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28mm American Revolution Painting Project Continues

Perry 28mm AWI figs 20th foot

Perry 28mm AWI figs 20th foot Based for British Grenadier

Well it has been slow moving on the 28mm American Revolution Painting Project, but moving along none the less.  The picture above is the figures sitting on my kitchen table,  so I can use them as inspiration as I continue to work on more units.  Currently Im working on the 21st foot with the blue cuffs.

I have the 20th foot pretty much done, but need to add the flags and since I’m going to do my basing with static grass for the first time I just painted the bases green for now

The bases are done as listed in the British Grenadier rules suggestion.  I have the 21st foot moving along well, I have the coats, pants, boots, and flesh done. Hoping to finish them up and post a picture this month still and then move on the 9th foot.  Ill likely just add the photo to this post since it is a shorter one.

Im currently working on Hamilton’s Brigade for Freeman’s Farm, the scenario listed in the rulebook.  A friend of mine has the Americans all done, and is patiently waiting for me as I work on this miniature painting project.  I’m not a fast or a great painter, but I must admit, with a few skills being taught to me I am really enjoying painting 28mm Perry AWI figures.

feel free to drop a comment or two down below, ideas, thoughts etc…



American Revolutionary War Miniatures and More

American Revolutionay War 6mm Miniatures

American Revolutionary War 6mm Miniatures

Not a lot going on this week for actual games, but lots of good stuff in the hopper for the next couple weeks.  My good friend Ron Tallion and I have been enjoying the game Volley and Bayonet Road to Glory.  We have played some with American Civil War armies, but we both love the American Revolutionary War.  Ron based up some nice looking Baccus 6mm figures to do some solo playing while I worked on my ACW figs.

Anyway, I’m hoping to have a number of articles with some extra free time over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but I thought I would post up some eye candy by Ron.  He does a great job on his figs, he has even been able to teach me some tricks on painting them myself, so I actually enjoy it because my end product doesn’t look half bad.

Here is what he based up quick for playing around.  Still has the flags to add, but man they sure look nice Ron!!

Here is a close up view of some British artillery and some light infantry based for 2/3 scale Volley & Bayonet.

6mm Baccus AWI Figures painted by Ron Tallion

6mm Baccus AWI Figures painted by Ron Tallion

Some Cavalry based up, not much of that especially in the Northern battles, but we got to have some.

British Cavalry American Revolutionary War Miniatures

British Cavalry American Revolutionary War Miniatures

Closer View of the Same 6mm AWI Army

Closer View of the Same 6mm AWI Army

Anyway, I cant wait to do some battles of the American Revolutionary War with Volley and Bayonet.

Over the holiday weekend I’m going to do some Seven Years War using some figures I have based for Age of Reason at 15mm scale.  It will be a small battle with about 12-15 units per side, but boy I can hardly wait.  I’m also hoping to get in a game of Conflict of Heroes board game with a friend I just met online, using the Zun Tzu program that allows you to play online.  Ill try and do battle reports on both of course.

I need to find some time to continue to work on my Perry 28mm American Revolutionary War British that I’m painting as well.  Ron and I should be getting together for our second American Civil War battle around mid December as well, that is going to be a great time.

I’m toying with maybe doing a step by step painting guide of my next unit 0f 28mm British, but not sure it would be helpful to most painters. :)

till next time, Load!  Aim!  Fire!

:)

Creating Command Stands for the Fire & Fury American Civil War Game

Well, we had our first game of Fire & Fury for the American Civil War in years over this weekend.  Before I could get started though, I had to create some stands with flags (standard bearers) on them.  So I thought I would put up a quick little post on how I did it and share a technique that I have that is very simple and gives a pretty good result.

First off the tools you will need, assuming all the ACW figs are painted and ready to go.

  • modeling blade
  • sheet of labels
  • access to an inkjet or laser printer
  • good light source

So anyway, first thing you would want to do is download some graphics for your flags, and the best place to get them for absolutely free AND awesome quality is warflag.com.   He has great instructions on there how to download, and resize them depending on the scale you are playing.

Then you would want to print them out on the label sheet, I happen to have some old FedEx shipping labels, but you can get labels that cover 2 per sheet, this works best so you don’t have to try an align the flags on the paper to hard.  I print them in the paint program on windows right after I resize them as per the instruction on warflags.com.  after you print them out then just use the modeling blade to cut them out one at a time. (see below)

American Civil War 15mm Flags

American Civil War 15mm Flags

Once you cut the flag out, then you peel the back off, so now the sticky part is exposed and fold it back so both ends match up.  Best way to separate the back from the sticker is carefully use the modeling blade and get the sharp edge between the two parts, I like to use the very point.  Make sure and leave a little loop on the end that is going to go over the flag pool.  In my picture it is a little bigger than you need, but it’s so you can see it easily in the picture.

Making a loop on the flag

Making a loop on the flag

After that you just slip it over the flag pole and push it tight with your fingers all the way up to the pole….

Attaching the flag to the stand

Attaching the flag to the stand

Not done yet, because now you have a nice little flag but it looks stiff as a board…..

Flag that needs some molding

Flag that needs some molding

So what I use is just my fingers, but you can also wrap the little flag around a paintbrush handle or something small and circular to give it the look of it waving in the wind and your Civil War troops are ready to fight for the Union or States rights!

Union & Confederates Ready for Battle

Union & Confederates Ready for Battle

Got any good ideas on making flags for your Civil War troops?  Give me a shout, Id love to hear your ideas, and I’m sure others would as well.  Hopefully later this week, Ill have a little report on how are play test scenario went between the blue and the gray.