Monday, 8 October 2018

US Infantry in Attack 2 - Strelets

The one Thing about painting Union troops...easy but a wee bit tiresome. Easy as it´s  not a lot of effort  due to the same colours for each bod but tiresome for the same reason.

Oddly, they are all in step. Would they be in step when attacking ?
 Flag is the 11th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry
I like the officer´s pose, just about to draw his sword.
So, that´s all the Union troops painted, for now.
2 Brigades worth?
As for size, the Strelets and Airfix bods fit well alongside each other.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Pickett´s Charge 1 - Strelets

The 11th Mississippi.
45 bods in 19 poses. One wounded and the usual Streltsi..so this time only 3 repeat poses needed including to make up the 20 required.
Who´se been pilfering from the artillery clothing store? 
Another "pointing at ...what" ? Bod
The poses are not too dissimilar to the  Confederate Troops on the march set which, adding both sets togehter,  would make it possible to create an 80+ man Regiment. Add a few from the Union Infantry on the March and the US Troops in Attack and the Regiment could number well over 100.

Using only 20  from each set has left me with a lot of spare bods. I´m going to have a bit of Patience and hope that Strelets will bring out the various foot command bods as a seperate set. If they do, then I can create a couple more Regiments.
If not, I can get hold of enough command bods to represent one regimental command group and use up the spares in some sort of dio.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

US Troops in Attack - Strelets

47 bods in 21 poses of which,  one is a Streltsi and 3 are wounded / dead. Also..two officer poses. That makes 15 usable poses so to reach the  20..
One  bod was recruited from the Union Infantry on the march set and 4 repeat poses from the set .
Flag is the 21st Ohio Veterans Volunteer Regiment.
Note; The left boot of the right Hand Standard bearer got re-painted after the pics were taken.
Most of the soldiery poses have the bods carrying their muskets on the right arm apart from one who´se pointing at...?..
The three wounded bods and the "spare" officer I´ll paint up later

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Bods and Generals (2)

The one Thing that Strelets really does well, is produce original bods that otherwise are only available in Metal. That, added to their recent new sculpting look and massive output, makes them, IMHO, presently, the leading Producer of 1/72nd bods.

All from the Strelets set, Confederate General Staff 
I´m only going to use 4 from the set, the full 12 would be a bit much considering the size of the army at present.
According to the Boxart and PSR;
Robert E. Lee
General James Longstreet
Brigadier General William Barksdale
To lead the confederate cavalry, "The Grey Ghost", Colonel John S. Mosby
I´ve added small printed labels to keep track of who´se who. At some point I´ll be making labelled movement trays for the rest of the army  as it´s become too big to move them about in blocks of two bods at a time.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Confederate Troops on the March - Strelets

Like the Union soldiers on the march set, 20 poses, one of them a Streltsi.
As with the previous 3 sets, a minimal  bit of Flash needed dealing with.
Flag is the 30th Arkansas Infantry Regiment,
The bods have an irregular  mix of uniforms and Equipment like knives, hatchets. Two  carry Knapsacks...so either they are on the march from/to somewhere  or marching into Action on the battlefield although, I thought Knapsacks were left off when going into Action..or?
"I do like a pipe before a Punch up"
The 2nd Winsconsin got a new Standard bearer...the OOB one holding the Standard  at an angle looked out of place.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Union Infantry on the March - Strelets

20 bod poses in this set..so, again not including the Streltsi, 19 poses. One is reckoned to be a Sergeant but I´ve put him to one side..maybe he´ll end up as an Artillery officer. As with the sets, there´s  only one Standard bearer so two rank and file bods had to be drafted in to make up the numbers.
Again, a doddle to paint and very Little Flash.
The Standard is the 15th Winsconsin.

The "Sergeant"
A bit of "Nature News".....4 more Urchins have been Born in our garden.
The pic below is the 4 of them just after they left thier nest. 
Two Portrait shots. They are quite Young and tiny..compare them to the Ivy leaves :-)
Two days ago there was a cheeping noise from the nest. I thought it was a bird being disturbed by them moving about but no...it was one ot the Urchins cheeping!!! I never knew that hedgehogs could cheep but apparently they do it when they want to Signal to thier mother.
The next evening I waited for them to come out and one was so happy it´d found a big slug..it cheeped! 
THIS link has an example of one chirping.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Confederate Infantry Standing - Strelets

Another Regiment for the ACW Project, this time for the C.S.A.
Discounting the Bonus bod, a Streltsi, 21 poses.  Three aren´t much use in the regimental line up,  the camera man and two "Generals"  which means two repeat poses have to be drafted in the make up the regulation 20 bods per Regiment.
The thing I really like about these bods, the Minimalist Details. No hundreds of Buttons to paint, the sculpts have just enough detail to look the part and it doesn´t require  "professional level" painting skills to produce a decent looking bunch for the wargames table.
Not only that,  my set had ZERO Flash that needed removing!!!!
The Flag is the 16th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.
It´s not due to the angle of the pic, the bods are genuinley different heights, just like in real life.
The camera man OOB,  looks away from the direction his  camera is facing but a quick neck twist and he faces the right way.
The two Generals are reckoned to be representations of Robert E Lee and  James Longstreet.
A bit of fun with the "spare" bods
The Generals line up for Phil the photographer 

Saturday, 25 August 2018

US Infantry Standing - Strelets

The ACW Project needs more troops. Ok, they aren´t Airfix but TBH  I couldn´t resist getting this lot.
20 poses in the set but one of those is a Streltsi so 19 actual ACW bod poses. No probs bringing this up to the 20 required  as the Union Regiments had two Standards, so one of the bods from another sprue became a Standard bearer. I´m not too happy with the lowered Standard  pose from the set, I reckon he needs swopping out.
Bit of Speed painting and basing "Old School" emerald green. The bods bases needed clipping on the sides to fit them on the stands.
The Standards are  the 2nd Winsconsin. No particular reason for choosing that regiment apart from the flags were  already saved on file.
The only small Problem is the command bods. There´s not enough of them. There´s  46 bods in each box, 42 when the Streltsi are taken off. With two command sprues it would be possible to create two Regiments.
Still, the sculpting and the poses are great and the biggest plus, very Little Flash.
Now onto the Confederate infantry Standing.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Medieval artillery park

27 blackpowder weapons, ranging from a Pot-de-Fer to a large Bombard, 13 Traction weapons, 126 crewmen and a handfull of seige Equipment, Mantlets, Rams, ladders, a Tonnelon and a Tower.
13 Things that go "whoosh" when they chuck things....
...and 27 Things that go "BANG!!!" when they chuck Things..
136 crewmen. Not all, as some are based with the device they are serving.
Makes are from Airfix to Zvezda.

Total of the Collection so far,, just bods and nags, with this lot added to the previous Army of the light, Army of the dark and the Massed Medieval cavalry Posts;  460 mounted, 475 foot. An obvious imbalance in the Ratio of mounted to foot but  that will alter when I post the medieval armies later.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Army of the light, Army of the Dark

After a Marathon of basing  of the wargs and  of the "Knights Errant", both armies on Parade.
Army of the Light
A mix of Adventurers, Elves, Cimmerians, Amazons, Dwarves and "Knights Errant". 
50 mounted, 124 foot

Army of the Dark.
A mix of trolls, Goblins, Hobgoblins, Orcs, Wargs, Undead and Balrogs
30 mounted, 175 foot...including 10 Trolls and 4 Balrogs
The army of the light has brought along it´s magicians and sorcerers............
...but so has the Army of the Dark