Thursday, December 23, 2010
I can't paint anymore Civil war. I just don't have it in me. oh well, maybe latter! Well the year proved to be somewhat good. I finished 100 Napoleonic, 40 civil war figures and Nursing school. Bonus to me. and since the new year is just around the corner time to plan next years goals. I don't think I am going to try and do more multi 100+ figure projects any time soon. My last really successful completed project was Rhodesia. So I am going to go back to a small project that can be completed in a reasonable period.
First 3 projects for the new year are as follows:
1)Korea at 100 figures per side this is the big project for the new year. more to follow on this one.
1)1980 cold war hot project that I have been working on for a while now
3) 1950 Malayan emergency project very small roughly 20-30 figures per side with a couple of vehicles. more to follow.
so with some modern themed projects on the table I will start with the first Korea.
Monday, November 1, 2010
First figures are complete. 32 union figures. I have used just the sack coat figures for the advancing figures to represent the standard union uniform.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
But it never happens. and I mean never, In 23 years of painting miniatures it has literally never happened. when we play which is rarer these days it is always a hypothetical meeting engagement between 2 roughly matched foes. and one that only generally matches a historic order of Battle
well, it's time to change that. for my civil war project I am picking the battle of Pea Ridge AR. This is an important battle in the trans Mississippi theater and fits my criteria in most ways.
1) significant, keeps Missouri in the union and stops a confederate offensive under the general ship of Earl Van Dorn.
2) size, I can do all the forces for either wing realistically. using the frontiers scenario guide to guns at Gettysburg it is 15 union units vs 17 confederate units and that is including 5 artillery batteries.
3) interesting units, from Illinois infantry armed with colt repeating rifles to Indians to Texas cavalry there is a mix of colorful units.
I 'm going to give myself 1 year and 5 months to collect the figures and terrain and get it all painted up. so here is to playing the battle on 7 march 2012, the 150 anniversary.
When I was a child the civil war (American) all ways had a fascination for me. I would pour over my copy of the American heritage civil war book by Bruce Catton and stare for hours at the pictures. Of course I never read it. I in fact still have that very battered book and the pictures are still pretty good and I still haven't read it. It is the one period I have danced around the edges of, painting a unit here or there but never trying to in fact paint a large force for.
Well, now is the time. I have references, I have ospreys and I have a copy of Gettysburg in the dvd player. Time to get busy.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
With the start of the Internet most things are a click away. the fun of mystery has been replaced with the knowledge that any thing I can think of is probably available if I want to spend enough money.
Trolling through ebay I spotted a copy of David Chandlers campaigns of Napoleon for sale. I have always wanted a copy but it is generally in the $30-60 range. I have been to cheap to pick it up.
so imagine my surprise when I found a copy on the buy it now list for $19.00! and today it arrived. a near mint first edition! with a great dust jacket. life is good.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Well, those that paint certainly know the dreaded doldrums when nothing is interesting and there is no motivation fora period. but I am having the opposite effect with the wind at my back and the excitement of painting is making it fun again. here are the latest finished figures. once again old glory 28mm French pre-1807. I really enjoy these figures. Great fun and lots of variation.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Saturday, January 9, 2010
Here is the planned order of battle for the British:
- 3 infantry Brigades of around 20 figures to a battalion and 3 battalions to a brigade.
- 1 guards , 1 Irish and 1 highlander brigades
- 1 mounted infantry brigade of 4 battalions of 10 figures each
- 1 South African, 1 Australian 1 yeomandry and 1 mounted infantry bn
- 1 cavalry brigade of 1 lancer 1 hussar and 1 Canadian dragoons
- 1 battery of RA and 1 of RHA
while I realize its not completely historical, it will give me a nice cross section of troops and nationalities and will help to keep my interest in painting. so far I have 1 battalion of Irish and am working on the second battalion plus 1 regiment of Australians. done. so hear 's to a new year.