domingo, 9 de dezembro de 2018
On the 1st of July, Henry Heth's Confederate Division deploys along the Chambersburg Pike and around Herr's Tavern in order to advance on the dismounted cavalry of Buford. The division rested on the second day and was engaged again on the third. The result of two days fighting was the highest casualty rate of the A.N.V at Gettysburg with 50% casualties.
On the left you can see the 3rd Corps commander Lt.Gen. Ambrose P. Hill in his distinctive red shirt. The figure is a conversion from somewhere I can't remember with the head from Revell. To the right Gen. Heth is another conversion using a Italeri body and an Imex head with the proper moustache.
Archer's Brigade is moving to face the Iron Brigade. The figures are some of my oldest with plenty of head swaps.
Pettigrew's Brigade of North Carolinians was the biggest of the A.N.V. The figures are from Revell, Italeri, Imex and Airfix.
The usual mix for the artillery: mostly Revell figures but from different boxes including the Pioneer's.
Brockenborough's Brigade includes some of the ACTA figures including the laying down ones.
Davis is heading his men towards the Rail Road Cut were many will get trapped.
Side view of Heth's Division.
Next: Pender's Division, the Army of Northern Virginia.
domingo, 2 de dezembro de 2018
Robert E. Rodes Division sweeps down from Culp's Hill on the 1st of July and prepares to battle Baxter's Brigade close to Shead's woods. The Divisional commander watches from the Mummasburg road and bypasses McLean's Farm.
General Rodes is a figure from StreletsR and the flag bearer is a resin copy of an old and venerable Airfix figure.
The presence of Corps commander is a bit blurry, exactly like his decisions late in the day on not assaulting Cemetery Hill, but Gen. Ewell is a recognizable Italeri officer with a Revell head.
Daniel's (back) and Iverson's (front) Brigades. Many of the uniforms in this Division were painted all Cadet Grey as most of its regiments were from North Carolina. Most of the figures are Italeri.
Ramseur's Brigade is a mostly Imex and Revell Brigade.
O'Neal's Brigade is again mostly Italeri.
A mix of all brands for the Georgians of Dole's Brigade.
The artillery has converted guns from Esci Napoleonics; the artillerymen are mostly converted Italeri cavalrymen; limbers are Evergreen (buckets included); horses came from all origins and riders are Airfix copies or metal Irregular Miniatures.
Next: A.P. Hill's III Corps, the Army of Northern Virginia.
segunda-feira, 26 de novembro de 2018
Gen. Jubal Early's Division is preparing the attack on Blocher's Knoll on day one of the battle with Gordon's Georgians already overcoming Josiah Benner's property.
Gen. Early is a conversion of a Revell torso, a Revell head and Italeri legs.
General Gordon is a nice StreletsR figure that catches very well the heroic figure of this great Confederate officer.
The Brigade itself is made mostly of charging Revell figures.
More relaxed poses in Hays' Brigade with Imex, Revell and Irregular Miniatures figures.
Avery and Smiths' Brigades are made of firing poses from Revell and Imex.
The artillery is the usual mix of plastic and metal. Some Italeri cavalrymen were converted and a figure from the Revell Pioneer box was also used.
Same story on gun number two. The shouting figure is converted Esci infantryman. The limber and horses are plastic with metal riders from Irregular Miniatures.
Next: Rodes' Division, The Army of Northern Virginia.
sábado, 24 de novembro de 2018
On the 3rd July another attempt was made by the Confederates to attack the head of the 'fish hook' at Culp's Hill. Here Johnson's Division already crossed the Plum run and moves towards the foot of Culp's Hill. In the lower part of the picture Steuart's Brigade prepares to cross the Pardee field and being slaughtered in the process.
Gen. Edward Johnson is the usual Esci body with a proper Italeri head to suit its figure.
The Stonewall Brigade of Brig Gen.Walker is represented by the 33rd Virginia. I used this regiment because initially was one of the Confederate units to have blue uniforms and I just hope that some were retained this late in the war. Most of the figures are Esci with a few Revell.
Dungan's Brigade is a mostly Italeri and Airfix unit with many head swaps.
The 'Louisiana Tigers' Brigade of Col. Jesse Williams is a full Italeri unit.
The big Steuart's Brigade is made of ACTA, Airfix, Revell, Esci and even has a few figures from the 1848 US- Mexican war by Imex placed here due to the caps still used by some Confederate soldiers.
The Divisional artillery has Irregular Miniatures limbers and Imex guns and artillerymen. The commanders of each gun are an Italeri and the other a conversion of the Airfix Napoleonic British artillery set.
Next: Yes, you guessed it, Early's Division, the Army of Northern Virginia.
sábado, 17 de novembro de 2018
With Kemper's and Garnett's Brigades to the front and Armistead's in support, Pickett's Division leaves Spangler Woods not only to attack the Union Center on the 3rd of July, 1862, but also to enter eternity.
Gen. Pickett is a conversion from several parts - torso, arms and head - of different Italeri figures. I tried to make him as close as possible to the character of the movie.
The rank and file is made of block painted old Airfix, Esci and Revell figures. This was my first F&F ACW division to be painted maybe close to 25 years ago and even the flags are still hand painted.
The artillerymen in front are conversions from Airfix British Horse artillery and others are Imex.
Again you can spot two more Napoleonic conversions in this stand.
The limbers are Imex with their usual overweight horses.
Next: II Corps, the Army of Northern Virginia.
quinta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2018
Hood's Confederate Division leaves Seminary Ridge after the famous long march around the Federal left and prepares to engage Ward's Brigade around the Devil's Den. Front left, Law's Brigade will enter history when engaging the 20th Maine around Little Round Top; front right, Robertson's Brigade will face the Devil's Den itself and also the Wheat Field and loose its commander and almost all Regimental commanders; on their back, in support, the smaller brigades of Benning and Anderson will follow the destiny of their fellow Divisional Brigades.
John Bell Hood is another great figure from StreletsR, sculpted some time before he lost the usage of its left arm on this day.
Law's Brigade of Alabamians is identified by a hand painted flag of the 15th Alabama. The figures are the usual mix with a converted Italeri officer.
Robertson's Texas Brigade is one of my oldest units and still have some Airfix figures in the mix of the usual Esci, Italeri and Revell miniatures.
Also with two flags the Georgians of Anderson's Brigade were more recently painted and have more contrasting shades.
Benning's Georgians are also more recent and were painted straight from the box with no conversions for a change.
The artillery stands are Revell, both guns and crew but the limbers are Irregular Miniatures.
The Irregular Miniatures limbers are very complete and catch very well the atmosphere of ACW.
Here they go to the 'worst ground I've ever seen' (Hood's words).
Next: Pickett's division.
terça-feira, 13 de novembro de 2018
On the second day of battle, the Division of Gen. McLaws prepares itself to leave the woods of Seminary ridge and assault the exposed III Union Corps around the Peach Orchard. The two front brigades, the more powerful, were (L-R) Kershaw and Barksdale's which were supported by Semmes and Wofford's Brigades to the rear.
Gen. Lafayette McLaws is the handiest ACW figure ever, that is the Union Revell officer.
Close by its the stand of I Corps commander, Gen. James Longstreet, a cute figure from StreletsR.
McLaws Artillery division is made of the usual mix of Revell, Italeri and Irregular Miniatures parts.
In a different angle you can see some kneeling Revell pioneers that came to give a hand to their fellow artillerymen.
Kershaw's Brigade was made of South Carolina men and thus a second flag was added to the command stand with the 'Palmetto' flag. This brigade is made mostly of Esci figures with a few Revell and Italeri in the middle.
With the same mix of brands here it is Wooford's Brigade. The flag is the one of Cobb's Legion and the officer is the same Esci figure of the previous photo but heavily converted to look like something different.
Gen.W. Barksdale Brigade of Mississipians got farther than any other NVA unit in that second day but it paid dearly and that included Barksdale own life.
In these two stands you can see how fortunate the ACW wargamer is with Revell, Italeri, ACTA, Irregular Miniayures and Airfix all living together in harmony.
A careful choice of some butternut or dark grey uniforms in the middle of the cadet grey gives plenty of colour to Johnny Reb and makes them more enjoyable to paint than Billy Yank.
With Kershaw's Brigade stepping over a lettuce field the division is ready to give hell to the Union's 3rd Corps!
Next: Hood's Division.