Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Army of the Mississippi

To further expand my ACW forces I've decided to add the Army of the Mississippi from the Battle of Corinth led by General Rosecrans. This is mainly to expand my forces for club games (didn't see much point in doing extra units for Gettysburg and just duplicate others' work). Corinth isn't too large a battle, also not too bothered if I don't get all the units done. So far I've got 2 divisions completed apart from all of their artillery support.

First up the Division of Stanley, made up of 2 brigades each of 10 stands. I picked these up from EBay, gave the a quick wash with GW Badab black and picked out some of the details to blend them with the rest of my troops.

The 2ND Division is that of Davies. The figure are predominately Warrior Miniatures tho 1 is from Essex.

Buford's Division

Finally managed to finish off the 2 brigades of Buford's Division, Gamble and Devin. The mounted figures are all from Warrior Miniatures, nice and easy to paint up. The dismounted figures are a mix of Warrior and Peter Pig.


Finally some pictures of the buildings I've been adding to my collection. This makes 9 so far. I'll definitely be purchasing some more in the future, concentrating on town houses and a couple of barns/outhouses. Now who does 15mm american civilians suitable for this period?

A couple of town houses, the one on the right is hovels, not sure of the other smaller one,

A couple of wooden cottages and an outbuilding. not sure of make as picked these up at the Fiasco show for a bargain.

These are both from Peter Pig, very nice models.

Sunday, 14 November 2010


Disaster struck this week in relation to some of the scenery I've made. On Thursday night after the club finished at 10.30pm, the gale force winds that struck the north east swept the fields up and out of my hands, along with some movement cards. The cards I wasn't too bothered about, but it wasn't until I got home that I realised that one of the smaller fields was missing. Bloody typical, their were no street lights on in the car park and even with a couple of club members helping we didn't find the field.

For some good news I managed to pick up 5 buildings at Fiasco in Leeds, rather good value as total cost left change out of £15. They are currently being painted and I'll post some pics of the finished pieces. On the figure front, things a bit slow, currently painting the last cavalry brigade of Buford's division, then all done for Gettysburg. I do have a couple of extra union and confederate brigades to paint up, but these will be at my leisure as some other projects are needing my attention.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Battle Report

Last night at the club both my union and confederate forces got a taste of action. I commanded the union while my 2 nephews commaded the Rebel forces. It was a small scenario where 4 confederate divisions were converging on a cross road, currently held by a single union division, who were awaiting support from 3 further divisions in reserve.

The battle started with 2 confederate divisions, that of Rodes and Early advancing on the union division of Davies. The union defenders split their forces with 2 brigades and artillery defending a stonewall while Baldwins brigade defended the fields next to the cross roads. As the confederates advanced with Early taking the pass to assault the union right flank, while Rodes advanced upon the centre. The lack of union artillery was easily felt as they could not hinder the advance.

Eventually to the succour of the union reinforcements arrived, however this was Buford's division of 1 cavalry brigade and 1 artillery piece, who quickly headed for the cross roads to support Baldwins brigade just as Rodes was beginning his assault. Early meanwhile had managed to get part of his division across the stream and promptly launch a devastating assault against the stonewall. To make matters worse for the union a 3rd confederate division of Maury had also arrived and were quickly following the roads to press the union centre.

Early's assault quickly swept the 2 brigades of Hackleman and Oglesby from the stonewall and captured a battery of artillery. Their advanced was only partially checked by the timely arrival of Birney's division. In the Centre it was taking time for Rodes to get his troops in order, Hampton's cavalry were promptly devastated by telling fire from Buford's cavalry and retreated in earnest.

Birney's Division began the union counter attack and promptly destroyed Smith's brigade and shattered Hay's brigade. however they were then checked by the 2 remaining brigades of Early's division. In the Centre Buford's cavalry were forced to retire by pressure from Rodes, Baldwin also fell back. The 2 brigades of Hackleman and Oglesby which had already suffered much at the hands of Early found themselves assault by the lead elements of Rodes Division and both brigades were promptly destroyed.

While running out of troops to hold the confederate assault, the last thing the union needed was the arrival of Johnson division, following the route that Early had taken. Even the arrival of the last union division of Humphrey was not enough to hold their positions. Both flanks had collapsed and the centre was under intense pressure. The union then promptly abandoned their positions and fell back, leaving the field to the rebels.

Below are some of the pictures I took of the battle.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Progress report

After finishing the 2 Corps that I need to provide for the re fight of Gettysburg, I've made a start on the 2 cavalry brigades from Buford's division. I hope to have the first of these finished over the weekend. I've also constructed a smaller cornfield that is in the process of being undercoated along with 2 new buildings courtesy of Peter Pig. That will give me four set fields for any club games with 2 small farms.

As I've been enjoying this project I've decided that I want to expand my forces, however with the rest of the army at Gettysburg being painted by the others I don't want to repeat the units (these will most probably be my main opponents with these forces). To get around this I've started to paint up some of the units from the Western Theatre, mainly for the Battle of Corinth. This is a relatively small affair with only 4 union and 3 confederate divisions. So far I've already got the 3 brigades of Maury's division painted, just need to add the artillery. For the union I've got enough unpainted figures to put together the 2 divisions of Hamilton and Davies. Whether I actually go on to finish all the divisions will depend on how my enthusiasm holds for this project before the new new thing comes along.

Saturday, 16 October 2010


Finally managed to finish the cornfield. The fencing and ground areas were completed like the earlier field. The corn field was teddy bear fur, covered in PVA glue and then painted chocolate brown. It was then given successive highlights of Yellow ochre and finally sunburst yellow. I'm more than happy with the results.

I also managed to complete another plain field, constructed in the same way.

These are 2 buildings I picked up from EBay, I'm not too sure of the make, but they are rather nice little models.

Friday, 15 October 2010

John Buford

During the Gettysburg Campaign, Buford, who had been promoted to command of the 1st Division, is credited with selecting the field of battle at Gettysburg. On June 30, his command rode into the small town of Gettysburg. Very soon, Buford realized that he was facing a superior force of rebels to his front and set about creating a defense against the Confederate advance. He was acutely aware of the importance of holding the tactically important high ground about Gettysburg and so he did.

His skillful defensive troop dispositions, coupled with the bravery and tenacity of his dismounted men, allowed the Union I Corps, under Maj. Gen. Reynolds, time to come up in support and thus maintain a Union foothold at strategically important positions. The importance of Buford's leadership and tactical foresight on July 1 cannot be overstated in its contribution to the eventual union victory

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Confederate II Corps

Finally finished the Confederate II Corps

Daniels' Brigade

Finally finished the last Brigade of Rodes' Division. This unit is 11 stands, all the figures are from Peter Pig. The brigade consists of the following regiments

- 32nd North Carolina
- 43rd North Carolina
- 45th North Carolina
- 53rd North Carolina
- 2nd North Carolina


I've spent some time putting together a number of fields for use in my Civil war battles. For the base I've just used the backs out of some old drawers, nice and easy to cut. The fencing is matchsticks, painted chocolate brown and dry brushed with some cream for a weathered effect. The base is sand covered in wood varnish with some static grass added.

This second field is work in progress. I have added some teddy bear fur which has been covered in watered down PVA glue to give the effect of a corn field. I'll post some more pictures of it when finished.

Friday, 8 October 2010

General Ewell

Managed to finish the Corps stand to represent General Ewell of II Corps. The model of Ewell is a officer figure from Warrior miniatures, the trumpeter and standard bearer are both Peter Pig. Must admit that the Peter Pig horses are not my favourite, probably the only downside to an otherwise excellent range.

Next up some pre-painted tents that I picked up on EBay, nice little models and I'll definitely get some more.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Iversons Brigades

A photo of Iversons Brigade from Rodes' Division. All the figures are from Warrior miniatures apart from the command who are Peter Pig. This unit is seven stands and was made up of the following regiments.

- 5th North Carolina
- 12th North Carolina
- 20th North Carolina
- 23rd North Carolina

Union III Corps

I finally managed to finish the command stand to represent Sickles. This now completes the whole Corps. Just have to start on Buford's division now

worm fences ptII

A couple of photos of the worm fences done so far. First up some that I have made using modelling matchsticks, due to their thickness it doesn't take as many to make a section. On the downside, I don't think they look as good as those using the toothpicks, but I'll still make some more.

Next up a photo of all the fencing done so far.

I've just order a farm house with barn and some metal fencing from hovels to add to the scenery. The extra fencing will add some more variety.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

worm fences

Been busy constructing some more worm fences. Did another 4ft using wooden toothpicks. I have also done 2ft using modelling matchsticks, mainly because I had a bag of couple of thousand of the things just waiting to be used. I was going to get them all undercoated a nice chocolate brown but just like the Ryder cup the weather is against me and I cannot get into the garden to use the spray. I'll post some pictures of the final models when I get a chance.

On the painting front, things have slowed slightly (decorating the bedroom, I have managed to paint the Corp Commander stand for Sickles to complete Union III Corps. There is also 1 further confederate brigade done for Rodes' Division. I have also purchased two units of painted confederates from a colleague at the club, who had them gathering dust on the shelf. I don't need them for CSA II Corps and so have used them to Start Anderson's Division from III Corps.

On the purchasing front, I received an order from Warrior miniatures, this gives me all the cavalry required for Buford's Division, enough infantry to do Caldwell's Division form the union II Corps and some accompanying officers.

On the painting table is the last brigade from Rodes' division and Ewell's Corp stand.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hamptons Brigade ptII

I finally managed to finished the dismounted cavalry for Hampton's Brigade. Its the one pain with the cavalry brigades in that you need to have a foot version. The figures are all Peter Pig. The unit has 5 stands and 1 horse holder stand.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Worm fences

Just a couple of photos of some home made worm fences. These have been made using wooden toothpicks, they were then spray undercoated chocolate brown and then dry brushed with GW bleached bone to give a more worn look. The second photo has a few infantry stands position to give a scale comparison. All 3 sections were made from 1 box of toothpicks.

O'Neal's Brigade

This is the 3rd brigade from Rodes' division. It is made up of 8 stands. This is the first Confederate unit that I have used Warrior miniatures, they have turned out alright and fit right in with the rest of II corps.

The brigade is made up of the following regiments

- 3rd Alabama
- 5th Alabama
- 6th Alabama
- 12th Alabama
- 26th Alabama

Humphreys Division

A quick photos of the completed division of 3 brigades.

I've also managed to finish the artillery for III corps, these are warrior miniatures castings. All that is left to do is the Corp command stand to represent Sickles.

Carr's Brigade

This is the last union brigade for Humphrey's Division. The figures are all warrior miniatures, apart from the command who are peter Pig castings. I must admit I like these warrior miniatures, they don't have the detail of the Peter Pig figures but they paint up well and match in.

This brigade is made up of the following regiments

- 1st Massachusetts
- 11th Massachusetts
- 16th Massachusetts
- 12th New Hampshire
- 11th New Jersey
- 26th Pennsylvania

Monday, 20 September 2010


Been busy this week both painting and building some scenery. Using some wooden toothpicks that I managed to sneak into the weekly shopping with the wife (73p for 60, got three boxes) I have been making some rail fencing. Each box can make 2 lengths approx 10" long and 1 of 6". I'll post some pictures when I manage to get some new batteries for the camera.

On the painting front I have finished the artillery for the Union III corps, the models are all from Warrior miniatures and turned out well. For the confederates I completed a 3rd brigade for Rodes' Division - O'Neal at 8 stands, again these are all Warrior miniatures and I think they stand up well alongside my Peter Pig models. They are well worth the price at £2.00 for 12.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Ramseur's Brigade

Ramseur's is the second brigade I've managed to finish in Rodes' Division. I also managed to paint up Rodes himself as well as the divisional artillery. Ramseur's is a small brigade of only 5 stands and consisted of the following regiments.

- 2nd North Carolina
- 4th North Carolina
- 14th North Carolina
- 30th North Carolina

The figures are all Old Glory apart from the command & artillery which are Peter Pig. The figure of Rodes is from Warrior miniatures.

This week at the club I managed a quick game of Fire and Fury with Jon. It was a quick run through of the rules with 10 brigades a side. It's been about 10 years since I last played these rules but they quickly came back. Suffice to say the newly painted unit syndrome occurred with both the last union and confederate brigades painted being severely man handled by their opponents.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Burling's Brigade

This is the first completed Brigade of Humphrey's Division. The Brigade consisted of the following regiments at Gettysburg.

- 2nd New Hampshire
- 5th New Jersey
- 6th New Jersey
- 7th New Jersey
- 8th New Jersey
- 115th Pennsylvania

The figures are all Old Glory, apart from the command stand which is a mix of Peter Pig and Warrior miniatures