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"Florida Participated In The American Civil War..."


"...As a member of the Confederate States of America."

This frontline 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 complete the first of two stands I am to field representing the 1st Florida Infantry Regiment.


Due to my picking these figures back up after a good twelve-month sabbatical, I simply had to dust down their "Citadel" Abaddon Black undercoat and patiently started picking away at all the strips’ numerous details from the ground up. This process started with an application of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to a few pairs of shoes - just to try and break up the otherwise monotonous black leather look of the miniatures' footwear.

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - Three Autons awaiting a final "Citadel" wash or two

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 others with Vallejo" Heavy Sienna or Heavy Brown and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and a single Confederate with “Vallejo” Steel Grey and “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade.


For the soldiers’ jackets I exclusively went with a combination of "Vallejo" Sombre Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I wanted to keep the unit's colours as stereotypically Confederate as I could due to the "Warlord Games" booklet entitled "Black Powder Epic Battles American Civil War" mentioning that the Florida units wore straw hats. I thought such an eye-catching and colourful novelty would be more than enough to mark the regiment out on the tabletop, without my needing to spend extra time fiddling about with alternative palettes for their jackets.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These MK IV Space Marines have been primed in "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green

I also stuck to giving all the soldiers' Kepi hats a dash of "Vallejo" Sombre Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. But did mix up their blanket rolls a smidgeon with some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, Heavy Red or Heavy Blue. These areas were later sploshed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, Carroburg Crimson or Drakehnof Nightshade respectively. 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 half my 1st Florida Infantry Regiment finished, I have taken a short break from the smaller scale sculpts in my backlog, and returned to some more "Doctor Who" figures by "Black Tree Design" - which whilst being a bit 'old school' in shape, are definitely a lot easier to put a brush-tip to than the Confederates. Furthermore, I have managed to get a couple of layers of "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green on some MK IV former Luna Wolves Space Marines by "Games Workshop". These traitors will make up a third ten-man unit of tactical infantrymen, and complete the core of my Warmaster's legion...

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planetmut
08 de ago. de 2023

Another reason to hope for the day when Florida disappears under the sea LOL! Great work on the traitors (both the American and Astartes kind) and the Autons are looking good as ever!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
08 de ago. de 2023
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Cheers Matt. I was rathe pleased when I read what the Florida regiments initially wore in the ACW, as it meant they looked a little different even amidst my rag-tag Confederates. All the Auton shop dummies are finished now. But I have a couple of other BTD Auton figures on the painting table.

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undercoat2670
30 de jul. de 2023

Great read. Are you sure you aren't cooking rather than painting? A spolsh of this and a dash of that! I love your prose, it makes me smile.

Absolutely too notch work on those Confederate troops! The variation on such small scale models is insane! I tip my kepi to you Sir! Superb!!!

The Autons are coming along nicely and more SoH is great to see. Having your units in different marks of armour will make for some great variety but unified by the colour scheme. Can't wait to see the 3 units together.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
30 de jul. de 2023
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Thanks very much indeed Undercoat. I am definitely cooking currently - burning through quite a few figures at a fair rate for me. LOL!!! The ACW Rebs looking very nice on the tabletop - I think the close-up pics don't do them justice.


This'll be the last of the shop window dummy Autons - by Black Tree Design at least, as I do own a fair few Warlord Games ones too. But I want to paint a couple of the large-headed Autons from "Terror Of The Autons" to use as squad leaders.


Slowly slogging through the SoH. I'm planning to do the MK IVs as the subject of a daily week-long series of postings to see if I can do…

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
28 de jul. de 2023

Rebs look smashing Simon! Do you have an army's worth cos if they all look this good painted you'll have quite the eye catching collection?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
28 de jul. de 2023
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Cheers Dai. Very much appreciated. I just have the Straw Hats' twenty-man command stand to finish, and then I'll have five infantry units and a commander - I'm part-way through finishing off their cannon team too. That'll be it for the Rebs for a while, as the plan is play a couple of super-small skirmish games of Black Powder using them first.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
26 de jul. de 2023

Excellent work getting the first ACW stand finished Simon, must be a great feeling finally getting them finished, the Auton is progressing quickly, as are the sons models, where did you get these from ? the helmets on them don't look MK III, but MK IV maximus armour, have you used bits from multiple kits ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
26 de jul. de 2023
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Thanks Dave. Still another twenty ACW to go for the regiment. But the end is in sight for these guys. Hopefully, once finished it won't be the end of the project either, and I can paint up some additional units - wouldn't mind picking up some cavalry/skirmishers either.


The Autons are almost finished, and should be done for next week. That'll leave me with just two of the giant plastic head-wearing Autons and the two squads for Xenos Rampant are finished.


The Sons of Horus are indeed wearing MK IV armour. They're from my old "The Horus Heresy: Betrayal At Calth" boxed set, which I've finally opened up to get at the minis. I have got a ton of bitz…

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