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War 1812 Painted unit update Part 2 US Dragoons

US Light Dragoons (Old Glory pack WAA014)

Over the last week I finished off the 2nd unit for my new Old Glory 1812 Armies. I intend to build my units around the battle of Crysler’s Farm. The flag is speculative and is a reduced sized infantry flag.

Nice figures although the officer may be considered a little too enthusiastic waving sword in one hand and helmet in other. Maybe a past relative of Rooster Cogburn!

In the Rules, KGCAWO they will have the following unit characteristics for Crysler’s Farm scenario. 2nd US Light Dragoon D/C/C Carbine. Only one troop, so starts game with 1 Strength point.

 

Uniform Details There are a number of variations shown but I have opted for the most common version.

Helmet – Black casket style helmet with white horse hair crest with a white over light blue plume and silver plate.

Jacket – French blue with collar, cuffs and turnbacks also French blue. Black braiding on the front. Trousers – white or buff

Boots – Knee high and black

Belt – white with brass buckle

Gloves – white and/or buff Waterbottle – standard issue skyblue/blue grey

Saddlecloth  Blue edged white for the men and silver for the officer.

Musician –   coat with collar and cuffs, all grey. Otherwise as the rest of the unit.100_2632 100_2631 100_2630

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War 1812 Painted unit update

Over the weekend I finished off the first unit from my new Old Glory 1812 Armies. I intend to build my units around the battle of Crysler’s Farm.

Canadian Voltigeurs (Old Glory pack WAB005)

This unit was raised in 1812 as a Provisional Corps of Light Infantry from the Lower Canada area and were known as the Voltigeurs de Quebec. Their original commander was Major Charles- Michel de Salaberry. He was a former officer of the 60th foot hence I guess why he is shown in Green.

Battles

While they participated in many skirmishes they are mostly famed for their participation in the battles of Chateauguay and Crysler’s Farm.

In these battles they appear to have fought in both  formed and skirmish formations. With that in mind I will represent them as either an 11 figure skirmish unit (4 bases of 2 and 1 base of 3 figure command) or a 18 figure formed unit (3 bases of 6).  I have done the skirmish unit this way because in the 1812 war I will have less units than I normally use in my Peninsular battles (3 bases of 2) so I can have more figures in a unit. It also works well with the 30 figure pack Old Glory sell.

Uniform

Apart from the headgear the officer’s uniform is as per the 95th. Green faced black. Headgear is best described as a black mitre/bearskin.

Soldiers – black mitre type headgear, grey jacket, black belts,  collar, cuffs, epaulettes with wings. White turn backs. Grey trousers. I have given them black musket slings although I have seen references to white.

Canadian Voltigeurs 4

Canadian Voltigeurs 4

Canadian Voltigeurs 3

Canadian Voltigeurs 3

Canadian Voltigeurs 2

Canadian Voltigeurs 2

Canadian Voltigeurs 1

Canadian Voltigeurs 1

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I will probably paint  a small unit of US  Dragoons.

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Long Service Award

A bit of a late blog but with getting the game ready for Legionary I have let the update slip.
Ten days to the day from placing the order, over 25kgs of metal arrived.
Like a kid in a sweet shop I dived straight in and found the following:
 3 off American Infantry, Leather Shako March Attack
2 off American Infantry, Summer Field Dress March Attack
4 off American Command, Leather Shako
2 off American Militia
1 off Artillery Crew in Shako 
1 off 7th New York Dragoons with Command
1 off  5th Maryland Volunteers
1 off Mounted High Command incl. Jackson
2 off New Orleans Freed Men of Color
1 off Light Dragoons with Command
1 off Canadian Voltigeurs
1 off West Indian Regiments
1 off British Marines
1 off Glengarry Light Infantry Skirmishing
1 off Deployed Rocket Troop
1 off 6lb Guns
I also ordered a few packs to bolster my Scottish Wars of Independence armies. These will bulk out my schiltrons which are currently made up of EBOB and early Citadel/Ral Partha miniatures. 
2 off Scottish Spearmen
1 off Scottish Dismounted Knights
1 off Scottish Highlanders & Isle men
and
1 off English bowmen
I must say that I am very impressed with the 1812 figures, have not opened any Scottish War of Independence packs yet. The pose variations and detail is great. From the packs I have opened there seems to be about 5 poses on average, excluding command if included. Then each pose will also have a number of head variations.
While unpacking, I discovered the British rockets crews and I had to open, prime and start painting. These are very animated and I just love the faces. I will finish the rockets in the next couple of weeks hopefully, so will update when they are all based.
Old Glory Rocket Crew 28mm

Old Glory Rocket Crew 28mm

I also started to paint some of the Canadian Voltigeurs. With there being 30 in a pack and using my KGCAWO rules they will only fight in a skirmish formation. Therefore I can get 3 figures to a base and have 5 bases to a unit. Here are the first couple of bases.
Old Glory War of 1812 Canadian Voltigeurs

Old Glory War of 1812 Canadian Voltigeurs

Old Glory War of 1812 Canadian Voltigeurs

Old Glory War of 1812 Canadian Voltigeurs

Here is a picture of old glory compared against the foundry 1812 range and Knuckle Duster. I think old glory and knuckle duster are fully interchangeable. Foundry are a little smoother in style than the angled edges of Old Glory and Knuckleduster but all have great facial detail. Foundry are smaller and slimmer but I suppose the old figure intermingled would not matter or you could have whole units of them. The only issue with that is the lack of pose variation.
28mm War of 1812  Old Glory/Foundry/Knuckleduster

28mm War of 1812
Old Glory/Foundry/Knuckleduster

Here is a picture of some foundry painted.

Foundry American War of 1812 range.

Foundry American War of 1812 range.

I guess that next years demo game for Legionary 15 will be the War of 1812 and probably Crysler’s Farm.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Crysler’s Farm – Nov 11th 1813

Here is a great little scenario for the American War of 1812. This will be the target for my first units in this new era. The Old Glory Figures I ordered cover all this scenario apart from the Gunboats which I will probably use the Britannia range for. It will be a while till I get them all painted but will update you as I paint them.

Background.

Following on from the American assault on Montreal about 8000 troops under Major- General Wilkinson left Sackets Harbour mid October and sailed down the St Lawrence River. They were being shadowed by a small British force originally out of Kingston. Due to the need to transport the river craft through the rapids at Long Salt the American disembarked. This was now the time to deal with the troublesome British.

Leading up to the battle the Americans had to deal with a serious outbreak of Dysentery. Quite a few senior commanders were infected including Major-General Wilkinson. In fact Major General Wilkinson was in such a poor condition that he took no part in the battle, having decided to rest in his bunk.

Rules.

The rules used were my own compilation, King George Commands and We Obey (KGCAWO).

Forces.

The Americans, due to illness have no overall commander. All the other American commanders were also ill but at least they attended the battle. They all have a poor command rating to reflect their troubles.

The British commander, Lt-Col Morrison is an Excellent commander but he has no subordinates. He will have to spread himself around the field to keep all units in command.

American

Brigadier Boyd (Poor)

12th US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

13TH US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

Brigadier Swartwout (Poor)

11th US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

14TH US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

21st US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

Brigadier Swartwout (Poor)

9th US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket

16TH US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

25TH US Regulars C/C/D SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

2nd US Light Dragoon D/C/C Carbine. Only one troop, so starts game with 1 Strength point

Battery of Light Artillery C/D/C Smoothbore cannon

British

Lt – Col Morrison (Excellent).

49th Foot B/B/A SB Musket

89th Foot B/B/B SB Musket (large unit 4 strength points)

Canadian Militia C/C/C SB Musket Only one coy, so starts game with 1 Strength point

Voltigeurs and Indians B/C/E ( if in open) SB Musket Skirmish formation only

Or B/B/B ( if in woods) SB Musket Skirmish formation only

1st Battery of Light Artillery B/D/C Smoothbore cannon

2nd Battery of Light Artillery B/D/C Smoothbore cannon

Gunboat 1 B/C/C Smoothbore cannon. Treat as heavy Guns. Are anchored so may only swivel to move and if so no fire that turn. If fired at treat as light defences.

Gunboat 2 B/C/C Smoothbore cannon. Treat as heavy Guns. Are anchored so may only swivel to move and if so no fire that turn. If fired at treat as light defences.

Map.

Cryslers Farm Map

Americans deploy anywhere along line A. When the brigadier’s card is turned roll a D6. If turn 1 a 1 is need to deploy, turn 2 a 1-2 need etc. all the way to turn 6 when they will automatically appear and deploy. Units may not be activated until their commander has been deployed.

British deploy to the left of line B. If Americans capture John Crysler’s Farm, all British units drop one morale level.

Fences take ½ move to cross for foot, ¼ move for skirmishers and full move Cavalry/Artillery due to need to dismantle. No benefit if shot at behind a fence but + 1 if attacking unit behind in melee.

Hope you enjoy this scenario. I will add some more soon.

 

 

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Long Service Award

This week I notched up 25 years service with the same employer. I don’t  intend to bore you with my employment history but in recognition my employers gave me £500 to spend. Discussions with my wife followed and she said to spend it on myself as I had done “the time”. I gave it some thought and came up with the idea of expanding my napoleonic armies. I didn’t want to collect a late British army as I felt I would be doubling up, so it  was probably going to be an Austrian and/or early Prussian.  Well in the end it was none of these. America 1812 won it.

Why? Well it is a small war by European scale which means the £500 should hopefully enable me to buy most if not all of what I need and what a selection of battles and troop types.

When starting a new era I normally pick a battle that interests me and select troops for it.

Queenston Heights Oct 13th 1812. American invasion of Canada.  This battle has a beach landing, regulars against militia, good officers and bad ones with lots of what if options.

Battle of the Thames River. October 5th 1813. Larger American force pursuing a mixed British force including Indians.

Battle of Crysler’s Farm.  November 11th 1813. Large American force against a smaller mixed British force of Regulars, Militia, Indians and gunboats.

Battle of Lundy’s Lane. July 25th 1814. An encounter battle with both sides getting reinforced, limited visibility and all the major complications that can bring.

Battle of Bladensburg.

August 24th 1814. Crossing the Potomac and entering Washington the British burnt down the Whitehouse before withdrawing. This battle offers regulars, militia, marines, Dragoons and British rockets!. Huge amount of what ifs.

Battle of New Orleans. January 8th 1815. Last ditch battle of the war. Regulars, militia, West Indian troops, Free Black Militias, marines, riflemen, a large defensive wall made of cotton-bails and swamp. A battle with huge options.

I will give a detailed scenario for each soon.

 

FIGURES

I looked at Foundry as I just love them, normally. This is a very disappointing range due to size comparison with their other Napoleonic ranges but more importantly pose variations. Most options only have one pose, so poor in today’s market. I also suppose the price doesn’t help, £1.50 a figure.

Knuckleduster Miniatures. What a fantastic range. They offer nearly all the figures required apart from artillery pieces. The only issue is that they are only available in the UK via Caliver Miniature. Speaking to them they had no stock to speak of and no deals.

Old Glory. Rang the supplier to discuss. Wow, what a great supplier. Spent time with me discussing the range, the era and their offers. I spent a few days reviewing pictures and have now placed an order.

Will update when they arrive.

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