25 Sep 2011

Guilford Courthouse

Bought as a Christmas present from Grand Manner as part of the Guilford - Hartwell Tavern package, I painted the courthouse over a few weeks in January. It is not known exactly what the Courthouse looked like but I would like to think it was something along these lines. This was a joy to paint. For the painted woodwork I started with a "Codex Grey" then "Fortress Grey" I finally painted "Skull White" before a "Badab Black Ink" in the recesses.

I am currently working on the second building for the Hartwell's Tavern which again is great fun to paint. All the buildings are finely sculpted which means they almost paint themselves and I would love to have a go at making one myself. One thing that did frustrate me about the buildings from Grand Manner is the amount of dust the buildings contained I sneezed continuously while dusting them.

Grand Manner, Painted January 2011

18 Sep 2011

10th Regt of Foot (North Lincolnshire)

The 10th Foot was raised in June 1685 as the Earl of Baths Regiment. It was renamed the 10th in 1751 when all regiment were given numbers rather than the name of the colonel. In July 1782 it was given the name North Lincolnshire Regiment and linked with that county.

The regiment arrived in North America in August 1767, where they garrisoned the Great Lakes forts until October 1774 when they were shipped to Boston. The flank companies of the 10th fought at Lexington-Concord and Bunker Hill in 1775. The regiment as a whole fought at Fort Washington and Long Island in 1776, Brandywine Creek and Fort Mifflin in 1777, Monmouth Courthouse in 1778. The 10th Foot was amalgamated into other regiments but the officers and NCOs were shipped back home to raise the regiment again in September 1778.

The commander of this regiment was a Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith. He led the first column at the battle of Lexington-Concord and was wounded in the thigh for his troubles. Then promoted to Brigadier-General he made quit a blunder by not passing on information about the rebels digging of the Dorchester Heights to his superiors. This caused the British position in Boston to be unworkable and they later evacuated to Halifax. He went on to command a brigade in the battle of Long Island and another in the battle of Rhode Island. In 1779 he was promoted to Major-General.

Though I have been painting British AWI troops for almost 2 years this is the first regiment I have painted and completed in full. I decided to start with this regiment as Im hoping to complete the 2nd brigade, which also includes the 5th, 27th, 40th, 55th for the Philadelphia campaign in 1777. At a rate of one regiment every two months it could take a while.

Perry Miniatures, Painted October/November 2010 30 figs.

11 Sep 2011

Basing The Regiments

To the left hopefully there should be picture which shows how I have based my units. The top layout is how they should look when finished but I’ll most likely use the layout bellow when I come to taking pictures.

I went for two figures per base (30mm x 20mm) as I have yet to decide on any rules to game with. To be honest I have never even played a wargame, I think this is due to the fact there is no club of my knowledge within miles of where I live (Anglesey) and also I have only really considered joining one for a few months.

As you may have noticed there are 30 figures in the layout this is because I intend on painting up my regiments in a 1:10 ratio rather than a 1:20 which I gather from various forums is the norm for this period. Reason for this is simply I prefer the look of larger unit. Now I know there the strength of a regiment was usually 477 men, but this was rarely the case so I'll just average all british regiment at around 300 men.

I have also left out the light and grenadier companies (flank companies) since they were almost always detached from the parent regiment I decided I’d leave them until I paint the composite battalions which should be in a few months.

7 Sep 2011

Yet Another Wargaming Blog

So I’ve been painting now for… well since I was 11 so around 9 years. I have moved from Warhammer (Dwarfs) to Warhammer 40,000 (Space Marines) to Lord of The Rings, which last a good few years. I then went on to start painting the Perry Miniatures AWI range Saratoga units though I hadn’t a clue what I was doing when it came to researching the battles, regiments or uniforms involved. I then after watching “The Last Samurai” a few times I painted a few samurai units again not knowing what I was doing really.

Anyway I’ve now decided to start writing up a blog on the American War of Independence / Revolutionary War. I’ve been following a few blogs particularly “Tarleton’s Quarter” by Giles Allison (great title and a huge amount of fantastically painted figures) for a couple of years now and I like the idea of having what I have painted archived. Though I do hope a few people will stumble across the blog eventually at the moment it is primarily somewhere I can archive things and keep links to various blogs, forums and other such things.

I’m not sure what drew me to this period possibly the politics and the way in which facts have been distorted into legends and myths, which in my opinion makes the history much more interesting and intriguing. Anyway I’ll mainly be focusing on the British, Hessians and loyalists to start with then hopefully I’ll go into the myriad of American regiments that in my probable ignorance seem to change uniform or name every year.

To start off with I will be following the order of battle for Brandywine Creek, Major-General James Grant’s Brigade which was part of Knyphausen’s Division will be my aim to complete before Christmas. This mean 5 regiments (5th 10th 27th 40th and 55th) in 3 months, I have already made a start on the 10th and 27th so it should be possible.