First attempt at some new pictures…

Just thought I’d try the new camera out with some figures I had to hand.

First some Militia:


And a sample I tried for Delancey’s. The final ones will have the floppy hats with feather. Wanted to try a different appraoch to the red jacket and to be honest I think this has come out too dark so may go with my old technique.


Must get on with some work now!

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Where does the time go?…

Can’t believe where the last 4 weeks have gone. Been very busy getting daughters bedroom ready in time for her 3rd Birthday today so rather than the copious amounts of blue and red planned for my redcoats and continentals I’ve been using a lot of pink! 🙂

Have managed to finish the basing I wanted done, though. My militia are now on correct size bases for BG, I have Sherburn’s Additional Regiment based up after a good eBay acquisition and similarly a rather nice ‘regular’ continental regiment. I have my converted Polly Olivers for DeLanceys ready to go and the few figures I need for more militia command stands. Hopefully will get these done over Christmas.

Main point though is that I finally have a new camera so will soon be doing the full military review of all troops! Picked up a Fujifilm Finepix S8100fd from Amazon. Paid for Express delivery for Tuesday as I was working from home. They messed it up, refunded the postage and said they were aiming for Wednesday delivery. Not good for me as supposed to be back at work. Called to ask them to change delivery to work address and after assurances they would try and then get back to me I heard nothing until I got an email saying it had been despatched – to my home!

Fortunately I was able to wangle time off work but I sent them a stroppy email about the mess up and having to take time out and how just refunding the postage didn’t really let them off the hook. And lo! Today I get an email apologising for the mess up and refunding £70 to my card! :-). So I know have an £180 camera for £110 and no shipping.

Took a couple of quick snaps of figures and things look much better so after a bit of playing I should be able to get some much nicer shots up soon.

Oh, well. Enough for now. Pictures to follow!

Andy

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Figures for the Guards

Looking for some figures for the Guards in the Southern Campaigns. I’ve seen various figures (15mm) people have used/suggested included Freikorps in turned up slouch and full kit and also some Minifig marine figures. I could just do them in tricorn but fancy a more casual look. I have some Polly Oliver figures:

These are meant to be Continentals in slouch with full coats and turnbacks. I quite fancy using them for the Guards but references I’ve seen suggest a turned up slouch hat and/or a largish feather/decoration on one side. Not sure how fixed that is or if the British could have just worn them ‘plain’? Planned to use maybe tricorns figs for command maybe?

Anyway, comments appreciated.

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Update and ramble…

Well, based on recommendations and having seen the OOB I’ve finally ordered a copy of Cowpens Battlefield: A Walking Guide by Babit. The postage is costing more than 10 times the cost of the booklet! (£2.75 for a 20p book). There are a couple of other books out there on Cowpens that I don’t have but need to do some research on whether they will really add any useful info to what I already have.

Steve, in a comment to the last post asked about figure ratios for Cowpens given the small numbers. As mentioned earlier I think, I’m doing it at 1:10. I’m also planning on doing Guilford at the same but that will need a few more figures 🙂

Next up will be the 7th Fusiliers. I’d intended to do them in bearskins as I don’t have any suitable figures in slouch hats (haven’t ordered any Freikorps yet) and the Polly Oliver figures are rather nice. However, seaching the posts on TMP someone pointed to Troiani’s painting of Cowpens showing the 7th in tricorn given their recent refit and arrival so I may just do them like that as I have a batch of suitable Polly Oliver figures prepped and ready.

The re-basing for BG is going well. Just 12 stands of militia and some skirmishers and I’m done. I still short 2-3 American command stands. Just to make the militia units more flexible. I’m also undecided about basing some of them in 6’s to give more choice? May post on the BG forum for advice.

Oh, and I’ve the Militia/State cavalry to do as well! Only 8 figures but a mix so may take longer.

My intention is to post my final OOB along with photos of each unit.

Then I may actually get round to playing a game!

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Cowpens Order of Battle

I’ve picked up various references for Cowpens over the years but never got round to picking up Babit’s Cowpens Battlefield: A Walking Guide. I’ll be remedying that soon but someone very helpfully supplied me with the Order of Battle from the booklet which I’ll reproduce here and then compare with some of my other sources vefore finally committing to actual unit sizes. I’ve got the British Grenadier scenario for Hannah’s Cowpens as well so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out…

Table of Organization – American Forces
The Flying Army – Brigadier General Daniel Morgan
Headquarters Flying Army
Brigade Major – Captain Benjamin Brookes
Aide de Camp – Major Edward Giles
Baron de Glaubeck
Commissary – Captain Edward Chitty
Morgan’s Life Guard (ca. 10 men)

”Regular” Infantry – Lieutenant Colonel John Eager Howard
Continental Infantry
Delaware Company Captain Robin Kirkwood (60 men)
1/7 Maryland Company Captain Richard Anderson (60 men)
3/5 Maryland Company Lieutenant Nicolas Mangers (60 men)
2/4/6 Maryland Company Captain Henry Dobson (60 men)
Virginia Company – Captain Andrew Wallace (60 men)
North Carolina Company Captain Henry Connelly (307 men)
Virginia State Company – Captain John Lawson (50 men)
South Carolina S(ate Troops Major Samuel Hammond (ta 6O men)
Virginia Militia Major Francis Triplett
Fauquier Company Captain John Combs (40+ men)
Augusta Company – Captain James Tate (40+ men)
Rockbridge Company Captain James Gilmore (45 men)
Burke County, NC, Company ‘ (ca 25 men)

Militia – General Andrew Pickens
Brigade Major James Jackson
1st Spartan Regiment
1st Bn Col John Thomas (ca 150 men)
2nd Bn LtC Benjamin Ruebuck {ca 150 men)
2nd Spartan Regiment
1st Bn – Col Thomas Brandon (ca l00 men)
2nd Bn – Lt Col William Farr (ca 100 men)
Little River Regiment – Lt Col Joseph Hayes (ca 180 men)
North Carolina Battalion Lt Col Joseph McDowell (ca I80 men)
Georgia Refugees Major John Cunningham (ca 75 men)
Virginia Militia Major Thomas Posey(?) (ca 100 men)

Cavalry
Continental Light Dragoons – Lt Col William Washington (82 men)
South Carolina State Troops – Major James McCall (45 men)
Virginia State Dragoons – ? (ca 15 men)
North Carolina State Dragoons – ? (ca 15 men)
South Carolina ”Guides” – ? (ca 15 men)
Militia Volunteers – Benjamin Jolly
North Carolina Captain Mordecai Clark (ca 20 men)
South Carolina – Thomas Young (ca 25 men)

Table of Organisation – British Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton

Infantry

7th Regiment of Foot – Major Timothy Newmarsh (ca 170 men)
71st Regiment of Fool – Major Arthur MacArthur (ca 249 men)
British Legion Infantry – ? (ca 250 men)
Light Infantry
16th Foot Regiment (41 men)
1st Battalion 71st Regiment (35 men)
2nd Battalion 71st Regiment (34 men)
Prince of Wales American Regiment (ca 40 men)
Strength 150 men

Cavalry
17th Light( Dragoons – 1 Troop Lieutenant Nettles (50 men)
British Legion Dragoons – Major Ogilivy (250 men)

Tory Scouts/Guides – Alexander Chesnee (?) (ca 50 men)

Artillery
2 – 3 pounder field pieces (ca 36 men)

The detail on the makeup of the American Cavalry may make for a small but colourful and interesting unit if I can pin down the uniforms for the Militia and State troops.

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New Troops added to the lists…

Have spent the last couple of weeks basing, re-basing and tweaking figures. I bought a batch of painted figures off Doug over at the WD3 Forums (http://wdlovesme.19.forumer.com/). They are a mix of Polly Oliver, Essex, Freikorps and some Old Glory which I may or may not use. I wanted to boost my British forces just to get some games going and will still be painting the main protagonists for Cowpens myself.

Anyway, the main British force consists of two battalions of regulars and some British Legion cavalry:


The Legion are AB Napoleonics in Tarletons with a paint job. The centre are a blue faced mix of Freikorps and Polly Oliver while on the right are a green faced Polly Oliver unit. I’ve not settled on what actual units these will be as the flags they came with are nice hand painted jobs but I’m not sure on the accuracy of them. Some details:

There was also a unit of Minifigs representing the 42nd but again I think the flags are wrong.

Despite still messing with my old camera I tried another of the 71st:

And I’m still quite pleased with how the flags came out 🙂

And finally, for the King, I’ve redone the von Bose in correct colours and with standard. This came out well too!


On the American side there was a unit of ragged Continentals for which I still need to do a command stand:


And another of nice Polly Olivers in hunting shirts for which the photo was too blurred! There are also a few Minifigs militia which I’ll mix in with mine when I re-base them, and 18 Old Glory militia types. These are nicely done but the style is different from all the others and mine so I may sell these on along with some artillery crews in similar style. For the Brits, there are 6 more of the AB “Legion” for which the horses are painted but the riders only undercoated. May finish them first.

I’m still aiming to get a better camera and some better pictures and hoepfully soon I’ll set up a table and get some ‘parade’ shots!

That’s all for now…

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71st Higlanders – 1st Battalion

Seeing as I’ve been busy basing for days I though I’d post something just to get things moving. Just decided to take a quick shot of them with the old camera and it seemed to come out OK colour-wise. So I though I’d try with a white background but that just turned the whole image a red-brown so I obviously have to idea on lighting! So here’s the original anyway…

Figures are Polly Oliver and are:

Highlanders

AR 28 Marching
ARC 4 Command – officer, drummer, standard bearer.

I don’t have enough of the marching figures to do the second battalion. And I don’t have enough of the charging figures either. And I don’t have enough to quite do a charging front rank and marching second! So if anyone has any of the marching figures going I’d be interested!

At 1:10 the unit is slightly over strength (for Cowpens) but been looking at the OOBs for Charlestown etc. and the unit strength was much larger, although maybe the totals there included the flank companies?

Will paint up some Grenadiers for them anyway and some Lights as well. Have a reference that the 71st Light Infantry waistcoats were white rather then red?

Flags were Cotton Jims Flags which came with the batch of painted figures I bought recently. They are pretty average printed flags but I touched them up a bit and mounted them with a sheet of foil in between to give a bit of ‘shape’. Not too bad as usually my flags are crap!

More to follow, maybe at weekend.

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Polly Oliver 15mm Figures

I’ve got quite a soft spot for this range and I quite fancy promoting it here. So, I’ve pulled a list out from an old website and I intend publishing images of each figure, painted (preferebly) or unpainted and try to get a complete set. I’ve got a fair few myself (mostly unpainted as yet!) but I hope to liaise with everyone with an interest to pull together a full set of images. it may take a while 🙂

I’ll start with the main list and slowly tabulate it to look nice and then link to a post with the images for that section.

Polly Oliver

American Revolution in 15mm

British Infantry (Hats)
AR 1 Marching
AR 2 Shoulder Arms
AR 3 Advancing
AR 4 Bayonet Charging
ARC 1 Command

Welsh Fusiliers
AR 10 Marching
AR 11 Shoulder Arms
AR 12 Advancing
AR 13 Bayonet Charging
ARC 2 Command

Grenadiers
AR 19 Marching
AR 20 Shoulder Arms
AR 21 Advancing
AR 22 Charging
ARC 3 Command

Highlanders
AR 28 Marching
AR 29 Charging
ARC 4 Command

British Light Infantry
AR 33 Firing
AR 34 Loading
AR 35 Advancing
ARC 5 Command

British Provincial Cavalry
RC 1 Light Dragoon at Rest
RC 2 Light Dragoon Charging
RC 3 British Legion Trooper at Rest
RC 4 British Legion Trooper Charging
RCC 1 Light Dragoon Command
RCC 2 British Legion Command
RCH 4 British Cavalry Horses, Standing
RCH 5 British Cavalry Horses, Walking

German Troops
AR 135 Musketeers Marching
AR 136 Fusiliers Marching
AR 137 Grenadiers Marching
AR 138 Jagers Firing
AR 139 Jagers Loading
AR 140 Jagers Advancing
ARC 6 Musketeer Command
ARC 7 Fusilier Command
ARC 8 Grenadier Command
ARC 9 Jager Command

Continental Troops in Hunting Shirts
AR 110 Marching w. Tricorn Hat
AR 111 Marching w. Slouch Hat
AR 112 Marching w. Light Infantry Cap
AR 113 Advancing w. Tricorn Hat
AR 114 Advancing w. Slouch Hat
AR 115 Advancing w. Light Infantry Cap
ARC 101 Command Tricorn Hat
ARC 102 Command Slouch Hat
ARC 103 Command light Infantry Cap

Americans, 1779 Regulation Uniforms
AR 123 Marching, Tricorn Hat
AR 124 Marching, Slouch Hat
AR 125 Standing, Tricorn Hat
AR 126 Standing, Slouch Hat
ARC 104 Command Tricorn Hat
ARC 105 Command Slouch Hat

American Riflemen, Slouch Hats
AR 127 Marching
AR 128 Advancing
AR 129 Firing
AR 130 Loading

American Riflemen, Light Caps
AR 131 Marching
AR 132 Advancing
AR 133 Firing
AR 134 Loading

Militia / Minutemen
AR 152 Privates Advancing, Slouch Hat
AR 153 Privates Advancing, Musket High, Stocking Cap
AR 154 Privates Advancing, Tricorn Hat
AR 155 Privates Marching, Slouch Hat
ARC 106 Command, Slouch Hat

Continental Cavalry
RC 5 Light Dragoon at Rest
RC 6 Light Dragoon Charging
RCC 101 Light Dragoon Command
RCH 1 Continental Cavalry Horses, Standing
RCH 2 Continental Cavalry Horses, Walking

French Grenadiers
AR 170 Privates Marching
AR 171 Privates Shoulder Arms
ARC 172 French Grenadier Command

French Fusiliers
AR 175 Privates Marching
AR 176 Privates Shoulder Arms
ARC 177 French Fusilier Command

Artillery
RR1 British Artillery (5 figs)
RR2 American Artillery, Slouch Hats (5 figs)
RR3 American Artillery, Light Caps (5 figs)
RR7 Light 6 Pounder $1.40
RR8 Galloper (3 Pounder) and Horse

Command Groups
ARG 1 British – Lt. General, Brigadier, 2 ADC’s
ARG 2 Continental – Washington, Brigadier, 2 ADC’s
ARG 3 French – Lafayette, 2 ADC’s
ARG 4 German – 2 Brigadiers

Quite a lot there. I have a lot of them but I know I’m missing the French and the Minutemen.

We’ll see how it all goes…

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Little ongoing book review…

Started reading McGuire’s books on the Philadelphia campaign and I have to admit I’m enjoying them. It’s not a campaign I know in enough detail to comment on the accuracy of the books but the range of material quoted is very good with some stuff I haven’t come across before and lots from my fave Ewald!

His (McGuire’s) description of the Grenadiers going in to action at Brandywine has inspired me to paint a few for my Brits.

He does use a LOT of quotes throughout the text and it seems that often you think the story is moving on only to find it’s just another viewpoint of the same event. There are also a couple of times where the same event/quote is duplicated later in the text. Although Im enjoying them I think a good editor would have got it down to one slightly larger volume. Currently at Germantown so a bit to go ’til completion but overall I’d recommend them.

Next up will be The Southern Strategy. The advantage of getting a bus to work is I finally get some reading done each way. Trying to read in bed now (with 2 kids) lasts about 5 minutes before the eyes shut and the head slumps!

Making progress on painting the 71st and looking forward to a game soon…

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