Sunday, June 24, 2012

New battle report posted- The Battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines)

A few weeks ago I commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fair Oaks by refighting the Fair Oaks Station part of the battle. To date this is the largest battle that I have run in terms of table size and the amount of figures used. It took me a few weeks to put the battle report together, but final here it is. Looking forward, my next large battle will probably be the Cornfield at Antietam. In the mean time, I also hope to do some smaller 1862 battles. So be on the lookout for these starting in July.

Thank for looking.

-Bryan

Battle Report: The Battle of Fair Oaks

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Key words: ACW 10mm, American Civil War 10mm, Battle Report, Miniature Wargaming, Battle of Fair Oaks, Battle of Seven Pines

Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: 10mm U.S. Civil War Buildings from Old Glory 25

Hello, today I have a quick review of Old Glory’s 10mm U.S. Civil War buildings. To be honest I’ve been meaning to do this review for some time now, but other hobby related projects have taken priority. Hopefully in the not too distant future I will also have a review of the new line of 10mm building from Buildings in Turmoil. I hope you find this review useful.
-Bryan
 
Old Glory offers their buildings in two sets. The first set is five pieces and includes three buildings, a church, and one outbuilding. The second set is six pieces and includes two buildings, a barn, two outbuildings, and a well. Each set is priced at $35. Even better if you have the Old Glory Army discount card each set is only $21. That’s around $5 a building or about half of what other 10mm/15mm building are being sold for!

I decided to purchase the set with the Church. Like all my transactions with Old Glory 25 everything went smoothly. My very first impression after removing the buildings from their packaging was “wow these seem large for 10mm scale”. My initial impression was confirmed after I compared them to some of my 10mm figures and buildings. In fact, these buildings match up better with my 15mm building from JR Miniatures. After making these comparisons, I concluded that Old Glory’s buildings seem to be better scaled for use with 15mm figures. Below are a few comparison images I did.

Miniature Comparison: The figures pictured here are 10mm Pendraken and 15mm Musket Miniatures. Note: Old Glory’s 10mm figures are about the same size as Pendraken


15MM Buildings Comparison: The poorly painted buildings on the out sides are 15mm scale from JR Miniatures. As you can see Old Glory’s buildings match up pretty well with them.
10mm Building Comparison: In this image I compare my N scale buildings from Jerry’s Hobby Junction to Old Glory’s buildings. As you can see the buildings don’t match up very well.

The overall molding quality of the buildings is average. Throughout the models there are many small imperfections in the resin caused by air bubbles. Also, several spots on the buildings chimneys and siding have excess resin that will need to be removed.

 



What I really like about these buildings is the assortment of structures offered in the two sets. Each set comes with a large barn and outbuildings. I see no reason why these buildings can’t be use for the American War of Independence through the American Civil War.




My final assessment of these buildings is that they are a very good value if you have an Old Glory Army card, but they seem to be better scaled for use with other 15mm building. As a result, these buildings will probably not see any use in my 10mm scale games, but they may come in handy with future 15mm projects. So if you’re a 15mm gamer and you’re looking for some new buildings, I recommend that you check these buildings out.

Links:


Product link- Old Glory 25's US Civil War Buildings

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New 10mm American Civil War range from Blaze Away Miniatures

I must say that the past year has been a great time for us 10mm American Civil War gamers. First we had Kallistra release a new ACW range. Then Pendraken announced that they were re-mastering their range of figures, and now Australian based company Blaze Away Miniatures has announced that they are also working on a new range. To be honest prior to this announcement I had never heard of Blaze Away Miniatures. Despite this their new figures look really good and the best news of all is that this new range will be compatible with Pendraken’s range. I really can’t wait to get my hands on some of these figures. The release date has been set for the end of June, and they are currently accepting pre orders. In the meantime, Blaze Away has been previewing their new figure range by occasionally posting photos on The Miniatures Page (TMP). Below are a few of these photos and the rest can be seen here: Link




Links:

Blaze Away Miniatures- Link

Syr Hobbs Wargames (US Distributor)- Link

Key words: ACW 10mm, American Civil War 10mm, Blaze Away Miniatures