Thursday, July 5, 2012

Irish Brigade Reporting for Duty

Father Corby delivering absolution before Gettysburg.
What an excellent post by Dave P. and a great way to kick off our new project. The post is full of irony and of course we have been busily discussing details since our return from Adepticon. We locked down the time period and for the most part who was going to represent each army. You may also have noticed that we invited a new member of the Guns of April to even the sides and we also switched up the teams based on who was passionate about which army they wanted to paint. Once the sides were determined we quickly set off into our own private emails and began to discuss our Order of Battle. Starting with a similar organization of 4 infantry regiments and 1 cavalry regiment per player we began to manipulate our forces to better match the look and feel of the American Civil War. 

For the Union forces on paper an average Brigade consisted of five regiments so we immediately stepped forward to volunteer to add a fifth regiment to the painting station. We also all agreed that adding a fifth stand of troops would generate a better look for each regiment allowing us to center the command stand in the middle of the regiment. 

We also decided to base our miniatures different from our Napoleonic game and you will see those changes as we add pictures of our progress. 

The Union forces consisting of myself, Dave Taylor, David Pauwels, and Chris Ferich very quickly determined who was going to represent which brigade. This is where some of the 'what if' will play a huge role because not only did we want to represent a cool, historic scenario but we also wanted to be enthusiastic about painting our miniatures. I for one decided that the Union organization needed a few improvements and created my own brigade. Drum roll please...............Yes, I know the title ruined the surprise but let me have my fun. :) 

Irish Brigade defends Stony Hill against South Carolinians
I chooose the II Corps 2nd Brigade which is more famously known as the Irish Brigade. My slight historic altercation was to remove the 116th Pennsylvania Regiment and insert the 114th Pennsylvania Regiment. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Well........the 116th were Irish immigrants whereas the 114th were also known as a Zouave regiment. Yes, I know. There were no Zouaves in the Irish Brigade but the Perry's Zouaves are so awesome I had to bring at least one regiment. Plus it allows me to break away from painting navy blue, powder blue, and black and add some red and yellow. More details on the look of my army later......

Fight'n Irish
by Dale Gallon
So here is my current project with some more items to be added later like artillery: 

II Corps

Major General Winfield S. Hancock
Brigadier General John Gibbon
Brigadier General William Hays

General Headquarters:
6th New York Cavalry, Companies D and K: Cpt Riley Johnson (Escort)

First Division
Brigadier General John C. Caldwell

2nd Brigade
Colonel Patrick Kelly

28th Massachusetts: Col Richard Byrnes
63rd New York: Ltc Richard C. Bentley, Cpt Thomas Touhy
69th New York: Cpt Richard Moroney, Lt James J. Smith
88th New York: Cpt Denis F. Burke

114th Pennsylvania: Ltc Frederick F. Cavada, Cpt Edward R. Bowen

114th Pennsylvania Regiment
by George Woodbridge
So there you have for it. I am going to try something completely radical for my style of hobbying. I have decided that I will assemble and prime everything before I begin painting and I will use the mass painting process probably working on one or two regiments at a go. As of this evening I have three regiments completely assembled so I am hoping by this Fall I should be in the painting stages. Well, at least I better be. :) 



  1. Joe, don't go by the pic you posted of the 114 PA. The blue on the cuffs and sash was a brighter blue. If you need I can send you some pics.

    Sounds like you have things sorted out now. Let me know if you or the other guys need anything else.


  2. Joe,

    Oh one other thing.... get your flags from GMB. They have all the specific flags for your regiments, all of them. You can also get brigade, division and Corps flags as well. Adds a nice bit of flavor for your force. The men will fight better with nice bright and realistic flags. That can only help! :)


  3. Do you get commission or something from GMB? :)

    Yeah. I found better pictures of the 114th but I was trying to stick to drawings for the purposes of the article. Thanks for the info and the help and I am sure I will pick your brain over the coming months.

  4. No... sorry, sadly no commission from GMB. He SHOULD though since every time I play with my CW armies with the flags they attract attention and people ask about them. I have also bought 57 billion of them so.... Grrrrrrr... ;)

    Not to brag or anything but I will. I have now completed Hood's and McLaws' divisions of regiments at Gettysburg and the Union 3rd Corps. Working on 5th Corps next. Soon I will complete both armies and rule the miniatures world!!! Muhahahahaha... (insert diabolical laughter)

    Just ask. I'm sitting here awaiting the call. No call?! What?! :)


  5. Hi thanks for sharing the information.