Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Vierville is to the West. This is Dog One."

Even non-wargamers like the movie Saving Private Ryan.  I thought it was time for a quick break from the bustling work of preparing my 15mm ACW armies.  This is a Battlefront Flames of War American Company Commander or Platoon Leader figure in 15mm.

I thought I would paint him up like a Ranger from the 2nd Ranger Battalion a la Tom Hank's character, Captain Miller.  This is based for Crossfire as a Company Commander stand.  Dave F - in our future Crossfire Games, the American player gets Captain Miller and lots of die roll bonuses!

Captain Miller directs stragglers on Omaha Beach's Dog Green Sector

Note my lame attempt at painting a Ranger patch.

The Thompson looks a little funny but oh well.  You get the idea.  
Rear shot - note the distinctive helmet markings that denote a Ranger Officer on D-Day.

I think he turned out nicely.
That being said, I ended up basing 2 x Union Brigades tonight for Fire and Fury.  Meredith's Iron Brigade and Cutler's elite Brigade, both of Wadsworth's Division.  They won't take too long to paint up.  Looking forward to having 2 complete ACW Divisions on the table soon!  Then I can start other projects.  What to start though?  I suppose I will follow my projects guide posted a few weeks earlier.  Meanwhile, please enjoy the pics.  Huzzah!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Finally Back!

Back from a  short work trip (actually classes) very very close to Gettysburg.  As you can imagine I was on the battlefield 3 out of 5 evenings.

That trip has invigorated me to paint more and more Fire and Fury Brigades.  Archer's Brigade has just finished with the last stand, basing, and dull-coat.  I am working on Heth's Division Artillery now to give Archer and Davis some firepower for my Day 1 Gettysburg battle.  The Artillerymen are looking great and I am about to start a coat on the cannon.

I will confess that the olive green-grey that the Cannon carriages are painted is NOT easy to replicate...

Davis' Brigade is on the chopping block next.  He had a fairly large brigade and in Fire and Fury terms is 11 stands.  That's big at 150 to 200 men per stand!  I have base-coated 33 Old Glory and Musket Miniatures troops and have 1 popsicle stick almost complete.  I will post pictures tomorrow. 

Davis' Brigade is rated 11/8/6 in Fire and Fury.

If anyone would like to weigh in - I am struggling with a decision (big surprise if you've ever gamed with me!)

The Fire and Fury rules call for Artillery pieces to be based on 1" square based however I based them on 1"wide x 2" deep to accommodate the section's crewmen.  It's really just a question of aesthetics not play-ability and I think I'm going to continue on with the  long bases.  I was just curious what everyone thought.  Huzzah!

By the way - Dave F's blog Charge Bayonet has some excellent pictures of his Pendraken 10mm AWI American Milita so go there and check them out!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fire & Fury Battlefield Markers

As promised.  Here is another casualty marker and a "Brigade Low on Ammunition" Marker for Fire and Fury.  I am starting to enjoy painting Musket Miniatures more and more.  

Also a project update - I am completing the last 2 squads of my Soviet Crossfire 2nd Platoon of the 1st Company.  Also finishing up a German Heavy Weapon Squad (HMG) now.  Will post pics most likely tomorrow to keep you World War II enthusiasts hanging on!  Huzzah!

Casualty Marker from Fire & Fury

"Brigade Low on Ammo" Marker for Fire and Fury

He died with his musket in-hand

Reloading!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Archer's Brigade

According to the official Fire & Fury OOB for Gettysburg, Archer's Brigade of Heth's Division of A.P. Hill's Corps is rated 6/5/3 so its starting strength is 6 stands.  Looks like I have 1 stand to complete.  Too easy.

On the workbench are 1 Artillery Battery, most likely Confederate and most likely Captain Lewis' "Pittsylvania Battery" who formed part of Heth's Division Artillery.  Also have finished 2 x rebel casualty markers and 1 Out of Ammunition marker.  Cannot wait to post those.  Enjoy the pics - Huzzah!

Archer's Brigade from Day 1 at Gettysburg, based for Fire and Fury

Left most unit - they turned out pretty good!

Right - most unit

Advancing under murderous fire...

A shot of the Brigade from the Rear

The Sergeant Major in the background urges the men  forward

Check out these guys firing.  I don't like how musket miniatures now has varying poses in their "Johnny Reb" Regiments - what are they doing?  Advancing or shooting???

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Gettysburg

While I have remained unusually silent on the affair, today marks the anniversary of the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Since all of you know my penchant for the battle and for the American Civil War, I have posted some pics of my 15mm ACW Project as a sort of eye-candy and to let everyone know I'm still at it!  These pics are mostly of Old Glory 15mm which I started a very long time ago.

Old Glory has very nice detail aside from not being completely anatomically correct, they do take paint very nicely.  My first collection were musket miniatures, which I also love.  The only complain I have about Musket Miniatures is that they do not have the detail (wrinkles in clothing, etc) that Old Glory have.  As such, I can't paint them in the same style, but you get the idea!  Huzzah!

Union Commander and Bugler

Union Regiment (or Brigade for Fire and Fury)

Rebel Unit

Sergeant Major Flaherty

Musket Miniatures Rebel Command Stand - New Paint Job

Rear of the Command Group

You can see the rest of the unit behind them awaiting their new uniforms!