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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Finally some painting…

Well, after a four year lull I finally started painting again last night and tonight. I’ve had to buy some reading glasses from ASDA to make it possible (and will be getting a proper eye test soon via work!) as my eyesight has gone right down hill in the last few years…

I’ve said earlier that the von Bose unit I got from Terry was missing the last command element, the four figures of which needed finishing off. That was to be my first task. However, on starting I spotted the big flaw. And no one spotted this in the picture I posted before…the uniforms were wrong! For some reason they had red cuffs. I was sure we’d given Terry the info for von Bose but maybe he decided to do his own thing?

So, spent last night and tonight repainting the various bits and finishing off the command. They’re done now but all need rebasing as I had to bend the bases out to get to the cuffs on some figures. That is tomorrows task. I’ll then post a picture…if I can find the correct standard for the unit.

Next up will be the 71st. I’ve done two stands already and they came out really nice. Hopefully the rest will match.

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