Whoever Saw a Dead Cavalryman?

The Scarlet J and I have another ACW game, later today. We’re going to re-play our last scenario, a meeting engagement with delayed reinforcements on one side, in which I thoroughly thrashed my poor opponent, when playing as the aggressor Confederates. We’ll reverse the situation, this time, and see how my Rebs fare as defenders. Expect a full battle report, if I win; otherwise, you’ll hear not a peep on this blog!

In the meantime, here are some photographs of what I’ve been working on for the past week. I’ve managed to paint up four stands of the mounted component of what might charitably be called a cavalry battalion. Ultimately there will be a full regiment of eight mounted stands, six dismounted stands, and two stands of horseholders. THEN I can, at looooooooong (long) last, call my Confederates for Regimental Fire and Fury complete. For now.

With RF&F basing standards, this would be 160 cavalrymen.

With RF&F basing standards, this would be 160 cavalrymen.

The officer and the sergeant carrying the banner are Blue Moon (on AB horses), the rest of the figures are AB.

The officer and the sergeant carrying the banner are Blue Moon (on AB horses), the rest of the figures are AB.

Here's the horseholder in front of the frame house I painted up this week. This is a JR Miniatures resin cast piece. I have to say, I hated this building. The casting was just horrible-pits, gaps, mold lines, soft detail everywhere.  That said it was dirt cheap (as wargames scenery goes), and now that it's all painted up, I think it's going to look pretty good on the table. How's that for mixed signals?

Here’s the horseholder in front of the frame house I painted up this week. This is a JR Miniatures resin cast piece. I have to say, I hated this building. The casting was just horrible-pits, gaps, mold lines, soft detail everywhere. That said it was dirt cheap (as wargames scenery goes), and now that it’s all painted up, I think it’s going to look pretty good on the table. How’s that for mixed signals?

As an aside (and note to myself), don’t EVER shoot miniatures facing towards a window. It’s never going to look good. Unless maybe they’re receiving direct sunlight (which has its own problems).

The photo below is a lot closer to what they look like in real life. As filtered through the version of reality my crappy KDS monitor is showing me, anyway.

On the old workbench, drafting lamp, 10 second timer set, frantically trying to get sheets of white paper in place.

On the old workbench, drafting lamp, 10 second timer set, frantically trying to get sheets of white paper in place. Yes, the building really IS that lop-sided

 

 

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  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/09/2014 at 2:12 pm

    Looking good Mr. Arkie! I’ve just procured a load of 10mm American Civil War models myself (though I will be having them painted for me). Looking forward to the battle report of your resounding victory!

    • arkiegamer  On 03/09/2014 at 6:34 pm

      Aw man, 10mm is going to be a great scale for ACW! Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

      • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/09/2014 at 6:37 pm

        I like to think of 10mm as pee wee ACW :)

      • arkiegamer  On 03/09/2014 at 6:39 pm

        I don’t know-the figures may be small but the regiments can be big!

        I’ll send you a link to some great micro-scale terrain tutorials when I get to a computer.

      • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/09/2014 at 6:45 pm

        Hence getting some other fool to paint them! ;)

        That would be very civil of you, all help is welcome!

      • arkiegamer  On 03/09/2014 at 7:52 pm

        After that groaner of a joke, I contemplated not giving you the link! But here it is, anyway: http://www.6mmacw.com/6mm-terrain-tips.html

        I particularly like the way they do forests. There’s nothing revolutionary in any of the individual steps they take to make their terrain, but the overall effect is superb, I think.

        I don’t know much about the rules these guys use, but their after action reports read as if they result in great games. If I were playing at a larger scale (force-size-wise,that is) I’d definitely give them a serious look.

      • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/10/2014 at 6:19 am

        (Shamefacedly) Thanks for the link, what excellent terrain.

  • Thomas Nielsen  On 03/10/2014 at 8:05 am

    Is that Jeb Stuart in the middle? Looking superb man – I really love this! :-D

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