Good morning and happy February! I hope this finds you and those you love well and healthy, and that we all get good news from the groundhog tomorrow (is there a COVID groundhog, I wonder?). In January, my main effort at the Mad Padre’s painting chapel has been finishing a box of Perry Miniatures plastic Union Infantry Skirmishing. They are finished and just waiting the final touches in the Basing Barracks before they muster into service, but I wanted to share a small tale of woe with you.
Notice anything wrong?
Probably shouldn’t have put the regimental banner on dark and early after only half a cup of coffee. Looks like the Union is in trouble! Good thing I got the national flag right. A great pity, as these banners were included with the figures in the box, and the print and paper quality were sufficiently high that I was quite happy using them to make this a new unit of US Regulars. Alas, trying to get the regimental flag off the pole intact proved impossible and it had to be sacrificed.
Fortunately I spoke to the War Department and we agreed to muster this unit into the Irish Brigade as the 116th PA, as I fortunately had the GMB Designs flag set for that unit in my stores. This will allow me to bring the strength of the Brigade up to three regiments, which is quite respectable on a 28mm table. Col. Meagher will be quite pleased.
Morale of the story, go slow and drink lots of coffee! I won’t mention the slight damage I did to myself with a new Olfa blade when I finally decided to remove the old flag - that’s another story, but these chaps now march on a bloody battlefield.
Cheers and blessings,