Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4th Texas - straight from the Osprey

Plate A2, if you must.

 I couldn't pass these up and got me a passel o' Union boys all kitted out in Cadet Gray.

Next will be some union cavalry. The horses are all painted and based. Hopefully they'll be ready in a week.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The New Boys

 One freshly-finished regiment and ancilliary staff officers.
 The Officer in the foreground is a cheat - he'll be used in the next Union regiment that I do. Note the officer next to the standard bearer. He's actually a Zouave - part of a batch of bits Clive kindly sent me - but he looks so good converted with paint that I had to have him in this regiment.
The Divisional command. The two figures left and right foreground are Hinchcliffe one piece castings of a Union and a Confederate colonel - guess which is which. These will be my Brigadier Generals. The officer in the background is also Hinchcliffe, but I can't remember which Officer he's meant to represent. He looks a bit like General Meade - he'll be my Major-General. I might pop him on a larger base with a foot officer to further distinguish him. 
Anyway, they were a pleasure to paint. The horses, which I usually find a bit of a pain to paint were especially easy. I would like to get more.

What you see here represents two weeks' painting for me. If I was to get all scientific on you, that would be 34 Olley points for the period. Hm. I paint a little faster than I thought.

And a late update: the Union Division. I'm very pleased to be putting out these photos (of variable quality!) showing the Division of two brigades of two regiments. A horse-drawn vehicle supports each brigade and a 2-gun battery the division.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Back on the Wagon

Returning now as I am from  lengthy break I set up my little ACW armies yesterday and took a good look at what needs doing.

I have at present (to refresh everyones memories) three regiments each of Union and Confederate infantry and a battery of guns per side. The Union also boasts a dismounted cavalry regiment. The bluebellies are also halfway or more through recruiting a mounted regiment.

Last night I cleaned up and undercoated another 30 infantry castings and this morning I started painting their trousers. Very prosaic, no?

These will form the basis of two regiments, one for each side, which will take both infantry forces to divisional size per the Grant organisation. I am aiming to get one-and-a-bit regiments painted in this following fortnight. once both are complete, I will finish off the cavalry.

I will endeavour to have a game soonest. I am badly in need of ACW buildings tho' but have found an old Ian Weekley article on some he built and will emulate that.

Anyone had a chance to read or play the rules? Any feedback would be very welcome.

UPDATE: Knapsacks and blanket rolls now painted. Yee-ha!
UPDATE UPDATE: 32 little faces and 64 littler hands, all done!
UPDATE THE UPDATE: 32 little Kepis.
UPDATE THE UPDATE OF THE UPDATE: 14 lovely BLUE coats painted.
Blah-blah-blah: All coats and waterbottles painted and highlighted. All haversacks painted. Now to start on the belts. Then the muskets and the metallics. Two days work, I think?  Don't forget the standard, either. Then photos, I promise.