Confederate Infantry, Part2

19 06 2011

Last time I had my confederates painted but un-based.  Let’s finish ‘em up.

We start by popping them off of their popsicle sticks…

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,,,and gluing them to my infantry bases.

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I glue ballast to the bases and then paint everything a dark brown.

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I then drybrush the bases a lighter shade of brown,,,

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I then paint the vertical sides of the base black and the beveled backs white…

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Then I use my handy glue applicator to apply glue in splotches to the base and then I blow static grass over the whole miniature.  This gives the appearance of clumpy grass.

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Then I print and cut unit labels for my infantry stands and glue them on the bevel.

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Next comes the flags.

About Confederate Flags

In much the same way a confederate soldier was grateful to show up to the battle wearing pants, a confederate regiment was really glad to have a flag and weren’t really bothered if it was a bit different.  Unlike their union counterparts, the confederates did not have four score and seven years to agree on what banner the bore in battle.  As a result, there were not one confederate flag used during the war but many and units would fight sometimes with either a confederate national flag (which was frequently regional in origin) or even its state flag.

Here are few I have found…

Many units from Kentucky fought with this flag …

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Units from Arkansas fought with “Van Dorn” flag

Van Dorn Flag 

Units from Polk’s Corp had their own flag.

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And there were MANY variations on the battle field of the much maligned Confederate national flag.

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The famous confederate battle flag (St. Andrews flag) began use in 1862 and were championed by Generals Joseph E Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard.  Wherever they were posted they made the effort to make the flag a standard. 

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Virginia adopted the flag quickly and began mass producing the flag for not only its own army but units in other states as well.  As you can image, many of the units fight in the war had been formed well before the arrival of these flags and did not care to set aside their colors (thank you very much).  As such, battlefields, particularly in the west, had a myriad of colors and older units maintained their esprit de corps by hanging onto their distinctive colors.

It was not until 1864 that the flag saw the near universal use that is commonly perceived today. 

Champion Hill, fought in May of 1863, far west of Virginia with troops from Kentucky, Arkansas, and even Missouri would have had a large variety of flags.  It’s possible that few if any of the more famous confederate flags saw use of during the Vicksburg campaign.  I have made an effort to use as many different flags as possible because I want as mottled a look for my confederate troops as I can get.

I made flags by either downloading them purpose built for wargaming, by finding images I liked on the internet and resizing them or by making the flags from scratch using Visio.

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Once printed I cut out the flags using a craft knife and pre fold them.  I then glued these to the flag poles on my command stands.

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While still wet, I do a good bit of twisting and folding to achieve a flapping effect.

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Once the flag dries I need to deal with the white seam where the flag halves meet.  By trial and error I get paint to match and paint along the seam.

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I then drill holes and attach map pins to various command stands to mark veteran status.  Green for green and yellow for elite (not red… that would be cruel)

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Here are some pics of a few units…

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