Bolt Action ACW Rules

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Normal Service is Resumed

It's been while since I posted. The IX Analogue Hobbies Challenge has now ended and I generally don't like to post stuff twice so posting has been reduced. Overall I came 3rd in the challenge with just under 4500 points, my highest points tally ever, and top amongst the participants with a full time job - bloody retirees and the semi retired.That being said the quality of my work wasn't the best, just wasn't feeling the artist mojo so got my mass production head on. I painted the equivalent of 900 x 28mm infantry although the majority were 15mm so loads of figures. I painted an entire Classical Indian Army, obviously I've since bought a few more to act as generals. i also painted a WW2 commando company as a tribute to my Grandad who was a Commando in WW2.
Overall I'm 3rd in the total painting list, averaging over 3600 per challenge for my 5 challenges and only 39 points behind Dave who has done 8 challenges
I also finished my ACW collection and then unfinished it. I have a new goal which is to have 2 full divisions, 1 per side. I've picked Early's division and Birney's division - 1st Division III Corps as they were at Gettysburg. There s a little tweak as I have an extra Union Zouave regiment but that's a minor and colourful tweak.
I'm putting on a full ACW battle at the end of April and therefore need to finish the missing units so here is the 1st lot

Couple of Union Limbers. These a basically scratch built with the horses being some terrible ones I had from Irregular miniatures. I had to add harnesses out of milliput. The limbers are either from the Victrix British Napoleonic artillery box or made with some metal wheels I had. The outriders I made from a mix of Nap British Hussar legs, cast bodies and heads and arms from the bits box. They look OK, not great, but seeing as they will only get brief time on some battle fields they will do

Union 6lb cannon, Victrix cannon and figures i bought from Hammerhead bring and buy

5th Michigan

Union camp fire. This will make a useful objective in the upcoming battle

Confederate General - this is Jeb Stuart and was a Salute figure that I picked up from ebay

Finally at Hammerhead I bought a couple of vehicles from Urban Construct. They are not great quality but one of them had lots of potential. It is an armoured tractor for VBCW. I armed it wil at Boyes ATR to make it the equivalent of a deadly "tank hunter"


The paint job is bloody terrible and hasn't worked at all. Will paint it again. It was a undercoat issue - used shiny green paint and it just hasn't worked.

Off to paint 2 more union regiments and 1.5 Confederate regiments - I am obviously 8 figures short. Also need to paint 2 more limbers and some confederat horse holders and I'm done - again.
Nice t be back


16 comments:

  1. Welcome back to the virtual world ......limbers look good. Looking forward to seeing your ACW battlešŸ™‚ I probably agree the tractor needs a rework. Don’t worry about painting quality they are your figures after all, but if you are we need to have a discussion about stain as it transformed my painting.

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    1. Cheers, we are refighting 1st battle of Kernstown (ish). I've been using a home made wash that has been working very well - awesome for 15mm, but i need to highlight better post wash for 28mm. I find that it is a multitude of things that affects my painting, brush, figure period, figure quality, paint quality, mood, etc, etc,etc. Which is why sometimes they are fabulous, sometimes they are terrible and most of the time I just happy with them.
      Think I need anew period, will have a go at the 10mm 7YW when i've done the ACW.

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  2. Welcome back Martin! :)

    I think Miles might take exception to being described as retired or semi-retired though ;)

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    1. His wife keeps making him go back to work. Like a good husband he does as he is told, saves losing the row later

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  3. Loving the armoured tractor Martin and well done on the podium finish, no mean feat.

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  4. I've seen a tractor like that driving around the area!

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  5. Cracking along alright. I would certainly look at one of the stain options and highlight up,form there if needed...

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    1. Cheers, yip will look into it. My wash works OK, it's the highlighting that goes wonky. Faces Ok but everywhere else

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  6. Very well done on your 3rd place. Good to see you posting again. Nice work with the ACW stuff.

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  7. 4,500 painting points in three months is an unbelievably high threshold. Don't know how you managed these feat especially when not retires. Well done!

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