Monday 7 November 2011

Through the Swamp - Part 2

The second part of my mini project to try and recreate an American Civil War trading card from the 1960s, sees the introduction of boys from the North!   Now I'm squaring this away by the fact that the conflict did at least fall during the reign of Queen Victoria, tenuous I grant you but it works for me.  

There certainly isn't a shortage of miniatures out there covering this period; Perry's, Foundry, Renegade so many to chose from but where to start?  I knew that I needed the troops to look fatigued and at least one had to be charging with a bayonet.  After quite a period of searching I happened upon Redoubt Enterprises' range that had just what I was looking for.

I have to say that I really enjoy painting Redoubt's figures, true they are not the tidiest sculpts out there but there is something very reassuring about their weight and the poses were perfect for what I wanted.  The soldier with the bayonet will be the brave soul taking on the Gator, while the others fight their way through the Florida swamps.

Decided not to go for the red top to the kepi, must be a creative decision on behalf of the illustrator as I don't seem to be able to find any referemce for it.


  1. This should look good...damn good.

  2. ooo will look great. I considered getting some of the redoubt French war Indians to use in a PA setting tribal types. But the sculpts are little off as you say.

    Get it finished :oD

  3. Looking forward to seeing the finished srticle.

  4. That´s a good idea...I don´t suppose there are any medieval cards though
    Nice painting

  5. Looking forward to this as well, Very promising..Redoubt is nice indeed, as long as you don't have to paint lots of Regiments. Glad you did not do the red kepi. I'm sure someone will tell they existed but I never came across them.

  6. Thanks guys; one day I might actually get round to completing a unit of troops but at the moment I'm having too much fun doing what ever pops into my head!

  7. Great work there and I too love redoubts figures, do these have separate heads too? Looking forward to seeing this project grow.

  8. Thanks again chaps, tentative first steps into the world of ACW. You're right Pete, I should have said that you can select the heads at the order stage - 17 different types to choose from!

  9. Michael! Great blog.

    I have a question for you. How compatible size-wise are Great War, Empress, and Mutineer. I'm thinking of mixing them all together. What are your thoughts?

    Steve Austin
    New York City

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