There I was, happily minding my own business, preparing some World War 2 1/285 scale aircraft for painting, planning then to move on to my 6mm Anglo-Saxons, and then perhaps off to something nautical, perhaps 1/1200 scale galleys or modern vessels when Little Wars TV presents First Manassas. They show the battlefield, then discuss the tactics and Gen. McDowell’s performance. Just have a look at this.
Now I am getting an almost uncontrollable itch to paint 6mm American Civil War figures. Of course, to do that, I would need to purchase some 6mm American Civil War figures as I do not have any in the lead pile. English Civil War, Ancients, Napoleonics, World War 2 and Cold War figures in stock aplenty but no American Civil War figures. I have several sets of rules on the bookshelf, lots of reference works but no figures.
Sunday I finished putting the last of the American Civil War figures on wooden bases ready for decoration and later varnishing. I also had to do a quick paint job on five flags (which I am totally unhappy with and will get around to changing later … really). When all that was completed and the varnish was dry on my observation tower (see yesterday’s post here) I thought “exactly how many figures do I have”.
I laid them all out.
It looks a lot.I guess it is. A count of the figures tells me that I have:
188 stands of infantry
28 stands of cavalry
23 dismounted cavalry
7 stands of horse-holders
14 artillery pieces
14 general and aide stands
2 ammunition wagons
4 advancing colonels (one mounted)
8 low on ammunition markers
16 disordered markers
and one signal tower
Now all I have to do is decorate the bases for all these (and attach some flags to the standard bearers.
My test piece, a signal tower, for the Union 15mm ACW army I’m putting together is finished. I tested the basing on it today. The bases were covered in sand and some small rocks. Then just using ordinary acrylics from Art Friend here in Singapore the bases were covered in a sloppy mix of dark brown, then dry brushed with a red brown, then a yellow brown and finally an off-white (each dry brush layer was applied a little more lightly.
Glade green and yellow grass was then applied with the lot finished off by the addition of some meadow flowers. Done!
Six Langton 1/1200th scale ships packaged together as a starter pack for American Civil War Naval Games. The six ships are the vessels that happen to be in the Battle on the Yazoo scenario from the Iron and Fire Rules. Now, leaving aside all the jokes you could make about being up the Yazoo and such, this scenario just happens to involve three Confederate vessels and three Union vessels. A wargamer could not ask for better – a reasonably even sided scenario.The vessels present in the pack are:
Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships: 1860-1905 is probably my most used and viewed reference work at the moment (along with The China Steam Navy reviewed elsewhere). Conway’s is the most complete reference on ironclad and pre-Dreadnought vessels in service from the American Civil War through to the Russian Japanese War of 1904-1905.