Category Archives: ACW

Done!

It’s good to be finished with a project.

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These are the 17th Louisiana at Shiloh.  Well, they could be any rebs I suppose.  I couldn’t find any particular info on the unit.  I gave them a Bragg flag because they were in Bragg’s second grand division when he took command.  So it seems reasonable that they would have one of the flags he issued.

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And this complete’s Anderson’s brigade.  So I have done Pond’s brigade and Anderson’s brigade from Ruggle’s division of Bragg’s corps at Shiloh.  I’d like to do Gibson’s brigade to complete the division, but that’s another 100 figs.  I don’t have that in me right now.  It would be cool as there are a few companies of Zouaves there.  Maybe I’ll get back to this some day.

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For now, I’m turning my attention to World War 2 with Chain of Command.  Yanks coming soon!

 

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Achtung Louisiana!

I’m not sure “attention” was part of the drill manual in the civil war, but whatever the instructions were, some of these soldiers probably would have had them in German.

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The 20th Louisiana was interesting in that about 2/3rd of the men in the regiment at Shiloh were German speakers.  So I would be guessing their company officers and ncos might relay orders in German.  Certainly in the heat of battle I’m sure a lot of German would have been flying around.

I really have no idea what they should have looked like.  I could find no info.  So I went with the typical Lousiana issued frock coat.  And I gave them a Bragg flag.  I’m also uncertain about that.

This is the 2nd to last regiment I need to finish to put a cap on my ACW Shiloh project, for now at least.

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I’m very tempted to paint up Gibson’s brigade in order to have one full division from Shiloh.  But it’s about 25 stands and 100 figures is a lot for me on this right now as I have so many other distractions clamoring for my attention.  One cool thing about Gibson’s brigade is that there would be a unit with a few stands of Zouaves and everyone needs some Zouaves in their collection, no?

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All I have left to paint to complete Anderson’s brigade is the 17th Louisiana.  They are primed but it will be awhile before I can finish them off.

Clack’s Battalion

Also known as the Confederate Guards Response Battalion.

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Another Louisiana regiment in Anderson’s brigade at Shiloh.  It only mustered around 170 men at the battle, so again warrants only a couple of stands.

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I’m not terribly certain about the uniforms.  In Daniel’s book on Shiloh he says they wore light blue uniforms but his footnote to an eyewitness describing the brigade deployed says Clack’s battalion was recognizable because of its “light uniforms.”  So I chose to just give them a medium gray coat – that will be noticeably lighter than all the other regiments in the brigade.  I gave them black facings on the coat and black stripes on the pants as that was pretty common in the Army of the Mississippi at the time.

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I only have about 24 more figs to paint to be done with Anderson’s brigade.  I’m fairly resolved to get through that and be done with ACW stuff for awhile.  We’ll see.

 

My other limber

Recently delivered, painted by my friend Joe.

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One of the guys in our group came up with the idea of using the number of horses in the limber to represent the number of guns in the battery until it’s deployed.  So, here you see it configured for 6 horses, and now configured for 4 horses.

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It’s really just an extra base with 2 more limber horses on it.  But it has a hidden bite.  The guy who makes our bases for us, George bases, suggested cutting a notch in the bases and using one of those micro magnets in each of the notches.  That way, the bases would mostly stick together as you’re moving them around the table.  And, short of lifting them up, that does happen.

I’ve mentioned this before, but took the opportunity to photograph the specifics this time. Here are the limbers before finishing the bases with cover and paint.

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One thing to be careful of is making sure you install the magnets with the right polarity.  On this particular stand, one of them is a little off, and it actually lifts one of the bases just a little when I put them together!

This is a photo of about as close as you can get them without them pulling into each other.

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Neat idea, that.

 

1st Florida

Another wee reb unit.  The 1st Florida had 250 men at Shiloh.  I could have painted them with three stands or two.  I opted for two.

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I suspect they should have a Bragg flag but I ran out of those.  I actually have 3 more but I have 3 more units to do which definitely need Bragg flags.  And as this is a fairly generic stand, I could replace it with one with a Bragg flag at some point in the future if I start doing units from Breckenridge’s command.

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Figures by Redoubt again.  The three units I have left to do are Clack’s battalion, the 17th Louisiana, and the 20th Lousiana.  That will complete Anderson’s brigade.  The 20th Louisiana is an interesting unit as it is mostly made up of Prussians.

 

38th Tennessee

This finished Preston Pond’s brigade at Shiloh.

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If you scroll down you’ll see a pic of the whole brigade – 25 stands of infantry plus the guns.  Not enough for a starting out brigade for Longstreet still, but I made them really for the way we base ACW in the rest of the collection – 1 stand is rougly 100 men.

I’m unsure about what these actually looked like.  I read that early in the war troops from Tennessee were equipped with frock coats and either light blue or black facings.  I went with the light blue.  And I mixed in a few guys with shell jackets.  Redoubt packs a head pack called Tennessee heads that are guys with straw hats.  They look kind of nice so I used several of them.  There are also heads from Steve Barber mixed in.  If you look closely there is one guy with a wee tiny head – that’s from Perry.

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Not a bad lot.

I’ve now painted 100+ Redoubt ACW figures.  I like them a lot, but it’s not without reservations.  On the plus side there is a lot of flexibility in what you can put together and the sculpting is really nice.  On the down side there is putting together – the guys with frock coats in RSS need both a head and the arm with gun attached to the body – and the casting isn’t that clean.  There’s a lot of work getting off some of the casting lines sometimes leading to wiping out the nice sculpting.  I would keep using them if I did a lot more, but it would be really nice if the casting was better.

Here’s another shot of Pond’s whole brigade:

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You’ve seen a couple of units of Anderson’s brigade go by.  I had leftover figures so did them and now I’ve ordered enough lead to finish that brigade.  It’s a lot smaller, but still a fair amount of work to finish up.

 

Pond’s brigade

More details later, but Pond’s brigade is done.

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In the front rank from left to right as we look at them: the Orleans Guard Battalion, the 16th Louisiana, Ketchum’s battery, the 18th Louisiana.

In the back rank: the 38th Tennessee and the Crescent Regiment.