segunda-feira, 15 de agosto de 2011

terça-feira, 9 de agosto de 2011

ACW- Fire and Fury- 1/72nd scale Wright Division in Gettysburg


Just out of last spray, Wright´s Division from Sedgewick´s VI corps.


  General Doubleday (left, figure from Strelets R, painted at the same time) paying a visit to Wright.



All this figures are standing or at ease because this division was very little engaged at Gettysburg.


segunda-feira, 8 de agosto de 2011

ACW- Fire and Fury- 1/72nd Union army of the Potomac and Confederate Army of Northern Virginia


     Both armies are at about 80% in Fire and Fury terms, 1/200 that is. Above is Reynolds I corps (Doubleday in command).


Hancock´s II corps and part of Sickles III  corps.


The rest of II corps.


Sickles III corps.


Buford dismounted cavalry. Many figures are scratchbuilt.


 Syke´s V corps. The figures in grey trousers are the Pennsylvania reserves.


Howard´s XI corps.


Custer´s Cavalry Brigade. Custer is a Strelets R foot figure modified into a cavalryman.


Now the Confederates. Longstreet I corps. Picket can be seen mounted waving his sword (scratchbuilt figure).


Hood´s division.


McLaw´s division.


General Longstreet and staff. Strelets R  and scratchbuilt  figures.


  Hampton´s cavalry.


Ewell´s II corps. Still Rodes division missing, but Jubal Early´s (see last post)  Smith´s brigade is already painted and stored.


Jonhson´s division. Some are the old but marvellous Airfix ACW figures.


  A.P. Hill III corps. Hill can be seen in his traditional red shirt and is also a scratchbuilt figure.


 Pender´s division.


Anderson´s division.

This period is great for collecting and wargaming. A time and a war in which  a few professional soldiers turned a mob of amateurs into heroes. Also last days of chivalry in US history.


terça-feira, 2 de agosto de 2011

Current work on ACW - Fire and Fury rule set, 20mm scale, Gettysburg.


I´ve started ACW in 20mm some 20 to 25 years ago, with a special  interest in 1st Bull Run. Most of this material was then repainted or simply given to friends.

Some 10 years ago, i discovered Fire and Fury rule set. Never played a battle, as usual, but those photos kept me hooked- some 1000 figures were painted, and many books were read. The full OB for Gettysburg is now the objective.

 Then the film Gettysburg and then Gods and Generals showed up and hooked I was- another 1000 were painted.

Loads of good books existed and recently I bought The Gettysburg Companion by Mark Adkin. Almost everything you need is there.


With these few photos I want to show you my latest work on ACW, still unpainted. Some stuff to end Jubal Early´s confederate division, part of Ewell´s II corps.

The one above is a 10 pdr Parrott, made from a Esci Napoleonic carriage, carved out of surplus items and with its 6pdr barrel fitted with an Evergreen longer tube in one end and GreenStuff on the other.

 The artillerymen are infantry figures without weapons and with their arms heated with a lighter into a different position. One of the figures, the yellow one, is a resin cast upper body of an old Airfix cavalryman glued on some Revell legs.




The artillery carriage (and the small bucket) is made out of Evergreen, with Esci wheels from French Imperial artillery (why did we buy dozens of those when we were teenagers? well, now I know).

 Horses are Airfix French artillery and the drivers are metal Irregular Miniatures.



Smith´s Brigade, one of the smallest of the ANV.


Jubal Early: after seeing some photos of the real person, three figures were needed from Italeri and Revell, one for the head (with a beard and slouch hat), another for the torso, and another for the legs.
The standard bearer suffered the same fate.

The glue used is Loctite super plastics with activator, which glues polythene pretty well.