Tuesday, July 2, 2024

ACW Command Stands


Finally got around to adding some command stands for my ACW armies although to be honest I've had these done for a few weeks already. Although I haven't posted much lately I have been busy with my ECW renovation project that I'll show when I'm done(Almost there just a couple more units).

I think the commands are Longstreet for the confederates and Reynolds for the union although I just use the commands for whatever I need for the scenario and do not worry so much if they are the exact leaders or not except perhaps Lee who is just too obvious I suppose.
The figures are a mix of Perry and Redoubt which do manage to fit together even if the styles are quite different oddly enough. The troops have to be in separate units as it's much more noticeable.

I did manage to get my collection on the table for Brawners Farm scenario from the Infernal Rebel Yell scenario book from Brad Butkovich using Field of Battle 3 rule set. It was a heck of a game where it looked like the rebs where going down in defeat, but managed somehow to claw a victory. A very tense game! Sadly my pictures did not come out, but my friend Mikes did and I recommend you go to his blog post for the complete game which he did a fine job of making a narration of it.

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Miniature Company- Perry, Redoubt

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Early Saxon/Germanic Collection rebased and the current state of my Late Roman/Germanic Collection


I took a break from ACW to re-base my Saxon/Germanic army for use with skirmish and army based games like Impetus, TTS and the upcoming Midguard rules by James Morris.

Why did I do this when I already had sabot bases for the figures you may ask? Well after seeing James Morris units on what I would call movement bases for individual figures rather then sabots I loved the look and flexibility as the figures could be moved around on the base rather then in a fixed sabot. With that in mind I set to work on my re-basing project to movement bases!


This flexibility allows me to make a unit a heavy or light one by removing or adding figures that does not leave a hole like a sabot base does. Also I can move the figures closer or farther apart whenever I want without needing a different sabot base and of course I can place the figures closer together.


James used magnets which is useful, but this requires where the figures are to be free of basing material which I don't like as it looks too smooth compared to the edges and limiting. I decided to use blue tack to hold the figures in place and it works very well!

With this method I can use my figures for any system be it skirmish or army based as I'll just need the base size requirements.:-)

I made the movement bases 3cm high which allows me to handle the base and not the figures which is something I've really come to prefer these days.

Usually I find re-basing a chore, but this time I had quite some fun as I didn't need to hammer and cut rather just make the movement bases themselves and transfer them from the sabot bases to the movement trays.

Not content to stop there I also re-based my friend Nick's excellent Late Roman/Arthurian collection shown above that I luckily purchased from him. It did require more work as I needed to completely re-do his bases to match my own collection, but worth the effort!

Just to round things off I thought I would show my Foundry Late Roman collection shown above which is based for Impetus, but can also be used for TTS and Midguard as well. These are a mixture of both my own(lighter based) and Nicks Late Romans(that I got off him,darker based) although I need to re-do his bases to match mine as can be seen if you look close.

Oh one cannot forget casualty counters either as I really like having these. These are also a mix of my own and Nick's already with matching bases.

So am I done? The answer is no not even close as I plan to use these collections for small skirmish all the way up to very large battles with multiple players! I think we all have a little megalomania in us(even if it takes years to get there)!

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Miniature Company- Footsore, Gripping Beast, Westwind, Wargames Foundry 

Sunday, December 3, 2023

More Reb and Union artillery

Hello I'm back again with some more ACW. I needed some more artillery for both sides so I painted up some although these have been finished for a little while now in which time I've been tinkering away on other projects.

First up are some Rebel batteries from probably my favorite ACW range Redoubt miniatures as they pack a huge amount of character and flavor of the period. Anyhow lots of fun painting these up!

I'm really getting somewhere now with this project which always helps with the mojo! I plan on doing some command, cavalry, casualties and such next and then see where I am.

The union artillery I decided to try out the Perry plastic artillery set. As plastics goes it is pretty good set and while not as nice as the metals it gets the job done and still looks good.

Assembly went fine and parts seemed to fit pretty well which is important as I hate plastic assembly so I'm not turned off to doing more of these. Since the union has more artillery these sets will come in handy.

That's all for now, but I do have more stuff I've done just as ever haven't gotten around to posting yet! The future will see more ACW, ECW and perhaps a surprise project I've been thinking about. 

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Miniature Companies- Redoubt, Perry miniatures

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

More Rebs for ACW


Continuing on with my ACW project in the form of some Rebel units. I'm actually starting to see some daylight on this project. Still have a way to go, but really feeling like I have made progress.

I hope everyone isn't getting tired of seeing ACW, but I'm trying to stay focused until I get this project to what I consider a playable stage. I have too many projects at the 75% stage, but not quite there and I don't want this too be another. I don't mean finished or everything I want just to a point where I can play  a couple different scenario's. I'm worried if I do something else it could be a long time before I come back so I want to avoid that. It's hard as so many things are tempting me!!

The figures are a mix of mostly Perry metal and plastics and a couple Sash and Saber Old Glory. Once again I prefer metal quite a bit more, but these plastics were pretty good once you got past the dreaded assembly part. 

I'm not sure how others paint their Rebs, but I really like to play up the ragged multi uniformed, whatever I can get my hands on type of look. I know many units managed to keep somewhat of a semblence of uniformity, but I always prefer the more chaotic look. To achieve this the paints I used were the usual Foundry and Vallejo paints.

Hopefully I'll have some more units to show soonish. I think I have enough infantry for now so I'll switch and add some more artillery next.

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Miniature Company- Perry, Sash and Saber