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30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge round up August 2019

Here is the round up picture of last month's 30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge. Now to clarify what is here and what is missing. All are 28mm unless stated otherwise:12 ACW Confederates in 15mm5 Foundry Viking Berserkers5 Gripping Beast Norman crossbowmen2 Gorgon Studios Spartans2 A&M Arabs at camp in 15mm2 Gripping Beast Numidian Skirmishers1 Gripping Beast Moorish spearman1 Citadel plastic skeletonNot shown in the round up pic as they are now at their owners house1 Foundry Viking Berserker1 Red Box Human hunterThis takes the tally for the Challenge to 32 figures completed in 30 days. The next 30 day challenge will start this evening.Cheers for now.

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Back to the Brushes 236

This month's 30 Days 30 Miniatures painting challenge finished late last night with these figures being completed in time.Included in this picture there are Arabs from A & M, Confederates from Old Glory and the last of the Foundry Vikings that have been getting painted for a fellow gamer recently.This takes the total tally for this challenge to:30 days - 32 figures painted.Group shot to follow shortly.Cheers for now

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Back to the Brushes 235

Not been so good with the regular updates in this 30 days 30 miniatures challenge; however have still been painting steadily away.A wide range of figures including Foundry Vikings, Gorgon Miniatures Spartans, Gripping Beast Numidians and Old Glory Confederates.Day 29 - 23 figures painted. Last session tonight to finish off another Viking, some Confederates and a Moor or two. Cheers for now. 

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18 mm ACW Confederate Generals

I've recently finished John Keegan's 2010 History of the American Civil War (ACW) which I picked up from one of my local charity shops. I thoroughly enjoyed his approach once I'd got used to his somewhat tortured prose style. When I'd finished the book I felt I had a good grip on how the war was fought and it's unique characteristics. The only thing I found confusing was the geography but I

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Dispatches from the front....

It's been a mad couple of weeks with very little time for gaming and painting all very frustrating.... I really need to put some focus on the hobby as the toys won't paint themselves.With a new job there has been very little time for painting or is it that the I just hate painting cavalry and the Haitian Colonial Cavalry have been sitting on the paint table for a couple of weeks now, I need a spark to get them going.Meanwhile the painting queue just got a little larger.I picked up a couple of packs of Havana Volunteers which gives me a couple of light Infantry units for the Spanish. I saw these advertised a few months ago from QH Miniatures and thought they might be worth a couple of packs.Thanks to Steve M for sending on my package. After a mix up the package from Spain went missing, but thankso Steve who tracked me down via a couple of club members and sent them on, so there are some benefits of gaming odd periods and blogging about it :-)Meanwhile last weekend saw a quick trip over to the M5 Living Hi

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ACW Battle Report - Farm Defence

Got together with Roy Scaife, John Lantz, Adrian Turner and Dan Kerrick this past weekend to play an ACW game.  Roy and myself handled the Union forces while John, Adrian and Dan commanded the Confederate forces.The scenario was an advanced Union force was moving into position - led by a small cavalry brigade - to secure a key farm near a crossroads.  A large Confederate force arrives to force the Union position back before reinforcements can arrive.We used our standard VPs plus allocated 10VPs for control of the farm and 5VPs each for control of the 2 large fields located to the north of the farm.Table setup is below ...The Union cavalry brigade (2 x cavalry units, 1 x horse artillery battery) is already advancing past the farm, with the first infantry brigade (5 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) entering on turn 1.  On turn 2 the second and final Union infantry brigade (5 x infantry units, 1 x artillery battery) entered the table.At the start of turn 2 a large Confederate infantry brig

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The Battle of Moonshine Ridge 1862 - An ACW Batrep

I've been a bit busy with real life getting in the way of my hobby time recently. This should have been written and posted a few weeks ago.....bad boy Raymond!!Anyway.......Fire & Fury ACW rules, you love 'em or you hate 'em. To be honest I've had enough of them. I do like some of the mechanics but dispair at the thought of throwing 1's and 2's which leave you stuck all alone in no mans land. After our last game, here back in October last year, I swore I'd never play Fire & Fury again and that Postie was going to re-write the rules And so he did!!Lee's version of events can be found here!We picked out of the hat for sides I played the Union fighting against the 2 Confederate General's Lee & Surj.All units started on their baseline and first turn had to throw for how far they could move on, either 12, 18 or 24 inches. I threw quite well as you can see in the pics above and below.But Surj and especially Lee threw very low. With most of their army only moving 12 inches on the table.The

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American Civil War 4th of July sale

I am selling off a number of pieces in the coming weeks that do not relate to our business of battlefield tours in western France, or wargaming those battles.As a celebration of the forth of July, a Brigade of Confederates!28mm full metal Mark Fenlon/ Adventure Time miniatures ACW western Confederates based for Black powder or Jonny Reb.Moving on as it does not relate to our business model. Paintjob is tabletop qualityIncludes Brigade commander2 regiment 16 figures 13th ALA, 3rd Arkansas2 regiments 12 figures 1st Arkansas, Coppens Zouaves1 Cannon and crew1 artillery limber/ammunition limber€250 euro/£224 pounds/$282 US/$400 AudNot including Postage and insurancePayment via PayPal, Postage at cost must be insured.PM me for any questions. Posted from France using first class post.CheersMattFrench Wargame Holidays at L'Hotel de HercéMayennePays de la LoireFrance"Walk the battlefield in the morning, Wargame it in the afternoon"©

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HMS Devastation

Peter Pig USS Passaic / Old Glory HMS Devastation1/2400th Tumbling Dice / Old Glory 1/600thI recently acquired a 1/600th Old Glory resin and metal model of HMS Devastation via eBay, for  a fraction of the full asking price and still sealed in it's plastic bag. Although not the most detailed of kits it is perfect as a wargaming model and, with a little detailing, a nice base and a half decent paint job, will look suitably imposing. I plan to use it alongside my other 1/600th scale American Civil War models, even though it wasn't launched until 1871, as a bit of a 'what if?' project. It is pretty impressive and dwarfs the 1/2400th scale equivalent from Tumbling Dice, which is still stuck on the workbench being painted. Nice.

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Battle of Moonshine Ridge - 1862 Maryland

Sunday was unbearably hot inside the shed-o-war, but we persevered because we were playing an excellent ACW game using the Fire and Fury rules. Its been a while since I have played this period or these rules (I think I missed the last game at Reject HQ) so I pulled out my copy of the rules and skimmed through them on Saturday in preparation. Apparently, in that last game, all the players were so frustrated with the way the game played that Postie said he would try to alter some aspects of the rules. So having dutifully read the rules I turn up on Sunday to find that Postie had prepared several changes that made large chunks of the rulebook invalid! So this game was more of a test of some ideas he had that would 'fix' some of the supposedly frustrating elements of the original rules.The SetupThe game is a fictional battle but set in the midst of a real campaign, so Postie drew up our orders of battle from forces appropriate to the time period and location. Both sides started the game in march column, streaming

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15mm ACW Confederate Infantry

This was a commission for 15mm ACW infantry representing Cheatham's Division at the Battle of Stones River. All figures are from Blue Moon, and the flags are from Cotton Jim's Flags.Donelson's BrigadeManey's BrigadeVaughan's BrigadeThe whole divisionI really like how these turned out. It was slow going with the reduced schedule here since I switched to watching our three-year old and Allison went back to full-time work. But at least these are cleared off the schedule and I can concentrate on trying to catch up over the summer.

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Feb 2019 ACW 15mm game

Dave hosted a  American Civil War game using the Black powder 2 rules and the Glory Hallelujah supplement. We played on a 6x4 table length ways and the scenario was 2 evenly matched sides encountering each other.I commanded the Union forces and Ian the Confederates.The tabbleThe key junction to controlI deployIn column of march on the road to make a dash for the junctionI deployed the artillery straight away to dominate one side of the tableThe Rebs approachIan was concerned about poor command rolls so opted for march column to guarantee forward movement Slow going in the woodsI won the race to the junction and busied myself creating a defence. Ian managed to get a battery in place early on to dominate the road which was painful.The red dice show units with casualtiesMoving to create an overlap on my leftMy battalion controlling the road benefited greatly from the musket and artillery fire from my right wingMy right wing dominating the Confederate left disordering it with a large volume of fireMy ca

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3D Printing is impacting wargaming…

I admit, I’m an easy guy to impress with the “new hawtness”.  Marketing types call my kind of brain an “early adapter”.   This trend is somewhat dampened by the realities of cost and space to put stuff, but I follow technology developments avidly and sometimes wonder how new tech would impact my other big hobby, playing and painting with toy soldiers. 2mm 3D Printed Miniatures from Forward March Miniatures Now, 3D printing isn’t exactly new anymore nor is it unique and new to miniatures gaming. I’ve been buying onesie and twosie pieces off of Shapeways for a few years now.. not anything drastic because the price point still isn’t there yet– and won’t be until production costs can somehow go down. What’s unique, and for as much as I can tell, new, is the effort that Forward March Miniatures is engaged in. They are producing, at a very small (2mm) scale, the ability to create a 1:1 army for games set in the Age of Gunpowder and Steel (roughly, fr

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