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Some of the guys at my local game club have decided to embark on a new gaming adventure, with a foray into the American War of Independence.  Tom and Wes will be Colonial generals, while Randy and I have both taken the kings’ shilling. We’ve each got a Warlord Games starter box, and intend using Black Powder rules.

My progress so far has been three line units, undercoated and built, plus a small group of skirmishers. We’re starting with 20-man units and upgrading to larger ones as we get more units ready for battle.

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Last night I finished the first block of my British Peninsular army for Black Powder, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally get them on the gaming table! Units completed so far are:

30th Cambridgeshire Regiment

44th East Essex Regiment

42nd Royal Highland, Black Watch

16th Queens Own Light Dragoons

I also added a few commanders, and am planning on adding some artillery units next. I actually started painting these well over three years ago, as my first foray into the Napoleonic era. It was slow-going at first; the amount of effort that went into getting the detailed uniforms painted seemed daunting. It’s all perspective though; now I feel I can churn out line infantry very quickly.

I’ve used a mix of Victrix, Perry and Warlord miniatures. The Warlord ones are the most efficient to put together, with the Victrix ones taking much longer due to the amount of parts – however you do get a nice variety of poses that way.

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This weekend I completed my first battery of French Napoleonic Artillery, for Black Powder. They’re a really fun kit to put together, and great sculpts too – I have to admit, that while the Victrix kits take the longest to put together, the variety of pieces means you really can make a unique looking unit.

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I also picked up some new Vallejo textured basing pumice. Now, I don’t usually like mixing up the overall look and feel of bases in an army once I’ve started, but this stuff looks so good, I might go back and apply it to the units I’ve already done. In the past I’ve used the white pumice, and painted over it. This time I tried one that’s already painted brown – it’s a much lighter shade than I’ve ever used before, but I love it!

Last comment – basing. I considered putting each cannon and crew on a single large base, but decided there’s more flexibility in basing everything separately.

Next unit on the paint table will be finishing my Highlanders unit, and a mounted British officer. Once those are done, I’ll post pics of the Brits I’ve completed so far!

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It’s been well over two years in the making, but I finally feel ready to show off the beginnings of my Napoleonic French army.

This has been an incredible learning experience. I don’t doubt there are mistakes in the colors I’ve painted certain things, and there are a few details I’ve deliberately decided I’ll go back and paint later, but for models I feel good about putting on the table and committing to battle, I believe they’re ready!

I still have a very long way to go before I have a number of battalions, but I intend to keep chipping away until I have enough to play a meaningful game of Black Powder. I’ve stuck pretty much to 20-man units, but will fill those out more in the future.

I also have a few British units completed, but I’ll do a couple more before I post those.

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Here we go! There’s still quite a few details I want to work on, but I’ve got the basic table set up to a standard I am happy to play on, which is convenient because I haven’t gamed in nearly three months!

I still have a number of models to paint, and also have a horsa glider model to put together, which I anticipate completing in the new year.










Like I said, I’m still going to work on the table and will likely post some battle reports once I get a few games in, but as far as the step by step guide goes, I think I’ve finished.

I really hope this is a useful guide. This was one of the longest, most complex modeling projects I’ve done to date. The bridge alone is daunting! But with patience and planning, it’s been incredibly rewarding.

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Yuletide greetings everyone! Today I’m pleased to finally post some pictures of the actual bridge itself. Before I do, let me just say, this has far and away been the longest time it’s taken me to ever paint a model. The first coat of metal alone took a good three weeks of painting grey every evening! It could have been faster if I’d sprayed it somehow, but I was determined to do it by hand and finally have the finished model.

It’s also worth pointing out, I pretty much followed the Warlord Games painting guide for this part of the project. I’ll mention where I deviated below. On with the pictures!


The first base coat of dark grey was added. It took a few layers, and in hindsight, I’d recommend spraying this part. There are so many hard to reach areas that you’ll need to go in with a brush afterwards anyway.


Next I added two successively lighter shades of grey, making sure to leave the recesses dark.


The concrete was also painted grey. I’m going to go back and add some weathering and blending to the two end edges, so it matches the ground cover.


When the metal and concrete were done, I started working on the wooden planking. First, a quick coat of dark brown.


Something I did differently to Warlord here. I didn’t like how the lines they marked looked so straight, so I cut some irregular patterns out of a coffee stirring stick and used it like a ruler, flipping it and rotating it every few lines to give a less formulaic pattern.


Here I added the following shade of brown, followed by a light drybrush of a beige color. To finish, I dropped some Agrax Earthshade over the top.


With the basic colors complete, it was time to add the finishing touches, like weathering. I used a variety of inks, and a sponge to add the various looks described in the Warlord guide.


I added grease around the pivot point, and chipping on the edges of the steps.


The final thing to do was paint the… well actually, I don’t know what they’re called! Check point barriers? Anyway, they were painted white, and then blocks of black followed by red were added.


This completes the bridge for now! I’ve started pulling everything together to see how it looks and will try and get some pictures of the near-complete table over the next couple of days before Christmas!

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It’s been a productive week for the Pegasus Bridge project, and I’m starting to see things come together. Here’s the latest progress:

I had originally intended to add the bases of my trees and telegraph poles to the foam-board base and then add sand texture over them, but I forgot. Rather than sand down the areas I wanted to use, and effectively start over, I drilled holes into the bases and added pins. This way I’d be able to add them seamlessly. and potentially even move them around if I wanted to.


I did the same pinning method with the trees. It took a few hours, but was worth it for the effect.


I tested out how the trees would pin into the foam surface using an area that will be covered up by the cafe building.


With the groundwork now essentially done, it was time to move onto the fun part -adding all the different flocking textures! This is where you start to see results really quickly, as each layer brings another level of realism to the board.

First, I added a light dusting of fine turf to most of the board. I didn’t want it to cover the dirt underneath completely, so I used a paintbrush to dust off the excess after it had dried overnight.


The first board with it’s completed flock coating. This sets the tone for the rest of the scenery.


I let a little bit overlap onto the road.


Here you can see a couple of stages in – I didn’t have time to take photos with every additional texture as I wanted them to blend together while the spray-on glue was still wet. You can see I added a lighter shade of flock to the grass areas, a darker dirt/stone to the edges of the road, and also a very light mixture of various ballast to the road.


All done, just waiting for it to dry. While it’s fun, this is also the most tense part of the project – there’s really no turning back if something doesn’t look right. I did intend adding a third color to the grass areas, but after the first sprinkle I could tell it would be too different a shade of green to look natural so I left it as-is.


Test-fitting the trees. I added a couple of course turf colors underneath of a very dark green to act as underbrush. It should also cover up the pin holes if I move the trees around.


Test-fitting the telegraph poles. I’ll finish building and painting these in another session.


Future spot of the cafe building. I’ll need to go in and tidy up the patio as well.


That’s it for now. I’m still painting the bridge components – I’ve never painted so much grey! Once I get beyond the base color, I’ll post some more interesting pictures of it. Then I have the canal section. I’m debating whether the effect I’m going for works, or if I should start again with something simple. I’ll have an update in the next post!

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