quinta-feira, 18 de Setembro de 2014

Alamo 20mm (part 3) - The armies.

The Texan "army". It is difficult to call it an army as it was a force around 200 men. 
Top left, the N.O Greys.
Down right, David Crockett's men.
Center, the main Texan force. 

The artillery was the most important part of the Texan defence, capable of sending shot and shrapnel on the attackers. 

Coronel Travis (Imex figure as the two next) with an added rifle.

The immortal David Crockett. Well, he was killed on this day...

Jim Bowie with his famous Bowie knife. On the day of the battle he was very sick and in bed were he was killed. Here he is in all it's glory gained in many duals. 

A Texan artillery piece. Some other were siege artillery and others were former naval pieces. 

The Mexican artillery. Mostly Imex.

The Regimento Ativo Toluca  followed by the Regimento Matamoros. At the head of the column are the door breakers Zapadores (conversions using Esci and StreletsR figures). In the 2004 movie they are awesome!

The Regimento Permanente Dolores. They are conversions of the Esci Polish lancers with Austrian 1805 heads. They killed every Texan that tryed to escape.

The assault ladders. Finally I have some usage to this  Esci old stuff. A load of artillery protections was also made from the same boxes. 

The Regimento Ativo San Luis followed by the Regimento Permanente Allende.


Detail of the Mexicans. For the plastic lovers you can recognise Revell, Esci, Airfix, Imex and many conversions. The greatcoats were part of the uniform of Mexican regulars so probably used in the night assault. 

The Mexican Estado-Mayor. Cós and the other generals are all present. 

Santa Anna itself. A conversion from a Italeri Napoleon figure  (quite suitable...) with a Russian General head.

Mexican markers for breakthrough.

Regimento Permanente Aldama.

Regimento Permanente Jimenez followed  by the elite tiradores of the Zapadores, the best Mexican marksmen. 

Next: something else.

quarta-feira, 17 de Setembro de 2014

Alamo 20mm (part 2) - the Alamo compound

And now for the Alamo itself. Although the 1836 campaign is very interesting no one would care for it if it wasn't for the Alamo. 

This is a very austere group of buildings of obvious religious influence as the place was a former mission. 

I used mainly styrofoam and thick card for the buildings themselves and toothpicks or matches for the wooden parts of the revetments. Some roofs are pieces of cloth painted and textured to look like straw or thin wood. 

The Alamo seen from the west (from San Antonio de Bexar).

From the south. At the end you can see La Villita. 

The chapel was completely derelict by the date of events.

Entrance of the chapel. 

All eventual entrances for the chapel, as well as any of other parts of the Alamo, were blocked to create extra defences. 

The cattle compound. 

The north wall seen from the square.

The north wall was in worse condition than the rest of the walls as it served for target practice (???) for the texans before the battle. Yes, not a very clever idea: it was the place of the main attack by the Mexicans. 

The west lunette. 

The south west corner.

The south lunette guarding the main entrance. 

The abattis and defences of the south east gap. 

The south west corner seen from the Inside of the Alamo. 

The cattle compound from the Mexican side. 
The 17 parts of the Alamo ready to return to the shelves.

Next: the figures. 

Alamo 20mm (part 1) - Wargames rules

These are some rules I wrote a few years ago for the Texan war of independence. 

The Alamo building drives any model maker crazy as well as the last - and great - 2004 movie on the battle. 
When I was a kid I remember seeing the old John Wayne Alamo and got hooked. This was one of the things one day had to come out. 

The campaign itself is a very interesting piece of history in which we can see the enormous desire of the USA to extend its borders at the usual expenses of neighbours. 

Hope you enjoy them. Any doubts, don't hesitate. Sorry for not having a translation but every street throughout the world has a nice Portuguese guy always ready to help! 

sexta-feira, 29 de Agosto de 2014

Pineapple Miniatures - 1/32nd scale - Mamelukes

First group of four Mamelukes from Italeri are already in Museu Militar do Buçaco. 

The Mamelukes were not in Buçaco of course but a detachment was on the peninsula and were used against the  Madrid riots on the 2 de Mayo as Goya portrait shows. 

On the back of picture you can see Sula, no, no, not the 2nd place for the battle of Buçaco but my dog. 

Detail of the Mamelukes. 

sexta-feira, 22 de Agosto de 2014

ACW-Fire and Fury, 20mm- Gettysburg buildings, part 5, Codori House

The Codori house was central in the famous Pickett's Charge on the 3rd day of the battle of Gettysburg. Most of the confederates could see the house as they advanced towards the union defensive line. 

Here is a simple reconstitution using the usual materials ( card and styrofoam). 

Remember to keep it on the small size. Mine is 7cm lenght (not counting the base), 4,5cm width and 7 cm height. 

The information came from the web were you can see different interpretations as the original house exists no more and the new one doesn't seem to be a fair replica. I mixed several of these interpretations for the final result. 

And now let's get back to Waterloo in 28mm.
Why? Have no idea!

domingo, 3 de Agosto de 2014

ACW-Fire and Fury, 20mm- Gettysburg buildings, part 4, Bryan house and Bliss farm

Two more: the Bryan house, close to the Angle and the Copse of Trees of Pickett's charge and the Bliss farm, a place of great importance in the action of the second day at Gettysburg.

Once again card all over and just the chimney at Bryan's and the mound of the farm were made of styrofoam.

From the loop-holes of the farm the confederate sharpshooters found a lot of targets.

The fire place of Bryan's house could be seen from the outside. I messed with the planking as all of it should be horizontal, but I hope you didn't notice it, right? 

quinta-feira, 31 de Julho de 2014

ACW-Fire and Fury, 20mm- Gettysburg buildings, part 3, Gettysburg college (or the building inside the Kinder surprise)

The Gettysburg college is the missing building for the day 1 in Gettysburg. 

I Couldn't find anyone doing this particular building, so mine had to be quite improvised. 

Most of this was copied from the back cover of Fire and Fury rule book were you can see Union XI corps being squeezed into town and later into cemetery hill. 

The building is mostly card but this time some new materials were necessary.

The base had to have enough room for some trees and lawn.

The roof dome is a Kinder Egg cut to the shape of the cruciform roof.

The columns are those plastic tubes that come along with brushes. In the beginning we all say "I solely swear to use these plastic tubes after every wash of it's fellow brush" but we generally discard them after some usage. So they can find some utility as architectural columns.

The stairs are some German made hard plastic ones I bought many years ago. They can be easily cut. The kind of expensive stuff that you never regret buying. 

The chimneys are Blueboard cut into shape. The chimneys top is better to be card or other hard material in order to protect the  fragile styrofoam. 

Painting is quite straight forward: Black as primer and white all over. Only the windows are troublesome as there are plenty of them.

The making of the roof is better to be made this: you built one of the full parts, ex: the longitudinal one and then you overlap the other one. Do it always with hot glue as it will help disguise the many wrong calculations.

Once again my father's train diorama saw it self without some trees... 

Now for Gettysburg second and third day buildings and structures.