Tuesday, 9 August 2011

3mm ACW - The Union forever, yes it is taking that long...

So, just to prove that it is still ongoing in the midst of my other flights of fancy, a quick sneak peek at some very much 'in-progress' 3mm ACW for the Union side.

Not the best of photos, but at least they prove that I have not been neglecting the boots-on-the-ground type projects entirely, during the recent spate of Real-Life annoyances that have cut down my painting and modelling time.

I found the sea of blue a bit difficult to work with on these small sized figures - the lighter Confederate uniforms made them much easier to see and pick out the odd detail - here that has been a bit tiresome for the old eyes....

I've done most of the work, though, on four Infantry regiments, a battery of Artillery and a dismounted Cavalry unit - so just the basing and we should be up to even par with the Rebels - although of course, their bases still need detailing and sealing....

I've also come up with an idea for a slightly different form of infantry base, depicting a column of infantry advancing to contact covered by more skirmishers - so there should be a few of these on the horizon for a sort of phase II of the project, I suppose.

Toughest so far with these little ones, though, has been approximating the flags at this tiny scale - don't you go counting the number of stripes on those Old Glories, now will you..... hand painting is all very well, just wish Oddzial would start on a range of paper flags and banners!


  1. Hmmm, great minds must think alike, or some other sort of minds, as I've pulled out my 3mm ACW stuff to start basing (finally figured out what to base them on for starters!). I'm doing smaller scale, 1:1, company-level actions, using Terrible Sharp Sword rules.

  2. Those look great! I'm looking forward to seeing the final based units, and the great spectacle of the huge number of figures.

    As for the flags, couldn't you just resize some images to the right size, and print them out on paper, and glue them to flags on the miniatures?

  3. Hi guys, thanks for the comments - glad you could see beyond the rather muddy photographs - they're not quite as dark and dreary in real life!

    @CJR - Company level stuff sounds cool - look forward to seeing yours over at your Blog.

    @Craig - nice Idea about the flags - it's just my colour printer died last year and has yet to be replaced - been spending the money on shiny new lead instead! ;-)

  4. Great collection! Cant wait to see them based.

  5. Wow. I am going to have to get some of these at some point to replace my various 2mm irregular models. These are just so very much better.

  6. Thanks for the comments guys, they are certainly better sculpted than the smaller 2mm, and if you don't mind a simple paint-job, then would paint up large armies that looked the part quite quickly - I just find that it is tempting to paint in the detail, and this slows things down a lot....