Friday, 6 February 2009

Allied Headquarters

La Siège de Yorktown le 17 Aout 1781
by Louis-Charles-Auguste Couderc (sometimes spelled Couder)

Since I had come across a picture of the painting “La Siège de Yorktown le 17 Aout 1781” by Louis-Charles-Auguste Couderc (which is at Versailles today) I had been pondering about constructing Washington’s and Rochambeau’s headquarters tent which is to be seen behind them.
I sat down at my desk with ruler, angle and pencil and conceived a paper model. After testing it I drew the final plan.

(You may copy and use the plan if you like.)

Then I copied the drawing to thin cardboard and cut out the parts, glued them together and painted the whole thing. As a base I took a bit of thin plywood.
The flags to the left and right of the tent can be identified as the French and the American colours. I doubt whether this is historically correct. I would expect the personal colours of the commanding officers instead. As the colours of both, General Washington and Maréchal Rochambeau, are known, I decided to use these. So you can see the French commander’s colours at the left, and those of Washington at the right. I wonder if the obverse wouldn’t have been correct, as the American was Commander-in-Chief.

Monday, 2 February 2009

My first Americans

The artillery figures of my miniatures for the Continental Army were the first to be completed. The set is from Dixon Miniatures, and I am quite content with their appearance and modelling. I only decided to give my officer a gorget and epaulettes.

The figures painted quite well. I clothed them in 1779 regulation uniforms, and enjoyed their campaign worn apparel. I could have put some dirt on their uniforms, though. But I only decided to darken their white clothes.

The two-horse-limber will follow later. The reigns and traces for the leading horse are a bit of a problem for my old hands.