So these are my final Union regiment hopefully. I picked them up from E Bay and touched up bits of them. They are Connoisseur figures and I somehow feel it fitting that Peter Gilder should be responsible for this final unit. If I had been financially able I would have used only Connoisseur figures but they are simply out of my budget. I had to sneak in a Steve Barber drummer to make up the unit but he looks okay.
Gilder clearly lavished some love on the sculpts for this range. I have a couple of his zouaves that encapsulate the ethos behind the regiments. I was looking at an image the other night from Miniature Wargames where there is a beautiful unit of Union zoauves that had been owned by Gilder. In my eyes they were perfect.
So on my table at the moment are a couple of Mini Fig and Garrison ECW units and some lovely Crann Tara Fischer light troops. All are lovely figures but in different ways. Its very noticeable the number of wargamers who have rediscovered the beauty of Mini Figs and Garrison figures recently. Its great that they are going through a revival. So is a nostalgia thing or something else?
I plump for nostalgia which is natural in these troubled times. There is something very reassuring about using figures that are from an era when all was safe, summers were long and hot and I could fit into 32'' jeans. God that was a very long time ago. So stay safe and keep painting.
Splendid additions there Robbie! But the last Union unit? Surely not...ReplyDelete
Nah David one has to realise that you can only have so many regiments before the table becomes to small to cope with the numbers. Im no Peter Gilder and a 32 foot table.Delete
Handsome "boys in blue"!ReplyDelete
I have painted my "last" unit of French and Austrian Napoleonics a great many times. :-)
Usually I would agree, but a 24 figure unit takes up a lot of table room. Replicate that 36 times and you realise that there is no room for open flanks and thats without the artillery and cavalry.Delete
Excellent additions to the Army of the Republic!ReplyDelete
Thanks Colin. It was very nice to see your 1866 regiments. Although I know a little about the history it looked an interesting period to delve into.Delete
Excellent looking regimentReplyDelete
Thanks Neil. The Connoisseur range was a belter and I would have loved to just use the range, but I couldnt justify the cost.Delete
Top brushwork Rob!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ray, these chaps because they arent a full unit will be classed as 'old lags,' knowledgeable but reluctant.Delete
Lovely looking Union troops, the last? Does that mean your starting your renaissance Polish army next?ReplyDelete
Ah the Poles. I should never have sold my three Polish armies that I painted. Sometimes you look back on decisions you make Iain and say why. That was one.Delete
Lovely unit Robbie...Connoisseur is one of the best ranges of figures ever made...I have some in my ACW armies and Napoleonic armies (Dave from Westerhope reprobates)ReplyDelete
Thanks Dave, Gilder really lavished some love when he made the range, what I would do for his old armies.Delete
Very nice unit Robbie, painted in lovely Grand Manner style. Congrats on finishing the army, for now...!ReplyDelete
I get the impression you dont think I can stick to this Dave. One can have enough figures you know, well for the Union army you can.Delete
Great looking ACW troops!ReplyDelete
Thanks Dean, they are handsome chaps and a joy to paint.Delete