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Pony Wars Project

Posted by PaulRPetri on 17 Sep 2022, 21:07

Hello All,
I thought I would post some images of my very early start on my Pony Wars project. I had originally started this project in 15mm scale, trying to follow along with the original rules. After working on it for a bit I wondered if I could do this project in my favorite scale instead. The answer I believe to this question is YES!
Additional I thought I would share a few things on how I paint my miniatures perhaps it will be of some small use to someone out there.
This is a new priming procedure for me. I have mixed Mod Podge with grey paint and some windshield wiper fluid.
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I normally I spray prime my miniatures but on this project I decided to apply with a brush. Here are a few results of the priming. I can say the base primer color does not cover completly but the painting over it is much better than my spray primer method.
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The above figures came from Imex.
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Imex has an excellent selection of wagons and Indians. Some finished shots.
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My plan is to use the Blackpowder rules for the combat and a very simple random placement for troops arriving on the board. The original Pony War rules are inspring but not really very useful for wargaming in the 21st century.
Additional I want to see how many of the plastic companies I can use for this project. Here are a few additional finds I scored on EBAY.
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This box is loaded with tons of wagons!!
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Waterloo 1815 has some excellent 7th cavalry figures and Sioux warriors. Unfortunatly the Sioux warriors are very rare I only scored 1 box so far. The cavalry is easily had. I also decided to get some Atlantic figures reissued by Nexus. Have some 7th cavalry and a buffalo herd!
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The only two wagon types not in the wagon train box.
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I want to stay on track and finish this project in a reasonable amount of time. I tend to jump around from project to project but I hope I can stay focused for a few weeks anyway!

Thanks for having a look.
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Posted by blacksmith on 18 Sep 2022, 00:27

Love your project and I will follow with interest. I'd love to see those Revell and Waterloo indians too.
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Posted by MABO on 18 Sep 2022, 07:51

I will also follow you. Seems to be an interesting mix of cool figs here.
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 18 Sep 2022, 20:04

Count on my follow up too, PaulRPetri. It looks a huge project and its start is very promising. Those Imex painted Indians are fantastic. :drool: :drool: :drool:

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Posted by Beano Boy on 18 Sep 2022, 23:05

A great painting project Paul :thumbup: i have all those boxed sets in my humble toy collection...

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and the Imex Wagon set. :coffee: Greetings BB
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 19 Sep 2022, 01:08

Thanks everyone for the morale support I will need it.

BB I have used the Imex wagons in my Zulu War collection previously now they will be used as intended. I will post some pictures in the next few days of totally complete units.
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 19 Sep 2022, 15:53

Just a quick update on a few figures that have been completed for this project over the weekend.

First two shots show some Imex Sioux both mounted and foot figures. They are quite good figures!
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The last shot shows some pioneer families, painted awhile back for a fantasy game I had in mind! They are standing in front of a very handy HO model railroad Old West building which came as is from an EBAY purchase.
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There are several very useful buildings out there for the model railroad folks which I was unaware of until very recently. Will serve my needs very well!!
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Posted by johnl5555 on 19 Sep 2022, 20:30

Wow, looking great! Any thought about dismounted Cav figs? I also have a bunch of 1/72 Pony Wars figs. Dismounted Cav is my issue.

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Posted by PaulRPetri on 19 Sep 2022, 20:49

Hi John thanks for the comment.

I have thought long and hard on dismounted cavalry figures. Nothing has come of it!!!

In my Zulu game I just place a standing horse with one horse holder on a base behind them to indicate they are dismounted. However Newline design have them see the link.

https://newlinedesigns.co.uk/product-ca ... orn-range/
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Posted by johnl5555 on 19 Sep 2022, 21:32

Yeah, I love Newline Design! I'm just worried there would be a noticeable size difference with the plastics. If they were 1/72 metals I'd be ordering several sets! If you do get some please post pics!
I have 2 Airfix forts that I plan on using as a single fort. 1/72 is my scale of choice. I just have soooo much painted up in 15/18mm for it.

Thanks!

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Posted by Konrad on 20 Sep 2022, 16:49

Very nice so far.
Show us more.
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Posted by Peter on 22 Sep 2022, 21:18

Yes show us more of these figures! A few close ups would be nice! :-D :thumbup:
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 25 Sep 2022, 20:20

Just a short update on my Pony Wars project. Not too much accomplished but here is what I have.
I added 2 mounted units and scored another building on EBAY.
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Up for painting next week is the last of my mounted figures.
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On a side note that I havent mentioned before I have been sealing all these figures with Minwax Polycrylic coating. Because these are for the wargame table I am always looking for the best way to seal in the paint. Once figures are based I seal the whole base with Testors Dullcoat. Link to Minwax
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Minwax-Polycry ... lsrc=3p.ds

I was also able to buy off of EBAY this very excellent kit from Atlantic Via Nexus.
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And now for my confession... I had actually started this project in 15mm before I decided to switch gears and try it in 1/72 scale. So here is my Photo confession.
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My matchstick fort.
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Posted by k.b. on 25 Sep 2022, 20:32

Perhaps the starting off point for most of us military history/wargame buffs.
Good old cowboys and indians……
What an inspiring collection of miniatures……… and boy do I love your matchstick fort! More, more, more!
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Posted by johnl5555 on 26 Sep 2022, 00:13

This just gets cooler the more you post! Very nice!!!!

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Posted by C M Dodson on 26 Sep 2022, 06:10

Interesting stuff with a different subject matter .

They look really nice and the fort has a definite frontier feel.

Keep up the good work .

Best wishes,

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Posted by Minuteman on 26 Sep 2022, 12:15

This project is all looking very interesting, keep up the good work !

PS: Oh, and I applaud you for deciding to switch to your favourite scale. :yeah: :-D
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 27 Sep 2022, 01:05

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. A slightly larger matchstick fort is in the works. I will report on my progress!!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 27 Sep 2022, 01:45

:coffee: Great fog in the foothills,the front facade of the Fort is incredibly,
neat and well made Paul. :thumbup: BB
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Posted by Peter on 02 Oct 2022, 11:50

Looks fantastic! And I love that matchstick fort! :love:

Tha buffalo's are they from Atlantic/Nexus?

Stagecoach is Imex?
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