I guess we may all have a bit of time on our hands at the moment. I decided it was time I tried to finish off some of my started units that I never got around to finishing for one reason or another. So this extended weekend and with no work and all the DIY/gardening jobs done, I set about it.
Here is a unit for the WAR of 1812.
I had started these about a year ago but found them hard to paint, well actually get enthused about, so it was easy to put them to one side. Not sure why but they were never a high priority.
They are the mounted Kentucky Volunteers.
The models are by Old Glory.
I have given them a uniform although I have tried to vary the small clothes etc. In many reference pictures they appear to have different colours to what I have done but I found two reference that stated black hunting shirts with red trim.
It is believed that about 80% of all men who served in the war were Kentuckian. The mounted riflemen were famous for the Battle of the Thames where they sought and got their revenge for the Raisin River incident, where a number of Kentuckian were massacred by natives.
I haven’t based them all yet as I am still not sure how the fit them into my army. Do I keep them on single bases and skirmish with them(Rebels and Patriots) or Multi bases for our home rules?
I know I could do both with a MDF multipurpose base with Skirmish cavalry cut outs but I can never get the basing to look right/good so have avoided this option, in many cases collecting the unit twice and then based in each format.
Hope you like the pictures.
For the first time in a long time I attended Fisticuffs in Weymouth. Please check it out as it is a really good show with gaming at its heart.
While there having a look around the traders I spotted a couple of painted gunboats from Britannia Miniatures owned by Grubby Tanks. I know these models well as I have a few unpainted ones waiting in the increasing “to be painted” pile . I bought them for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm but have probably thought that the painting time, to paint the 19 figures per boat was better off spent painting regiments.
Having looked at and walked away a number of times, the voice in my head finally convinced me that I deserved a treat so ……………….here they are.
They suffered a little on the way home due to the everything we bought on what was a fantastic bring and buy. But a few hours and some nice basing will soon have them ship shape.
They will then be ready to provide supporting fire from the British right flank on the River.
The problem is that they have now sparked an idea of 28mm Great Lake Naval battles!
My old mate Brian, an ex marine (reliably, his words) informed me that the oar blades are different colours due to which watch the boat belonged to, Port or Starboard. I love interesting facts like that.
Here some pictures. They are not on ice, just that I thought the detail may have been lost on a green terrain tile and I could not find a blue cloth.
As mentioned in my last blog, I have had a few months away from gaming but I have been busy painted etc. Mostly it has been for my new era of ACW but I have also managed to finish a few units towards my slowly growing United States army for the War of 1812.
Here are a few picture of the finished units. They are all Old Glory miniatures.
These will form part of the core American forces for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm. See previous blogs.
Flags are mostly from Warflag for free at http://www.warflag.com/napflags/flaghtml/usa.htm
the site offers a couple of National flags, a regimental flag in buff and a speculative regimental flag for the 1st rifles. The National flags were pretty standard as far as I have found out but they also carried a regimental flag (a bit boring if you ask me) in one of three colours; Buff, White or Yellow. I have not found out how the colours of these flags were chosen or awarded to which regiments. Anyone know?
I added regimental flags in yellow and white. All I have left to do is to tough in the edge of the flags.