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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).


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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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)

Preparing the units for Altar of Freedom

I weighed all of the little strips of models I had for my ACW armies. A fraction over 2Kg of 6mm scale metal that required very little cleanup.

The strips were sorted into which side and then into type. Each was given a light undercoat of white Primer spray.

After that I took a dozen brigades worth of Union infantry, and a few supporting units – enough for the First Bull run scenario in the ‘Altar of Freedom‘ supplement for the Eastern theatre – and then tacked them to lollipop sticks for painting.

The next job is painting (followed by the Confederate force!)


Update: Altar of Freedom Fatigue Markers – building

Here are my attempts at turning the little Baccus 6mm scale casualty markers into Fatigue tokens for the “Altar of Freedom” game using some 15mm mdf counters. Painting next!

It took about two hours to get these from the metal rectangles to being ready to paint. Each little marker needed about 6 goes of the tin snips to round off the edges before being able to super-glue it to the round base. Fine sand was PVA glued around the edge of the token to help disguise the metal base.

Baccus 6mm ACW arrival

Yes, I have dived into the World of American Civil War – and in another scale… 6mm.

Over the Christmas break I took a look at some new game rules and liked the look of “Altar of War”. I downloaded the rules then the Eastern battles supplement.

You can see the site here.

Example from a game using “Altar of Freedom” rules.


I put an order into Baccus and 4 days later my box of figures arrived…

The figures look crisp and clean and with plenty of detail. I am really looking forward or getting these mounted on their 60x30mm or 30x30mm bases and painted up.

It is a brigade level game allowing you fight all the battles of the American Civil War on a maximum of 6×4 foot tabletop.

I ordered enough for a small to medium game to get to grips with the rules.

Here are some pictures of what turned up. Battle packs of infantry (20 brigades for each side with 28 figures on each 30x60mm base), enough cavalry and HQ units for all size games and 8 artillery units for each side (about half the amount needed for the biggest games). Plus the thin laser cut bases and some packs of flags for the banner poles. At 6mm it is going to be the colour schemes, hats and flags that identify units!

Epic Space Marine – rounding up the models for painting…

I recently dug out my old Space Marine models for one of the kids to play with. I needed to find them anyway as they need painting up for a future game. While they were on the table I took a few pictures to remember what was there. A chunk of them came from one collection and had been painted yellow with little else done to them.

There are also a number of other mix and match marines, rhinos and land raiders. There are also two old plastic Warlord titans in need of a revamp. The yelloy painted troops include a devastator company.

Another job to do this year…. and pretty much a Chapter of troops here to do it with!