Saturday 25 March 2017

English Longbowmen - Strelets

A bit of a rest from the ACW Project whilst the rest of the bits and pieces for the upcoming battles are prepared.
A Long awaited Addition to the 1/72nd medieval ranges, a complete set of archers to cover the 13th to the 15th centuries. Not Strelets  usual "chunky " Style, this lot are a lot slimmer, have a lot more Detail and  Flash is virtually non existant.
At PSR it´s noted that;
"Like the rest of the army, the English archer wore what we* could afford, scrounge, loot or otherwise choose, so a wide range of clothing styles is necessary and that is what we have here"
This was common for other armies, ie the Welsh, Scotts etc so the Titel could equally have been  "Medieval Archers".

Anyways, the Review at PSR says more than I can..
A couple of Close ups
The historically  (in)correct two finger salute
Added to the rest of the "Red Army" Archers..38 in total.
The Strelets Bods are closer in size to Airfix or Accurate / Revell than the Zvezda bods but the 4 makes mix well.
* most definately was meant as "what he could ..."

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming (Terrain Pt2)

Again, like the first post on  Terrain for the project, the aim is for quick, cheap, easy and durable stuff.
13 "Toytown" trees as approved by Noddy and Bigears. As and when, I´ll replace or add to them..(??, on second thoughts..I´ll definately replace them) with those  Merit/New-way style trees. I´ve got a couple which came with one of those "bag -o- crappy Knights" sets but not enough for a decent amount of rough and ready foliage.

Basic, quick, easy, cheap and durable. They certainly aint going to win prizes but  I liked the lack of fuss and bother of the "Toytown" appearance. 

Green sponge for the foliage, some bits of bamboo from an old basket  for the trunks and plasterboard for the bases.

Bases for the trees cut out of the plasterboard using a circle cutter. Added advantage, the drill bit automatically makes the holes for the trunks as it cuts out the discs.
I cut a  bevel (slight slope) around the bases which were then painted with cheap wall paint. Trunks added, painted Brown. Clumps of sponge (roughly shaped with scissors) are then shoved onto the bamboo rod , taken off,  a drop of PVA added  the end of the rod and the hole in the sponge and re-attached.
To get around the single colour of the sponge, I dipped my fingers into some watered down darker green  and brown paint and randomly pinched the sponge.

House on the hill

House in the woods
Stone walls.

Way back I had loads of wall sections, the type that were used in toy farm sets and the like but they´ve Long gone to  landfill heaven. So, rather than go playing the part of Archeologist and digging up  the local  rubbish tip, I made some.
High density foam, stonework marked out with a pen, black base , Grey drybrush..the odd Stone or two picked out with different hues of Brown.

Normally I would have made more effort to lessen the contrast between the joints and the Stones but I like the Cartoon effect of the the black Joints.
Test set up with the fences, trees, road and river sections, houses, hills, walls etc. Two Merit/New-way style decidious  trees and 1/2 a dozen firs added.
The green base is on of those astroturf style matts for Offices, the ones with the felt like surface and bobbles on the back. The surface is good because the roads etc have slightly rough undersides and stick to the felt...found this out by accident not by design.
2m x 1m. It´s not quite wide enough, everything Ends up massed in the middle,  so I´ll have to buy another. Still, it only cost a tenner.

Back drops, ploughed fields and some hay fields in preperation along with some more road bits.

So, that´s about it. All that´s left is, in the words of  Sri  Sumbhajee Angria;


Sunday 12 March 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming - Union Infantry

4 regiments of Union infantry.
Close ups
 22nd United States Colored Infantry.
As far as I can tell, the USCT (United States Coloured Troops) don´t seem to get much representation in wargaming, which, considering they made up around 10% of the Union Army is ..?..Odd?
For whatever reason (mainly my crappy photography skills) the jackets of those nearest look a bit Grey and the officer (officers in USCT regiments  were  White)  has turned out looking darker than he should.
"Red Legged Devils".   84th New York "14th Brooklyn Zouaves" (Chasseurs)
Using the ancient,  54 yrs old,  Airfix Foreign Legion set (Mk1)
Possibly the trousers are a bit too baggy for the 14th but this set allows the representation of  gaiters, without a lot of trimming arounfd the ankles so fair enough.
The Havelocks (sun coverings) removed, kepis trimmed a bit, epaulettes removed.
I was going to replace the heads  and trim down the Long coats but being as old as they are, some were quite brittle so I decided against such Major surgery.
The bugler is from the Airfix  Union infantry set as I didn´t have one from the Foreign Legion set.
7th Winsconsin infantry
51st Pennsylvania  Infantry Regiment
Basically, target reached and that´s it for the troops for now*. Total;
160 infantry
56 mounted, Cavalry, officers
6 guns and 24 Crew
6 limbers and 2 cassions
2 wagons
Now onto finishing of the terrain bits.

*If I can get hold of and when, I´ll possibly double the number of infantry on both sides but until then, there are a lot of other Projects that Need Attention.

Thursday 9 March 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming - McNeill's Rangers

Conderate "Bushwackers"   to represent the 18th Virginia Cavalry and the First Virginia Partisan Rangers aka 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry... "McNiell´s Rangers"
More or less the same bods and nags  as with "Jennison's Jayhawkers"  but this lot got a bugler and...

....Manolito from the High Chaparral  set has joined the ranks
And a couple of supply wagons. I had one already,,well, two but one´s used as part of the "Go West !!!"  dio and I haven´t the heart to break it up so again, I´m Gratefull to Mark who sent the wagon Train set along with other bits n´pieces.
Removable Supplies "palette" using the luggage from the Airfix  Wagon Train set

Sunday 5 March 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming (Terrain)

Bits and pieces of Terrain keeping to the Old School  "cheap,cheerfull, robust and quick" idea behind the Project.
The difficulty is trying to not get too involved with the Terrain.. the aim is for a more early wargames days, not quite as sparse or simplistic as just using the lawn * aka H.G.Wells Little wars but also not going for something along the lines of;
"as Close to   realistic as possible, so realistic in fact, that if I was small enough to be able to  skip merrily across this landscape, I´d hear birds tweeting and see"
..........and it´s all got to fit into a storage box without getting snapped, bent or crushed.

Also, the more "realistic" the longer it will take and as the target is to get this Project finished by the end of march this year,  it´ll do as it is.

Made from......
.....An old pan cleaner (the type with the green scrubbing surface) and sections of an old wooden Jointed folding ruler . Being old and  used pan cleaners, they already had weathering added
The ruler cut into lengths the same length (roughly 10cm´s)  as the pan cleaner and then rubbed with sandpaper so the paint will stick.
The scrubbing surface of the The pan cleaner torn off , cut in half, then each half folded and stitched (yes stitched) together. Stitching proved faster than glueing and less messy than a hot glue gun.
The bases are simply painted green and the pan scrubber glued on with PVA.
Posts made from bits of high density foam, gates from chopped up Coffee stirrers.
Peasy. Strips of thin MDF board (from the back of an old cupboard) PVA smeared over the surface, sand drizzled over that and painted dark Brown then a  mid- Brown  drybrush.

Again, thin MDF, Banks made with a mix of  sand/wallfiller and PVA glue . "Water" painted with first matt mid blue and then, to get a bit of a shine,  a mix of blue/green window paint with a smudge of Brown added.
Base the same as the roads and rivers. The sides of the Bridge high density foam and the road surface from thick Card.
Quick test set up of the roads, Bridge and a couple of river pieces. Yep, Looks fine to me :-) So I´ll Need a couple more short sections of road and river and that´s sorted.
A couple of hours work and a cost of a couple of euros.

* I used to get a lot of complaints from Mater for digging earthworks in the flower beds or worse,  Setting fire to  Palisade  forts/houses made from lolly sticks and twigs  that were built in the middle of the lawn.

Oh...and as I´m loosing track of which and whose Blogs I´m following, I´ve started work on sorting the blog rolls into categories;
Ones with mainly 1/72nd/20mm Content
Ones with mainly 28mm Content
And others...mixed Content, historical only, busts, 54mm etc until I get around to Setting up other blog rolls.
It´s a lot of work..more than I reckoned upon. Swopping the Blogs about means opening a couple of Windows at one time, swopping between them, adding and deleting as I go along. Deleting is the worst part. Trying to find a blog among the others on a list is a can´t put them into alphabetical order!! If your blog isn´t already under it´s blog roll heading (or in the wrong one)..don´t worry, I´ll get around to it eventually..or tell me

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Airfix ACW Wargaming - "Jayhawkers"

Union "Jayhawkers" as an addition  alongside the regular cavalry.
This lot are supposed to be the  7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, aka "Jennison's Jayhawkers", which had William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody among it´s ranks.
I couldn´t find a specific flag for the Regiment so went for a generic pennon.
The "uniforms" they are wearing.  In an attempt to make them look a bit less like a bunch of Cowboys,  I´ve added as much  Union blue as possible and given them all  trousers with  yellow stripe. Red Shirts. I don´t know where I got that one..Hollywood film maybe?
The nags come from the Artillery set, the Cowboys set and the ones with docked tails, from the Indians set.
Usual head swops, Sabres and sheaths added using Staples.