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Friday, January 3, 2014

The 33rd Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment Emerald Guard

Hi Team
Today I'm posting about a Confederate Regiment, the 33rd Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
The regiment earned immortality at 1st Bull Run but I'm depicting them as they would have appeared at or after Gettysburg in 1863.
 ABOVE and BELOW: The 33rd advancing under fire.

As usual, they are based on 40mm square MDF with 'Golden Gel Medium' flocking paste (Coarse Pumice) which was coloured with 'Jo Sonjas' Burnt Sienna . The base was then dry brushed with Citadel 'Karak Stone' and finished with MiniNature grass tuffs and Army Painter Battlefield Grass.

The miniatures are mostly PERRY MINIATURES Plastics 'Confederate Infantry' but there are also a few PERRY, OLD GLORY 2nd EDITION and SASH AND SABER metals in there.
Flags are from FLAGS OF WAR.
I have based these chaps for playing LONGSTREET but they could easily work for BLACK POWDER or other rules.

As usual I obtained the following information from Wikipedia and checked it against my resources:

33rd Virginia

The regiment was organized and mustered into service soon after the secession of Virginia on 17 April 1861. It was formed of ten companies, which included men from Hampshire, Shenandoah, Frederick, Hardy, Page, and Rockingham counties. Two of these counties, Hampshire and Hardy, seceded in 1863 from the state of Virginia, forming part of the northeastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

The ten companies were:

1.A - Potomac Guards (Hampshire Co.)

2.B - Toms Brook Guard (Shenandoah Co.)

3.C - Tenth Legion Minute Men/Shenandoah Riflemen (Shenandoah Co.)

4.D - Mountain Rangers (Winchester, Frederick Co.)

5.E - Emerald Guard (Shenandoah Co.)

6.F - Independent Greys/Hardy Greys (Hardy Co.)

7.G - Mount Jackson Rifles (Shenandoah Co.)

8.H - Page Grays (Page Co.)

9.I - Rockingham Confederates (Rockingham Co.)

10.J - Shenandoah Riflemen(Shenandoah Co.)

 Originally, the regiment was commanded by Col. Arthur C. Cummings, though it would change hands many times through the war. The 33rd, along with the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 27th Virginia Regiments, formed the famous 'Stonewall Brigade' under the command of the legendary Stonewall Jackson. The average height of a soldier in the regiment was 5'8", and the average age was 25 years; these figures fluctuated greatly as the years progressed.
 ABOVE and BELOW: I've based the 33rd as a big 10 base unit. Confederate units tended to be larger than their Federal counterparts on the whole.

 ABOVE and BELOW: All ten bases in line.
Action at 1st Bull Run (1st Manassas)

When the Union and Confederate armies engaged near Manassas Junction, Virginia on 21 July 1861, General Jackson and his brigade earned the nickname "Stonewall" when, as they retreated to reform along Henry House Hill, Gen. Barnard Bee cried out to his ailing troops: "There stands Jackson like a stone wall. Rally behind the Virginians!" Eight of the ten companies in the 33rd were present.

At the height of the battle, it was Jackson's first brigade, and more specifically, the undersized regiment of Colonel Cummings that turned the tide of battle with a well-timed charge against an exposed artillery battery. The successful capture of the guns is thought to be largely because, due to the lack of formality in early war uniforms, Jackson's men were dressed in blue, just like their Federal counterparts. Though the 33rd Virginia succeeded in capturing the guns, the number of men that made the charge (only about 250) were unable to maintain possession and were forced to retreat. The charge had halted the steady advance of the Union Army up to that point, and precipitated further charges by Jackson's other regiments. By day's end, the actions of the 33rd led to the complete rout of the Union Army, and played a major role in immortalizing the brigade.

The cost of immortality for Cummings' regiment was high. Of the 450 men who were present at the battle, the 33rd would suffer 43 killed and 140 wounded

The 33rd Virginia remained in the Stonewall Brigade in Thomas J. Jackson's Second Corps until the restructuring of the Army of Northern Virginia after his death in the spring of 1863. It was then put under Richard Ewell's command until the spring of 1864, when it dissolved at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.


Arriving late in the evening of 1 July, the brigade to which the 33rd belonged spent much of the second day skirmishing on the far Confederate left. It would not be until the next day that the 33rd would see real fighting. At 3:00 a.m. on the morning of the 3rd, the regiment was aroused and marched off with the rest of the brigade towards the enemy position atop Culp's Hill. After daybreak, the regiment advanced in line of battle towards the enemy who was "strongly intrenched in a most advantageous position." The regiment advanced up the slopes of the hill advancing "in intervals" as the men took cover behind rocks and trees as they advanced. Although the regiment exhausted its ammunition within an hour or two, at least part of the 33rd remained engaged for almost five hours, as partial supplies were received upon the field. During this portion of the fighting, Captain Bedinger of the Emerald Guard was killed while advancing towards the enemy. Captain Golladay, in temporary command of the regiment after the battle would write that Bedinger's body had fallen perhaps the closest to the enemy's lines.

Sometime around noon, the regiment was withdrawn from the slopes, reorganized and replenished with ammunition. The regiment was then moved several hundred yards to the right, and another advance was made upon the enemy. The fighting was intense and lasted only a half-hour or so before the regiment was withdrawn again and marched to the rear for a short rest until mid-afternoon. Again, the regiment was aroused, reequipped and marched to a position farther to the right of the line. From this time until nightfall, the regiment was only engaged in skirmishing after which the day's survivors quietly retired. Upon the field were left many whom Golladay considered the "flower of the regiment." Twenty-three percent of the 236 men who fought at Gettysburg were killed, wounded, or missing.

On 3 July, the Stonewall Brigade lost one of its former commanders, Richard B. Garnett, who was killed during the infamous 'Pickett's Charge,' possibly due to an injured leg that cause him to ride a horse into the battle.

As Lee began his long retreat in the rain on 4 July and 5, five members of company E, some of whom had been wounded two days before, were captured at Waterloo and Chambersburg. By the time the 33rd had re-crossed the Potomac and moved into camp around Orange Court House, the regiment numbered only 90 men. With the death of George Bedinger and the only Lieutenant, Patrick Maxwell, absent sick, Captain D. B. Huffman of Co. G, 33rd Virginia Infantry assumed temporary responsibility for the shattered Emerald Guard. On 31 August 1863, the 33rd was again mustered to be paid.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Red Legged Devils: Part Two

Hi Guys
I've finished basing my PERRY MINIATURES 14th Brooklyn Infantry.
I use 'GOLDEN GEL MEDIUMS' and at 28mm scale opt for the Coarse Pumice Gel. This comes as a white paste which I like as I can colour it to suit. It's coarse enough to really take a dry brushing really well. After painting and dry brushing I added some grass 'Tuffs' and a few twigs I hunted around for in the garden. Finally I applied some ARMY PAINTER 'Battlefields Field Grass'. I highly recommend the ARMY PAINTER grass. It's very fine and 'sits up' nicely after being applied.
The Bases are 40mm square MDF bases from Back-2-Basix.
Flags are from FLAGS OF WAR.
Now I just need to start work on the Forgotten and Glorious miniatures version of this Regiment advancing at Right Shoulder Shift.

Comments are always welcomed.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Village Raid! A Dux Britanniarum AAR

ABOVE: The Saxon raiders arrive at the sleepy village of Stanfordium; "Anyone home"!
Hi Guys
As some of you might know I've always been a huge fan of all things 'Too Fat Lardies'. Their rules and Scenario books, and 'Summer Specials' etc are quite choice. If you can afford them, (and you can 'cause they are also sooo afordable) then I highly recommend their tasty treats.
One of their more recent offerings has been Dux Britanniarum, which one can use to game / simulate war in Romano Britain just as it's all falling apart at the seams.
The rules come with an exceptionally fine campaign system and my usual gaming buddy Stan and I jumped straight in.
I can't recall if I picked or had forced on me the option to be the Saxon Raiders, but either way I do like them.
Obviously Stan picked up the Romano-British.
Characters were generated; a Lord each and two subordinate 'Nobles' and we were off.
The first encounter was a raid on a Watch Tower that resulted in a victory for me, with a Brit Noble being carried off for ransom, (after Cedric the Confused had his way with him).
After that was a raid on a church. This was a real ding-dong afair that resulted in a lot of dead on both sides, and a 'drawn' result. We now have some nice leadlight windows back at the Great Hall in Germany.
That brings us to the third raid. This time a village raid.
ABOVE: First house searched "O Bugger it, nothing here but moldy bread and stale ale. And what a mess!  HOW DO THESE PEOPLE LIVE LIKE THIS"!!!

We had two turns head start on the Brits, which was enough time to get to the edge of the village before the first of the Brits arrived to try and spoil the party. The first building was entered by the Saxon Loard, his Champion and his Hearthguard and their searched revealed nothing, but the large villa (essentially classed as two buildings) being searched by the 2nd Hearthguard came up trumps two turns in a row (rolling a 6 and then another 6)!!

BELOW: Olaf the Bloated grabs a wife and a refreshing beverage as two of his mates engage in less civalized pursuits. Savages.

ABOVE: Saxon Lord and Champion together with two of his Hearthguard survey the Saxon Archers in the woods.
BELOW: The British arrive in force
BELOW: The Saxon warriors pour into the village.
While the villa was being plundered my archers started peppering the oncoming British without much success, and before you could say, "someone might lose an eye" the 2nd group of Hearthguard was making off with armfulls of loot.
As this was happening the Saxons sent a group of Warriors to pounce on a group of British Levy who had advance to close before forming a shieldwall.
Surprisingly they managed to give as good as the got and both groups virtually destroyed each other!
As this was happening another group of Saxon Warriors entered the villa to collect their share of loot and were about to exit when they found their exit barred by a group of British Warriors.
ABOVE: The 2nd Hearthguard make off with the loot.
BELOW: Warriors attempt to leave with the second lot of plunder but some British Warriors think not!
BELOW: Warriors V Warriors. It started pretty well for the Saxons and then as was the recurring pattern of my day, it went south quickly.
These two groups again butchered each other. Initially the Saxons seem to have the better of it, but yet again the British died hard and both groups were destroyed.
ABOVE: Lord's, Champions and Hearthguards do battle.
Now the two Lords Hearthguards clashed on the edge of the Village. Yet again another see-sawing stoush but ultimately The British lord triumphed. Only the Saxon Lord, his Champion and one of his hearthguard managed to escape.
At this point the Saxons called it a day and headed back to their boats.
BELOW: The situation at the end of the game.
Though not a success, the saxon Lord still has sufficiant funds to share some spoils and has been declared a 'Warlord'!
The next encounter will not be a raid, but rather a Battle for a chunk of British land.
Comments Welcomed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SAXON WARBAND: for Dux Britanniarum

ABOVE: A relaxed Saxon Lord (Eureka Miniatures 'Beowulf' Character)
Hi All
Well I've been busy. I always get busy after discovering a new set of rules from the guys at Too Fat Lardies.
This time I've been working on my Saxon Warband for TFL's Dux Britanniarum rules. The rules aim at simulating (or gaming) the situation as it stood in England after the departure of the Romans when the struggle for control of the island was between the Romano British ('Romanised' Brits) and the 'Raiders' / invaders from acros the sea, (in my case the Saxons).
To build my Warband I've used a mix of EUREKA MINIATURES and FOUNDRY MINIATURES. There is also a couple of BLACK TREE DESIGN (BTD) Miniatures included.
I used the EUREKA Minis to provide my 'BIG MEN' (Characters such as the 'Lord' and his two trusty subordinates / Nobles. The Beowulf Collection has some cracking good figs, and you an see they come in both 'Casual and attacking poses. Consequently I've painted doubles of my Lord, Nobles and Champion.
BELOW: A not so relaxed Saxon Lord (Eureka Miniatures 'Beowulf' Character). He means business!

 ABOVE AND BELOW: My 1st Saxon Noble in both relaxed and attacking poses. He kind of reminds me of the Saxon Lord / Chief from the move King Arthur

 ABOVE and BELOW: Saxon Noble number 2. Again relaxed (above) and attacking (below).

 ABOVE and BELOW: My Champion! Ok, he's a bit out of shape, but he's a scraper.

 ABOVE and BELOW: The 'Command Team in both casual and Attack poses.

 Next we have some photos of the Saxon Hearth Guard. These two bases of six miniatures each are my 'Elite'. about a 50-50 split of both Eureka and Foundry miniatures. They mix rather well.

 Finally here are some photos of my 'Warriors. Three bases of six miniatures each. You'll notice one base can accommodate 8 miniatures. This base is the one that I would use for a group of 6 miniatures and The Lord and his Champion (totalling 8 miniatures).

 These guys are almost all Foundry, but there are two BTD and a Eureka Miniature in amougst them.

I should add I painted them thus:

Start by undercoating in Matt black. Make sure the miniatures are completely covered, (this is important).

Dry Brush 'silver' on those minis in Chain-mail

Now block colours are applied, including ‘Dark Flesh Tone’ to skin areas, Reds, Greens, Off Whites, Greys and Tans and 'British Khaki' etc on clothing, and painted spears, swords and helmets etc.

I then applied a single 'Highlight'. For example a 'Lighter' shade of skin tone to the forehead, cheeks, back of hands etc. I also added some nice little 'trimmings to a few of the minis, such as the blue trim on this chaps shirt tails below.




Shields painted using method above and attached.

Bases flocked.
I wanted these guys to look like they had been campaingning / raiding for a while.

I painted these guys up very quickly, (about 4 days) using the ARMY PAINTER method. Probably took in real time about 6 hours, including basing.

Finally I've uploaded a photo of my Romano British Lord, together with two of his subordinates and his standard bearer, (nt needed in the game but a nice bit of eye candy all the same).
I'll get to work on the Romano Brits and the Saxon skirmishers (I need four) very soon.
The guys below are FOUNDRY miniatures

As usual, comments are welcomed.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

EUREKA! 28mm Chasseur à Cheval!

 Hi Guys
I've added some French Cavalry to my French Revolutionary War army. This time Chasseur à Cheval from EUREKA MINIATURES.
 This is only a 'Small' unit for LASALLE, (8 miniatures). I might also use them for FoG:N or even MAURICE!
 It's been so long since I've got around to base these guys I can't even recall what Regiment they are.

As usual, comments welcomed!