Thursday, September 26, 2013

Last Night's Work and More Welcomes

Welcomes
The blog has been nearly exploding with new followers. Welcome to the newcomers:

First us is Brian Botzan. Welcome. i could not find in your profile if you had a blog or not. If you do, let me know. He runs the blog: RayGun Gothic Galaxy. Through this site I have learned quite a bit about Canadian B movies that I never knew existed.

Next up is Abikapi2. He is the author of Anonima Wargame Romagna. It seems that he has been up to some ACW gaming lately.

Our third contestant is The Kiwi. He is the author of The Gamer's Table which has recently featured some really nicely painted Normans.

Last up for this round is Thoran Braune. Again, I could not find a link to a blog that you host. If there is one, let me know and I will update it here.

American Civil War
Well along the theme of a recent post, I found some more figures. I was looking at the shape of my ACW forces and was fairly depressed. I have a large number of troops that are unbased and need some additional paint. Then I found a large bag that I had been gifted from the Mad Padre himself. When I received those, I was buried under the work for "In the Name of Roma" and completely ignored them. While the rest of the family slept, I went through the bag. WOW! There was a ton of great stuff in there.

First I had figures I can now use as my Cavalry commanders. They will fit in perfectly with my existing Old Glory Cavalry for both sides. Next was a large number of infantry. I pulled out enough infantry in Hardee hats to make two groups of 8. These also had a pair of drummers to go along with them. They will end up as a supporting unit for my main Union infantry. Then there was another two groups of infantry in slouch hats. These will promptly be drafted into Confederate service to begin the second company of Infantry in my Mississippi Rifles Regiment. Then there were a huge number of troops in kepis. These looked like the larger ones that the Union wore to me so they will complete out my Union infantry company. four groups of 8 of these have been mounted on popsicle sticks for base coating. There are several "character" casts in the mix. Fellows waiving a hat or with a bandaged head and the like. Including a couple that look like perfect NCOs. I have one of these fellows on the popsicle sticks as well. This will go a long way to finishing out my ACW troops for Terrible Sharp Sword.

Also I rediscovered that I have not taken care of the unit of Union Zouaves that I have. I have a group of 8 and another group of 7. I received from Mark a pair of zouaves with rifles to fill in the gap a couple of years ago and I have yet to paint them. Well on to the painting stick they went.

I have three groups of 8 Confederate cavalry. But only around half of that number in Union cavalry. Not sure how that happened. I thought I bought one OG bag each of them. I will have to buy some more at some point. Not sure when that will be.

Anglo-Zulu War
Ha! Bet you thought I was not going to have an update for this, right? Well, it is not much of one. I managed to get the four 28mm giants onto a painting stick and gave them a good flat black base coat last night. With the painting guide I found from Warlord games, I should be able to get some work on these. They really do look nice. But really, this is only a test.

Anyway, that is it for today. Hopefully I can drag myself away to get some reading done on the AZ War today to start framing the scenarios and the campaign I want to do.

10 comments:

  1. Nice one Chris, Its a bit of a shock painting 25's after all them 15's. Good luck with the AZ campaign!!

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    1. Thanks. It already was when I had the 28s next to my ACW 15s. They were positively giants.

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    1. It was a real treat to see how great the miniatures were. They were all primed grey in the bag. They are really nice sculpts. All of them.

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  3. Thanks for the welcome Chris! I actually do have a blog at http://raygungothicgalaxy.blogspot.com. Although contrary to the title I'm mostly working on 15mm VSF these days.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I will update the post.

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  4. Interested in seeing how your ACW gaming goes. The cool cats here are playing Longstreet, which has given me an excuse to dust off my 15mm figures for the first time in my a year

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    1. Thanks. They are part of project to do a part of the Battle of Atlanta in time for the anniversary next year. I think I have a plan.

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  5. That larger kepi is called a forage cap. It's sort of a collapsed hat, which if you take it off will hold a decent amount of eggs, apples, berries etc. found while scrounging for food.

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    1. That's right! I knew that at one time but forgot as I was typing this up. Thanks for the reminder. Interesting observation as to its foraging usefulness. I remember my Dad telling me of the uses for the old steel helmets he used during Korea. Soldiers are always creative.

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