Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Battle of 1st Bull Run 150th Reenactment Photos

Over the weekend I traveled down to Prince William County, Virginia for the 150th Battle of 1st Bull Run reenactment. Let me start off by saying it was HOT! On Friday I visited the battlefield and the temperature was 106 with a heat index of 120 degrees.  Needless to say I did not spend much time on the battlefield.

On Saturday I attended the reenactment. Before the reenactment started I visited the Union camp and I was able to meet up with the reenactors who were portraying the 1st Minnesota Volunteers. This was my Great-Great-Great Grandfathers regiment and I’ve wanted to meet up with them for a while now. I had a nice conversation with a sergeant from company D (The Lincoln Guards). I look forward to meeting up with them again at future events (maybe Ball’s Bluff in the fall).
Some of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers drill before the battle.


The reenactment began at 9:30 and ended around 12:00. Overall I thought that the chorography was very similar to 145th reenactment that was held at Cedar Creek Battlefield. The thing that set this reenactment apart was the Uniforms. This was not a battle between the blue and gray. Among other things many units were wearing red shirts and/or Haverlocks. It was reported that over 8000 reenactors were on the field of battle and this made for a great spectacle.

I would like to thank Prince William County for putting on a well organized and enjoyable event. I also thank all the reenactors, sutlers, venders, bus driver, police and volunteers.

Now on to the photos. This gallery consists of around 300 photos. I was concerned about load times so I put them onto two pages. The first page is the fight for Matthews Hill and the second is the battle for Henry House Hill. I also took some video that I may post at a latter date.

Enjoy
Bryan

The Battle of 1st Bull Run Reenactment Gallery



Thursday, July 14, 2011

ACW 10mm painted US and CSA Artillery and Limbers

This week I have some photos of my completed artillery and limbers.

Confederate Artillery


First up are some photos of my Confederate artillery. The crews are from Perrine and Old Glory and the guns are from Old Glory. I must say that Perrine’s figures are very nice and they match up well with Old Glory’s figures. I will probably be adding more Perrine figures to my armies in the future. I chose to use Old Glory’s cannons because I feel they scale much better to the crews compared to the guns offered by Pendraken and Perrine. At the bottom of this post I have placed a couple of images that compares the different manufactures cannons.

Confederate Artillery
Confederate Artillery with Perrine Crews
Confederate Artillery
Confederate Artillery (Perrine Crews)
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Confederate Artillery (Old Glory Crews)
Confederate Artillery (Old Glory Crews)
Confederate Artillery Comparison , Old Glory on the left and Perrine on the right.
Confederate Artillery Comparison, from left to right; Old Glory – Perrine – Old Glory – Perrine

Union Artillery


For this batch of Union artillery I used Pendraken crews and cannons from Old Glory.

Union Artillery
Union Artillery
Union Artillery
Union Artillery
Union Artillery

Limbers


For limber I used a mix of Old Glory and Pendraken. Once again Old Glory’s limbers and horses seem to have the best proportions compared to the infantry. Note: I plan to add limber riders latter on.

Artillery limbers (Old Glory)
Artillery limbers (Old Glory)
Artillery limbers (Old Glory)
Artillery limbers (Pendraken)
Artillery limbers Comparison, (Old Glory on left) (Pendraken on right) Old Glory’s horses and limbers are slightly larger than Pendrakens . Also, pendrakens rider seems a little too large for the horse that he’s riding.

Artillery Comparison


When I was building my artillery units I noticed that there were large discrepancies in the sizes of cannons between different manufactures. The images below are some examples.

Artillery Comparison #1 (Right-Old Glory) (Left-Perrine). Do I need to say more? Old Glory’s artillery towers over Perrine’s. At the time I took these photos I didn’t have any Pendraken cannons on hand to compare. Over all Pendraken cannons are comparable in size to Perrine. (I will update the photo to include a Pendraken cannon in the future.)


Artillery Comparison #2 (Right-Old Glory) (Left-Perrine). The infantryman pictured is from Pendraken. As you can see from the photo Old Glory’s cannon seem to have the best proportions compared to the infantryman

Key Words: Civil War 10mm, Civil War Artillery 10mm, Old Glory Artillery 10mm, Perrine Artillery 10mm, ACW 10mm