Peter Laing 15mm Union Infantry OBEs Rebased and Flocked

The finished article, flocked and rebased …

A happy discovery as I sorted and restowed boxes yesterday, I found I had an overlooked small unit of Peter Laing 15mm American Civil War Union infantry that I had bought online already painted and based in threes some years ago.

In their painting at least, these in Bob Cordery’s words are OBEs – Other Beggars’ Efforts.

Peter Laing catalogue reprint.

I found tucked away in a small box 33 painted figures of ACW Infantry advancing with rifle (Kepi) F3009 of the small ACW range from the now discontinued ‘out of production’ Peter Laing 15mm range.

As they were when I found them, well based in threes, and painted in union blue, mostly with black kepis.

When I discovered them, they were based in threes, which is no use to me as I fight individual figure skirmish games. So the often tedious process of F and B (Flocking and Basing) or in this case, Rebasing and Flocking began yesterday.

Once split off their triple bases, I tried to keep as much of the original figure flocking as I could. Something of their OBE original basing would remain. I glued each figure to a 15mm by 15mm base of scrap mounting board, then used PVA glue and railway flock to cover the gaps.

Once the figures have their base gaps covered in PVA, they were gently plunged into the layers of mixed railway flock in the pink box and left for a while.

Finished and in formation …

I was short of a unit officer, so a previous paint conversion of an A503 Gunner with handspike from the Peter Laing ECW range stepped in to lead them temporarily.

More of my Peter Laing ACW figures can be seen in action here in 2016 in an action in the Hicksville River Valley: https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/peter-laing-american-civil-war-skirmish/

Late in the evening after rebasing I spent some time catching up with the fascinating old and mostly decaying American buildings on the Forgotten Georgia blog

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/dutchy-and-dade-the-confederate-history-of-forgotten-georgia/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 April 2020

B.P.S. Blog Post Script

As this is a “hands-on, brain off” type of activity, which is calming enough in itself, I found some suitable period music free on a YouTube or Spotify playlist to listen to. Instrumental versions of Songs of the North by Craig Duncan (and its twin recording Songs of the South) kept me company.

I’m not sure what you might listen to whilst painting and basing, but I’m sure the tiny men appreciate it and it is somehow absorbed into their tiny tin DNA during the painting and basing, giving them entertainment and fighting spirit. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/iL-wAKzqysg

Ann’s Immaterium Painting Challenge April 2020

#FEMbruary painting challenge over, here is an admirable April challenge by Ann Wycoff for those ‘confined to barracks’ on Lockdown, Furlough or normal leisurely evenings and weekends:

https://annwycoff.com/2020/04/01/april-paint-the-crap-you-already-own-painting-and-hobby-challenge

“The idea is simple.  You can paint anything you want so long as you owned it before April 1, 2020.”

The challenge extends to any existing or unfinished hobby project, not just painting miniatures. ‘Rules’ are on Ann’s blogpost.

Ann is going to post an end of month challenge round up on her blogsite in early May.

“The challenge closes on May 3rd, 2020 at midnight (your local time).  I will do a final round-up post after that date.”

What will you paint or finish?

Thanks to Marvin at Suburban Militarism for spotting this challenge.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 April 2020

Cereal Killers

You know you’ve been at work indoors and on lockdown for too long when you start looking at breakfast cereals and think not “Mmm, yum …” but “Hmm, trees, people shapes …”

The darker-skinned people of the Bronze Fish tribe win a small victory over the paler-skinned Krispi tribe, who flee leaving their dead and wounded on the field of battle.

Snap! Crackle! Pop! The sounds of battle?

The wounded were unceremoniously eaten, and not by wild scavenging animals.

Some more of the Krispi tribes people, fleeing the “blood bowl” of battle and the cereal killing, were later found floating face down in a small bowl-shaped lake of milk …

The model and craft shops are shut, online orders may take ages, some days you just have to improvise.* I’m not suggesting we all take up edible gaming, especially not after coating them first in PVA and sticking them to tuppenny coins.

The source of these cereal killers did not require an “essential” and “infrequent journey” to a food shop. They were in the cupboard.

Aerial view of the field of battle (and a massacre in a bowl ?)

* Do not worry, I have plenty of other figures to paint and repair.

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Enjoy your hobby and blogging.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN and Multigrain, 1 April 2020

Asterix creator Albert Uderzo RIP

Sad news that at the grand age of 92 Albert Uderzo the illustrator of Asterix books and illustrator / writer of the later ones has died

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52016721

The announcement on the official Asterix website https://www.asterix.com

As you can see from my book pile above, the Asterix books were and still are a major inspiration to my occasional Roman and Ancients Games – Full Metal Hic Jacet.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/full-metal-hic-jacet/

A sad day for Tidders and his Asterix inspired 54mm gaming website By Toutatis! or Romans Go Home

http://romansgohome.blogspot.com

Gone – but what a joyous visual legacy Uderzo and Goscinny have left, one that for me easily matches Tintin. Both these sets of comic books or graphic novels were a main stay of my branch library borrowing throughout my childhood.

Happy memories of Airfix Romans versus Asterix Ancient Britain’s and Sheriff of Nottingham figures.

Happy memories of Weetabix cereal packs with Asterix scenes and cardboard Asterix figures http://cerealoffers.com/Weetabix_Ltd/Weetabix/1975/Asterix_-_His_Friends_-_Foes/asterix_-_his_friends_-_foes.html

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 70s wargaming kid with Cardboard Asterix figures off the back of cereal boxes, 24 March 2020

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Bronte ImagiNations in graphic novel form

Now at the top of my reading list, the new Bronte juvenile ImagiNations in lively graphic novel form – Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1115589/glass-town/9781787330832.html

There is more about the author here and sample pages on her website: https://www.isabelgreenberg.co.uk/glass-town

This book is all very useful and inspiring for my ongoing Bronte inspired ImagiNations game. I am currently about halfway through this pleasingly hefty full colour hardback graphic novel:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/gaming-the-bronte-family-imaginations-of-glasstown-angria-gondal-and-gaaldine/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 23 March 2020

The late Donald Featherstone’s 102nd Birthday

Today would have been the late Donald Featherstone’s birthday, born 20 March 1918.

Happy Birthday Don! You changed lots of lives (of mostly men of a certain age).

To celebrate this year, I bought reprints through the History of Wargaming Project of two of Donald’s classic books that I had not read for years:

http://www.wargaming.co/recreation/details/dfcampaigns.htm

http://www.wargaming.co/recreation/details/dfadvanced.htm

Previously on Donald Featherstone’s birthday last year 2019:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/donald-featherstones-birthday/

And how to celebrate his centenary or his birthday in 2018:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/featherstone100-donald-featherstone-centenary-20-march-2018/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/donald-featherstones-centenary/

This is how it all started for me as a boy with Don’s book from the branch library, the very copy that I bought when it was sold off.

Boyhood Airfix, boyhood copy of War Games … still have them. Picture from:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/acw-battle-of-pine-ridge-vintage-airfix-full-game-write-up/

War Games being the source of my favourite rules, Featherstone’s simplest rules in its Appendix ‘Close Wars’:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/close-little-wars-featherstones-simplest-rules/

Happy Birthday, Donald Featherstone.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 20 March 2020.

Bring Me Some Men Who Are Stout Hearted Men!

“Stout Hearted Men” 1921 France

If you needed a ‘band’ of brothers for an ImagiNations regiment, look no further.

I’ve no idea who this merry band are (see clues below) but just thought them a “great bunch of lads” with a fine selection of hats worth sharing with the world.

I found this fine photograph postcard on EBay whilst searching for early scouting images. I bought it from a seller in Portugal. It was postmarked France 1921, post WW1 including “Menars 19 April 1921. Loire et Cher”

It is addressed to: Henri Moreau a Villeneuve, Cne (Commune?) de St Denis sur Loire, Par Mesnau. (“By Mesnau”)

According to the trusty Wikipedia, Saint-Denis-sur-Loire and Menars are both communes in the Loir-et-Cher department of central France. It is a suburb of Blois, 7 km northeast of the town, and lies on the river Loire, 63 km southwest of OrlĂ©ans.

Checking maps, Villeneuve and Menars are towns or villages within this area

Several postmarks – Victor ? [Loir] et Cher? 18 April 1921 / Menars 19 April 1921 Loire et Cher.

“Cher Camarade, Deux mots pour te dire del’ invitations, que je l’avais parle vient, Je me suits assure de ton Bon affections. Anatole Cournois. Envoi de Pepe. Bonjour et au revoir. Je compte sur toi.” Anatole Cournois

Which roughly translates as:

“Dear Comrade, Two words to tell you of the invitations I had spoken about, I am making sure of your good affections. [Messages scribbled into corners] Sending Pepe. Hello and goodbye. I count on you.” Anatole Cournois

A French tricolour flag with some French writing “[fran]caise? … de la …” and what looks like the figure of a Morris dancer with cross straps can be seen at the back? The odd tricolour sash can be seen in the left front rank.

I wonder if Anatole or Henri is pictured?

No idea which group they are from or form the band for. Some of them look old enough to have been Poilus in the Great War.

Blog posted by Mark, stouthearted Man of TIN, 14 March 2020.

The Stout Hearted Men reference? The blog post title is a song by Nelson Eddy from New Moon (1940) https://youtu.be/1vjqfvZVReM, which I recall hearing being much parodied on the Morecambe and Wise 1973 Christmas show.