Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Project: Siege of Vicksburg Update #3

This project is really starting to pickup some steam. A lot of progress of several fronts.

But first, Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends! Remember to bring up politics at Thanksgiving dinner to save on Christmas gifts ;-) lol

Fresh new units are starting to roll off the painting table from the excellent Steve Dake ... and basing is in progress ...

Louisiana Zouaves

Yeah, I know they didn't carry the state flag with them ... but it is just so colourful I couldn't resist!

Ohio Volunteer Infantry

The rest of the first batch ...

Union artillery crew for the 24 pdr guns

Union and Confederate commanders

More casualties to add to my current pile

The Union observation balloon, ironclads, gunboat and river boat are all just about finished. Michael from Golden Candle Studio (same who did my Star Wars stuff) is packing them up to ship them to me. The observation balloon is an old plastic kit from the 1960's or something ... found it at an antique store online ... but the perfect scale (even says 1/56 on the box).

I need to paint the guy that goes in the balloon, and then all the ground crew, including to wagons I'm converting as the pumps, etc. for the balloon.  I'll have 4 copper wires (ropes) that go up to the four corners of the basket to hold it up in the air.

Boats and Balloon

A closer look at the main part of the balloon

Here comes the navy!  The boats that will make up the side action for the game are also done.  I need to add the cannon barrels and do flags, but that is minor work.  Michael did a great job on these, really great work here.

Confederate Ironclad

Confederate Ironclad

Progress with the added Union Monitor class

The riverboat and gunship join the ironclads

Ready for action!

My new fur mats are also complete and have arrived from David Skibicki - looking forward to starting to stage this all. I've started painting the buildings and will be jumping between basing units and painting buildings for a little while now.

More to come, stay tuned.


  1. Splendid units, boats...and baloon, I di like it, such a promising project!

    1. Thanks Phil! It takes a village to pull this stuff off. Will have my hands full between now and February getting it all done and on the table :-)

  2. Great progress on all fronts.
    the balloon is a spectacular addition.
    Best wishes,

  3. As usual, there are no words... simply incredible 😃
    That balloon is the bees knees!!

  4. looking EPIC! Are those boats scratch-build? We did something similar for a big game.

    1. Thanks, the ships are from Sarissa Percision (MDF). Thx for the link :-)

  5. Looking really good Jay. Shaping up to be another epic masterpiece. 😀

  6. Lovely toys Jay...
    I do like that balloon...

    All the best. Aly