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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.

28mm American Revolution Painting project.

Well I finally made some time to sit down and work on my 28mm American Revolution painting project.  As some of you already know, Im working on 28mm figures by Perry Brothers for the British Grenadiers rule set.  My buddy Ron and I are painting the two armies who battled at Freeman’s Farm (part of the Saratoga campaign).  I’m pretty new to studying the history of The American Revolution, but I found  a good book on Amazon by Osprey on Saratoga and started reading it.

Ron had taught me earlier this year a couple of simple techniques that allow me to paint rather easily.  I got some great results on some 28mm War of the Ring figures by Games Workshop that I was working on.  Ill cover that game system later on, it’s so easy for me to get distracted by all the great games, so anyway….  I got some painting done last night finally on the American Revolution British I’m working on.  I’m hoping to wrap up the first batch of 12 figures, which will represent the 20th foot for the British army (Ron is painting the Americans).  Now one disclaimer for the previous statement above about “great results”.  I am not the greatest painter, so I should say for ME, they were some great results, the figs looked nice and Ill be proud to put them on the game table.

The picture below shows a finished figure on the left and one on the right, that is ready to get a little more white added to the straps, then it will be ready for the wash technique that Ron taught me, as can be seen on the figure on the left.  I use Games Workshop washes, and so far it seems to work pretty well.

28mm Perry Figures painting the 20th Foot

Here Below is a view of the back with the canteen and other pouches carried by the soldier.  As you can see, if you look just at the red coat the one on the right is how I used o paint, just a simple base coat, I never liked how the figs looked.  A simple black wash or dark brown fills in the shadows and gives the figure a much better look (see the white pants up above as a great comparison, or the face of the two soldiers).

28mm AWI Perry figs 20th foot back

You’ll have to excuse the camera work a bit, I’m not a professional, just a guy who loves games.  I hope as the blog grows that I will get better. Actually right now I have just been using my phone, I can about imagine the cringing by some of you that take great pictures for your blogs. :)

The batch of figures I am currently working on includes the officers, and I even went out on a limb and did some mixing of paints for the first time, to paint the sash a purple color that they have on their waste.  Ill add those later when they are done.

Currently right now I hope to finish the unit as far as painting goes during this week.  Finally when my Litko bases get in I can base the figs and put static grass on them and put the finished pictures up on the blog.  After that Ill move on to some skirmish troops, which will have a stand of Queens Rangers, so those will look great in their green jackets, and 2 stands of woodland Indians with rifles, each stand will have 3 figures, for a total of 9 skirmish figs.

So I guess now Ill go turn on the football games, and get out my painting stuff and see if I can get to the point of doing the wash, that is always an exciting part of the painting.  Let me know what you are working on, and Ill talk to you again shortly.  :)

Here are some of the books and DVD’s I have enjoyed watching on the American Revolution.



Field of Glory 25mm Romans vs Germans

Well, we had a great time at the RRAW event I talked about on September 14ths Post Field of Glory Miniatures Game Event.

On the 18th of September here in Fargo, ND at the West Acres community room, we lined them up using Hans’ 25mm Roman and German armies, and although early on it looked like the Germans would win the day, we called the game after about 5 hours.  It was still close, but once the Roman Legions hit the German heavy infantry the Germans started to loose units and men fast.

I included some photos of the battle that Ill post at the end, just for some eye-candy. :)

Our gaming group has played two games of Field of Glory now at our local game day, and it is getting a pretty warm reception.  Total combined between our game day and games at home we have played 5 games of Rome vs Numidians or Germans, and 5 guys own the rule book, with about 4 others talking about getting it.

I’m hoping to try another period as well from the Wolves From the Sea army Book.

I have a Big Battle DBA army of Normans and enough troops to field an Anglo-Danes army to battle against each other, so I’m hoping to try out some dark ages action in the very near future.

Well here are some images from the game day, Enjoy!!

Field of Glory Principate Romans vs Germans 25mm

Field of Glory Principate Romans vs Germans 25mm

Bowman prepare to fire at the Light Horse

Bowman prepare to fire at the Light Horse

German Hordes advance in Field of Glory

German Hordes advance in Field of Glory