Wednesday, 28 January 2015
From MartinC - ACW Finished (ish) (140 Points)
I have completed my 2 ACW brigades (pause for applause). When I started the Challenge many lifetimes ago I planned to paint the Harry T. Hays Brigade of Early's Division of Ewell's Brigade circa 1863 and Graham's 1st Brigade, 1st Division, III Corps. I had purchased 2 brigade sets of Perry's plastic 28mm ACW infantry with 2 artillery pieces for £45 each about 12 months ago and had based them, undercoated them and then hid them. In addition to these I had a box of zouaves and I purchased a box of cavalry over Christmas.
The Challenge gave me the opportunity to paint them otherwise they would have stayed there. I thought that it would take me all the challenge but I have finished them already and greatly improved my skills and standards.
Firstly I finished the 4 artillery pieces, 2 each.They are nominally the Louisiana Guard Artillery and the 1st New Jersey Light Artillery. I have added spare officers to command each unit from the infantry boxes. There are far too many officers in boxes and I've been turning them in mad scientists and fighting vicarsetc .
Next I needed to finish the commanders. The brigades each came with a mounted general but they were Stickles and Pickett so needed some conversion. Hays just needed a beard trim but Graham has an mad beard that I made out of the packing material, that came with the artillery, dyed black. This worked well but picture is rubbish, need better lighting and better camera.
BG Charles Graham
BG Harry T Hays.
These are the forces. My house has a design fault such that the painting room has the head space for the stairs in it. Seller was very apologetic and price was lower than similar houses. It is a 4x3 foot waist high flat space that is perfect for skirmish gaming on. I didn't let on how delighted I was.
The rebel brigade has 1 unit less than the Union but I have enough figs left to paint reinforcements, once I've picked an interesting unit. I also have dismounted cavalry to paint - 30 figs to go.
I'll have to find other things to paint now but have loads of things sitting and staring at me.
Thanks for all the help.
Great entry! I particularly liked the final shots of your ACW collection to date. That is an impressive amount of work and a testimony to the hobby pressure-cooker that the Challenge encourages.