As figures I chose the Perry kilted Highlanders. Unfortunately the rank and file of this brand do not have broadswords, dirks and Highland pistols . This may be correct for the 42nd, but the American Highlanders were more traditionally minded. Some even brought their own Scottish weapons. I had first thought to engrave pistols, dirks and broadswords, and glue the casts to the figures. But then I gave up that plan because the broadswords could not be added without completely changing the folds of the plaids. So I hope you do not have too close a look at my soldiers.
|von Germann Sketch|
For the piper I decided to have him clad in the tartan of the commanding officer, the MacLean of Duart sett.
|MacLean of Duart Tartan (ancient)|
|Piper of Minorca Painting|
This is also the reason why the piper of my grenadier officer wears a plaid with the MacDonald Clan tartan presuming that the officer was of that clan. (This figure is a modified Redoubt product.)
The colonel on horseback is a 30mm Jacdaw figure, seated on a Front Rank horse. He is thought to represent Lt Colonel Allan Maclean, the commander of the 1st battalion.
As the name says, the Royal Highland Emigrants were a royal regiment. That means that their musicians did not wear coats with reversed colours, but red coats faced blue, adorned with Royal lace. This too was quite some task in painting: first adding a yellow stripe, and then a blue centre line with a very thin brush.
As far as hair colour is concerned I relied on a study of 7000 adult males and half a million schoolchildren which delivered the following results: Black hair 0-8 % by counties; dark brown hair 38%; medium to light brown shade 42% (the most numerous); fair hair 11%; red hair 5%. I painted the hair of my soldiers accordingly.
And here are some pictures of my battalion:
|1st Btn 84th Regiment of Foot|
|Lt. Col. Allan Maclean|
|Rank and File|