Thursday, July 5, 2018

June's American Revolution Additions

I'm continuing to work on my American Revolution forces, concentrating on my Continental Army.  My immediate goal was to bring that force up to 12 infantry regiments by the end of June.  But due to a lengthy flare-up of my allergic rhinitis and a sinus infection, I wasn't able to paint as much as I needed.  So here are the regiments I completed in June.  All four are composed on vintage Custom Cast figures.  Please click on the photographs for a larger view.

1st Rhode Island Regiment
(with a hand painted flag)

2nd Virginia Regiment
(with a hand painted flag)
[unit was just expanded from 12 to 18 figures]

3rd Virginia Regiment
(with a hand painted flag)
[unit was just expanded from 12 to 18 figures]

Haslett's Delaware Regiment
(with a paper flag glued over the precast metal one)
I also painted some additional Hessian gunners to fill out a gun crew and several artillery pieces to add to the "multi-national" artillery park.

The next two American units to be painted will be the 14th Continental and 16th Massachusetts Regiments.  Plus I'll be painting the rest of the American and British gunners and the last two artillery pieces for the park.

After this I will be working on "paired" regiments, one American and one British/Loyalist/Hessian, until I get another 12 regiments for each side.

More later!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

American War of Independence - Newly Units

Well dear readers, it has been seven months (!!) since I last posted here.  I've been on a painting funk of late although I have done a little with my 1:2400 scale pre-dreadnought ships (see Col Campbell's Shipyard blog.

But now in the "merry old month" of May, I've recovered my painting mojo and have begun work on my American War of Independence forces.  The British (and Hessian and Loyalist) now have twelve infantry units, three cavalry units, three artillery companies, and some mounted officers, while the Americans have six infantry units, two cavalry units, four artillery companies, and some mounted officers.  But I've got six more American infantry units being outfitted.

Here are my latest additions.  Please click on the photographs for larger images.

British 43rd Foot Regiment, using vintage "true" 25mm Custom Cast figures, with six bases of three figures each.
The cast flags are hand-painted.
American 1st Virginia Regiment, using vintage 25mm Miniature Figurines figures;
flag from Warflag.
American 3rd Connecticut Regiment, using 25mm Custom Cast figures,
with hand-painted flag.
American 6th Connecticut Regiement, using 25mm Custom Cast figures,
with hand-painted flag.
American DeGimat's Light Infantry Battalion, using vintage Scruby Figurines figures
with a new Historifigs (formerly Scruby) officer.
Here is my British infantry troop box showing all twelve infantry units - five British foot regiments, two Highland regiments, two British light battalions, one Hessian grenadier battalion, the Hessian jager corps, and the infantry of the Queen's Rangers, as well as two British mounted officers.

British troop box - 12 infantry units and 2 mounted officers.



Finally, I also finished, after owning them for many years, the Fife and Drum Miniatures iconic "fife and drum party" set.

28mm (1:56 scale) Fife and Drum Miniatures.
In June, besides participating the our local wargaming convention Bayou Wars, I plan on completing the above mentioned six American infantry units as well as several mounted officers, two guns, and some more artillerymen for both my British and American forces.  My future plans call for painting one American infantry unit for each British/Hessian. Loyalist infantry unit, although some of the Americans will be militia while some of the British and Hessians will be grenadiers.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Visit to the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast"

Last weekend (Oct. 13-15), the B-17G "Aluminum Overcast" paid a visit to the Jackson, MS area.  She flew into the John Bell Williams Airfield in nearby Raymond.  There were both flying tours and static tours available.  I went out to see her since my father flew on one during WW2.  You can see the other posts I made about my father's service by following the "8th Air Force" subject link.

She belongs to the Experimental Aircraft Association who were the ones who brought her here.  She was delivered to the Army Air Force in May 1945, too late to see active service.  But with the exception of a replica top turret, she has been restored to her 1945 glory.  The latter is a shame since that was my father's duty position.

I took a number of pictures which are included below for your enjoyment.  Remember to click on them to see a larger view.

She carries the colors of the 398th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and is dedicated to B-17G #42-102516 which was shot down on its 34th combat mission over Le Manior, France on August 13, 1944.

Poster on display which is cropped and blown up in the three images below.





The tour entered here at the nose.

The nose art

Bomb bay with decommissioned bomb load.

Looking forward through the bomb bay toward the top turret and cockpit.

Ball turret position

Port side waist gun position

Outside showing ball turret with hatch opened to show gunner's cramped position

Looking up through bomb bay into top turret position


I tried to get some other pictures, particularly in the nose bombardier/navigator position and in the cockpit but the glare from the outside was too much for my camera.  Hope you enjoyed the ones I did take.

Friday, September 1, 2017

From ACW to FPW

Although I haven't made any posts lately, I have been painting away on my Franco-German War (as I call it) figures as well as mounting some ACW pictures painted by my friend, Larry the Marine.

After hosting a FPW game in late July, I got on a painting kick to finish some French and Prussian figures.  I already had one battalion of the French Republican Volontaires de l'Ouest painted.  I bought enough figures at Historicon to complete the other two battalions of the regiment.  Here is the 1st battalion, minus its flag which has since been prepared and mounted.


The Volontaires de l'Ouest were formed from the old Pontifical Zouaves and were probably one of the better regiments in the Republican armies to the south of Paris.  In my army, they form part of the XV Corps, Army of the Loire.  The figures are actually Union zouaves from Sash & Saber's ACW line since I couldn't find any appropriate zouaves wearing kepis.

Continuing with the FPW theme is the headquarters of IX Korps, 2nd Prussian Army which in my army is deployed south of Paris to keep the Loire rabble from interrupting the siege of Paris.


This HQ group utilizes a mix of Foundry, Castaway Arts, and Irregular (I think) figures to depict General der Infanterie Albrecht Gustav von Mannstein and his battle staff.  His uhlan aide is handing him a dispatch from a subordinate commander while his artillery staff officer keeps track of the battle through his binoculars.

Turning to the American Civil War, my gaming friend Larry the Marine recently painted a division of Union troops for me.  I'm organizing Union and Confederate forces for the Middle Tennessee campaigns of 1863 using the On to Richmond rules where each brigade is composed of 3 to 8 stands of figures.  Here is Beatty's 1st Brigade, Negley's 2nd Division, Thomas' XIV Corps, Army of the Cumberland.

Beatty's battleline ready to give fire into the attacking Confederates.
Right flank of the line.
These are Old Glory 15s Union figures from which I have trimmed the bayonets as they are in firing poses.  I use 8 figures on all the bases of each brigade except for one upon which I place a mounted officer (the brigade commander) and 6 figures.

I've made previous posts showing some of my first Union and Confederate units which you can see by clicking on the "American Civil War" label in the list below.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Can You Hear Me Now?

On Thursday and again today, we played a small Franco-Prussian War game involving a French attack on a Prussian supply convoy.  On both occasions, the French won handily.  But that's not the point of this post.

The senior Prussian commander was a conversion that my good friend and gaming buddy Jay, Lord Sterling had made.  He used a standing figure in a European military style overcoat and added a Prussian head in helmet.

EDIT:  Since I posted this, I found that I have the same figure who is actually holding what appears to be a cigar.  So not a conversation, just an unusual pose that led to the funny appellation.

Can you hear me now?

We though that he looked like he was trying to make a cell phone call.  Jay said that he thought the original figure did have a cell phone or a walkie-talkie in his hand.  Just goes to show that you can't get away from the blasted devices no matter where in time you travel.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Amusette for Staffeldunkel Jagers

The Jager Corps Staffeldunkel of the Margraviate of Carpania has added some additional firepower - an amusette!  Manned by two volunteers from the corps, the amusette should prove useful to the corps as it acts as part of either the advanced guard or the rear guard for the Carpanian field force.

Amusette 2-man crew with Major Staffeldunkel

Rear view of the amusette

Another rear view with Major Staffeldunkel supervising the firing

The amusette is a Fife and Drum Miniatures piece (# AE-006).  I obtained it from Der Alte Fritz some time ago and have just gotten around to painting it.  The crew are in the green uniform of the Staffeldunkel jagers with Britannian light dragoon helmets procured by the major so the team can be more distinctive.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Order of Tandem Limber Horses?

I am almost finished with the limber and horses for the Fife and Drum AE-005 limber but I'm not sure of the order in which the two horses should be placed.  There is no picture in the Fife ad Drum/Minden web store to help.  Should the ridden horse come in front or should it be in back close to the limber?

Ridden horse in front?

Or ridden horse in back close to the limber?
So, what is the wisdom of the "hive mind?"

Many thanks,

Jim