Saturday, January 18, 2020

Project: Siege of Vicksburg Update #7

Another quick progress update.  Getting the last of the extras on bases and shifting over to completing terrain.

Figures painted by Steve Dake.  Tent, wagons, etc. painted by me.



I need to do another layer of white on the wagon I did a while ago so it matches the new one.

Getting closer by the day.  Looking to schedule a test for this game soon.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Project: Siege of Vicksburg Update #6

Quick update tonight as I march ever forward on this project.  31 ACW civilians have joined the collection today.  I've kept thier bases a simple brown colour as I intend these to be used in the city of Vicksburg.  They can also be used in my Dead Man's Hand games as well.

Pictures below.  Apologies, I took these with my phone using just my painting lamp ... but good enough for now.

Hoping to keep up the pace, especially with a long weekend coming up here in the US.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Project: Siege of Vicksburg Update #5

Good progress this past weekend on Vicksburg ... things are moving along nicely now.

First up, the Confederate signal towers ... I have 2 from Old Glory.  I added some additional beams to the structure ...



Next up is from Perry Miniatures - field ambulance for the Union ...



Another from Perry Miniatures, the 1st of 3 wagon - I'll have 2 for the Union and 1 for the Confederates.  First Union supply wagon below.



I'm working through 31 civilians right now, Union camp set, Confederate HQ, field forge and much more.  Will be more updates coming soon!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year

Happy new year to all my followers around the world!  Wow, 2020 - I wish you all the very best for this next year and beyond.  While my blogging and slowed down my projects and gaming have not.  This past year saw some great gaming on the tabletop - Hoth/Assult on Echo Base (Star Wars), Quatre Bras (Napoleonic), Charge of the Mumaks (LOTR), Toulon Harbor (1:300 Napoleonic naval), ACW games, new rules (Star Wars Bolt Action) and rules updates/refinements.  Wow.  Crazy when I think back about it all.  Much more to come in 2020 so stay tuned.


Dan Kerrick hosted a modern game this last weekend.  We've been playing some games and I've been derelict in my posting battle reports - primarily because this time of year is just crazy, and a little extra so because the Vicksburg project is a lot of work.

Some pictures of that game below.  I played Russians - it was a meeting engagement.  My dice were on fire for once.  Everyone had a great time.

















I also hosted a game of Dead Man's Hand a couple of weeks ago ... always a great game.






Looking forward to 2020 and all the games coming to the tabletop!

Project: Siege of Vicksburg Update #4

Hello everyone - another quick project update today.  Everything that I need has now arrived which means I can see how things fit together and really start making progress on the terrain elements.

I was able to mock up the table - pictures below ... need to cut the foam for the ridge/hill.





I've also started basing the first waves of new units.  More to come but at least things are getting on bases now.  I was also able to finish off the ships with flags and the guns.







I thought long about the observation balloon.  I have a large (long) vice grip that I combined with some PVA piping.  This created a harness that I could hang the balloon from.  This is also very easy to store.  I used fishing line to hang the balloon.



I've started assembly of the siege guns for both sides.  The TA Miniatures guns are excellent - very impressive models!




So progress on multiple fronts.  The holidays are a blessing and a curse for projects ... I get some time to work on them but I have to clean up multiple times as we host dinners/parties.