rolled up ones!

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  8. That, Sir, is brilliant! Wonderful painting and landscaping; I love it.

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  9. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent...great job, Christopher

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  10. This will look superb on the games table as well as the top shelf of the glass cabinet. Love the ground work.

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  11. Stunning piece Christopher !!
    Cheers
    J-B

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  12. Absolutly stunning Christopher.

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  13. What everybody else said above me!!! Superb Work!!!!!

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  14. It looks like there's a lot of work in it. Really nice piece though. Very nicely done.

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  15. A lovely vignette, your arrangement, painting and groundwork are all fantastic.

    An thanks for the historical info, interesting stuff!

    PhilH
    Http://infrequentwargamer.blogspot.com/

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  16. Nice work Chris,love the trees,well everything(:

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  17. What an incredible model. I love the paintwork. I'm curious basing, could I ask whether you made or purchased the wild flowers on the base. They are just the kind of thing I'm looking for! Thanks

    Regards,
    Jason

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  18. Thanks folks for your very kind support!!

    @Steve

    Good luck and I'm curious to see how you do it.

    @Sidney

    The rolled up flag is cast into the miniature and only the ones being waved are hand made.

    @Jason

    The bushels/plants are from "Mini Natur" and the flowers and small trees are from "Heki".

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  19. Christopher,Many thanks indeed for the info on the flora. Much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Jason

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  20. Stop! Please…I just finished ACW and looking at this makes me want to drop current projects and get back. Fantastic piece, a real ACW highlight on the web. And I agree on the new Foundry paints, they are good.

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  21. Thanks Michael and I am working on a non ACW unit at the moment, but I already have another ACW regiment primed and ready to go once I'm finished!
    As a devoted fan of ACW since I was a kid I'll tell you now the urge to do more ACW stuff won't go away and so thankfully for us your doomed to going back and painting more of your fantastic Rebs!!:-)

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  22. Fantastic painting and great photos!

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