Thursday 19 January 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming - Artillery conversions

Some additions to the artillery..conversions using bods from the Airfix Waterloo British Artillery set.
Easy..remove the frilly bits on the jackets, replace the heads, paint and base.
I liked the look of the Sabres so I left them on.
The one moving the wheels ended up a bit defunct due to the basing.
I know, White belts? Since I started this project I´ve found out a wee bit more about ACW uniforms etc but the White belts will remain. Anyway, they probably wouldn´t be carrying sabres, especially if they are servicing the gun. Historical accuracy? Pah I say :-)
A total of six guns and Now I´m looking for a couple more Limbers...although, a Little bird has told me, some may be on the way :-)

Tuesday 10 January 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming (Pt 5) - Artillery

Slowly it´s coming together. The Artillery finished....well, sort of.  I´ve got a couple more guns and Crews  so if I get some more limbers I´ll add some more to both batteries...3 per side Sounds like a good number.
The Gun Teams.
Bases for the Guns, 5cm´s per side. The individual bods, 12.5mm x 10mm
The nag for the commander for the Union Team is from the Airfix Foreign Legion set (1st issue) 
The Limbers.
One of the CSA Limbers has had a bod from the Airfix Wagon Train set  added.
EDIT....I´ve got an idea to "recruit" some other gunners from the Airfix range so I might as well add at least one more gun per side, irrespective of wether I can obtain more limbers.

Friday 6 January 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming - Cavalry completed

32 in total, 16 for the Union and 16 for the Confederacy.
Based on 2mm MDF board.
The Union Bods.
I kept one of the Standard bearers with the original flag..I didn´t have the heart to remove it.

Basing sizes,  according to the  Airfix American Civil War Wargaming book.

Infantry - single basing.  Frontage of 12.5mm with a 10mm depth. I´m basing them in pairs so a base will be 2.5cm´s wide with a 2cm depth.
Basically, appart from the artillery,  this is about all the basing advice the book gives so I´ve used the  12.5mm x 10mm as a Basis and "scaled it up" for the other arms.
Cavalry - 2 mounted bods per base =  width 5cm´s and depth 4 cm´s.
Individual mounted - Generals etc =  2.5cm´s by 4cm´s
Individual foot - Gunners etc = as per the Suggestion in the book, 12.5mm by 10mm
Artillery - A triangle with all 3 sides 5cm´s. The Limbers I´ve based at 4cm´s by 10cm´s.

Some of the bods were missing thier Sabres/sheaths so I replaced them with staples*. This was easier than I first thought. Luckily I recently  found a staple Cartridge (Here) which has  all the staples unformed, ie; not in the classic "U" shape but flat.
A Sabres I made a hole in the Hand with a pin and pushed the staple in, then cut it to length.
For the sheaths, I cut a staple to the correct length, heated it over a candle flame (Holding with a pair of tweezers) and simply "welded" it to the side of the bod.

*Using staples was mentioned in the "Bods and Generals" post.   There´s 5000 staples in the Cartridge so it will last a while

Sunday 1 January 2017

Happy new year 2017

Here´s hoping 2017 is a less hectic across the world than 2016....
A bit of a Review of  production in 2016
Approximately  360 bods, 124 nags (with and without Mounted bods) and 9 carts.
12 bods   woodland Indians Tecumseh                                                      
6 bods Hussite Camp 1  - Footfolk/workers (Pt 1)                                     
8 bods Hussite Camp 2 - Footfolk/ workers (Pt 2)                                        
6 bods and 8 nags    Hussite Camp 3 - Medieval horse Care                                    
1 bod, 2 wagons and 8 nags    - Hussite Camp 4 - Wagons                            
seated Knights                                                                                             
12 American Militia in Winter Dress 1812                                                    
3 bods and a cart - Medieval Camp followers - Finished                               
10 bods and 10 nags - European Mounted Men-at-Arms                               
12 bods and 12 nags - airfix US Cavalry -                                                   
4 riderless wargs                                                                                         
Airfix CSA Cavalry                                                                                    
1 bod and 7 mounted -  Crested Knights                                                     
5 bods, 2 wagons, 3 mules, a cow and a Bullock                                        
40 bods -  Medieval builders                                                                          
4 bods and 5 nags,- Mounted Teutonic Knights Command                         
4 bods - Goosey Goosey Gander                                                                
1 bod and six nags - Teutonic Knights Pt2                                                     
2 bods and six nags   - Teutonic Knights Pt3                                               
9 bods, 2 nags - Bannockburn                                                                     
18 bods, 2 nags and 2 mules - Teutonic infanty on the march                    
5 carts and 10 nags - Wagons for Bodstonia                                                 
26 orcs                                                                                                              
Teutonics restart       1 bod     2 nags                                                           
Norman Army Camp   27 bods    6 nags                                                         
Medieval guards on Duty    17 Bods                                             
Medieval guards resting     14 bods                                                                 
Medieval Alarm                13 bods                                                                  
Airfix Tarzan                    8 Bods                                                                    
60 airfix ACW bods, 32 Airfix ACW Cavalry, 3 guns, Crews  and limbers

Other Bits and Bobs
Fort Sahara to monastery conversion
Roman Villa MK2
24 Beehives and 3 stands
StuH 42
Camping acessories and tents
3 ACW scratchbuilt houses
Airfix "What If"

What was planned for 2016 and what didn´t happen? Well, 4 of the 10 planned Projects actually got done but work  on the 1329 Teutonic dio took precedent and then the Airfix ACW wargame Project popped up....
Roman Villa
Finish the last 6 Seated Knights
Paint up a Hussite camp

Finish the Medieval / Bodstonian town (another 10 or so buildings)
Base the Medieval / BodstonianVillage
Build a 17th Cent Meeting house /Fort
Paint every pose of the Airfix Afrika Korps set...the Tarzan set was Chosen instead
Paint the Strelets Tecumseh set
Scratchbuild a "Medicus" wagon
and a couple of Weird and wonderfull scratchbuilds,

Plans for this year?
Continue work on both 1329 Teutonic dio and  the Airfix ACW wargame Project.
Wargame the ACW bods using the rules (with possible mild adaptions) from the Terry Wise book. ..this should actually happen.
Re-Boot Bodstonia. Those  Bodstonians have been getting on without me so it´s about time I had a look at what they are up to.

That will do for 2017 plans, As always, I´ll probably get side tracked into some other stuff as well.