Monday, December 19, 2011

2011, year of the rebs

It's that time of the year again so first of all: Fijne Kerstdagen en een gelukkig 2012!

On the wargaming front it was ACW only this year and since I quit the project for half a year or so I thought it was a good time to do a little overview. For the first time I only did one period with the benefit that I can clearly see what I produced in a year, which is about 250 figures. Not bad, not overly impressive but I'm very happy with it.

Strangely enough it was not difficult to stay with ACW for a full year. There were three main things that really helped keeping the focus on the project.
-Start with skirmish gaming to get the painted units on the table asap. In our case we started with the excellent Terrible Sharp Sword rules to get going. After each game we always wanted to paint more. When we had enough we start using Guns at Gettysburg for Brigade level games. Now, we have a choice..
-Blogging. I started blogging early 2011 which really helped as well. All the encouraging comments, new cyberfriends and reading a lot of your good blogs are a good boost to stay productive and stay engaged in the hobby.
-The koopclub. As everybody in the club got the ACW bug it soon became the norm to paint ACW Regiments and have some new stuff ready for each next game. In the OOB for our new year's game are 18 Regiments and 4 Batteries per side. Starting with zero I think that's quite an achievement for such a small club with so many interests..

Anyway,  Couple of overview pictures from the 2011 painting. Battle reports will follow in 2012, and some new additions of course...All details, close-ups etc are in this ACW Gallery

Next week the start of a SAGA Viking Warband here as they enter the 2nd Annual Winter Painting Challenge over @Curt's blog. Should be fun trying to avoid the bottom place.
Merry Christmas.



  1. What a tremendous year it has been! It has been lovely to see the development of the project and such wonderful results too. Have a great 2012.

  2. Wow...what an impressive view of the troops on the battlefield! Thanks for sharing your hard work, Sir. May 2012 be a good one for you.

  3. Some beautiful figures and very well painted Mike!!
    fijne kerstdagen NL een gelukkig 2012!

  4. I admire your ability to focus on one project for a whole year! I for one am very happy you did as it's my favourite period and your outstanding work inspired me a great deal! You have one of the best looking confederate armies I know anywhere...just superb!!
    Looking forward to your SAGA project and I'll be fighting with you for last place in the painting challenge!;-)


  5. Really fantastic looking army. I wish I could get the locals here into more Historical wargames, but alas, it is not to be.

  6. WOW! Very impressive and good looking !

    Will be nice to follow your Viking warband, they are realy nice to plau in SAGA, realy offensive...

    Best regards dalauppror

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  8. A very productive 2011 indeed! I wish you the best in 2012

  9. Wonderful looking army Mike. All the best for the New Year.

  10. Stunning looking army, all the best for 2012.

  11. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours my friend and good luck.....

  12. Lovely work mate!!
    All the best for 2012!

  13. Absolutely brilliant seeing the army like this. Well done.

    Merry Christmas and we will see you in 2012!

  14. Lovely ACW collection! It's always a treat coming to your blog and seeing the wonderful minis you share on here. Looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2012!

    All the best,

  15. That is a beautiful force, Michael! A great achievement, well done! I look forward to seeing your projects in the coming year.

    Merry Christmas!


  16. joyeuses fetes a toi et a ta famille

  17. Mike,
    The group shots are very impressive!

    Maybe 2012 or 2013 year of the federals?

    Have a great holiday!

  18. i have enjoyed visiting here through the year great paint work on the figures Mike Merry Christmas!

  19. bloody awesome - congratualations on going this far while keeping such a high standart.

  20. Hey man!

    Just found your blog for the first time... Amazing how you can not see something for years, and then you find it and voila! Wonderful!

    Anyway, great work... Very neat painting, lovely basing, good figure selection... A fantastic reb force! Thanks for sharing!

    Lord Ashram

  21. Beautiful work! Superb. Congratulations!

  22. Too much goodness to comment on really. I like the Jarl, the shields of the Vikings, and obviously the group-shot of the Southeners.

    Thank you for sharing these.