Friday, January 4, 2013

Last Figures of 2012 (3 of 3): The Hardee (Hat) Boys: Analogue Painting Challenge Entry 2

More ACW figures from Wargames Foundry. The command stand for the 19th Indiana brings my Iron Brigade project up to three complete regiments - a group shot of the lads is due, methinks.







The good news for me is that these figures were started after 20 December, the start date for the Analogue Hobbies painting challenge, and thisnlittle group earned my 37 points. Curt kindly gave me two bonus points for the explosion diorama. That puts my total at 49, so I am starting to fight my way forward from the back of the pack. More pics and comments at Curt's blog.





18 comments:

  1. Very nice, diorama-like basing! The explosion is exceptional. Iron Brigade? (I'm assuming so from the printing on the national flag.)
    Again, the bonus points are well deserved.

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    1. Woops! I just re-read the lead paragraph... and comprehended it for the first time. Of course, it's the Iron Brigade!

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    2. Thanks John! Sometimes the obvious can be hiding in plain view. :)

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  2. very nice work the casualty diorama is an excellent touch

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  3. I like the explosion, consider that idea well and truly stolen.

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    1. Thank you, my dear Kinch. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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  4. Beautiful figures, gotta love the explosions!!!!

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    1. Thanks Ray! A little boom goes a long way.

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  5. I was wondering why the 19th Illinois rather than one of the Wisconsin regiments, but discover that Solomon Meridith, the Brigade's commander at Gettysburg, had been Colonel of the 19th. Seems very apt, then!

    Having a vague idea there was another, less well known, 'Iron Brigade'.Looking it up showed it wasn't in another theatre, but in the Army of the Potomac also. I don't think they were distinguished by black hats, but it was an older I.B. Commanded by J.P.Hatch, it comprised 2nd US Sharpshooters, and 22nd, 24th, 30th and 84th New York Vols. During the 2nd Manassas Campaign, Hatch's Iron Brigade was the 1st Bde of King's Division; Gibbon's 'Black Hat' Brigade was the 4th Bde of the same Division! The 'Black Hats' got their sobriquet at the Antietam battle, the correspondent awarding it not being aware of the existence of the other Iron Brigade.

    After Gettysburg, the 'Iron Brigade of the West' was never the same, having taken enormous losses on the first day. The earlier Iron Brigade had been disbanded in May '63. All the same, it is amusing to think you could legitimately field two Iron Brigades in a wargames Army of the Potomac...

    Cheers,
    Ion

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    1. Thanks Ion for this great response. I confess you know more about the Iron Brigade than I do, in that, until your post, I didn't know that there were two Iron Brigades, an eastern and western. Perhaps I knew that once from reading Catton's history of the AoP and forgot, I dunno. I think the Western Black Hatters are the more well known, and certainly what this figures are trying to capture. It would be interesting to debate as to what troop quality they would deserve, depending on the battle, year of the war, accumulated experience and casualties, etc.

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  6. Great work Padre. Explosion looks really cool! Great idea!

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    1. Thank you Rodger! The idea came to me while I was pondering these two similarly posed figs. Glad you liked it.

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  7. Good stuff! Have you done any Trans-Miss regiments?

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    1. Thanks Sean!
      I don't have any specifically Trans-Miss regiments done yet. Other than my three Western IB regiments, most of my collection is generic. I have one unit carrying the 69th NY as part of the Irish Bde, and flags for two more of that Brigade. My Confederates are mostly generic, though I have one carrying flags for one of Hood's Texan regimets (I forget which) and several carrying Mississippi flags since my wife is from that state.
      I do have some of the Perry Brothers infantry which I'm painting in largely black slouch hats to represent a generic western Union regiment, but I need to think about what flags would be appropriate for it.

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  8. Great work and basing there Padre and good luck with the competition too

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  9. Lots of great character to these and especially like the wee explosion diorama.

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  10. Thanks mate, glad you liked it. I am not going to win the competition, that task is for speedier painters than I, but I'll take all the luck you can wish me!

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