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Antietam 17th September 1862

Posted by Beano Boy on 26 Jan 2020, 17:27

Bravo! Yes you are improving upon your roadway of self learning.

Those two girls are one of my all time favorites. BB
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Posted by Susofrick on 27 Jan 2020, 09:18

Agree with Paul (BB)! Great houses, lovely gals and promising officers!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 05 Feb 2020, 23:12

Infantry organisation

I have commenced painting up the troops required and whilst not up to some of the phenomenal standards of the forum, I am quite pleased with the ‘look’.

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I am using brigade units of approximately fifty troops per unit. Whilst not exactly correct as some units were smaller or larger than others I feel from past experience they work well.

The organisation and troop figures are taken from the excellent Maryland Campaign part 2, Antietam by Ezra A Carman.

Colonel Carman actually fought at Antietam and in 1864 was hired as a historical expert to investigate the campaign.

Based on his exhaustive research, edited by Thomas Clemens and based on a one to twenty representation I will need 1500 Confederate infantry and 2400 Union troops.

On top will be the artillery and associated cavalry, staff etc.

These figures represent the troops present that took an active part in the action following the actions at South Mountain etc.

One of the benefits of Civil War troops is that apart from a few select units, The Iron Brigade for example, the uniforms are simple and homogenous.

This allows troops to be painted up as firing lines, marching etc and mixed as appropriate for the situation they find themselves in.

Happy modelling.

Chris
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Posted by C M Dodson on 11 Feb 2020, 12:14

Confederate cavalry.

I have painted up my conversions and am quite pleased with them.

There is a little tidying up required for my horse holder it seems, the camera is merciless!

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Lots to do.

Chris
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Posted by C M Dodson on 11 Feb 2020, 12:27

Incidentally, I found this wonderful link regarding cavalry actions and the inherent problems for commanders which is applicable to all eras I would suggest.

https://smallbutimportantriots.com/2018 ... e-charges/

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Posted by lobo on 11 Feb 2020, 13:25

Very promising and accurate project Christ!
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Posted by Susofrick on 11 Feb 2020, 14:08

Great cavalry! But I love the bases!!! Childhood memories!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 13 Feb 2020, 20:01

Ambulances

My very good friend Thomas Mischak sent me along with some other goodies the Imex ambulance set as a birthday present recently.

The set is basic but effective and depicts a Rucker ambulance.

This ambulance was very popular from the mid war replacing a host of inferior designs but, unfortunately was not around for Antietam.

I did some research and found this fascinating article.

https://civilwarhome.com/ambulancewagons.html

From this it seemed a Rosecrans, named after the general, would be satisfactory, so out came the knife.

I found this wonderful replica, also called a Wheeling to base my design on.

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Following chopping I redesigned the suspension with card for the springs, balsa for the brake and riding board.

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Piano wire and balsa made a step for the rear.

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The horses are Revell with green stuff and Hat Austrian artillery chains.

The main pole is balsa again with some chain from the bits box.

The reins are cotton with a little PVA to stop the fraying. A special mention to Mr Crynns for that tip!

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It’s not 100% accurate, but I think it gives a good ‘feel’ of the original and I have plans for it in the future.

Many thanks to Thomas again.

Chris
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Posted by Bessiere on 17 Feb 2020, 01:26

C M Dodson wrote:Confederate cavalry.

I have painted up my conversions and am quite pleased with them.

There is a little tidying up required for my horse holder it seems, the camera is merciless!

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Lots to do.

Chris


Is that Rooney Lee in front? Great looking bunch of rebels Mr. Dodson. Your commitment to craft is worthy of emulation,
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