Saturday, January 07, 2017

21st Virginia Infantry

Some paint has been sloshed - we are already guaranteed to have a better painting total than 2016! 


Not sure what came over me but decided it was time I got the paint brushes out and before I know it these guys had been completed... let me introduce you to the 21st Virginia Infantry - another regiment of Stonewall Jackson's famed 'foot cavalry'...

The regiment was first organised in June, and mustered into Confederate service in July, 1861, at Fredericksburg, Virginia. As was usual at this time the regiment was formed from a number of separate (already existing) companies, as these tiny units concentrated they were simply grouped together and made into a regiment - in this case most of the men were recruited in the city of Richmond and the counties of Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Cumberland, and Buckingham. The regimental Colonel was William Gilham [clicky] (of the Virginia Military Institute), and the regiment eventually comprised ten companies, totalling about 850 rank and file.


After participating in Lee's Cheat Mountain and Jackson's Valley campaigns, the unit was assigned to J.R. Jones's and W.Terry's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. At Kernstown they were in the Brigade of Colonel Jesse S. Burks..

This regiment reported 60 casualties at First Kernstown and in May, 1862, totalled about 600 effectives (so 25% losses in less than 10 months!).


Colonel Gilham and Major Scott Shipp left the regiment on January 9, 1862 (so before Kernstown) to resume their duties at the Virginia Military Institute (though Shipp was to return to command the regiment until the surrender at Appomattox). At Kernstown, the regiment was led by their Lieutenant Colonel, John M. Patton (who was an ancestor of George S. Patton), after the battle the regiment elected him colonel
John M Patton Jr.

The regiment went on to serve at Gaines' Mill, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, the Bristoe campaign and the Mine Run operations (of November 26 to December 2 1863) before fighting in the Wildnerness campaign (where their brigade's losses here were very severe), Spotsylvania Court House, the crossing of the Monocacy River, Cedar Creek, and finally the defence of Petersburg.

It lost 37 killed and 85 wounded at Cedar Mountain, had 3 killed and 9 wounded at Second Manassas, and reported 4 killed and 40 wounded at Chancellorsville. Of the 236 engaged at Gettysburg about twenty percent were disabled


"When it was evident that they were to surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, the flag of the 21st Regiment was torn into pieces and distributed among the regiment's survivors.Only 6 officers and 50 men surrendered at Appomattox"


Figures are by Newline (20mm)

Onward and upwards, the figures destined to be the 13th Indiana are primed and on the painting sticks..

13 comments:

  1. Nice, very nice job on them!

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    1. Thanks Phil.. that was a quick comment, were you waiting for me?! :o))

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  2. And very nice they look too!

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    1. Ta Ray... bit like doing your tax return.. the relief at having broken a painting funk is palpable... :o)

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    1. Thanks Rodger ..not as nice as yours, and that last 15mm F&F game you guys had looked very nice.

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  4. Nice castings, I am increasingly warming towards 20mm. Do you use a dip or wash at the end without going back in for highlights? I like the subtle finish.

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    1. Hi Norm - they are increasingly my scale of choice.. i'm of an age where I welcome the increased size just so I can enjoy them - still have 15's, and can still paint them, but the 20's don't take up much more space, and are cheaper than 25/28's..

      I suspect my style is not unique, I got it from a guy on the old R.G.M.H Usenet group.. undercoat black and then dampbrush white, then the primary colours have a white base to look better on while still having shadows ready painted.. ..in this case I did them all over with mid grey (and a few browns as you can see - I like my Confederate regiments scruffy), and then did a really really rough brush over highlights with the same grey and a touch of white... the rest is as usual.. I still use GW flesh wash as I think it is superb... right at the end I then give the uniforms and hats a wash with my own 'gunk' which is Rowney and Newton Black ink, mixed 1 part to 6 or 8 parts water.. I tend to darken it or lighten it on the fly.. I find that last wash kind of melds all the different colours together and also gives them that grimy campaign look.. these guys took about 2 to 3 hours in total, i'm not a brush man I go for look and feel..

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  5. A grand addition to your ACW forces Steve! Looking forward to seeing the next unit soon.

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    1. Thanks David... about half way through them as we speak

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