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  • #136777
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    During the lockdown I’ve decided to resurrect a project I haven’t done since the 1970s.

    ACW forces in 1/72nd scale with predominantly plastic models.

    when I started gaming we only had airfix plastics so obviously this period was fairly common as you could get almost everything you needed without any converting.

    these are my first few bases.

    #136780
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Forgot to mention, the two stands on the right are my 149th Pennsylvania Infantry, also known as the 2nd Bucktail Regiment. The white on their caps is a tiny blob of green stuff for the ‘buck tail’ they wore As a sign of marksmanship.

    #136784
    zippyfusenet
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    I’ve always liked 20mm plastic. I used to pedal my bicycle to the hobby shop at the mall and plunk down a quarter for a box of Airfix HO/OO figures. The product today is much better. With ACW collections in 15mm and 28mm, I won’t start up again with 1/72 plastic, but I’d enjoy looking at yours.

    These old eyes could see better if your photos were a bit bigger…

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #136786
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Thanks very much Zippy.

    i’ll dig them out of their box later and get bigger photos.

    very similar experience here. My pocket money as a school boy used to be spent on airfix figures or kits. It was a big undertaking to decide which one to get each week as I could only buy one.

    happier days!

    #136790
    Norm SNorm S
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    They are very nicely done.

    #136801
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Thanks very much Norm.

    #136802
    Nick Turner
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    Great stuff, I went with 20mm plastics a few years ago. Lost a few chewed up by mice when they lived in the garage,but have invested in a load of the recent Zvezda chaps. Been packed for overseas travel (for painting when deployed) for a while now.

    #136898
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Thanks nick. Zvezda are pretty much the gold standard of1/72nd plastics. Lovely models.

    my first four basss of union artillery today, including some very big boy guns.

    #136948
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Union Zouaves

    #136956
    Nick Turner
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    My chaps, attacked by a Union mouse, the Union chaps were not touched! Time to start sorting them out!20mm ACW

    #136958
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Superb collection!

     

    getting them reconditioned is a project you’ll definitely be able to get your teeth into Nick!

    #136966
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    A unit of US marines

    #136975
    Nick Turner
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    Lovely stuff. I have been corrected on FB, it is the new Strelets stuff I have, the Pickett’s charge sets, not Zvezda.

    #136976
    willzwillz
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    What an excellent display of fine 20mm plastic wargaming, thanks for sharing.

    #136997
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    @Nick, the new strelets ACW stuff is excellent, I’m mixing loads of them in with my older figures.


    @willz
    , thanks. 1/72 plastics were the only figures I could get as a kid when I started ‘proper’ wargaming. As a result they hold a unique place in my heart. 8 year old me would have been over the moon at the availability of 1/72 nowadays

     

    today it’s naughty Texans. No army of the confederacy is complete without some Texans causing mayhem.

     

    #137001
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    @zippyfusenet I finally remembered to get the close ups of my first posted units you asked about.

    #137002
    vtsaogamesvtsaogames
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    What very nice painting!

    https://corlearshookfencibles.blogspot.com/

    #137020
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    @vtsaogames Thanks!

    #137043
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    First stand of black union troops


    back rank are Strelets union infantry standing and front rank are ‘call to arms’ black troopers from their union regiments set.

    the call to arms set is great because it also contains proper ‘iron brigade’ troopers that no one else does in plastic.

    #137102
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    a foot command stand for my rebels. The officer is plastic ( esci I think) and the standard bearer is from irregular miniatures

    #137115
    zippyfusenet
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    Thanks for the close-up fairoaks. I enjoy getting a good look at them.

    It appears you’re building one  eight-figure base per regiment. That’s a good system. You can get something done that way.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #137182
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    @zippyfusenet yes, decided to do each base as a unit to start and then maybe make them into more stands per unit if the rules I end up using require it.

     


    next confederate unit. All from the strelets ‘confederates standing’ set.

    really love the new sets from strelets where they concentrate on one theme, marching, charging, standing, firing etc.
    means that cover it well and you get loads of choices for your units.

    #137246
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    another confederate command stand. Irregular miniatures metal figures.

    #137300
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    A base of Berdans sharpshooters skirmishing.

    all strelets Minis

    #137363
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    A New York Irish regiment. All strelets

    #137405
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    A metal jacklex cannon crewed by Plastic confederates.

    #137444
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    these are metal jacklex rush’s lancers, I posted them in another thread but thought I’d better put all my 20mm acw in one thread.

    #137445
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    and a couple of jacklex Metal standard bearers and an Officer for a union command stand. ( the reb banner is going into a unit.)

    #137452
    jeffersjeffers
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Very nice! I started with Airfix plastics and would go back to them if re-released. I love the Type 1 Airfix, very easy to paint.</p>

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #137510
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    Thanks very much @jeffers

    im actually in the middle of recovering some original 1970s airfix figures at the moment.


    they’ve been cleaned up, rebased, been Matt varnished and had a black wash ready for repainting.


    and a new coat of paint basically following original colour and a varnish.

    now I’m working on the front rank.

    #137594
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    front rank finished as well. Managed to find 8 in the same pose that survived clean up.
    some were so fragile that when removing mould lines It felt like carving chalk. Several just shattered into pieces. Hopefully these will survive.

    #137693
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    a divisional command stand.

     

    #137695
    ian pillayian pillay
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    That’s lovely brush work. I really like that technique. These miniatures are beautiful.

    Good job!

    Tally-Ho!

    #137710
    jeffersjeffers
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    Absolutely and proves my point about the Airfix figures!

    Now we need to see zouaves converted from cowboys… 😉

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #137716
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    @ian pillay thank you!


    @jeffers
    I loved those converting articles in battle and airfix magazine.

     

    someone should re-print them all

    #137743
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    another union regiment. Standard bearer is metal from irregular, Officer and bugler plastic from strelets, the rest are more recovered airfix figures from the 1970s.

    #137746
    jeffersjeffers
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    I’ve got an Airfix annual with an article on ACW conversions by Terry. Happy to photocopy and send it to you.

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #137753
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    <p style=”text-align: center;”>oh, yes please @jeffers</p>
    i’m

     

     

    #137804
    fairoaks024fairoaks024
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    2 more mostly recovered airfix confederates. All airfix 1970s except the standard bearers who are metal jacklex minis.

    #137819
    willzwillz
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    Very nice, retro 7o’s renewed.  Thanks for sharing.

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