Monday, March 2, 2015

Russian Artillery Crew Are Coming!

Russian General Fermor
Richard has finished the greens for the first of the SYW Russians that we plan on adding to the Minden Miniatures range of figures. I wanted to have distinct loading and firing sets of four figures rather than just four poses that sort of go together in a particular action.

We also have a personality figure of the Russian army commander, General Fermor, that we will be giving away to some of our Kickstarter backers of the Austrian and Russian artillery campaign. After the Kickstarter obligations are taken care of, the Fermor figure will be available to the general public.

Don't forget that we are now stocking the following Russian cannon:

  6-pound cannon
12-pound cannon
12-pound Unicorn
12-pound Shuvalov ("Secret Howitzer") Howitzer

2 - wheel Russian ammunition wagon

(there is also a 4-wheel wagon that is at the caster's awaiting its wheels)

The Prussian 12-pound Brummer and two Austrian ammo wagons and the Conestoga Wagon are all now at Griffin Moulds waiting to have master and production moulds made. They will then cast the figures for inventory and sales.

Russian Artillery Crew - Firing Poses

Russian Artillery Crew - Loading Poses

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The AWI Maryland Brigade

Maryland Brigade 1777 (R-L) 1st Maryland, 2nd Maryland, 6th Maryland, and the Delaware Regiment.

Here is a picture of my Maryland Brigade  in my Continental Army for the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777. The two striped flags are from GMB Designs and the Maryland and Delaware flags were created by Clarence Harrison.

1st Maryland    - 25 figures
2nd Maryland   - 30 figures
6th Maryland    - 30 figures
Delaware Regt. - 24 figures

Total:                 109 figures or 1,090 men at a 1:10 ratio

Friday, February 27, 2015

A New Blog For Hesse Seewald

I have set up a new blog in the Der Alte Fritz family of blogs that will be devoted entirely to the happenings and goings on in the Kingdom of Hesse Seewald. Eventually I will post pictures of the regiments in the Hesse Seewald Heere and post stories about the pending war with Saxony.

New Hesse Seewald Blog

Click on the link and if you have the time, add yourself as a "follower" so that I can tell if that gadget is working properly. A few comments would also help me see how that aspect is working out.

Originally I set up this blog to experiment with some design elements that I might use on this blog. The principal experiment was with adding wallpaper background to the blog.

Health Update
My wrist is healing up nicely and I'm pretty close to normal again. I can type without any pain or symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome so the surgery was very successful. The other evening I gave the paint brushes a work and finished a dozen of the Volontaires de Saxe lancers that had been sitting on the painting table since December. I hope to get the unit based and grassed over the weekend so that I can take a picture for the blog.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How to Build a Continental Regt - Part IV

Today's regiment is one of the first units that I painted in my Continental Army several years ago. The 1st Maryland was in Sullivan's Division at Brandywine. I wanted this regiment to have a larger number of militia figures in it to reflect new recruits and to add more variety to the firing poses. In fact, twelve of the figures in the 25 figure regiment are American militia figures.

The following Fife & Drum Miniatures were used in this regiment:

1 x A1    Militia officer with sword in hand
1 x A20  Continental officer, marching
1 x A21  Continental standard bearer, marching
1 x A22  Continental drummer, marching
1 x A23  Continental NCO, marching

1 x A24  Continental standing firing
3 x A25  Continental standing at the ready
3 x A26  Continental with ramrod
2 x A27  Continental, cocking musket
1 x A3    Militia standing at the ready
5 x A4    Militia with tricorn, standing firing
1 x A5    Militia with brimmed hat, standing firing
4 x A6    Militia kneeling firing

25 total figures on 5 stands or 5 per stand.

1st Maryland Regiment - Fife & Drum Miniatures

1st Maryland Regiment - Fife & Drum Miniatures


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to Build a Continental Regt. - Part III

7th Pennsylvania Regiment - Fife & Drum Miniatures
Today's AWI featured regiment is the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment that was in the First Pennsylvania Brigade, commanded by Colonel Thomas Hartley. The brigade was one of two in Anthony Wayne's 4th Division at the battle of Brandywine Creek in 1777.

This is a 30-figure regiment consisting of the following figures from the Fife & Drum American Revolution (AWI) figure range:

1 x  A20 Continental Officer Marching
1 x  A21 Continental Standard Bearer Marching
2 x  A22 Continental Drummer Marching
2 x  A23 Continental NCO Marching

7 x  A28 Continental Marching: breeches/tumpline/gaitors
6 x  A29 Continental Marching: breeches and tumpline
6 x  A30 Continental Marching: trousers and blanket roll
5 x  A31 Continental Marching: breeches and knapsack

30 Total Figures

To order a similar regiment of Continentals, click on the link to the Fife & Drum website:

Fife & Drum web site

Looking at the list above, one can see that all four of the primary Continental soldiers in uniform coats in the marching pose are used extensively to form this regiment. You could also add several of the marching soldiers wearing hunting shits.

For this particular regiment, I decided to use a command stand including 2 drummers, 1 officer, 1 standard bearer, and two different marching poses.

7th Pennsylvania Regiment

Next Up: Continental Regiment (uniform coats) Firing Line

Monday, February 23, 2015

How To Build A Continental Regt. Part II

4th Pennsylvania Regiment Firing Line - click picture to enlarge.

The next regiment that we shall look at is wearing, largely, grey hunting shirts along with one stand of purple hunting shirts and one stand of khaki colored hunting shirts. This regiment incorporates all of the Fife & Drum Continental Firing Line in Hunting Shirts product codes. The 25 figure regiment includes the following figures:

Continental Firing Line in Hunting Shirts:
3 x A35  Officer in hunting shirt
1 x A36  Standard bearer, standing, in hunting shirt
1 x A37  Drummer, standing, in hunting shirt
2 x A38  Casualty, knocked backwards off his feet, in hunting shirt
4 x A39  Cocking his musket, in hunting shirt
5 x A40  Biting cartridge, in hunting shirt
5 x A41  Standing Firing, hunting shirt with a buttoned front
4 x A42  Standing Firing, hunting shirt with pullover front, no buttons

25 figures total

To order, click on the following link to the Fife & Drum website:

Fife & Drum Continentals

Fife & Drum also has a mounted officer wearing a hunting shirt that was designed for similar regiments.

Mounted Continental Officer in Hunting Shirt: Code AC-003 shown with A-35 Officer on Foot.

Closer view of the command stand and two companies.
The picture above provides a close up vier of the command stand which includes the officer standing and shading his eyes with his hand, a standard bearer in stoic standing position, the drummer all in the front rank. Then in the back rank I have placed two figures: A40 biting his cartridge and A39 cocking his musket. The latter two figures do not take up a lot of space and don't prod the figures in front of them with their muskets, so they are perfect figures for the second rank of the regiment.

Initially my Continental regiments were flagged in a rather haphazzard manner, no doubt similar to what the actual regiments did in Washington's army. After awhile, I sort of stumbled onto the idea of using the same or similar flags in each of my brigades.  Thus in my 2nd Pennsylvania Brigade, commanded by Colonel Thomas Hartley, I used the "Brandywine Flag" (red field with red and white stripes in the canton) for all four of the regiments in my brigade. This way, I can quickly and easily identify the brigade during the battle.

The really serious re-enactors and students of the period will probably blanch at the idea of using any form or variant of the Stars and Stripes (or "Betsy Ross") flag during the American Revolution. I like to hang my hat on the thin thread of the idea that the Stars and Stripes were officially authorized by Congress in 1777, but I will readily admit that the flag design may not have been used in the field during the Brandywine campaign. Furthermore, nothing says "American army" more easily than spying the Stars and Stripes on a unit in a war-game. 

As a result, a number of regiments in my 1st Pennsylvania Brigade have the Stars and Stripes.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How To Build A Continental Regiment With Fife & Drum Miniatures

1st Pennsylvania Regiment - Fife & Drum Miniatures
I thought that it might be helpful if I focused on one of my Fife & Drum AWI Continental regiments and provided a list of all the different figures from the range in that regiment.  This will provide a template for anyone else interested in building and painting a similarly posed regiment.

I chose one of my regiments that is in a firing line pose, the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment circa  1776, when they were issued with green uniforms with red facings. After the retreat of Washington's army from New York in late 1776, the regiment was supposed to pick up new uniforms, as depicted in my regiment; however, the retreat across New Jersey happened so fast that the supply depot containing the replacement uniforms was captured by the British before the 1st Pennsylvania could get their new uniforms. Thus this regiment is a sort of "what if" regiment in terms of the uniform colors.

I like my Continental regiments to look like a rag tag unit out on campaign. Nothing accomplishes this look better than using a wide variety of figures, to eliminate any appearance of uniformity. I used a mix of Continental and Militia figures to create the regiment. Here (following) is a list of the figures used in a 25 figure regiment:

Continental Firing Line in Uniform Coats
1 x A20  Continental Officer, Marching
1 x A21  Continental Standard Bearer, Marching
1 x A22  Continental Drummer, Marching
1 x A23  Continental NCO, marching
6 x A24  Continental Standing Firing
3 x A25  Continental Standing At the Ready
2 x A26  Continental using ramrod
3 x A27  Continental Cocking His Musket
1 x A1    Militia Officer holding sword
2 x A5   Militia Standing Firing, Brimmed Hat
3 x A6   Militia Kneeling Firing, Brimmed Hat
1 x A7   Militia Cocking His Musket

25 total figures

If you are interested in ordering a similar regiment for your Continental forces, then visit our web site at the following link:

Fife & Drum: Continentals & Militia

I wanted to add in some figures wearing brimmed hats rather than kit out everyone with tricorn hats, so using the American Militia figures fulfilled my needs in this respect. I used the A1 officer holding his sword in his hand to give me a second officer pose;  I used the A5 Militiaman standing firing and wearing a brimmed hat instead of a tricorn hat; and finally, I used the A6 Militiaman kneeling firing to add pose variety, and finally, an A7 Militiaman cocking his musket.

You can see how the whole regiment of 25 figures looks, below:

1st Pennsylvania Regiment - Fife & Drum Miniatures

An overhead birdseye view is also shown below:

Overhead view of the full regiment.

Wtih respect to basing, I use a 20mm square footprint for each infantry figure, so my normal 6-figure stand measures 60mm frontage and 40mm depth for six figures arrayed in doube ranks. For the 1st Pennsylvania, I used a 25 figure regiment, but kept the same 60mm x 40mm base. If you look closely in the above picture, you will see that the regiment is largely deployed in a single rank so as to accomodate the greater depth of the base needed to hold a standing firing figure so that wear and tear and mishandling of the stand leads to a broken musket. 

I created the illusion of two ranks by taking several figures and staggering them forward a couple of paces. I like the A27 Cocking His Musket pose and I turn the figure sideways and place him in the front rank on his base.  Some of the Militia kneeling firing figures (A-7) are useful in the front row beacsue they do not have a bayonet and thus the musket barrels do not extend beyond the size of the base.

The next time I will do the same with a regiment of men wearing hunting shirts. This will be posted tomorrow on this blog.