New 28mm McPherson’s Barn available from Gettysburg crafter

mcpherson1Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, resident Karen Rhodes is a crafter and modeler. Recently, she has begun scratch-building custom-made wargaming buildings, including this 28mm wonderful rendition of McPherson’s barn, a prominent landmark on the first day’s battlefield west of town.

She writes, “I started doing buildings around 20 years ago.  Some of  which are on my gallery page of my retail site.  http://www.clayalley.com/gallery.htm

Her sculptures are of the buildings themselves – no landscaping or interiors. She has made structures in 1:144 scale, as well as 15mm, 15mm scale, HO scale, 28mm scale, and just about any other size which has interested her, including Putz houses. Karen does everything by hand — total scratchbuilding.  She uses a variety of materials, foam, balsa, basswood, textured paper, clay,  – just anything actually and in her words, “I do not rush.  A building may take me 4 months or more to do depending on the complexity,  size, etc.  Each of the shingles on the McPherson barn was hand made…. yes, each one I cut and sized on my dining room table – not to mention each was attached individually.  The underside of the overhand of the barn was carved.”

Here are some more of her photos of the 28mm McPherson’s barn.

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Newly painted 40mm ACW figures from Brad Smith and Ian Fainges!

confedart40mmS3 Australian wargamers and master painters Brad Smith and Ian Fainges are back with some more examples of their excellent 40mm American Civil War figures from their collection. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Scratch-built 40mm Coffee Grinder Machine Gun and Union troops

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Australian wargamer Ian Fainges has given me permission to reproduce some of his images on Photobucket of his 40mm Civil War figures. Of particular interest is this scratch-built so-called “coffee grinder” machine gun, a device which saw limited use on the battlefield during the war but was a technological advance which with other similar weapons such as the Gatling gun eventually led to the development of the machine gun. Some fifty years after the Civil War, machines guns played such a horrific role in the trench warfare of World War I.

Ian’s friend Brad Smith adds, “The ‘coffee grinder’ is the Agar machine gun that featured (not super successfully) at Peninsular campaign battles such as Williamsburg and Garnett’s farm).

Here are some of Ian’s other photos.

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Australian gamer’s 40mm ACW collection

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A few years ago, I spent a delightful morning touring the first day’s battlefield with Australian wargamer Brad Smith and his charming wife, Judy. We all had fun, and it was neat to talk about our mutual hobby of wargaming the American Civil War over lunch after the battlefield tramping. Brad and I have stayed in periodic contact since that 2012 morning, and he recently sent me several photographs of his 40mm ACW collection.

Brad’s friend Ian Fainges “spruced up” some of the figures to augment Brad’s painting. Ian also took the photos which appear on this Charge! blog entry. The figures are 99% Sash and Saber and 1% Foundry. The flags are from The Flag Dude, a popular U.S.-based producer of high quality customized flags.

Here are several more of those photos. Nice work, lads!

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Special Waterloo 250 Anniversary Wargaming Weekend!

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Guest blog post from my friend Pete Panzeri! Click on the above image to enlarge it for easier reading.

WATERLOO 200th 

Commemoration Weekend … 
It’s going to be very BIG…
It’s going to be very FUN!…
It’s going to be very “MEMORABLE!”
… & also,
It’s going to be REALLY NICE down here in FLORIDA!
Whether you drop down with some wargaming friends or bring the family… 
It will be WELL worth the trip!  
So please see attached & more info at: www.SMALL-WARS.org
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New ACW scenario book: The Road to Atlanta

????????????????????Talented game master and author Brad Butkovich of Historic Imagination is back with another regimental-level Civil War scenario book for use with popular miniatures rules sets. Brad is an excellent researcher with a number of similar scenario books in print, as well as non-fiction Civil War books such as his outstanding account of the 1864 Battle of Pickett’s Mill in Georgia. He has become one of the leading experts on wargaming the 1863 and 1864 fighting in northern Georgia and Tennessee. His previous works have covered the battles of Chickamauga and Pickett’s Mill in detail with various scenarios per battle.

This newly published book is entitled The Road to Atlanta: Regimental Wargame Scenarios for the Atlanta Campaign May-June 1864. It is roughly 100 pages chock full of interesting scenarios which can be used as base information with modifications for Regimental Fire & Fury, Across a Deadly Field, Johnny Reb, Gettysburg Soldiers, Civil War Commander, and several others.

Brad offers scenarios for Crow Valley, Stevenson’s Attack, McPherson at Resaca, Lay’s Ferry, Gilgal Church, Latimer Farm, Noonday Creek, Bald Knob, Pigeon Hill, and Cheatham Hill. Each one includes a full order of battle for the opposing forces (including organizational structure, manpower, and armament), an excellent map drawn by Brad, historical commentary, scenario-specific objectives and special rules, terrain details, objectives, and victory conditions.

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John Hill Memorial Tribute Edition (Charge! #41)

Charge 41 coverI have published a free digital download of a special memorial issue of the Charge! newsletter dedicated to the memory of rules author and game designer John Hill.

This is available for downloading at no charge. Please share the link with your gaming friends.

Rest in peace, John.

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Photos of my recent 15mm Pickett’s Mill ACW miniature wargaming layout

battery2I have recently been taking photos for an upcoming wargaming scenario book from my friend John Hill, the designer of the popular new Civil War miniature rules set, Across a Deadly Field. Here are a few photos of my layout for the battle of Pickett’s Mill, a fight in Paulding County, Georgia, on May 27, 1864.

This scene depicts Hotchkiss’s battery defending a wheat field against an impending massed brigade column attack by Major General Oliver O. Howard’s Yankee infantry.

Here are a few more photos which may be of interest.

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Issue #1 of ACW Gamer: The Ezine is now for sale on the Wargame Vault

139235Erie, Pennsylvania, gamer and publisher Stephen Huckaby has announced that Issue #1 of his popular Civil War ezine, ACW Gamer, is now available for sale on the Wargame Vault. ACW Gamer: The Ezine is the worthy successor in the long series of specialty wargaming periodicals aimed at Civil War miniature wargamers, beginning with The Zouave and continuing for another decade with the Charge! newsletter that I produced for the Johnny Reb Gaming Society.

Why not download a copy of Issue #1 today and support Stephen’s effort in producing this high quality, full color wargaming digital magazine? Let him know how much you appreciate him picking up the torch which I passed to him when I made the decision to shut down the quarterly JRGS newsletter after ten years of production.

And, while you are at it, pick up a few back issues of Charge! as well. Issues 1 through 40 of it are all on-line for only $2.99 per issue (and bundle packs are available to further reduce the cash outlay).

Here’s the direct link to ACW Gamer: The Ezine, issue #1, on the Wargame Vault. Click now!

http://www.wargamevault.com/product/139235/ACW-Gamer-The-Ezine-Issue-1

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Easy-to-use illustrated wargame mats from Cigar Box Battles!

IMG_3081Cory Ring of Cigar Box Battles has produced a growing series of printed mats/blankets for wargaming use. They are useful for quick set-ups for tabletop games where time or space is a premium. They come in a variety of styles and prints and can be cut apart for additional variety of setups.

In the case above, I set up a quick 15mm American Civil War game between a brigade of Union infantry and a Rebel brigade protecting a critical roadway leading from a village in Northern Virginia. I spread out the mat over an air hockey table in my game room, added a dozen stone walls, some houses and outbuildings, and placed a few tree models in the printed “woods.” Add the figures and the game is ready in under 5 minutes!!!

Cory has a nice website with photos and ordering information, as well as images of each of these new mats.

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