Saturday, 21 February 2015

From TamsinP - 6mm ACW Union Artillery and Infantry (104 Points)

This week, for my 16th entry, I have some more "definitely not blobs" for my ACW Union army. I've modified my system for painting these again - a change in the colour order which has eliminated some of the need for touching up and halving the number of strips being painted at one time. It's definitely much easier - painting the same little bit of detail on 112 figures was leading to a numb brain when you got to the last 56 or so...

But enough of that blather, on with the show. As before, the figures (and flags) are from Baccus.

The Artillery Park

It might look as though I've gone a little bit overboard having 16 batteries, but I can assure you that is not the case. I will be adding a few more at some point. Besides, eventually they'll be supporting 40 or 50 regiments of infantry.


There are in fact 12 batteries of smoothbores, but it was easier to just take close ups of 4 of them.

Parrott Rifled Guns:

There are just the 4 batteries of these, so you got to see them all!

The Infantry

To round things off nicely, here are 4 more regiments to reinforce the 8 I've previously painted. As you can see, with two of these I have played around a little with the formations. I might do a couple in marching column in the next batch and maybe add a mounted officer to a couple.

The Corps Commander's view from his observation balloon:

So, time to tot up the points.

16 artillery pieces @ 1 point = 16
64 artillery crew @ 0.5 points = 32
112 infantry @ 0.5 points = 56

Total = 104 points

Next week I will give you (not to mention myself) a break from the eyestrain of 6mm shininess. There will be some more SciFi gorgeousness to feast your eyes on. Definitely some 15mm and hopefully some spaceships.

From Curt:

Lovely work Tamsin! That is an awful lot of artillery but then again the Bluebellies did have a penchant for lugging lots of iron around with them. Darn show offs... 

I really like the regiments that are based on a diagonal - it somehow gives the impression of the line being in the midst of a wheeling maneuver.  I'll have to try that with some of my 6mm Napoleonics.

Well done Tamsin!


  1. Another fine submission. I do think that these will look wonderful on the field. in many ways better than the larger scales that can look more like a game a chess

  2. Aah.. Very nice.. Just the 16 batteries eh.. I can see a top up coming...

  3. ow man this is bonkers! It looks just like a big parade-ground manoeuvre! Truly inspirational...

  4. I rather like the varied basing of the infantry. It adds a lot of life to them! Very nice, Tamsin, they look wonderful and the arty are very nice too!

  5. Another great set of Yankees - love the different formations. Some columns will look awesome!

  6. Yes the dynamic way you've based them really sets them off. Nice submission.

  7. really great work. You seem able to produce things to a good standard (given the scale) time and time again.

    I shall buck the trend, I do not like the ones on the diagonal, but I can understand why you have done it. It is all personal choice of course so no criticism intended, it's just not for me.

  8. @ Curt - drat! I forgot the "Love and kisses" sign off ;)
    It just looks like a lot of artillery. Honestly, it's not :)
    To be honest, I did the two slanted regiments out of boredom with the same old lines.

    @ Martin C - thanks! That is the appeal of 6mm; more figures in less space or even more figures in the same space :)

    @ Dave - yup, they definitely need some more firepower ;)

    @ Sander - yup, bonkers is about right :)

    @ David B - glad you appreciate them :)

    @ Paul - cheers! I don't know at this point whether I'l be doing any more ACW in the Challenge - if I have time, expect some march columns to make an appearance :)

    @ Sean - thanks! :)

    @ Clint - (in best Frank N Furter voice) "Well, I didn't base them for you!".
    I realise that it won't be everyone's cup of coffee; some will like it, some won't :)

    @ Ray - ta very muchly :)

  9. Great stuff Tamsin, when this is finished it will look epic


  10. Really nice painting work. Impressive units!

  11. Another superb entry - the quality of painting for such tiny figures really is impressive. I do have two questions:

    Are you planning to use any particular ruleset with these troops?
    Where are the Rebs?

  12. Very well done and an impressive sight indeed!

  13. @Ian - cheers! Maybe even nearly as epic as your Nappies (I doubt I could manage quite that level of awesomeness) :)

    @ Juan - thank you!

    @ Miles - cheers! I've got the Polemos rules, but I'm open to suggestions for other rules that this type of basing would work for.

    @ Moiterei - thanks! :)

  14. Fantastic work Tamsin, really looks good!

  15. Great stuff Tamsin. It might just be me but I can see a definite improvement on the initial batches, these look a lot more tidy. I totally agree with you, you can only paint so many small chaps at once.

    Quick question, are the units advancing in echelon a typical formation or is that just for variety?

  16. Great work. Don't apologize for having too many Artillery pieces in a Union army! After all didn't one Confederate General (Jubal Early I believe) say "give me Yankee Artillery and Confederate infantry and I will conquer the world."

  17. Wow - another top entry. I am in awe of your ability to turn out so many units, across so many genres, periods and scales, and all at such a high level. Outstanding!