Sunday, September 8, 2013
"Reclaming" some old ACW figures
Well, as I mentioned in my last post, there has been discussion in the local gaming group of doing a "Longstreet" Grand Campaign! What fun!
Now, I don't have any 25mm ACW (well, not many at least)...
... and honestly my current 15mm ACW collection is just not large enough to do a campaign. That collection is nicely painted and all, but just not big enough.
So, I decided to take a look at my OLD 15mm ACW collection, to see what I could do with those!
Now, they are not great figures. They are painted cleanly enough, I suppose, but you can tell that I painted them when I was ten:) Also the bases are just huge; 1 inch x 2 inches, which is just awkward.
So I decided that I would try to reclaim them to use for the "Longstreet" campaign!
First, I would cut each base in half. That leaves them a nice 1 x 1, which is just a more pleasing base size. The downside is that there will only be two figures per stand! That is pretty stunning, but you know, I think I can live with it. Yes, the units will be small, figure-count-wise, but the game will play well, so I think I can live with it.
But regardless of how many figures there are, they are VERY simple to look at! Here are four stands of my figures as is.
So I decided to do a touch of work on them. I blacked out the edges a little better, dipped the figures, and did a bit of work on the basing. Then some matte varnish, and voila!
Here they are, after being worked on. For two minutes of work, I think they look MUCH better. Sure, they are not beautiful, but I think they will work. There is a LITTLE bit of dip-drip under their feet on some of them, but I think it isn't that noticeable... it almost looks like a shadow. I have something like four hundred stands of Rebs and Yanks, so more than enough for a big 15mm game.
So... that's that! Now I've got some work ahead of me:)