Friday, 31 May 2013

British 6-Pounder

This British artillery piece and its crew are a product of Fife & Drum Miniatures. They are nicely sculpted and the expression on their faces is very realistic.

Officer and 3-man crew firing 6-pounder

travelling with its limber

the limber with civilian driver
Powder cart by Perry

Hessian Artillery

Hessian regimental guns were manned by gunners of the artillery corps. So I bought two sets of Hessian artillery from Perry for my Grenadier-Regiment Rall. The uniforms are well documented, so painting the soldiers did not really pose a problem. The grey colour of the carriages I took from Peale's painting "Washington at Princeton", which shows the captured guns.
Perry's firing and loading crews come together with Swedish 4-pounder guns. My problem: Regiment Rall had 3-pounders at Trenton. They were lost there when the regiment was crushed and surrendered.
So I can use my Hessian gunners with their 4-pounders for any other Hessian unit (up to now I could, however, not verify whether they had this calibre at all).
Loading crew with Swedish 4-pounder cannon
 Even the 4-pounder looks a bit small: The thumb of the NCO is well above the barrel.
Another angle of the 4 pounder
For my Regiment Rall I had to get two 3-pounders somewhere else. I bought two guns from Fife & Drum Miniatures. The grasshopper comes as a set with a draft-horse. Really a very nice model.
Grasshopper gun by Fife&Drum Miniatures
 The gun is tiny, and I am not sure whether Rall's Hessians had this type of gun.
Firing Crew with 3-pounder grasshopper gun
Seen from the Front
The NCO in charge of the piece is clearly discernible by his white and red  hat pompon.
An alternative would be the British 3-pounders by Hinchliffe that are drawn by limbers.
British batallion 3-pounders with limbers (and drivers by Minden Miniatures)
They look alright with their Minden drivers, don't they?
They are 25mm, however, and so are tiny guns as well, even with the longer variant of barrel:
My Hessian firing crew with a Hinchliffe 3-pounder

Hinchliffe's powder cart can well be used with them.
Hinchliffe powder cart with 2 heavy draft horses and Minden driver
I will go on trying to find 3-pounders that fit the Hessian crews a bit better.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

British General

Der Alte Fritz (alias Jim Purky) enclosed some samples of his Fife&Drum miniatures when he sent me the required artillery figures.
I liked the figure of the British general at once and just had to paint it on the spot. It is meticulously sculpted, which makes painting real fun. And I especially like the posture and the very general-like facial expression of the man. He looks very British Upper-class, doesn't he, looking down his nose.
I hope you will share my enthusiasm.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Chester County Associators

Out of regard for the large proportion of Quaker settlers in Pennsylvania the militias there called themselves "associators". So this is the militia of Chester County in Pennsylvania.
Chester County Associators
The flag of this militia unit was preserved by Robert Wilson who was responsible for the militia's equipment. Thus this singular item is now in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It is assured by traditional account and recent research to have flown in the Battle of Brandywine on 11th September 1777.
So I chose this flag for my militia regiment, seizing the opportunity to have an early example of the Stars-and-Stripes for my associators.
I removed the flagpole of my ensign, though, drilled the hands open, and inserted a steel wire, to which I glued the flag (my own attempt) and the point with the tassels (Front Rank product).

My regiment consists of a mixture of figures again. Most are from Redoubt Enterprises (AWA 50 - Standing comand, AWA 51 - Standing firing, AWA 52 - Standing loading, AWA 54 - Advancing), some are Perry figures (AW 175 - Northern Militia Firing Line), and the standard-bearer is by Dixon Miniatures (AR 11 - Ensign - raised standard). He is the only uniformed man in the unit.
The figures are not all the same size, some are almost 30mm ones. But people are of different sizes, aren't they? And I rather like the types of people assembled here. There is the giant bully with the red cap, there are farmers, townspeople, hunters, a backwoods man, the city clerk who has lost his hat, and the old man from the French and Indian War.
A group of militiamen advancing
The figures are individually based again, so I can group them and regroup them, when I feel like it. A they can fire in open order from behind a stone wall, or stand in compact formation to deliver their volley.
One of the officers (at the right) seems to be an ex-sailor.

The firing line
It was great fun painting them.