Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Airfix ACW Wargaming (Pt1)

As if I haven´t got enough to do, Hobbywise, the start of Another Project, this one based on Airfix ACW using just Airfix bods.
Why Airfix ACW? Simply cos I´ve got a few bods already finished and......…
..........and a few spares and..

,,,, the Airfix bods are easy to paint and, Rivet Counters beware,  the historical innacuracy of the bods  gives me a good excuse to say, Any historical accuracy is purely accidental.
Obviously they will be painted to represent both sides but I won´t be getting hung up on wether a CSA bod is wearing a tunic of  exactly the right tone of  Butternut Brown or a Union bod is wearing a Kepi or a Hardee hat. As Noted at PSR, these were intended as toys..and toys are meant for games and games should be fun..not a chore.

I´ll also be making some Conversions. I did so way back when I first got into wargaming/collecting but they will be as simple as I don´t want to get bogged down with the Project which usually gets me distracted into doing something else.

Any half decent looking battlefield Needs some bits of scenery  so first up a couple of generic farmhouses.
As this is supposed to be a fun  Old School  Project,  reliant on being cheap, quick  and easy, so everything about it, including any battlefield "decoration",  has to cost virtually nothing, be Basic, no excessive Detail or in depth historical accuracy, if it looks the part it´ll do and lastly,  durable.

Thin Card from cereal boxes etc glued with PVA
Ridge tiles
Chimneys made from high Density foam

and here´s a very inspirational blog.  20mm Crimean War Wargaming & Other Stuff
Bob is also doing an Airfix ACW Project called  Project Battle Cry & Airfix ACW.
The look he´s achieved is what I´m aiming for.


  1. ......and toys are meant for games and games should be fun..not a chore. Well said!

    1. :-) I´m gonna be writing an article on the (mainly from my perspective) world of 1/72nd bods, including reference to the verb "Wargaming", it´s inferences and meanings...and yep, it won´t be a serious article..more tongue in cheek on a lot of Levels.

  2. I remember the Airfix ACW rules, they were a lot of fun to play.

  3. Great post Paul, definitely one to keep things fun, when the hobby becomes a chore then I see very little point in carrying on.

  4. Good old Airfix ACW. Lovely stuff and couldn't agree more Paul.

  5. Cool project fun is always my priority. Also I rather have bigger models for historical ACC

  6. Airfix, so many (wonderful) souvenirs...Love the buildings btw...

  7. Fantastic stuff Paul! Always loved the Airfix ACW fig's.

  8. Excellent work Paul, can you please share which high density foam material you are using or can recommend, and how are you sourcing it? Many thanks!

    1. Thanks Arsovski.
      The foam is insulation foam. I Comes in different colours, mainly blue and pink, the pink coloured stuff is the best for making markings like brickwork etc.
      It´s used for insulating buildings (Rigid Polyurethane Foam) It Comes in different thicknesses, I think 1cm to 10cm´s and It Looks like this;
      You can find it in big builders Shops. To test wether it´s the right sort, press your thumbnail into the surface..it should leave a small cut. Where I work I get free offcuts and sometimes the offcuts are thrown out on building sites..look in the skips ..as it costs Money to have it taken away (the disposal is expensive for this material) the builders are mostly happy if you take it.

  9. I'm doing an ACW project based on the Airfix battles in Terence Wise's Introduction to battle Gaming but using Perry Miniatures plastics. My first proper wargames, back in 1972, used these!

  10. I class all figures as toy`s,but I do expect dirt under their finger nails,but do not expect dotted eyes that make them look dizzy drunk,and while looking at them making me dizzy too. Continue on with your world of scratch building Paul.It is all fun that keeps ones money in the pocket. Regards BB

  11. Have you seen the series on conversions in Airfix Magazine in the early 1970's?