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The British are coming!

Seems I have far fewer British troops than I thought. The other two guys had done the Royal Welch, some Hessians, Indians and Tarleton’s Dragoons which made up a respectable force for the few games we had.

My contribution was:

British Legion Infantry
British Light Infantry
Jaegers
contingent of 71st Highlanders
Tarleton himself and a British Major for him to upstage!

When I can afford some lights I’ll try for some better detail shots but to introduce them here comes the British flank attack!

The Maryland Continentals are forced to face their flank as Light Infantry descend from the woods and the British Legion supported by the 71st Highlanders launch their attack, Hessian Jaegers pushing back the riflemen and harassing the Continentals. Tarleton himself urges them on.

The Light Infantry emerge from the woods in support of the main attack.

The British Legion infantry, shielded by Jaegers, begin their assault.

I’d like to get some detail shots and closeups of the troops but may need to borrow a better camera for that. I now need to decide what to paint next…

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A First Attempt at Photos

I’m not a photographer and this is just to get something going but here is my current American Order of Battle:


This is what I’ve got painted so far:

First Line, left to right: Lee’s Legion Foot, Regular Light Infantry, Riflemen

Second Line, behind the fence: Militia

Third Line, Continentals: New York, Virginia, Maryland

Cavalry: front to back: Lee’s Legion with a contingent of 4th Continental Dragoons, with 3rd Continental Dragoons behind.

Hill: a contingent of French Royal Deux-Ponts guard the artillery on the hill.

Some details:

1st New York Continentals prepare to deliver a volley!

The militia wait to deliver their first volley as the Maryland Continentals stand in support.

And steel themselves for the approaching bayonets!

On the flank, Lee’s Legion move aggressively forward while the 3rd Dragoons and French observe.

So there we are. First photos I’ve taken of wargames figures since I went on a Wargames Holiday at Peter Gilder’s more years ago than I care to remember! I probably should have waited for natural light as some are taken with and some without the flash. Mayb I’ll redo then at the weekend if my wife hasn’t made me pack them away or the cat attacked them!

A few British to follow but it is a few as the other guys I started this with were doing the Soldiers of the KIng.

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Rules

Don’t have much time to write about the rules now but here is a link to the download. They are based on Andy Callan’s Loose Files and American Scramble which appeared in Wargames Illustrated many moons ago. I got rid of all my wargame mags a few years back as part of a pre-family cull, only keeping my old Battle for Wargamers copies for sentimental value!

The rules were aimed at small scale actions to give largish unit sizes but allow the small contingents to have a presence as well. We only ever put together a Quick Reference Sheet as when playing we were still arguing about how it all worked.

I’ll expand later and maybe add the links to the original rules but here’s our version to be going on with:

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Where to start…

Well, seeing as it’s getting late I thought I’d just pull out what unpainted figures I have and see what was there and how much I needed to/could paint.

Here’s the table:

The three plastic boxes contain a load of Polly Oliver 15mm figures. They’re a mixed bunch as I bought up the stock from a local supplier but there is a lot of useful stuff there. The mass of bags in the front are Freikorps, Essex, more Polly Oliver, Old Glory and a few of the rather oversized Lancashire Games figures which I’ll not be using for that reason. There are odds and ends of camp followers, ordnance, casualties, fences, defences. God, will I live long enough to paint these!

I tried taking pictures with my phone but they didn’t come out too well. Hopefully this one is better.

Here’s a sample:

Command Element. 1st New York Continentals. (yes, I know they weren’t at Cowpens but I wanted to paint some!)

More to follow…

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In the beginning

Well, many years ago three guys in Newcastle started painting figures for the American Revolution in 15mm. G, being a 23rd Royal Welch reenactor was going to do the British, I chose the Americans and T did a bit of everything, including some 1812 British!

We decided to concentrate on the Southern Campaign and specifically the Battle of Cowpens. Changes of job, arrivals of families, moving away etc. all impinged on the success of this project. Recently I’ve decided to resurrect it myself despite having a new family and less and less time. But painting I always found relaxing and boy do I need that now!

So having been inspired by several other AWI relayed blogs (links to follow) I’ve decided to chronicle the attempt here.

What will follow will be info/links on Cowpens, pictures of figures, my references, the rules we used and anything else related to it.

Hopefully you’ll find it interesting.

Back soon.

Andy

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