Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, September 27, 2013
|Union troops try to flank the Rebs.|
Have you seen the Civil War Trust's animated Antietam map? It's pretty good and it is a nice overview of the battle. Here's the link:
While there try and donate to help save some battlefield. It's good for you and the future!
|Fredricksburg Dec. 1862 after Union bombardment and occupation of the town|
from the NPS Visitor's Center
Monday, September 9, 2013
|Monument of the 54th New York Volunteers on East Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg|
Saturday, June 22, 2013
|Perry plastic horse, Saber and Saber rider|
and GMB flag
I had some time today so I grabbed my camera and went outside for a photo shoot. The weather was perfect for it. I decided to just take some close ups instead of a mass infantry. I would have to get out a larger table and I was kinda lazy.
|these are the newish Perry plastic Reb infantry|
|Well the contrast between the jacket and trousers|
seemed better while painting it.
|Sash & Saber models - 6th Wisconsin Color Guard|
with GMB flag
|The back 3 guns are Parrotts, next are 3 inch Ordnance rifles|
and the rest are all Napoleons with one 6 lbs. gun.
|All my guns are Sash & Saber - a Napoleon|
|A Napoleon with mud|
|10 lbs. Parrott|
|Guidon bearer for the 9th Massachusetts battery|
|GMB flag again with Sash & Saber model|
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Devil's Den at Gettysburg. You can see the scale and size of the rocks|
if you notice the man standing on top of one, left center. This isn't even a wide shot of all the huge boulders.
You may or may not read Wargames Soldiers & Strategy magazine but Mike Evans and I have written several articles for them. In the recent issue 66 we did a several articles and scenarios for the 1st day’s fighting at Gettysburg. We had to trim a bit since in total it became too much to fit. The bibliography didn’t make it in due to space. We felt it was important but… you can’t fit 5 pounds of stuff into a 3 pound bag. I have included it below because I felt it would be invaluable for readers that might want to follow up and get details of the actual fighting. This especially true now that the 150th anniversary is less than two months away. The list below is by no means complete. It is just the ‘first books’ you might want to read about the battle. Enjoy!
We have another batch of scenarios and articles coming soon about Vicksburg so check it once it hits the newsstands.
The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most written about battles in history. Here are just a few that we have used extensively to prepare these articles:
Bruce Catton: Glory Road, Fairfield Press.
From the author of the essential Army of the Potomac trilogy. A Stillness at Appomattox is the 3rd book in this trilogy. This book (the 2nd book) deals with the political as well as military aspects of the war in Northern Virginia in 1863. Recommended.
Eric J. Wittenberg: Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions, Savas Beatie.
The book covers the South Cavalry battlefield, Farnsworth’s charge & the battle of Fairfield. If the cavalry interests you this is the book for you.
Eric J. Wittenberg: Brinkerhoff ridge
Harry W. Pfanz: Gettysburg the First Day,
Gettysburg the Second Day,
Gettysburg Culp’s Hill and Cemetary Hill,
All University of North Carolina Press.
Hugely detailed these are musts for the serious students of the battle. Great information for gamers because of this detail.
Noah A. Trudeau: Gettysburg a Testing of Courage, Perennial.
A classic. Easy to read and highly recommended.
Bradley M. Gottfried: The Maps of Gettysburg, Savas Beatie
Detailed maps outline troop movements through-out the campaign. The battle is covered in detail. Wargamers will find this a treasure trove for scenarios. Highly recommended.
Stephen W. Sears – Gettysburg,
Edwin B. Coddington – The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command,
Was often sited as the book about the campaign when it was first published in 1963. In the past 20 years or so many additional books have come out and have uncovered new information about the battle. The book still holds up well but the newer books (above listed) are written with a fresher style.
|"News from Home"|
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Have you ever seen this film before? This is what Civil War soldiers are supposed to look like. This is almost a great painting guide by itself. The action is superb too!
I have never seen the film and know nothing about it but it LOOKS good. Must track this one down
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I will be marching through the cold weather to get to the HMG East's Cold Wars convention in Lancaster, PA. If you are going you might see me trying my rules out so stop by and say hello. I will try try try to remember to take lots of pictures. I always forget but... this time definitely! I also need to drop some cash in the Dealer's Hall to restock my semi-depleted reserves of lead. See ya there!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Whew... done! All Color Guards, Brigade officers, Regimental officers, Field Music and MEN painted and flocked... all done! Add to this I'm also totally done with 5th Corps brigades of Tilton and Sweitzer and ALL the brigades of Hood's and McLaws' brigades means I am on the home stretch. I still have to finish Caldwell's division, Willard's brigade and the two U.S. brigades of Day and Burbank is easy now. The artillery is about half way done. All 3rd Corps batteries are done so what remains are the scattered batteries of the Reserve Artillery. Hip hip hooray!!!
I also finished up all my peach orchard trees. Okay well... honestly I have to touch up the fruit and turn apples into peaches but... it goes down in my book as 99% done.
|Gen. Phil Kearny charging at the battle of Williamsburg ahead of his men.|
|Gen. Sickles says, "I agree with whatever Gen. Kearny said!"|
|Gen. Butterfield says, "Yeah...I agree with whatever Gen. Kearny and Gen. Sickles says!"|