For Those About to Rock…

I’ve made some progress on my batteries for Regimental Fire and Fury. These are all AB figures, based on Wargames Accessories fine steel bases. That’s right, I’m magnetizing.

These are all 12 pounders. I bet real-world artillerymen would clear out those rocks and boulders before attempting to work their gun...

These are all 12 pounders. I bet real-world artillerymen would clear out those rocks and boulders before attempting to work their gun…

There are some limitations to the AB American Civil War range, and a lack of variety in artillery crew figures is one of them. There is only one officer pose, for instance. I may need to search afield for other figures to give these artillery bases some variety.

It looks like I was drunk when I bored these barrels!

It looks like I was drunk when I bored these barrels! Maybe I can blame it on substandard southern industrial capacity and expertise…

It was quite difficult cramming these 18mm AB figures onto the artillery bases. Especially the sponger guys.

By the way, Thomas over at the Ad Machina Wargaming Blog has done a nice post on photographing miniatures. Y’all should check it out (and I promise to follow his tips, next time). However, whatever you do, don’t look at his figures and vehicles. They’ll make you want to break all your brushes over your knee in frustration.

Ok, enough of my rambling. To those of you in the States, Happy Thanksgiving.  I intend to consume mass quantities of pumpkin pie and dressing!

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  • Thomas Nielsen  On 11/28/2013 at 3:14 am

    You are too kind Arkie :-)
    I really like the look of your Rebs – make my Dixons look like happy dudes in their parade uniforms. Didn’t know that AB made 15mm ACW, they are nice.

    • arkiegamer  On 11/28/2013 at 6:06 am

      Thanks, Thomas. I just use every dirty and dingy hue of brown and grey I can find in my paint box. I may be _overdoing_ the rag-tag confederate thing. I didn’t know you painted the ACW-I’d love to see some of your figures, someday.

      The ABs are very nice-The sculpts and castings are so logical, complete, and clean that there’s no guessing what the sculptor was intending to represent, which happens with some figures. Like I said in the blog post, there are some limitations when it comes to variety of sculpts and some necessary figures are missing altogether, for instance there are no Confederate cavalry command figures.

      • Thomas Nielsen  On 11/28/2013 at 6:31 am

        Painted more than 20 years ago, in the Warhammer era, that’s why they are so colorful. They really need to be dipped in some ArmyPainter.

      • arkiegamer  On 11/28/2013 at 6:40 am

        I don’t know, I like the colorfulness! I bet it looks especially good at table distances.

        I wouldn’t have thought mixing marching poses with firing/loading poses would work, but looking at your bases, it does. The ‘advancing’ poses mix really well, too-looks like someone rushing to plug a hole in the line. I may have to try mix-matching, it makes the units a lot more dynamic and looks more like the chaos of battle.

  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 11/30/2013 at 5:32 am

    They’re looking grand! great link for photographing minis too!

  • Thomas Nielsen  On 11/30/2013 at 8:27 am

    Arkie, send me your home address to and I will send you what I got of 15mm stuff. I will never be able to paint or game with it anyway.

    • arkiegamer  On 11/30/2013 at 9:10 am

      Wow, that’s a very generous offer, Thomas. Thanks! Maybe I can interest you in a couple of unpainted Italeri fast build Tiger tanks? I’ll send you an email.

  • Frank Arey  On 11/30/2013 at 4:49 pm

    Very nice work, Tim. I noticed that Grady has his figures magnetized, too – I’ll need to ask you about this at some point.

    • arkiegamer  On 11/30/2013 at 5:08 pm


      Wargames Accessories makes very thin steel bases, and that’s what I’ve been using. They have many different sizes, but will do custom orders, as well. The bases are fairly inexpensive, and from the small amount of research I’ve done, I don’t think there is significant galvanic action between steel and pewter/white metal.

      WA sells direct, and Scale Creepout of Chicago keeps them in stock, as well.

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