Monday, November 17, 2014

Show Off the Good Stuff

The blog may have gone dead for a few months, but I have been painting quite a bit.  Since my youngest child is ready to move out of the bassinet and into a bedroom, I have lost the area where I used to take photographs.  A new area is nearly set up, so I should be able to resume posting images soon.

In early October, I entered my newly painted Confederate Army in my local IPMS club's modeling competition.  I had 1,171 total painted figures on display, every one of them from Blue Moon.

Club member Jim Davis, who is a much better photographer than I am, took a good picture of part of my entry.

I made up a card explaining my entry:

Wargame Army: Confederate States, 1862-1864

These are 18mm Blue Moon Manufacturing figures based for Regimental Fire and Fury.  The flags are all from GMB Designs.  Bases are all from Litko Aerosystems, 3mm height, with Wargames Accessories metal bases glued to their bottoms so that the bases will stick to magnetic sheets during transport.

All figures and equipment have two-tone shading.  I used craft acrylics for all the painting except the metals, which are Vallejo acrylics, except for the artillery barrels, which are Testors enamels.

I opted for a “ragged rebel” look for this army, varying the uniform colors between several grays, butternuts, and browns.  I relied heavily on the art of Don Troiani, Keith Rocco, and Mort Kunstler for my palette.  During Lee’s two invasions, Northern civilians described the Confederates as “the most filthy men I ever saw,” “no two dressed alike,” “wearing homespun butternuts and grays,” and “in no uniform dress, but all the shades of soil.”  I painted officers closer to regulation dress.

There are 1,171 total painted figures here: 893 men, 227 horses, and 51 vehicles.

Infantry, 556
Mounted Cavalry, 108 horses and riders
Dismounted Cavalry, 84 with 32 horses
Artillery, 24 guns, 72 crew, 12 limbers, 48 horses, 40 limber riders, 12 damage markers
Wagons, 3 vehicles with 3 drivers and 9 horses
Mounted generals, 30


  1. Woahhh 1000 quid figures in that quality is just stunning.

  2. That's a staggering sum of figures and all painted so lovely! Congratulations on such an achievement!


  3. Your army is astounding. Well done, 18mm look superb when painted to your standard.

  4. Beautiful! Hard to believe they are 18mm and not 28s!

    Great work!

    Looking forward to seeing these guys on the battlefield.

  5. Superb! Your painting just keeps getting better and better, which scarcely seems possible!


  6. Pretty dammned impressive Dude !

  7. Good stuff, indeed! That has to be a real treat to see up close and in person. I hope you brought home additional awards.

  8. Thanks for the kind comments, all. This army won the "best wargame figures" category. It also received the "Judges' Best of Show" award.

  9. Thanks, Glenn. They were a blast to paint!