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"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Friday, April 25, 2014

WWII: Recon Company, 1st ARBN, 188th RCT

And the last element of the 1st ARBN, the Recon Company with their Stuart Tanks.  Total USA elements: 4

WWII: Charlie Company, 1st ARBN, 188th Regimental Combat Team

Another element for the 1st Armored Battalion of the 188th RCT.  Total elements for my US Army now stands at 3.  Charlie Company is tasked with land mine clearance and also have tanks equipped with rocket launchers.

STOP THE PRESSES!

BLOG OWNER: Fellow wargamers.  Due to the current events in geopolitics I cannot, FOR THE TIME BEING, continue to portray my former Soviet Oblast as a close ally of Russia.  While I have no personal problem with the Russian reconquest of Crimea, I do have objections to their current operations in Eastern Ukraine.  In other words since there does exist, however remote a chance that NATO could come to blows with Russia in the near future. I must put the Pro-Russian parts of my 6mm Republic away, temporarily. I don't have a problem gaming cold war gone hot scenarios as it is not current.  I don't mind the fact that a new "Cold War" could or has come about, I grew up in one and the world seemed much more stable at that time, however insane that may sound, and once the Ukraine situation resolves perhaps we can resume.

INSTEAD: Attention will now turn to the Prussian Defense Forces operations in Southwest Africa and Baltic Europe until such time that "The 6mm Republic of Prussia" can again take up arms with their Russian comrades in Karakistan.

ACW: 3rd Vermont Volunteer Infantry

Last batch of the gunboat Union infantry.  Labeled as the 3rd Vermont Vol. and based up as skirmishers.  This brings to 7 the total elements for my Union "Army of New England."  I am looking forward to finishing this army and then beginning either the "Arkansas Legion" based on Cobb's Legion or the 15th Arkansas Infantry.


ACW: 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

Finished the 4th element for my Union Army the "Army of New England."  This element is the 54th all black regiment led by Colonel Shaw.  These soldiers were another eBay purchase that came as a nice surprise with a 15mm gunboat.  I don't need them for the gunboat as the boat is destined for the Huack-Turkoslavia Wars.  The remainder of the white soldiers from this purchase shall be used to construct skirmisher elements for the AoNE.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Second ACW: Arkansas Theater

Aleshire College, Little Rock, Republic of Arkansas


Welcome to Arkansas History 201.  You all know of the events in the East following the assassination of President-Elect Roosevelt on February 15th, 1933.  But do you know of the actions West of the Mississippi River?  Many of the Western States had as much troubles or more than the East.  Some had elements of each of the Eastern factions as well as regional and local forces all vying for control in the Post-America world.  Arkansas was one such state trying to survive in the chaos and forge a new national identity as a new sovereign nation.  Let's review some of the forces that emerged between 1933 and the establishment of the Republic.  

We'll begin with the larger forces.

The Constitutionalists: The former Vice President John Nance Garner along with 113 members of Congress setup a new American capital in Philadelphia.  They were able to keep a few states in the East loyal to them and raised a large army.  West of the Mississippi they operated mainly in Missouri under the command of General Truman.  Being so close at times they fought skirmishes that spilled over into Arkansas.  They didn't make much effort in meddling in the affairs of Arkansas.

The Nationalists:  The forces of President Herbert Hoover and the remnants of the Washington Congress.  Their forces were led by General Douglas MacArthur.  Kansas was a Nationalist stronghold and as mentioned above some of their fighting spread Southeast into Arkansas.

The Silver Legion:  Charles Lindbergh became "The Leader" of the Silver Legion, a fascist group that started in North Carolina.  The Legion received the backing of both Italy and Germany and Lindbergh grew to become one of the most powerful men in the Western Hemisphere.  The Silver Legion occupied most of Benton County in Northwest Arkansas.  With both the Nationalists and Constitutionalist at each others throats in the rest of America the Silver Legion of Arkansas became the second most powerful faction in the state.

The Arkansas Union:  These were the forces of then Governor and later President of Arkansas, Junius Futrell.  This was by far the most powerful force in Arkansas.  At first the Union kept itself neutral between the Constitutionalists and the Nationalists but after MacArthur orchestrated a punitive campaign against Connecticut the Union disavowed both groups and set about forming an independent nation.

Communist Party of Arkansas:  At first this group of farmers and workers was small and seemed about to vanish, when the arrival of Leon Trotsky in Saint Louis breathed fresh life into their movement.  It wasn't long afterwards before they received military shipments from the Soviets and became a power in Arkansas.

ACW: Next Element of the 22nd NY Militia, Army of New England.

Another base I put together of soldiers bought on eBay.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

6mm Painting: Another AR Company for My WW2 United States Army

Painted and based up Alpha Co, 1st ARBN, 188th RCT, II Corps, United States Army, Africa Theater.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

First Painting for 2014 (Finally!)

Finally found time to sit down and paint.  It felt good to be "under the brush."  However I didn't have long.  But I painted up 4 tanks, 1 Sherman and 3 early war Soviet tankettes as well as a 1/72 scale American soldier for Memoir '44.  Went ahead and based the Sherman and then flocked and labeled the base.
Bravo AR Co, 1st ARBN, 188th RCT.

Tankettes at 1' o'clock with the M44 soldier at 12.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Direction for the American Civil War

I have been collecting ACW in 15mm for several years now and have just not got around to painting yet. I also had some painted models that I had bought online.  Below is a few of those, the 22nd NY Militia.  I had been toying with the idea of selling all my 15mm off and going with 10mm for the massed troops look but I have since dropped this idea.  Why spend more money when I can do everything I want to do for this period in 15mm?  So I'm sticking with 15's and below is the first base I've done up for my home rules.  The lighting is kind of bad as it's the middle of the night.  This will be part of my fictional "Army of New England."

The 22nd New York Militia, American Civil War

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Prussian Government Endorses Russian Annexation

Koenigsberg (AP):  The Prussian National Assembly today passed a bill in support of the Russian annexation of the Crimea.  News of the endorsement comes as no surprise in the West since Russia is the closest ally and main benefactor of the Heinleinist republic.  A Prussian minister of Russian descent from the town of Cranz remarked that this is great news not only for Russia but for all the Commonwealth.

In other news Gazprom announced a reduction in the price of gas sold to Prussia.  Gazprom provides energy supplies for the Prussian Army serving in Karakistan.  Gazprom owns several petrol stations operating in Prussia and announced a lowering of gasoline prices there as well.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Four Army Packs of 6mm Irregular Miniatures

Digging through my lead pile can sometimes be likened to digging in your garden and finding a lost temple.  I found several packs of 6mm that I had long since forgotten about.  Now with my fictional classical campaign about to begin these will fit perfect within that setting.

Carthage

Selucid

Early Acaemenid or Archemid Persian

Hoplite Greek