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Monday, November 15, 2010

Ancients: The ARMY PAINTER way!

Hi All
I thought I'd share some pictures of some ancients I've just knocked over using the ARMY PAINTER System of "base colours, dip and spray".

The results might not be up there with the likes of my mate Gunner Dunbar, (though that wasn't going to happen any time soon anyway); but they do produce acceptable wargaming units that won't cause me to feel embarrased when I put them on a table.
First some Romans.
(Above and Below): An OLD GLORY 28mm miniatures Caesar, from their "Caesar's Gallic Wars" range

BELOW: ESSEX Miniatures LATE Roman Cavalry

BELOW: A Foundry Miniatures Celt:

BELOW: 1st Corps Miniatures SLAVE REVOLT figures

BELOW: Some more 1st Corps miniatures

FINALLY: BIG BILLY, (named in honour of Billy Connolly)! A giant of a man. This chap is a FOUNDRY MINIATURES figure. Not the kind of fellow you'd want to bump into in a dark Gallic or British forest,..
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My "TOO FAT LARDIES" projects

Above: A Fenlon Miniatures Union Soldier. The Only 28mm ACW figure in my collection; until recently!
With the purchase of a copy of Too Fat Lardies: TERRIBLE SHARP SWORD and SHARP PRACTICE I've launched into gaming the War Between the States. The figure was painted using the ARMY PAINTER system of "Base colours, Dip, and Spray".

Hi All
Well, I've started mustering the troops for my two new projects, namely WW1 and the American Civil War.
I'll be using TOO FAT LARDIES rules for both; "Through The Mud And The Blood" for WW1 and the SHARP PRACTICE expansion "TERRIBLE SHARP SWORD" for the ACW (obviously).
First I whipped out my OLD GLORY Army Card (40% OFF! WooooHooo), and purchased about 300 15mm WW1 British and German Infantry and about 6 tanks each; plus a swag of Heavy and Light MGs.
(I'll purchase the Artillery from either Peter Pig or QRF Miniatures, as Old Glory doesn't have any Artillery ready to go yet).

Ever since I saw the movie "THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE" (the version with "John Boy Walton" in it), I've had an interest in the American Civil War. The Movies "GLORY", "GETTYSBURG" and "GODS AND GENERALS" really cemented in my mind I had to get some Rebs and Yanks and "have at it".

For my 28mm ACW project I purchased my Artillery Pieces and Cassions from OLD GLORY; 6 Guns and 6 Cassions for about $19.20 per pack was just to good an offer to pass up. I also purchased an Old Glory 2nd Edition "Boxed Set" of Confederate "Firing Line", (38 miniatures for $22.80!!!). Hopefully they will arrive within the next couple of weeks.
In addition to the OLD GLORY stuff I also purchased some Perry Plastics:
108 Infantry and 12 Cavalry, all from
WARLORDS GAMES in the form of their special "Infantry Brigade Deal". They arrived today!
With FREE POSTAGE and no VAT I got them for less than $76.00! I also purchased from MIND GAMES in Melbourne a can of ARMY PAINTER "Navy Blue" to spray my "Billy Yanks".
BELOW: The Warlord Games Infantry Brigade Deal and a Can of ARMY PAINTER Navy Blue

But I still needed to get some Perry Metals, so I also ordered:

1 x ACW28 Confederate Infantry in 'shell jackets' skirmishing
1x ACW29 Union Infantry in sack coats skirmishing
1 x ACW37 Confederate Infantry command running
2 x ACW38 Confederate Infantry in ‘shell jackets’ running, right shoulder shift
1 x ACW39 Confederate Infantry command standing
1 x ACW40 Union infantry command in sack coats standing

So that gives me about 200 Infantry, 12 Cavalry and 6 Guns and Limbers / Cassions.

Now, I'm aiming to have per "side" about 150 infantry, 12 Cavalry and 3 Guns (and 12-15 Gunners) per side.
I also will need about 3 mounted Officers and Dismounted Cavalry at a 1:1 Ratio to mounted; (so that's 9 Dismounted Troopers "fighting" and 3 horse holders with 12 horses per side).

With that in mind my next order from the PERRY's will be :

1 x ACW3 Union Generals mounted
2 x ACW7 Dismounted Union cavalry skirmishing
1 x ACW8 Dismounted Confederate cavalry skirmishing
1 x ACW9 Union horse holder, plus 4 horses
1 x ACW10 Confederate horse holder, plus 4 horses

And just to add som e variety, and to provide the gunners for my OLD GLORY Artillery Peices I'll get the following miniatures from SASH AND SABER

1 x CS10 Horse Holder and 4 horses

1 x US10 Horse Holder and 4 horses

1 x US3 Federal Artillerists

1 x CS3 Confederate Artillerists

That should take care of my Dismounted Cavalry and Gunners!

All I will need then to finish my mounted arm is 12 "Mounted" Cavalry, (either another box of Perry Plastics or maybe some SASH AND SABER metals)

That leaves me to russel up the last of the infantry and 3 more Mounted Officers.
Hmmmmm,.... do I go with the OLD GLORY 2nd Edition Box sets ( about 3 boxes ought to do it), or a mix of Perry Plastics and Metals?

Maybe a mix of Perry Metals and OG2nd Ed!?
Or, maybe some Sash and Saber metals,....
This isn't going to be easy.