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"Five-Thousand Floridians Filled The Confederate Ranks By The End Of 1861..."


"...Leaving the state virtually defenceless."

This Command strip of ten 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers are produced by “Warlord Games” and came free on a sprue accompanying Issue 397 of "Wargames Illustrated". The soldiers are part of the Nottingham-based company's "Epic Battles: American Civil War" range, and completes my forty figure-strong unit representing the 1st Florida Infantry Regiment.


All the figures were initially primed with "Vallejo" Sombre Grey (the predominant colour of Johnny Rebs' jackets and hats) and later had their trousers and 'picked out' with either Heavy Bluegrey or Heavy Sienna. All these areas were then treated to an appropriate shade of "Citadel" Nuln Oil or Agrax Earthshade. I also carefully applied some "Citadel" Ababbon Black to the majority of the infantrymen's shoes - leaving just a couple to be given a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"Florida had been a Spanish territory for 300 years before being transferred to the United States in 1821."

Due to my timing just how long it took to pigment this particular line I decided to leave the rest of the Confederates' clothing as 'uniform' as possible, and focused my attention to the musician's drum and officer's trappings. Most of the percussion instrument was painted with "Vallejo" Heavy Brown and Heavy Red. However, I did decide to carefully 'eek out' its ropes with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black, "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.


I also applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Red to the sash running around and down the frock coat of the unit's commander. Alongside with the drum, these parts were subsequently washed with a little "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Finally, to mark the fellows out as Florida's famous Straw Hats, I gave every broad-rimmed bonnet a mix of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre/"Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats" Skulker Yellow and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"A total of 202 Panzer I chassis were converted to Panzerjäger I standard in 1940–41."

With the painting finally finished at around the five hour mark, I carefully cut out a couple of 15mm flags by “GMB Designs” with some scissors, and completed the ensemble using the products ACW41 - Florida State and ACW31 - 1st (silk) pattern ANV battle flags. This meant the project had probably taken twice as long as I'd hoped, or even imagined. But fingers crossed I've learnt enough lessons from putting a brush to them that the more mundane, less complicated ten-model strips will prove much quicker to complete in the future.


Furthermore, I was additionally able to add a fourth 10mm metal German Tank Destroyer to my growing Early War army. Sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code GRV36 - Panzerjäger I, this particular sculpt is now OOP (Out Of Production), following the company's decision to 'update some of their older models' in February 2023. It was largely pigmented using "Vallejo" Neutral Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. However, due to my disliking the open-topped vehicle sitting on the tabletop without any crew, I added a single figure taken from Code GRX22 - Seated Drivers, to the ensemble.

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planetmut
Sep 12, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Excellent work, Simon, and the flags really add a ton of colour and life to the strip. I also like how you've varied their uniform colours to break up all the grey and blue.


The tank destroyer looks as awesome as all your other tanks :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 12, 2023
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Cheers Matt. The different colours do make these Johnny Rebs very time-consuming. But I think they look good as a result. I do now need to do another twenty-man strip of them though, having played Epic Black Powder and realised I really need three stands for each regiment.


I do like the Panzerjäger I tank hunters, so they're a lot of fun to paint. 😀

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undercoat2670
Aug 25, 2023

Great work on the Confederate command stand. The flags and drum look excellent and it makes sense to me they would have a more uniformed appearance.

Another great tank destroyer too. I wonder what other WW2 vehicles are going to appear?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 25, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I'm super-happy with the Straw Hats. They just need a third stand now and then they can go into battle properly.


The 10mm Early War German stuff really all depends on what I can find in the loft, LOL. Though if Pendraken are at Colours in Newbury early next month, then I might pick up a few more Panzer III and IV tanks. 😁

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Aug 15, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Command stand looks top notch! Good choice on flags too. Really enjoying your CSA posts Simon.


Another Panzerjager.... Those poor defenders of the realm are going to have to be doubly careful where they deploy their armour!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 15, 2023
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Cheers Dai. More to come as I have a few Mounted Commanders and General Jackson on the painting table currently. Plus some more Confederate cannon - I've already repainted the kepis of my previous crew red following your observation. 😀


Just finished some more Panzer I tanks and a pair of Panzer IV tanks too, so expect a bigger German incursion for my second Operation Sea Lion battle report. 😁

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Aug 14, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Beautiful work again sir!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 15, 2023
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Thanks Michal. Time-consuming figures, at least how I paint them. But I think they're worth it in the end.

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Peter Douglas
Peter Douglas
Aug 14, 2023

They look great, like the subtle differences in colours on the Rebs.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 14, 2023
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Cheers Peter. Much appreciated. It's a time-consuming process. But hopefully will look on the tabletop. 😀

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