Lately I bought me a new camera since I needed a half-decent one for work. However, I still need to get used to it, and therefore I've not yet taken pictures of the things that got finished in the meantime. Mainly 10mm's and a couple of vignette-like miniatures which won't make it into full-blown gaming. Otherwise I'm pondering in particular about recently released rulesets and if to buy them or not; Hail Caesar, Clash of Empires or even 7TV, to name but a few. Maybe more on this in a dedicated posting (or rambling).
Anyway, since I'm determined to finally bring out my AWI forces onto the gaming table, I've agreed with a friend upon painting up at least two units of American patriots - or rebels respectively - for each of us until our next "year end meeting". So here's the first one:
This units could represent almost any newly raised regiment of the Continental army. Its uniform was inspired by Giles Allison's interpretation of the 10th Virginia, and to simplify matters they're designated as "Virginians" by now. What appealed to me the most was the colour combination of grey and yellow, for which I used Foundry's Granite 31 and Ochre 4 pallettes. If you're bold enough or just want a brighter grey, use 31C lavishly straight from the pot; I myself toned it down with a wash of heavily thinned 31A.
Among these are the very first AWI miniatures I ever purchased - originally intended to be used as militiamen in the French & Indian Wars. Compared to more recent Perry releases (owned by Foundry), some of them look almost cartoony. Nevertheless, I like their general characterful and ragtag appearance, for it gives them individuality, especially in contrast to the British machinery of severely drilled soldiers. Whatever the truth is: fighting for personal freedom and by individual choice is an icon in traditional AWI historiography.
In trying to enhance this appearance I got a bit carried away: Firstly, I mixed and matched Foundry's "Minutemen" and "Uniformed Militia" with Perry's "Continental Command". Thus almost every model wears a different garment, some even civilian dress. Also, since I'd read that a considerable part of the American army was made up of former (or actual) slaves, one of the more 'frugally clad' men was painted dark-skinned (back row, with straw hat). Beyond, as I was short of one model in firing pose I drafted a British sergeant into service, who's now bawling out a straggler in the rear. Obviously a uniform doesn't make a soldier...
As always, the unit will receive reinforcements soon, though possibly I'll have to limit that to a base of marksmen (two skirmishers, that is). In the meantime I've finished the fourth base for my Mirbach Hessians, which brought all my British army units up to four bases each. Time for another parade, it seems.
Next step will be a fifth one perhaps - or maybe another flank company instead? I'd like to read your suggestions or wishes; if comments amass I'll set up a poll as well.
Painted March to May 2011. Models by Wargames Foundry and Perry Miniatures, flag by GMB Designs.