A few years ago, I began making these for the special people in my life…sometimes they are purely whimsical and sometimes they have a hidden meaning, special to me and/or the person receiving…many of the figures are Darksword 28mm miniatures…some are from the “Hasselfree” line…
My painting for Sam Mustafa’s Longstreet ACW Rules continues. I just completed painting two small regiments of 28mm Perry Plastic Cavalry Figures, one Confederate and one Union. I found the plastic figures reasonably easy to assemble and work with. There are a few mold lines, but nothing too dramatic. They painted up rather easy and were a good value for the money. I am working on the dismounted figures now and will use 28mm Perry Metal figures for those units. I find the Perry mixes well with Old Glory 2nd ed. figs.
My latest project…converting my 28mm skirmish ACW figs over for “Longstreet.” My figs are based on 1″ stands. In order to try the rules, I will use 1 fig per stand and 1″ as my BW size for measurement purposes. later, I may use 2″ sabots to mount 4 figures per base, but I have a great deal of painting left to do before I can do that. For now, 2-10 figure regiments will have to suffice. My artillery is based on a 1.5″ stand. Doesn’t exactly match up to the 1″ stands as per the rules, but close enough for me.
My latest project: An ACW Diorama Display in 28mm featuring Old Glory Figures.
To be up front and honest, I have always been a huge Battlefront Fan….I have never owned or painted any 15mm WW2 models other than BF’s….on a whim, I decided to order some of the Gaming Models Resin tank miniatures to see what they looked like…you judge for yourself….to be fair, the BF’s have my paint job and some extra “bits” to detail the BF models while the Gaming Models are right out of the “box”….the JagdPz IV GM’s are unpainted….the Stug IIIG & T-34/85 have the stock GM paint job. The Stug IIIG from Gaming Models is much smaller (even more so in “real life”) than its BF counterpart…the JagdPz IV from GM is much wider than the BF version…the BF’s pictured are the short 75mm version while the GM’s pictured have the L/70…overall, the GM T-34 looks decent (note: I do not own any BF Russians for quality & size comparison) as does the JagdPZ IV….the only real complaint is that some of the guns are bent such that the soft plastic is warped and cant be bent straight…crooked guns on about 20% of the vehicles I ordered. The cost is $4 per model for GM’s vs. $12+ for BF’s….I received a polite e-mail when the GM’s were shipped and received my order in about 2.5 weeks….the GM’s can be ordered painted or unpainted (same cost eitherway)…the Russian paint job is okay…I do not care for the German Yellow-Tan shade as it looks “off” to me…my assessment would be to use GM’s where a large # of vehicles are needed (Ie., Russians) and/or cost is a factor…. whereas w/ Germans I would be more apt to collect the BF’s…my 2 cents worth… http://www.gamodls.com/
Despite a hectic schedule at work & home, I managed to get a few new vehicles & items painted for our next FoW game….ordered in 3 x Battlefront Marder III M’s, 4 x 7.5cm Stuk 40 Jadgpanzer IV’s, some heavy mortar teams and managed to paint the 4 x Sd Kfz 250’s I had laying around for awhile….also painted another Sd Kfz 10/5 & 7/1 so that I could add a 3rd AA vehicle to my AA platoons…I now have 3 each of those types as well as 3 Flakpanzer 38’s….Next – I will probably try and tackle another panzergrenadier platoon w/ the new rubble FoW bases I just received…looking forward to fielding some of these new items next weekend…..!