Sunday, 20 September 2020

 After a month or two of intermittent painting I am pleased to introduce the 1st battalion of the Regiment de Guyenne as the latest infantry unit to join my SYW/ FIW French army. The Front Rank figures were easy to paint and a splash of Citadel Fleshshade gives some definition to the faces. The flags are from GMB Flags.

The sergeant on the right pointing at the enemy is one of my favourite poses in the French SYW range

The royal livery of the drummers isn't quite right, but it was easier to leave some lace off 

Note the grenadiers with moustaches on the left. I had to order these separately as they are not included in the battalion packs

The colour I used for the coats was Vallejo Game Color Ghost Grey and I think it's not a bad representation of what I think the regular French infantry coats may have looked like. I'm sure others may disagree, but I'm happy with it.

  I have another French infantry unit undercoated and ready for some colour. It will probably represent the Dauphin's regiment as it's regimental standard is superb. At this stage all of my regiments are only represented with one battalion, but my thinking is to include two or three regiments having two battalions and having them fighting together, as was historically correct for campaigns in the European theatre. Anyway, it's back to the painting table while my painting 'mojo' hasn't run out.

Thanks for taking a look.

Until next time!  

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

SYW British 24th Foot in 28 mm

Well, I've finally finished painting up the newest unit in my SYW/ FIW British force...although it's taken me since Christmas to do it. This green-faced regiment represents the 24th Foot (Cornwallis's) which fought in the battle of Minden in 1759. Although the GMB flags I've used are correct for the 24th Foot, I will probably use this unit of Front Rank figures as a generic green-faced regiment for any other theatre or campaign where the 24th did not serve, such as the French and Indian War in American. The thought of painting all the white lace gave me a mental block in finishing the unit sooner, but sometimes you just have to box on by painting a small  number of figures at one time. The purists among you will also note that my positioning of the flags is not historically correct as the Union Jack should be on the right. Many years ago when building my AWI British army I mistakenly placed the Union Jack on the left in the very first unit I painted, and being too lazy to change it, now all my British units have the standards in this configuration. I also had a problem with a bit of 'frosting' when I sprayed the figures with Army Painter matt varnish. I had never struck this before, but I put it down to 'driver error' on my part by not giving it enough time to dry before spraying a second coat.

The snake fences might be out of place at the battle of Minden, but certainly fine for the FIW campaigns. 
You can see why all that white lace caused a mental painting block. 

The grenadiers always add a bit of flavour to these units, but painting the lettering on their mitre caps can be tricky.
   I'm now painting up a French infantry battalion, which is far easier and quicker to hopefully it won't take me 6 months to finish like it did these blokes!

Until next time. 

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Post-Lockdown 28mm ACW clash at the Mess

In celebration of surviving (at this stage) the COVID-19 lockdown here in New Zealand the Southern Strategists held a 28mm American Civil War clash at the Mess during this week. It was my turn to select what game and scale the game would be, so I decided on hosting an ACW game in recognition of the armies I had rebased over the lockdown. These had been damaged from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake Christchurch suffered in 2010 and to my shame I hadn't 'refitted' them until recently. I was also inspired from starting to read Shelby Foote's history of the war during the lockdown...although working from home ensured I didn't get as much reading as intended. I tried to keep the scenario simple and balanced so that the game could reach a conclusion within our time frame while giving both sides a chance to secure a victory: It's early 1862 and McClellan has sent a reconnaissance force south along the Manassas Turnpike to probe the Rebel defences. The force consisted of three brigades of infantry (consisting of three regiments), one regiment of cavalry, along with a battery of horse artillery. The Confederate force holding a small hamlet and crossroads along the turnpike consisted of two small small brigades of infantry (2 regiments each) and two entrenched batteries of artillery. A regiment of cavalry were also operating in the area and available to support the defence.
I thought the occasion required a special treat and it seemed to go down well with the lads. There wasn't a drop left by the end of hostilities.  

The lads ready to commence battle after a wee dram to warm them up. The Rebels were defending the hamlet on the left, while the Federals were advancing from the right.
Dixon Miniatures Union infantry advancing across one of my newly-acquired 'Killing Fields' terrain mats. This was the first opportunity I had to test them out  and thought they worked well at this scale or larger. The mats are actually a greener colour than what the camera has recorded.  

Looking along the Confederate defensive line.
The gabion baskets provide much needed hard cover for the Rebs defending the crossroads. I was also happy for the chance to use my newly created Rebel encampment in the background.  

The Federals advance across the open fields and with good dice throwing managed to push back the Rebel right flank.
The Confederate commanders, Rodger Wood (of Rebel Barracks blog fame) and the venerable Chris Packer, looking somewhat concerned at the situation...mainly due to poor dice throwing on their part! 

A Union infantry brigade advances on the Rebel right flank, supported by a regiment of dismounted cavalry further to the right.

A Confederate cavalry regiment (yet to be rebased) gallops to the sound of the guns in the hope of threatening the Union left flank. But alas, the Union battery of  horse artillery sees them off before they had a chance of crossing the bridge.

The Union cavalry and infantry advancing towards the Rebel left flank early in the game.
 With the Confederate right flank forced to retreat from the town due to heavy casualties, the position became untenable and the troops holding the left flank were forced to withdraw. So, a victory for the Union...but I'm sure the Confederates are already planning their revenge.

Until next time!

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Great Northern War bash

A week or so before we went into lockdown in NZ the Southern Strategists had a Great Northern War game hosted in the Peter Gilder Lounge by the venerable Chris Packer at his abode here in Christchurch. For various reasons we only got part way through the game before we called it a night, not least due to the humour and banter that proliferated throughout the evening. However, I did manage to secure some images of the mainly Ebor Miniatures that make up Chris's collection and thought I should share them on my blog.
A Russian general leading his brigade on an attack against Swedes holding a village crossroad. 

Russian artillery firing at the Swedish troops defending the crossroads.

The Russian right flank attacking the Swedish left flank 

More Russians

A column of Swedish reinforcements moving towards the village. 

The Swedish held village under threat from Russian cavalry approaching from the right flank in the distance. A brigade of Swedish cavalry looking to stem the Russian attack. 

Swedish reinforcements and supplies moving toward the village. 

Swedish infantry defending the village.

Swedish infantry defending the left flank. I had command of these blokes and they did manage to engage with the enemy before time was called.

Russians infantry advancing on their right flank.

Russian infantry advancing on their left flank and having taken a few casualties for their Tsar.

These were superbly painted  armies and I look forward to gaming with them again once the blokes can get back together again.

Thanks for taking a look.

Until next time!


Friday, 1 May 2020

28mm ACW Federal camp

Following on from producing the Confederate camp site, I've now finished off the Federal camp, again using Renedra plastic tents and Perry Miniature figures. This one is a bit more stark compared to the Rebel camp in that I've chosen not to include a tree in this diorama. I read somewhere a few years ago that the Confederates liked to camp adjacent to or within wooded areas, while the Feds preferred more open area for their camp sites. Whether this is true or not, that's the reason I added a tree to the Rebs' camp and not to this one. 
The Federal camp that follows the same layout as the Rebel camp in a previous post.  

I wanted to make the camp fire the focal point for these dioramas.

I particularly like the figure cooking steaks in a fry pan over the fire. The fire comes as part of the plastic tent set.

I still have some spare tents, so these will be used to create a couple of small camps for picquets or to place within fortifications. All I have to do now is finish off re-basing my two AW armies so I can put them to good use on the gaming table.

Thanks for taking a look.

Until next time! 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Berdan's Sharp Shooters

The silver lining to the Great Confinement is that I've had a little more time to catch up on some smaller projects that had just never seemed to get done before. One of these was the re-basing of a unit of Dixon ACW 25mm Berdan's Sharp Shooters that I had bought secondhand off one of the other Southern Strategists. This unit had seen a bit of action in the past and needed a bit of tarting up, plus re-basing. The tone of green used by the original painter is a bit duller than I would have used myself, but this didn't concern me enough to re-paint them. With the re-basing done and a few painting 'touch ups' these blokes are ready to take on the rebels.
I intend using these guys primarily as skirmishers in extended formation, which historically was their role when they were formed and which they performed exceedingly well as. However, I can also use them as a formed line unit if required.  

These figures came with squirrel tails attached to their kepis, which was a common practice for a small number of Union regiments, the most notable coming from Pennsylvania. I don't think Berdan's 1st US Sharp Shooters followed this practice, but it would appear they now do in my miniature Union army.
 Until next time!   

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Confederate Camp

During the lockdown I've been working from home and haven't had as much free time as I had hoped. However, I have managed to start and complete a few small projects that will hopefully add a little spice to the gaming table. One of these projects was a small Confederate camp site using Renedra plastic tents and 28 mm Perry Miniatures. I made the most of a Renedra sale earlier in the year and bought a few more tents than I needed, but I'm sure I'll find some use for them all. I used a small piece of 6 mm thick mdf as the base (instead of my usual 3 mm bases) in an effort to prevent any warping in the glueing and painting process.   

The tent set comes with small camp stretchers, one of which I placed in the officer's tent.
I've tried to create a casual early war camp scene with the fire as the focus.

I might even add some straw coming out of the  open tents as bedding for the enlisted men.

I'm reasonably happy with how the tents turned out by starting with a light grey undercoat, followed by a Ghost grey top coat, washing with a sepia wash, then a dry brush with more Ghost grey. 
I really like the pose of this bloke smoking his pipe.
 A Federal camp is almost near completion, so I hope to be posting some shots of that soon.

Thanks for having a look. Until next time!