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Union…and on…and on…

Another little flurry of ACW activity. The remaining Zouaves. I only had five stands of the Zouaves in kepi which were part of the original Minifigs force. Seen in foreground here with the lone standardbearer:


Not really enough for a unit for RF&F so I managed to acquire some more of the figures via a trade on TWW. 


These I managed to strip quite well using Dettol. This works quite well but you have to brush the paint off using a little washing up liquid and NO water. As soon as you add water to the mix everything turns to gunk and becomes much harder to deal with.

I had planned to use the Humbrol Oxford Blue again but when I did the first coat and compared them with the 15 original figures they really looked different. So…I applied a GW blue wash. This made it a nice dark blue. So I carefully applied the same wash to the original figures and they then matched pretty well! The red was still a good match and the rest of the figure was fine. I did add red lining on the rear of the jacket of all of them and repainted the rear pouch and the bayonets on the old figures as the yellowing varnish had tarnished these. Needed to add an extra standard bearer and added red to existing officers to blend them in. The whole unit looks very red and dark blue! But they are based and GMB flags added. For some reason the pics are a little washed out…

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I also took the chance  to add some flags to a couple of CSA stands missing them and make one of the existing ones less shiny.


I’ve now cleared the ACW away as I need to do some prep for next weekends To The Strongest game in Newark. But I do have another batch of Union primed and ready to go.

I’ve also just finished reading Sear’s Landscape Turned Red. 


A very readable account of the Battle of Antietam. The narrative gives a good feel for the sequence of events and the maps, though few, are clear. It takes a few chapters to set up the action but this is required really. And Sears seems to not be a great fan of McClellan who does not come out of the account well! Probably with justification.

Next in line is:


Looking forward to this one as have heard good things about it.

Hopefully I’ll get another update in before the Newark game.


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New Acquisitions…

Although I’m trying to keep expenditure down at the moment I’ve picked up a few odds and ends off eBay and via Boardgamegeek. Best thing for my Cold War Commander Soviets was:

I’d posted on TMP asking for info on this book but not got a response but then saw a good copy on eBay and decided to take the plunge! It’s an excellent book covering pretty well any vehicle I could think of which a black and white photo of them as well as useful text. There are some excellent shots of command vehicles ‘in action’ with all aerials etc. raised which have given me ideas for my HQ stands. There are also some excellent shots of engineering and bridging vehicles in action and some good schematics of BMPs. All in all an excellent purchase.

I’ve had an eye on James Rouch’s The Zone series for a while since it got recommended following my posts re CWC reading on TMP. I’d held off as some of the volumes are still a bit pricey while others can be got for c.£1 on Amazon. Although this latter seems a good deal it falls foul of the Amazon dealer £2.75 flat postage PER ITEM! And dealers won’t (can’t?) combine postage. So I could get four volumes for £4 but it would cost £11 shipping! Bloody extortionate! Anyway, courtesy of eBay I managed to get the first five volumes for £9.15 including shipping. Quite happy about that. Not sure I’ll be able to get the other five volumes as they seem a little pricier. They are available as PDFs but I don’t facny reading on screen.

I’m still looking for a copy of Robert Forrest-Webb’s Chieftains though. Missed one on eBay and still hold out hope of finding one in a charity shop…

Finally a few boardgame acquisitions. Although I’m not playing ASL at the moment I’ve had High Ground 2 from Bounding Fire Productions on pre-order for a while:

This reproduces the two excellent maps from High Ground 1 (shown left below) and adds two more and an overlay plus additional scenarios, but this time all in the new Starter Kit style maps.

The first pack was excellent with some great scenarios and one day I’ll get chance to play them again!

MMP have also announced that the great Map Bundle (all ASL maps in new style) is imminent. I’ve very tempted by this but it is a tad pricey and I intend to buy each of the new re-done modules as they come out anyway, so will get most of the new maps then. So, at the moment, something I can’t justify…

Other boardgames en route are the Strategy and Tactics mags containing BAOR, Donau Front, Fifth Corps and Berlin’85. The latter is standalone but the former, when combined with Hof Gap, form the Central Front series and apparently link together. Intention is that they provide a ‘campaign’ structure playing Cold War Commander.

That’s all for now. I’ll update with links in a bit but for now I have a two year old with a nappy that needs changing!

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Current Reading

Well, I’m posting this from work which is a bit of a shock as up until now all blogs have been blocked by our firewall. Very frustrating. I seemed to get a partial way round this as I use my own domain but it still blocked the links to the images and wouldn’t let me post. Until today that is. Now I have full access so I thought I’d take advantage.

What am I reading? Will have three on the go at the moment. One by the bed, one in the attic toilet and one in my bag for to and from work!

Bed: The Fall of Carthage – Adrian Goldsworthy. been reading this on and off for a while and it reads well. I was a little confused when he seemed to be suggesting that the Romans actually fought in the chequerboard formation and DIDN’T close up the gaps just prior to actual combat. I’m not really sure there’s enough evidence to support this and does seem rather impractical and potentially dangerous on the battlefield! I’m just covering the action in Spain, Sicily and Macedon before moving on to Hannibal’s return, Zama and the 3rd War. Overall, enjoying it.

Toilet: Belisarius – The Last Roman General – Ian Hughes. Only just starting this but as it’s written by a wargamer I have high hopes of good content. Preparitory reading for my Early Byzantine Project for next year.

Bag: Warrior of Rome: King of Kings – Harry Sidebottom. The second of his books about Ballista the northerner in Roman service during the 3rd Century Crisis. Enjoyed the first book but am finding the writing in the second a little contrived. Maybe it’s the problem of having to fill in references to book 1 so book 2 makes sense? Still early days but the first battle approaches. Not sure I like the running theme of his being hated by the youg Roman nobles. They seem to stereotypical and reminiscent of Sharpe’s run ins with arrogant aristocratic officers in the Cornwall books. No doubt I’ll read the third as and when…

Got more basing done last night and the eBay Gallic cavalry arrived. Nicely painted figures but a little on the small side as 15s. Not sure on the make but maybe someone can ID them once I have a picture up?

Anyway, rapidly approaching lunchtime so must do some work!

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More books added to collection…

Just took delivery of:

McGuire, Thomas J. (2007). The Philadelphia Campaign: Vol. 1. Brandywine and the Fall of Philadelphia. Stackpole Books.

McGuire, Thomas J. (2007). The Philadelphia Campaign: Vol. 2. Germantown and the Roads to Valley Forge. Stackpole Books.

Wilson, David K. (2008).The Southern Strategy: Britain’s Conquest of South Carolina and Georgia, 1775-1780. University of South Carolina Press

and will be getting my copy of:

Ewald, Johann von. (1971).Diary of the American War: A Hessian Journal. New Haven Yale University Press.

back soon.

Also looking at picking up the Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the American Revolution as well soon. I’ve heard different opinions of it but it looks worth a look. And also the Troiani book on the American Revolution as well.

Volume 1 of McGuire will be my reading matter on our little holiday coming up later this week. If I get chance to read!

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Reference Books

This is the start of my list of reference books I own for the period. I’ll update and add to it as necessary:

Babits, Lawrence E. (1998). A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens. University of North Carolina.

Bichenko, Hugh. (2003). Rebels and Redcoats. Harper Collins, London.

Buchanen, John. (1999). The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas. John Wiley and Sons.

Chartrand, Rene and Back, Francis. (1991). The French Army in the American War of Independence. Men-at Arms 244. Osprey, Oxford.

Dohla, Joseph Conrad. (1990). A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution. Tr. Bruce E. Burgoyne. University of Oklahoma Press.

Ewald, Johann. (1991). Treatise on Partisan Warfare. Tr. Robert A. Selig and David Curtis Skaggs. Greenwood Press. New York.

Fleming, Thomas. (1997). Liberty! The American Revolution. Viking, New York.

Flexner, James Thomas. (1976). Washington. The Indispensable Man. Collins, London.

Gallagher, John J. (1995). The Battle of Brooklyn 1776. Sarpedon, New York.

Hartman, John W. (2000). The American Partisan. Henry Lee and the Struggle for Independence 1776-1780. Burd Street Press, Shippensburg, PA.

Hairr, John. (2001). Guilford Courthouse: Nathanael Greene’s Victory in Defeat, March 15, 1781 (Battleground America). Leo Cooper, Barnsley.

Harvey, Robert. (2001). A Few Bloody Noses. John Murray, London.

Katcher, Philip. (1973). The American Provincial Corps 1775-1784: Men at Arms series. Osprey, Oxford.

Kemp, Alan. (1972). American Soldiers of the Revolution. Almark, London.

Kemp, Alan. (1973). The British Army in the American Revolution. Almark, London.

Ketchum, Richard M. (1997). Saratogo. Turning Point in America’s Revolutionary War. Pimlico, London

Ketchum, Richard M. (1973). The Winter Soldiers. George Wahington and the Way to Independence. History Book Club, London

Konstam, Angus. (2002). Guilford Courthouse 1781. Lord Cornwallis’s Ruinous Victory. Campaign Series 109. Osprey, Oxford.

Lamb, Roger. (1809). An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences During the Late American War. Arno Press, 1968.

Lee, Henry. (1812). Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States. Ed. Robert E. Lee. Da Capo Press 1998, New York.

Mackesy, Peirs. (1964). The War for America 1775-1783. Longmans, London.

May, Robin and Embleton G.A. (1974). The British Army in North America 1775-1783. Men-at-Arms 39. Osprey, Oxford.

Mollo, John and McGregor, Malcolm. (1975). Uniforms of the American Revolution. Blandford, London.

Morrissey, Brendan. (1995). Boston 1775. The Shot Heard Around the World. Campaign Series 37. Osprey, Oxford.

Morrissey, Brendan. (2000). Saratoga 1777. Turning Point of a Revolution. Campaign Series 67. Osprey, Oxford.

Morrissey, Brendan. (1997). Yorktown 1781.The World Turned Upside Down. Campaign Series 47. Osprey, Oxford.

Novak, Greg. (?). The War of Independence in the South “Rise and Fight Again”. Campaign Book#7A. Freikorps, Belfast.

Scheer, George S and Rankin, Hugh F. (1957). Rebels and Redcoats. Da Capo Press 1998, New York.

Selby, John. (1976). The Road to Yorktown. Bookclub Associates, London.

Tarleton, Banastre. (1787). A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781 in the Southern Provinces of North America. Reprint 1999. Ayer Company, North Stratford, NH.

Troiani, Don. (1998). Soldiers in America 1754-1875. Stackpole, Mechanicsburg, PA.

Urban, Mark. (2007). Fusiliers. How the British Army Lost America but Learned to Fight. Faber and Faber, London.

Wickwire, Franklin and Mary. (1970). Cornwallis and the War of Independence. (
Wood, W.J. (1995). Battles of the Revolutionary War 1775-1781. Da Capo Press, New York.

Zlatich, Marko and Copeland, Peter F. (1994). General Washington’s Army 1: 1775-1778. Men-at-Arms 273. Osprey, Oxford.

Zlatich, Marko and Younghusband, Bill. (1995). General Washington’s Army 2: 1779-1783. Men-at-Arms 290. Osprey, Oxford.

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