Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Opps!

Yes I admit it, I have neglected my blog recently. Part of it is the schedule for the analogue painting challenge which means I am only allowed to post once day a week for the challenge. But most of it is me being lazy. So I am giving myself a talking to and getting it sorted out.

Berdan's Sharpshooters!

Correct I have been painting some ACW figures for my friend Matt. So today and maybe to change our luck in the ACW campaign at the club we have a new unit.

Based for the Peter Pig rules of "Civil War Battles" on 30mm square bases there are 8 full stands. And 1 half stand (15mmx30mm). For a total of 26 15mm infantry from "Blue Moon". I have tried to emulate Matts basing style and not my own as a single look to an army is better than having everything on different bases and looking like a patchwork quilt. So the bases should fit in quite well with what he already has. I will admit I did chicken out and did not put the yellow bugle badge on the top of the kepi. That was just too fiddly for me, If I was to do them again I may attempt a simple yellow splodge but I may keep them clear of that. As trying to do it accurately and without a transfer I would personally in the "Too hard" basket. Yeah maybe that makes me a wimp but until I see anyone do better I just don't care.

Since painting these I have found out that they are well known amongst Re-enactors who all seem to want to be just that little bit different. I find that attitude very understandable as like wargamers they are in a niche hobby so to some extent value their identity and thus a "cookie cutter" unit with strikingly similar uniforms may really not be for them.

This picture swiped from the internet shows what the unit looks like when portrayed by re-enactors. Being blunt they probably have more interest in the look of the uniform than "Joe Average" wargamer.

Looking at their uniform it looks like mine are a little on the dark side but that is not a huge problem as the green will stand out on the tabletop where everything else is either blue or grey.

The Above mentioned "Civil War Battles" do require casualty markers. So these are a few by Peter Pig. Again painted in the green of the unit just for completeness.

Thanks for looking today I will strive to be more regular over the next few weeks.

All the best to you and your family.
Cheers Clint


20 comments:

  1. Probably the most painted federal unit in any ACW collection and strangely enough I've always thought of them as having a darker green uniform than that portrayed by the reenactors, so give a big thumbs up to your unit.
    Like getting a new manager, maybe this new unit will give a lift to your army for the next campaign engagement. I still find it difficult to believe that these are 15's, mine look no-where near as good.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I think most federal armies painted by wargamers will have/want these troop uniforms just to break up the ranks. Personally I like the later uniforms blue but with green hats and piping.

      I should have some good painted ww2 troops soon. just basing them now.

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  2. Great painting on these Clint, I prefer the green on your figures rather than the one used by the reenactors. Looking forward to seeing your WW2 figures.

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    1. The WW2 is going to be varnished before the day is out so should be seen next week. (US Paras for PBI)

      The colour green is debatable until seen in real life as we are never sure about the lighting conditions in photos. I quite like the lighter green. Which is not to say I dislike how these have turned out.

      Thanks Peter.

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  3. Amazing work in 15mm, I just don't know how you do it. I struggle at 28mm. Great job Clint.

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    1. Thanks Bob. I think there may be some 28mm figures before to long.
      The US Paras have been a struggle. But I am happy with them now despite the lack of unit badges!

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  4. These look great and amazing detail to boot - very impressive Clint.

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    1. Cheers Michael. I am quite happy with the results.

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  5. Great painting, Clint, and welcome back to the world of blogging.

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    1. Thanks Mate. I never felt that I had gone away but then I realised I had not posted for a while!

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  6. Makes a change to see a nice bit of green on a rather dull coloured period, great work Clint!

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    1. Cheers Ray. I am quite sure that Postie has a unit of them. It would be like him to have some.

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  7. Very nice mate. They look great.

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    1. Thank you mate I feel the need to post more on my blog than I did the last week or two. So expect a few more post soon.

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  8. I didn't realize they were 15mm at first. I thought the Zouaves where the most painted union unit.

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    1. Thanks Robert. You may be right, but I think there may be more than one zouarve unit on the Union side. I am sure someone will tell me soon.

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  9. Very nice Clint, I was going to say that anyone who does ACW, paints this unit at some stage of the game, But reading the comments it looks like some one already has Haahaha

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    1. Thanks mate. Just because someone has already said it does not make it less than true. While I have painted it for a friend I have never painted it for myself. But I have now painted it so it must now count!

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  10. Nice job! It's always nice to see some different units painted, even though there's probably more miniatures of them than there ever was soldiers :P

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    1. Thank you Mathyoo. I feel you may be correct as almost every wargamer wants variety on the table top and different uniforms stand out.

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