Monday, September 17, 2012

AWI: 5th Regiment on Campaign

5th Regiment of Foot in campaign uniforms. (click pix to enlarge).

I finally finished the 5th (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot for my AWI British army. These lads have been painted to depict what their uniforms might have looked like after a season on campaign. The bright red coats have now faded to a light red or pinkish red color. Some of the men have knee patches and elbow patches painted onto them to give them a worn look. Sometimes patches were added to the blanket rolls too. I really like the way that this unit turned out. I think that I hit the faded red coloring right on the nail - nearly perfect as far as I'm concerned.

Now I'm keen to add another unit with faded colors for my next British regiment.

5th Regt. plus command stand, using the Continental mounted officer and the British artillery officer (on foot).

In the picture above, I have added a new command stand to the front of the column. I used one of the Continental mounted officers and painted him in a red coat to make him British. The uniform distinctions between the British and the Continental officers is not that far apart. So this is a good way to get more variety in the poses of my British officers. The officer on foot is the British artillery officer from the gun crew, that I've painted in infantry red rather than artillery blue.

5th Regiment

3-pound Galloper gun plus British command stand.

The above picture depicts a 3-pound Verbruggen cannon mounted on a Pattison carriage. The limber device converts the carriage to a galloper configuration. Information on this comes from the Adrian Caruana book on the British light 3 pound guns.

View of the front of the column. Officers are wearing newer bright red uniforms, while the rank and file uniforms are faded to a red-pink from the sun.


  1. Hi Fritz,

    I think you've nailed "The Campaign Look"! There were no color-fast dyes back in the Revolution. Exposure to all kinds of weather, daily wear and tear, and the quality of the material and thread, lead to the soldier doing all kinds of "field expedient measures" to keep his uniform together and being as functional as circumstances allowed.

  2. Looking great all together. That flag sets the whole thing off.