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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Challenge Day 83 - 6mm ACW Union Infantry and Artillery

These were my 16th entry in this year's Challenge - four bases of infantry to add to the eight already painted and a modest artillery park. Just the twelve bases of smoothbores and four of Parrott rifled guns.

Let's start with the artillery:

Getting close up on the smoothbores...

...and the Parrott rifles

And now for the infantry. My previous batches were painted up four bases (112 figures) at a time. That was actually a bit stressful - after painting the same tiny detail 56 or so times my brain (and bum) would start to feel numb.

This time I painted them up two bases at a time. It was much easier for me and from comments when Curt posted them, it may have helped with the standard of painting. I'd also revised the order in which I paint different colours to reduce the need for touching up.

This lot are probably the last of the 6mm ACW that I'll be painting during the Challenge. I've got a lot of other bits to paint up over the next 3 weeks, but if I have time before the end I might do some more.

There may be another post tonight - it will depend on how far I get with what I'm working on.


  1. All good Tansin, though I can't say I'm a big fan of the figures arranged diagonally (I think my OCD kicks in), but your basing more than makes up for any disapproval.

  2. I struggle to switch between painting different size figures and have consistently failed at painting 6mm stuff whenever I have given it a go, Your figures always seem well painted regardless of the scale! As Zabadak says - love the basing!

  3. Very nice - I would like to request pics of the whole Army en mass please!

  4. Very nice. I really should repaint my 6mm ACW army. Maybe I will after the challenge.

  5. The basing on these are excellent and the arrangement of the figures are lovely.

  6. Great work Tamsin, just love that shade of blue you've used, its so crisp and bright!

  7. Very very nice work Tamsin!

  8. @ Joe - thanks! Good basing with 6mm makes up for a multitude of sins and errors :)

    @ cwheeler - cheers! To be quite honest, I'm not sure how I am able to switch so easily between scales. 6mm isn't my favourite scale for painting - it takes almost as much effort per figure as 15mm and requires much finer brush control.

    @ Paul - thanks! Once it's all done (well, the figures I have now at any rate) I will do a full army photo shoot :)

    @ Clint - repaint them? It would probably be quicker to buy new and paint from scratch ;)

    @ Robert - thanks! :)

    @ Ray - it does look rather spiffing doesn't it, that blue? Thanks! :)

    @ Whisk - cheers m'dear! :)

    @ Rodger - thank you! :)