Thursday, March 8, 2012

Plastic ACW Arrivals

The boxes have arrived!  Well, they actually arrived about a week ago, but I was compelled to go on a short-notice business trip, so this is the first chance I've had to post anything on them.

The figures themselves filled a nice wee box as shown above, which arrived in good order.  They are all Italeri figures, and as a point of curiosity the Infantry & Artillery sets have 'Wargames Approved' on them in a sort of imitation stamp or brand - not the Cavalry though, which are apparently 'unapproved' by them for some baffling reason!

 The infantry seem a good mix, and generally have the varying hats and coats you'd expect of Southern troops.  They are good quality with lots of detail, but have the variety of poses to suggest a semi-official rabble when based up.

The artillery are also well-realised, except that if you want to put together the limber teams you have horses which are my pet hate: cast separately from the base!  A horse and rider is fiddly enough, let alone a team of baseless ones...

It seems that there is no Confederate cavalry set easily available, but these should do (blue plastic notwithstanding for the moment.)  They're all a bit smart and neat at present, but thankfully the Infantry box sets feature a mounted officer, so I should be able to convert a little bit on their bases.
 Speaking of bases, here's the rather nice 2mm MDF bases which have also arrived.  I've laid them out in the number needed for the NVA.  Each division should be 3, 4 or 5 bases/brigades, while each corps gets 2 Artillery bases to represent its' collective artillery, and the army also gets a half-dozen bases of Cavalry for scouting and raiding.

Next step is the preparation for painting.

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