Monday, 18 July 2016

Long term American War of Independence Plans

When I say long term I mean very long term. I would be happy completing the list below over 2 years.

British Legion (5th American Regiment) Green coats, faced black, tarleton helmets.
18 infantry, 18 cavalry.

Royal North Carolina Regiment (North Carolina Volunteers) Red coats, faced blue.
32 infantry.

Volunteers of Ireland (2nd American Regiment) Red coats faced green.
32 infantry.

Queen's Rangers (1st American Regiment) Green coats faced black, light infantry helmets.
40 infantry, 18 cavalry, 5 artillery.

New York Volunteers (3rd American Regiment) Red coats, faced blue.
32 infantry.

King's American Regiment (4th American Regiment) Red coats, faced olive green, slouch hats.
24 infantry.

De Lancy's Brigade (3rd Battalion) Red coats, faced blue, white slouched hats.
32 infantry.

84th Regt of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrant) Red coats,
32 Infantry.

In the past I have painted a few regiments of British regulars so I'm hoping the splatter of green will break up the mass of red coats to paint. I will almost certainly end up painting other things in between these projects. However for the moment I will concentrate on British Legion and the Royal North Carolina Regiment.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Tarleton's British Legion Infantry

The British legion was raised in New York in late July, 1778, it was the amalgamation of various loyalist units into infantry and cavalry wings. The colonel was one Lord William Cathcart. Cathcart would go on to become a full general and serve with great distinction during the Napoleonic wars where he was to become the ambassador to Russia. However, the infamous (at least to those interested in the period) Banastre Tarleton was the Legion’s lieutenant colonel and field commander, more on Tarleton when the cavalry arm of the legion are posted though.

The legion sailed from New York on 26th December, 1779 bound for Charleston, South Carolina. Sources suggest the legion lost almost all of its mounts during the voyage. Whilst setting up the siege of Charleston (14th February-11th May, 1780), mounts were acquired by troops arriving from South Carolina. On the night of the 14th April, 1780 those mounts enabled the legion to attack Colonel Washington at Monck’s Corner capturing over 400 horses as a result. Just over three weeks later, the legion again defeated an American force at Lenud’s Ford, this time capturing 100 horses. The momentum of these victories (and the horses) must have helped when the Legion travelled at great speed to catch Buford’s forces at Waxhaws. This battle is steeped in controversy with the Americans labelling it a massacre. Long story short this battle gave Tarleton a ferocious reputation and he was nicknamed ‘bloody ban’. The legion then rejoined with Cornwallis’ main army were they participated in the complete rout of the Americans at Camden.

The legion’s fortunes then changed when they came up against Daniel Morgan at Cowpens. The result of this battle meant that the infantry wing of the legion was in tatters and would not regain its strength for the rest of the war. However, the legion did successfully participate in the skirmishes of Cowan’s Ford and Weitzel’s Mill before the bloody battle of Guilford Courthouse. This battle seemed to have taken the sting out of the British army in the south under Cornwallis. The legion still attempted to capture influential American delegates including Thomas Jefferson at Charlottesville, Virginia. The war then followed the legion into Virginia and the ill-fated posting in Yorktown. At Yorktown the British legion was posted at Gloucester point where they would face the French. After the surrender of Cornwallis, the British legion was eventually evacuated to Nova Scotia where they were taken on the British establishment as the 5th American Regiment on 25th December 1782. However, the legion was to be disbanded within a year on 10th October, 1783.

Currently I have only completed 12 legion infantry but I plan to add a cavalry arm to the legion and another 6 infantry.

Battle List
Elements of the Legion participate in the siege of Savannah, Georgia
14th February- 11th May Siege of Charleston:
14th April, Monck’s Corner, South Carolina.
6th May, Lenud’s Ford, South Carolina.
29th May, Waxhaws South Carolina.
16th August, Camden, South Carolina.
18th August, Fishing Creek, South Carolina.
20th November, Blackstock’s Farm, South Carolina.
17th January, Cowpens, South Carolina. (Infantry lost)
1st February, Cowan’s Ford, North Carolina.
2nd February, Torrence's Tavern, North Carolina.
6th March Weitzel’s Mill, North Carolina.
15th March, Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina. (Tarleton wounded)
4th June, Charlottesville, Virginia.
6th July, Green Springs, Virginia.
1st September, Siege of Yorktown, Virginia

Edit: Looking at the pictures, the figures have come out with a shine on them. In reality they are matt and yet to be varnished. Any tips on varnish or how to get a better picture would be very welcome.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Moving towards American War of Independance

I'm still plodding along with 57ème but it's moving along at such a slow pace it is becoming a chore. So, onto something a little different. I am currently upcycling some old Windsor chairs I bought in preparation for an imminent house move, but I won't bore anyone with that.

As the title suggests I will be starting on a smaller project in comparison to the current Napoleonic one I have running. My first project will be the British Legion led by Banastre Tarleton. This project will have two stages, the first will be the loyalists on foot and then second stage, the cavalry. The British Legion infantry will contain 12 men, but the main force of the British Legion was always the cavalry. The cavalry will be led by Tarleton himself and will also contain 18 men, though I may increase both.

I will also try to get the posts rolling out to at least 1 or 2 a month from now on. Many posts will be small tutorials etc. But I hope to get a few finished units out before the end of the year. I'm aiming to have the British Legion Infantry completed for the 4th of July.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Something Very Different

Despite my best intentions for this blog life and other interests have taken hold of my time. Studying in university full time, working 5 days a week and with a child and another on the way, finding a few hours to paints has grown difficult.

However, I am ploddings along slowly. I have painted up half a battalion of French Ligne and almost completed a building from Grand Manner. I have also just finished building my new PC which can be found here if anyone is interested. Below is a few pictures of what I built. It was very fulfilling to be able to read up on each part needed, plan what would be done and to then complete the project. It's a similar feeling from painting figures (when I complete a unit!!).

Friday, 5 February 2016

57ème Ligne Progress (2) GMB Flags and Warbases

Just a quick update, the flags from GMB have arrived (very speedy). They look fantastic, I have ordered a few flags previously but had forgotten quite of impressive they are. I used a simple PVA glue to fix the two sides together and they add a lot to the look of a battalion.

 I have been unsure as to how to base my figures since the beginning of this project. At first I was going to base each figure individually on rectangular bases, then decided to follow the General de Brigade rules set and base in companies of 6 per base, as you'll see in a previous post. I then came across the Warbases website (link to the right) and picked up a few trays with holes cut for you to set figures in the base. I figured this way I would be able to have them based individually but also in trays of six. However, they now look extremely dispersed and so I am back to square one. A classic case of over thinking an issue! Below are a few pictures of the new Warbase trays though they have not been completed yet and included is the new GMB flags.

I am looking forward to the completion of the first battalion which will hopefully only take a few more weeks. After the 1st battalion is complete I may begin work on the 3rd rather than the 2nd battalion as their grey greatcoats will be a nice change to the fine detail of the habit vests.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

57ème Ligne Progress (1) First figures

I began painting, rather conveniently, at the start of January. To date I have only completed 15 figures which will become the grenadier company a fusilier company and the command of the 1st Battalion. My target of a figure a day seems to be way off the mark, I think a battalion every 2 months is more realistic. I have however, bought almost all the figures required for the 3 battalion project, requiring only a few voltigeurs skirmishing and 2 fusilier companies. I also spent much time researching the specifics of the uniforms and developing the colour system I would use. I am quite happy with the results so far. However, I think the shade/highlight of the cloth may be a little too subtle for my relatively poor iPhone camera to pick out.

Below are the grenadier and 1st fusilier companies, oh and a sapper, completed though not based.


Friday, 15 January 2016

1st Project, 57ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne

So onto my first project that will be blogged. I have decided to paint up the 57ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne. This regiment was present at Borodino, 1812 and was part of the 5th Infantry Division. From what I have read in the Osprey book on Borodino, 1812 it appears the 57ème Ligne had 5 battalions with 4 light guns attached.

However, I only fancy painting the 57ème Ligne with  3 battalions. In total this will amount to 108 infantry with 18 officers, plus 12 voltigeurs and 1 colonel so a total of  roughly 140 figures to paint. I know Perry Miniatures sell the plastic boxed sets and I think they are a fantastic idea for someone to build up large armies relatively cheaply but having tried the plastics I have decided to stick with the metal figures. I have already bought the first two battalions of figures and have started taking the flash off them and priming them. 

The figures will all be in the march attack pose and the 1st and 2nd battalions will wear the bardin regulation coats, the 3rd battalions will wear grey greatcoats and should I paint a 4th and 5th battalion beige greatcoats. I believe a fellow painter (Bryce Allen perhaps) used a similar pattern when painting Napoleonic Russians and I quite like the idea as it gives variety and hopefully the greatcoats speed up the project.

I will only be using Games Workshop paints as they are all I have ever used and I will post step-by-steps guides on how I paint items of clothing, equipment, skin tones etc. The figures will also be based using the Renedra bases Perry Miniatures Supply.

Below is a graphic of how I envision this project when completed. The next post (allowing for sunlight in the UK) will contain a few pictures of the progress made so far.