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"After Receiving Several Reports Of Missing Persons..."

"...The Raccoon City Police Department's special S.T.A.R.S. unit immediately began investigating the affair."

These three 28mm scale 3D printed pieces are available as part of the Resident Evil 2 - Board Game - 3D Wall sets - Set 1, 2 & Corner Set 1 by the "Pro Tech Painting" eBay store, and have been designed to be used with the "cooperative board game" produced by "Steamforged Games". The large wall measures 80mm in width and 35mm in height, whilst the short and corner walls measure 40mm in width and 35mm in height.


The brick walls were initially 'cleaned up' with both a nail file and sharp modelling knife, before being primed with a double-helping of "Vallejo" Heavy Red. They were then washed using a mixture of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade, and heavily dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.

"Warlord Games" WIP - The ACW soldiers have been based, primed and had some of their shoes 'picked out'

With about a third of my 3D printed scenery now completed, I have had an opportunity to turn my attention to "Warlord Games" and their seemingly triumphant announcement concerning the imminent release of "Epic Battles: American Civil War". Described by the Nottingham-based company as a game "based on the familiar award-winning Black Powder rules system, with a few period-flavour tweaks to cement the battles in the ideologies of American Civil War doctrines", this 15mm scale hard plastic affair certainly seems to have whipped up quite the furore within the historical wargaming world. Not least because it's hard plastic infantry are more akin to being 13mm in height and resultantly don't appear to blend well with other similarly-sized manufacturers.


Fortunately, apart from a brief dabble in ACW with some 15mm figures by "Peter Pig" I haven't ever really given this period much thought, so decided to purchase both the January 2021 issue of "Wargames Illustrated", in order to get my hands on a single sprue of "Warlord Games" models, as well as a second-hand copy of the old Black Powder background rule-book "Glory, Hallelujah" too. Currently, I'm rather undecided as to whether I want to try my hand at such a large scale project. so simply plan to see what all the fuss is about by painting a twenty-man unit or two.

"North Star Military Figures" WIPs - The "Frostgrave" Tribal archer is slowly having all his detail painted

I have though done a bit of research on the Confederate States force of my choice and decided to go with an Alabama regiment for now. These troops eventually went the way of all Robert Edward Lee's units by predominantly wearing grey uniforms. But before 1863 were known to fight in dark blue frock coats with black broad-brimmed hats - a palette which will help me somewhat break-up the monotony of endless grey shirts and trousers...


Lastly, I have made some in-roads into my Witch's warband for "Frostgrave" by finally setting aside some dedicated hobby time on the first of my party's two archers. There certainly is a lot of detail on the "North Star Military Figures" hard plastic Tribals, so I am definitely having to be patient as I slowly pick my way up the model pouch by feathered leg-band. Fortunately, the less powerful the fighter, the less adornments I gave them, so I'm hopeful that by the time my energy starts flagging, I'll have less tricky painting subjects before me.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
31. 12. 2020

Thanks Joe. I think the biggest complaint I've seen about these new ACW figures has been the fact that they can't be easily used with other 15mm minis. But as you say, mix & match has always been an issue with manufacturers, and it's not as if this has been the first time "Warlord Games" have gone for a scale which no-one else does - their "Doctor Who" and "Judge Dredd" lines for example.


Hopefully, I'll have the first of my Tribals finished soon, so I look forward to seeing how you get on with yours, especially as you've presumably kit-bashed an extra pair of bows.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
31. 12. 2020

Cheers Roger. With the red brick walls finished, I'm hoping to break up their monotony with some of the other ones tbh. But they should help enhance some of the pics for my future "Resident Evil 2" BatReps.


I'm not a fan of the long strip myself Roger, hence my plan to paint a few of them before committing to a whole set etc. I'm going to go for painting just an element of two strips a day, and see where that takes me. I've got about six weeks before the full game is released from what I can gather.

Yeah, the Tribal archers are nice but a bit too detailed for my liking. Still, I only have two of…

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joehcc
joehcc
31. 12. 2020

Great post, lots to wonder about. I'm a big fan of ACW games and it's obvious to me why the sale of these 'epic' scale figures is obtuse as it does mean you have to buy their stuff for everything to be compatible. I had great difficulty in matching '15mms' from various manufacturers.

Looking freard to seeing how you progress with the Tribals, as I have still to assemblle mne (nad make two extra bows).

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wsd50
31. 12. 2020

The walls look the part on the table top, should help enhance the "gaming experience" quite a bit.


As you know I quite like a bit of 15mm, but though I've painted up a couple of skirmish forces in 25mm (Dixons) ACW is not a period that has ever really "lit my fire", though the figures look quite nice, I think the fact that they are one long strip would drive me mad when it came to painting them.


Your Tribal archer is very nice and well painted, but I can see how all the detail that you added would make him a bit of a chore, still you added it so no sympathy here 😁.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
31. 12. 2020

Thanks Dave. That's the last of the all-red brick walls, so hopefully the reddish glare of my tabletop will now slowly start to fade as I introduce some of the other walls and corners. I'm still quite undecided about ACW at 15mm... or rather 13.5mm or whatever. But time will tell. I genuinely think if I had eight "Frostgrave" figures of the complexity of the Tribals I'd go insane, but just two with bows should be fine, and then its on to those with far less attachments etc.

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