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Monday, 15 July 2019

ACW, Cavalry Wagons and more (FA#12)

   Hawkin's Zouaves (A NY regt. iirc)
This post concludes my ACW collection, revealing what was in the five trays that featured in last week's post. Beware it's photo-heavy, but I've parred it down as much as possible.
It's quite possibly not all my ACW collection, but it is all I can readily lay my hands on!
There was yet more Infantry, though none painted by me !
Nine more regiments of Infantry...
... and broken flags identify them as 1st Corps (maybe)
Divisional Co and three Brigadiers
Union casualties...
...lots of Union casualties
Union Cavalry Regt (unnamed)...
...with some dismounts too !
Horse holders are occasionally needed too
Here's the whole Brigade (only the one it seems) - note the broken guidons
More cannon, one with loose barrel.
A couple of pontoons, foreground Confederate, background Union
One of two trays of Confederate cavalry, before photographing.
Two regiments of Confederate cavalry, in surprising good condition after their 'fall from grace'
Cavalry dismounts...
...and their horse holders.
The rest of the Confederate cavalry - two brigades of four regiments each.
 Confederate brigade CO. and a couple more casualties
Wagons, mostly intact
The rest of the wagons, all with various damage

Bits and pieces, men carrying sacks, one with a shovel, a metal tent etc.
Two limbers, probably for "Pony Wars"
Some bits (mostly officers) that I'm pretty certain I didn't paint !
And of course the miscellaneous finds and misplaced bits
Indian mutiny deserter and another home-cast Pirate cannon.
Gorilla, very useful for "Jimland - probably an "Irregular"
And that, dear reader, concludes my ACW (though I'm pretty sure I should have more)
I was pretty gutted to find how devastated the Wagons were, but it's all pretty much superficial damage and would be easily fixed - if I could be arsed.

In other news....

I've been pretty busy hobby-wise (Shock, Horror), but nothing too drastic as I've mostly been tidying up my games room and re-writing my additional rules for Jimland, making cards etc. - Generally preparing for more expeditions into the wilds of Jimland once more (sadly though more than likely solo).  I'm also trying to add to my list of Tribal names and failing miserably, so suggestions are are still wanted.  Any names are welcomed, but along the lines of the "Umiguli" rather than "Axe Breakers" etc..

That's it then for another week, next week's post will be equally boring as I'll probably post more specifically about what I've been doing for Jimland!

Thanks for taking the time to visit and  your comments, as always are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 8 July 2019

ACW - The Union VI Corps (FA#12)

   1st Division, 1st Brigade's 1st New Jersey.
To face my Confederate Corps, I have the Union Army of the Potomac's VI Corps, chosen simply because their 3rd Division Commander was my surname's namesake - Newton!
Little did I know at the time that it turned out to be the largest Corps in said Army, consisting of 3 Divisions, rather than the usual two to a Corp, with each Division having three brigades, each of four Regiments, making a force of some 36 regiments.
The entire 1st Brigade, of the st Division
As per my Confederates, the entire Corps is a mix of figures from many manufacturers including Irregular, Skytrex, Stone Mountain and Old Glory. All are 15mms and at this 'scale' differences in sizes are minimal.
Unlike the  Confederates, my Union force has two figures to represent the Brigade command as well as the Divisional Command.

Divisional flag (3rd iirc) with a Brigade pennant.
The Union Forces had flags for each Brigade, coloured according to the Division and Brigade, with the Corp emblem. Sadly only a few of my Brigade pennants have survived the many years of play, their flimsy lead flagstaff proving inadequate. There are a few that did survive though and if iirc they're all "Irregular Minis" that have more robust casts.
Divisional flags are square standards, whilst the Brigade  flags are triangular pennants.
The photograph on the right shows many of the pennant now awol from their bearers.

Again, Corps command with Swallow tailed guidon.

Corps command
Again, Corps command with Swallow tailed guidon.
Like the Confederate forces, the Union gunners are individually based  and many could easily be used as civilians too (note the chap in the front centre right of the photograph to the left.
The Union Corps generally have 1 artillery battery to a brigade plus reserve artillery.


62NY (Iirc)
As the Union artillery is identical in most respects to the Confederate ones, artillery is inter-changeable and I reckon most of the Union artillery has been mixed with my Confederate forces.
Unlike a lot of gamers I didn't "cherry-pick" the more interesting Union (or confederate) units, eg. Berdan's Sharpshooters, Rush's Lancers etc. Though my Corps did have a few welcome diversions from the Dark blue tunic and sky-blue trousers of the majority., namely two Zouave regiments, the 95th PA and the 62nd NY.
95thPA, with two of my broken Colours (I don;t know which their's is)
Another "interesting" unit - it has dark blue trousers ! (I'm easily pleased)
All the Union casualty figures that were in the drawer !
Possibly a Cavalry Brigade Commander
With only two casualty figures present, the Union casualties must be elsewhere, but there was a random commander figure, probably someone well-known that I have now completely forgotten to the passage of time.










Here's the whole drawer of my Union Forces
The five remaining trays of my ACW forces !

 I still have five trays that afaik contain more of my ACW collection, Cavalry (almost certainly), the union casualties (hopefully) and all the many wagons  that have to be somewhere !


 In other News:

I seemed to have found some enthusiasm for the hobby once more (had to happen sometime) , but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a battle or aar report anytime soon.
I've simply been re-visiting my rules for Adventuring in Jimland, trying to finish off the various rule ideas that I thought were either missing, needed or I think would add to the game. 
 I've added a couple of new Explorer skill types - Trader and Ethnologist and I'm still working on a third (Journalist and/or Photographer); rules for Wagons, canoes, water, ammunition (still to be finalised) and new posts - Trading, Mission and Hospital. Any suggestions for Native tribe names would also be appreciated - I have over two dozen - mostly very silly and juvenile - and would like to double that number ! As I've written in my new rules "Who wouldn't like to discover the Umiguli tribe of Pygmies ?"
If this newly found enthusiasm keeps going then it may be that I'll be returning to Jimland !

That's it then for this week, thanks for visiting and I hope that there was something of interest and of course your comments, as always, are both welcomed and appreciated.


Monday, 1 July 2019

ACW - Confederates (FA#11)

This period was one of the first wargame periods I was taken by  - I blame Donald Featherstone and his book "The Wargame". In addition Airfix figures were available for Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Wagons and Civilians - and they were cheap ! I amassed a huge force of plastic ACW that were sold on many moons ago, but the joy of seeing a mostly pure Infantry conflict never left me.
1st Division, first Brigade, all Virginians
When I eventually returned to the ACW I went for 15mm metal figures from every manufacturer that was available at the time and I eventually opted for "Johnny Reb III" as my choice of rules - they seemed to me to have the ebb and flow of the ACW conflict that I had envisioned.
Unit name was on each base
My Confederate force is (iirc) Longstreet's Corps which comprises three Divisions, each of two brigades which in turn each have four or five regiments.
Each regiment has five bases with a number of figures on each representing the total strength of the regiment.
Third Regiment in the the first Brigade   \

Two figures to a base, strength of the regiment 200, three figures 300 etc.
Some flags are paper whilst others are metal with the  figures, like the one on the left - I can't believe I painted that !
Fourth Regiment, four figures 
The whole Brigade
The brigade's storage area, colour coded !
The commanders, L to R - Divisional CO, C-in-C Corps and sample Brigade CO
Casualty markers
I used figures as markers to record casualties, when sufficient had been accumulated , a base of figures was removed, but in the meantime the "casualties" followed the regiment (known as baggage in our games),
I have a lot of casualty markers !

Each brigade has its own battery of cannon, in addition there was divisional artillery  and the Corp reserve Artillery. each battery was generally represented by two or three models, each model gun in the  battery having a mere two figures as crew.
3" Riles on the left and 12pdr Napoleons on the right.
The Corps needs a lot of Artillery ,,,
...and of course gunners (Random Selection )
I came across these two figures on the right whilst picking out the gunners, they're obviously civilians and may well be 'spillage' from my "Pony Wars" figures".
The gentleman on the left is plastic whom I suspect is the Airfix "Wagon Train", 'boy' figure.
Digging deeper amongst the gunners I found even more civilians, including at least one other Wagon Train figure whom I distinctly remember cutting down her dress by a couple of millimetres to fit in with the smaller 15mm figures. (She is the third figure from the left in the photograph below.

Woman, man, woman Shepherd with sheep (?!&*?) and man with gun.
1st Division- all Virginians
2nd Division - Georgians and Texans
3rd Divsion - Georgians and Alabanians
Unused flags - probably surplus to requirements.
I was surprised not to find the Corps wagon train in the box, but I suspect it was used for Pony Wars games and it wll be in another storage area ! Each Brigade had a wagon, each division had a wagon and the corp had a wagon too, making a train of 10 wagons. I can't remember how many were allocated for the artillery, but at least a couple ! 
As always there are surprises in my collections, the civilians above being one, but I also found this packet of flags (on the right) too:







17 x 13.5 inches of goodness.
My Love of the ACW is reflected in my Book collection, with the ACW being the most prominent and having the most expensive book I've ever bought, I have many other ACW books too, including box sets and many, what I would call, standard reference books.
I doubt any new-comer to the period would even bother with "Coggins",but it was the go-to reference book and is still a fountain of knowledge.
The state I found this drawer in !

And that's it for this week, the third remaining drawer must contain my Union Force that I'll post about next week as once more I haven't managed a single hobby-related activity over the last week.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully finding something of interest and of course your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.