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Baranovich20 Jan 2021 3:20 p.m. PST

Ok guys!

So listen. Despite my heavily critical review that I posted earlier regarding some of the problems with the historical details on the models, as well as how small they actually are (12mm-13mm), I think I have COMPLETELY changed my mind about this mini. range after seeing a battalion of them painted up.

Despite all the shortcomings of the models, for this scale they do an amazing job of bringing a massed American Civil War look to the tabletop!

Looking at the photos I posted of the first batch that I painted, I now have a new excitement and impetus to paint more, and to finally paint the full armies when I finally get the full boxed set in the mail.

I gave them washes and drybrushes to give them kind of a dusty, scruffy look. I'm absolutely loving the dense ranks.

For $120.00 USD for the smaller boxed set, or the full-blown boxed set for $237.00 USD, you get a TON of stuff, and just imagine these pictures but with battlelines and columns multiplied many times over.

I think what I learned from painting these is that sometimes you can't wait for inspiration for a particular time period or a new mini. range. Sometimes you just have to dive in and do it and the inspiration comes from your own efforts.

Example here, I realized that the free sprue that comes with the Wargames Illustrated magazine didn't include any flags! I could not stand seeing these guys totally painted up but with no flags on the poles. It finally drove me so crazy that I got an Xacto knife, some paper and I hand-painted my own!

I just got out the smallest brush I own, looked at some historical photos of original Union infantry flags online, and blocked them out and got 'em done!

Seriously guys, this is a great way to get massive Civil War armies on your tabletop, don't give up on the boxed sets!

Have fun… :)

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2021 4:14 p.m. PST

Very nice work – thanks for sharing! Wanted to see what those rascals looked like painted up

JimDuncanUK20 Jan 2021 4:21 p.m. PST

There are flags in the magazine that can be cut out.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2021 4:22 p.m. PST

You've got some nice looking troops there. Your flags are brilliant.

Baranovich20 Jan 2021 4:35 p.m. PST

@JimDuncan,

OMG seriously??? How did I miss that?!?!?

Well, I guess I got in some good practice at flag painting, lol but thanks for the heads up! Will cut them out to use with some of the other strips.

General Kirchner20 Jan 2021 4:46 p.m. PST

excellent!

thank you for sharing!

epturner Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2021 5:18 p.m. PST

Very nice.

Gives one pause.

Thanks.
Eric

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2021 8:43 p.m. PST

Really nice looking. BTW, I like your hand painted flags.

mghFond20 Jan 2021 10:26 p.m. PST

Agree with Paul.

PzGeneral21 Jan 2021 7:16 a.m. PST

Very, very kewl.

Unfortunately, I'm trying really hard to start no more projects….

But I'd play grin

Dave

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 9:00 a.m. PST

Not my period, but those look very good to me.

Wargamorium21 Jan 2021 10:04 a.m. PST

Not my period either but I do agree they look very good. Would like to see more photographs when you have more painted.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 10:47 a.m. PST

Did you use a dark blue spray as the base coat?

Baranovich21 Jan 2021 1:43 p.m. PST

@79thPA,

I did, I used Army Painter Ultramarine Blue. I'm also going to try GW's Macragge Blue to see how that looks. I'm going for a blue that isn't quite as dark as a lot of gamers paint their Union Civil War minis. because a lot of the original fatigue blouses and frock coats were a lighter blue than many of the reproductions are. I'm trying to avoid that really deep bluish black if I can.

Only problem with Army Painter primers is that they dry this strange satin and they almost act like a varnish on the model. I also think it filled in some of the detail on these.

So I'm going to go with the GW blue spray for the next batch and also will try priming with an airbrush, one of the Vallejo medium blue airbrush primers maybe.

Ken2020 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 2:19 p.m. PST

Nice review. Also, your river is outstanding

Endless Grubs21 Jan 2021 7:00 p.m. PST

Except for the cannon (those grand prix wheels!), they look ALOT better painted up than I thought they would in raw plastic! Well done

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2021 7:18 p.m. PST

With small figures, it probably doesn't hurt to go a shade lighter.

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