Thursday, January 21, 2010

250 man ACW project, day 1

A few posts ago I wrote about the big 19th Century Miniatures order that Austin, Don, and I were making. The figures came in last week, and Jon gave us our huge bags of Civil War soldiers on Saturday.

I spent the past few days finishing a small commission, and yesterday I turned my attention to the Battle Honors ACW figures. I had written that I would try to finish all 250 figures in a week, and I think it will be fun to see if I can meet that goal. Because of the way the figures divided, this will actually be a 241 man ACW project, but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Besides, I'm going to try to paint an additional nine figures to bring the total to 250.

Last night I primed all the figures, then gave them a black paint wash to cover any remaining metal bits.

This morning I drybrushed all the muskets with Testor's enamel silver paint.

Since I have a three hour long class tonight, that's all the work I'm likely to get done today. Tomorrow I hope to paint the musket stocks and apply my flesh basetone.


  1. This is a challenge lowly mortals should not attempt!

    Good luck!

  2. 250 figures in one week?!!!!

    Good God man. That's a YEAR'S output for us humans.

    Good luck. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.


  3. Scott:

    You're fearless! Here I am worrying about finishing up 7 Perry Carabiniers - a mere 7! That's it, I'm picking up the paintbrush this weekend. Might even start on the box of Perry French Infantry too - oh wait, I feel my spirit already failing me - I'll be happy to just finish the 7. Dean

  4. I would like to see how you do up these Civil War figures like your tutorial you posted on the Roman soldier.

    I have ten 15mm Zouaves that are going to take me just as long as your 250!

  5. I've decided to take up your challenge, only I'm going to do the mortal's version. I started a unit of 24 15mm Gauls last night. I'm going to see if I can finish mine in the same time it takes you to do 250! The worst part is I think you'll win.....