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“Exchanged And Reorganized With 610 Effectives…”

Updated: Jul 19, 2023


“…The 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment joined the Army of Tennessee..."

These twenty 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers are produced by “Warlord Games” and came free on a sprue accompanying Issue 397 of "Wargames Illustrated". Later released as part of the Nottingham-based company's "Epic Battles: American Civil War" game for its Black Powder rule-set, the two lines of infantrymen are the second of three stands I aim to complete so as to form the 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment.


Due to me trying to ascertain a quick(ish) method of pigmenting so many figures at once, half the soldiers were primed using a double-coat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and the other half with “Vallejo” Sombre Grey. I then carefully started to ‘pick out’ all the strips’ numerous details from the ground up, applying a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to the footwear of approximately half a dozen of the miniatures.

"...And served in General Quarles' and Shelley's Brigade."

I subsequently did something similar with the models’ trousers too, as I didn't just want all of them to be marching in the same colour pants. This caused me to pigment several with "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, a few more with Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and the remaining Confederates with “Vallejo” Steel Grey and “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade.


For the soldiers’ jackets I either went with a mixture of "Vallejo" Sombre Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade, or Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Such colours might seem a little odd for a Southern unit but the Alabama recruits actually wore "a dark blue frock coat" and "black broad brimmed felt hats at the war's start," so I wanted to capture that uniqueness with my palette choices.

"Catalyst Game Labs" WIPs - This Warhawk has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

I also gave all the Kepi hats a dash of "Vallejo" Sombre Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, their blanket rolls a smidgeon of either "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, Heavy Red or White with a wash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and their belt buckles a touch of "Vallejo" Gold and (more) Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". Finally their hands and faces were layered with "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, shaded in "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, and later highlighted with extra dabs of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.


With my latest Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge entry completed I have turned my attention towards progressing some French reinforcements for my Weird War Two homebrew rule-set, using some 1:285 scale plastic “Battletech” figures by “Catalyst Game Labs”. I actually plan on adding four stands of super-soldier infantry to President Albert Lebrun’s army, but have started with the large-sized model of a Warhawk to use as a Bloch-class war walker first…

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undercoat2670
Feb 24, 2022

A very nice little unit of epic ACW Confederates. I like those a lot. Great job of mixing up the uniform again. You do seem enthused with those Battletech mechs. Looking good even at this early stage, but I fear will have to go some to beat that Polish one!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 25, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Definitely picking up speed somewhat with the ACW figures as I iron out my techniques for painting WG Epic infantry strips. Loads more Battletech stuff coming, as I fill out the German faction, before doing the same to the French, British and Russian.

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planetmut
Feb 24, 2022

Nicely done on those Confederates, Simon, it couldn't have been easy getting them painted to that level with them being jammed together so tightly. Look on the bright side, at least their flag is easy, it's just white LOL!


The Warhawk is an awesome mech and honestly looks like it could kick the crap out of anything else on the table :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 24, 2022
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Cheers Matt. The Confederates are seriously time-consuming on account of all their different colours etc. But once the third base of Alabama infantry are finished I might try to paint a couple of stands of a less 'colourful' regiment.


The Warhawk is indeed a beast of a model, though it is actually dwarfed by some of the other figures Catalyst Game Labs have now released.

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wsd50
Feb 23, 2022

Well the ACW figures look the "Biz" now, shame a lot of the detail is hidden away in between the rows.


That is another smashing mech, though very different from the old Warhawk I remember from my Battletech days. 😀


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 23, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I have seen people do the minimum to the back row's front, and the front row's back for the ACW figures. But my OCD just won't let me get away with that, LOL!!


I think this box-like version of the Warhawk is a cracking design, and really suits the bulky, defensive-mentality of the French forces. I'd definitely like to get my hands on some more of the particular model.

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Feb 23, 2022

Lovely work Simon.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 23, 2022
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Cheers Simon. Much appreciated 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 23, 2022

Well done for getting the 15 mm ACW stand finished Simon, I know it's been a bit of a slog for you, but must be good to get it finished, and hopefully lessons learned for the work on the Napoleonic's. The French mech is off to a great start as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 23, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Definitely getting quicker with the ACW and starting to actually enjoy them. It's all the different colours etc which are slowing me down - something the Napoleonics don't suffer with.


French Mechs etc are well on their way, and should start be posted up in a week or so's time. 😀

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