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ACW : Altar of War – Starting the Confederates

Here is my progress so far on the Confederate forces for Altar of Freedom. These are 6mm Baccus models (link).

4 Generals and 4 HQ, 4 Artillery brigades, 12 infantry brigades, 1 cavalry brigade. I have another 5 infantry brigades, 2 cavalry and 2 artillery part-done.

All I need to do now is paint the weapons, edge the bases and add some static grass and talus.

Then I can play “Bull Run” (!) against my Federal forces (link).


Saga: Baggage for “The Escort” scenario

I finally got roundĀ to paintingĀ and ‘dipping’ my Saga baggage items. Here’s the article I posted on the There’s also some bits of news from around Saga…. The new look Gripping Beast website is now active – so be warned if you go to older articles and find the GB links broken. I will do my best to go back and fix them.

Saga – Welsh update

I found some time to get more paint on to my six points of Welsh Saga models from Gripping Beast. Nearly there now!

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Altar of Freedom – more units for Union

I decided to quickly bump the number of infantry brigades to 18 by making six more bases.

This time I just glued the strips of line infantry and skirmishers to the base with the “hard as nails” glue gun. This stuff sets pretty quickly and keeps the metal bases firmly in place.

I also decided to change the talus on the base to something lighter in colour and less uniform in size.

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Saga: Review of Gripping Beast Milites Christi 28mm metal models

Here is my review of some of the Gripping Beast models for the Crescent and the Cross faction “Milites Christi”… LINK.

Painting the first Union Troops for Altar of Freedom wargame

I managed to get the first batch of ACW Union troops completed for the Altar of Freedom game. The only thing left for these guys is to take a felt tip pen to the edge of some of the paper flags to get rid of the white (where the fiddly edges didn’t go together quite right!).

Painting in 6mm is hard on my eyes – I don’t know how I am going to go back to finish off my GW Epic Space Marines (!)

The first batch is for the Union – Three Generals, three HQ’s (using some horse holders and pices of triangular balsa wood for tents), one cavalry brigade, six artillery brigades and 12 infantry brigades. All were completed using Vallejo Game Color acyclic paints, flexible filler, MDF bases, PVA to hold talus and static grass. Finished with a matt varnish spray and paper flags added (from baccus).

Next time I don’t think I will put the figures on the lolly sticks – just stick them straight to the bases and paint, strating with the Trousers and then working up – paint the base brwon last (carefully near the figures).

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Paint guide:

Base – Desert Yellow (72063) with brown game ink wash (number has gone off the bottle!)

Horses and muskets – Tierra Earth (72062).

Saddlebags – Dead Flesh (72035) and Magic Blue (72021).

Uniform Jacket/Kepis – Night Blue (72019)

Uniform Trousers – Electric Blue (72023 not 007 !)

Round Hats – Black (72051)

Banner pole tops and Gun barrels – Glorious Gold (72056)

Drybrush on all figures – Ghost Grey (72046)

Flesh – Pale Flesh (72003)

Artillery men trouser piping – Scarlett Red (72012)

Gun carriages – Sombre Grey (72040) with a drybrush of Wolf Grey (72047)