Friday, 30 September 2011

ACW- Fire and Fury- 1/72nd Eustis and Wheaton´s brigades in Gettysburg

The two last brigades for the Union VI Corps (Sedgwick´s): Eustis (in front, with Massachussets white  flag) and Wheaton´s.

Flag bearers can be easily made from loading figures. Paper flags can easily be printed from the numerous excellent sites available in the Web .

You can also use Confederate figures for Union and vice-versa, in a way that if you have hundreds of stands each can still be unique.

 Now only XII Corps is missing for the Union and 2 brigades for the Rebs. But still 31 artillery pieces and limbers(F*****).

Monday, 26 September 2011

1/72nd scale Roman allied Cavalry

Several Hat ( and a few Italeri) all mixed - allied roman; spanish; roman cavalry. These ones, painted white/green,  are a 1/3 of the full contingent for Cannae. The other 2 groups will be painted in different colours.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ride with the devil (1999)

A must for those who try to know more about the ACW. You can order the DVD  from Amazon or similar.

It deals with the civil war in the west, the land of the dreaded bushwackers like Quantrill, who is also portrayed in the movie. So not the kind of big battles like Gettysburg or Gods and Generals.

The movie was a fiasco for the film makers, because audiences just didn´t show up but it is very good for those who really like the subject.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

ACW -Fire and Fury- 1/72nd scale Terrain and Markings for Gettysburg

This is the Gettysburg Seminary. It´s made of card with glued windows and doors and with a Kinder egg container as the cuppola.

Now the Cemitery Archway, the famous entrance to Cemitery ridge. Also made of card.

The 1st house is made of card. The other ones are resin houses of Serra da Estrela, a Portuguese touristic place, black primed and painted like XIX century american houses.

These two houses are 20mm metal Irregular Miniatures.

Several kinds of protection or hinderance for movement.
Top: Irregular Miniatures snake fence and fenced stonewall.
Bottom: Scratch built snake fence and stonewall.

The kind of grit stonewalls are made of.

Markings for Fire and Fury, from top to bottom:
- Charging officer (plastic)
- Reloading/little ammo (plastic)
- Dead/disordered (Irregular Miniatures).

Sunday, 18 September 2011

ACW - Fire and Fury- 1/72nd scale anti-crisis artillery painted

After an inspirational wargaming saturday in Lisbon with the Brigada Tripeira, and also a pleasant trip to Palmela to the house of the great modeller Carlos Briz (who doesn´t know him from the Brigada Tripeira site) which included the offer of one of his fabulous 1/144th scale dioramas to each of the visitors, I ended the artillery pictured in the last post.

Here goes some decent pictures, after noticing that the scenery button was better.

Lincoln´s dream, that he saw for a shortwhile.

Monday, 12 September 2011

ACW -Fire and Fury- 1/72nd scale anti-crisis artillery

After building some 40 sets of artillery for the ACW, limbers included, I started looking at emptying surplus stocks of  related items and also saving some money.

This is how you can do it:

1. Pick  some wheels, 12/14 spokes, 1/72nd scale man height, from whatever artillery XIX century set.

2. Find some horses in relaxed poses. Napoleonic artillery ones will do, but carve off  the shabraques that most have.

3. Build the seats, the central and wheels axis and the bucket out of Evergreen. Use a good reference image, but keep it simple.

 4. Pick some old french Esci guns, those we all bought in plenty in the eighties but we used little. Cut the Gribeauval double part of the trail, and glue a Evergreen one part trail, carved and heat-bended to shape. Use the Loctite Super Plastics to bond different plastics. Use surplus napoleonic tubes for the Napoleons 12 Pdr, or build the Whitworth,etc out of Evergreen.

5. Add some of the detail from Evergreen pieces and GreenStuff (the ropes in the middle of the gun trail and  saddles).

6. Most of the artilleryman are converted Revell pioneers or Italeri cavalryman.

7. Some Airfix resin cast figures, and some metal Irregular Miniatures also...

8. Et Voilá.

9.No, it´s no oil leak. I'm using Black Krylon Super Plastics for priming.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

ACW- Fire and Fury- 1/72nd scale VI Corps ; Newton´s Division; 23rd Penn. in Gettysburg

Latest painting and modelling: this are the famous Birney Zouaves (23rd Pennsylvania), here in representation of Shaler´s bgde, Newton´s division in Fire and Fury brigade rules.

The figures are Hat, with heads from Esci and Revell. The Officers are Italeri.

Here is Newton himself (Strelets r), with an old resin cast Airfix artillery driver turned into a flag carrier by his side.

A special thanks to Matt´s from Leigh-on-sea for his kind words.