Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Stewarts & Camerons Have Arrived!

Some re-enactors at Prestonpans in 2007.

My computer has been down for the last four days, so I have not been able to keep everyone up to date on events in the Jacobite Rebellion project. First of all, I have to say that I have been surprised by the amount of comments and traffic that this subject has generated. The posting of April 15th has generated more comments than any other topic so far. Please feel free to click on the comments link at the bottom of each article and let me know what you are thinking. It is much appreciated and I enjoy reading everyone's comments.

I am making good progress on my Jacobite army. As of today, I have the first 30 Front Rank figures painted and another dozen in various stages of painting or preparation. I do not have them based yet, so I posted the picture that you see above for some visuals. So the Appin Stewart regiment is completed and I am now working on the Camerons.

One problem that I noticed was that in the bags of figures that I purchased, there were too many Highlanders carrying broadswords and lochabar axes, and not enough fire arms. It is fairly well established (from first hand accounts and battlefield archeology) that the Jacobite forces were sufficiently armed with muskets. So I will probably need to purchase more figures with muskets. In the meantime, I will have to make do with what I have and just pretend that they have muskets when it comes time to fire at the Government troops.

I will promise to post some pictures of the figures that I painted later in the week, after I have had a chance to terrain the bases and paint a flag or two. I found some old paper Jacobite flags that I bought from a company, years ago, called Signifer - located in the US. I may use these flags in my army, especially for the more complicated patterns. It does not look like GMB Designs makes flags for the Forty Five, much to my regret. Another option is to hand paint the flags on paper or linen. I have a feeling that I will be making some temporary flags and then coming back later to make nicer flags. I really want this army to look nice, because it is a project that I have wanted to paint for a long time (some 15 plus years, I would imagine).


  1. DAF, if you have the image of the '45 flags you want then you could try The Flag Dude. His pricing is the same as GMB but he can turn them around really fast. I just recently had him make me an AWI flag (40mm) on his linen/cloth he as available, I think he said it is actually silk, and it looks great. Just a thought if you don't want to end up hand painting some of the more complex ones.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I may have to give that a try. I've heard that he makes good looking flags.

  3. Your comments spike is coming from your own passion for this project.

    It is showing in your words.

    May your energy see you through to the end as strong as you have started!

  4. Jim
    great to hear the work is moving forward - I like others, very much look forward to seeing the first figs painted.
    I am a member of the National trust for Scotland and they have just opened a new state of the art interpretation centre at Culledoen - well worth a look at if you are ever in theses parts.
    keep up the good work !
    p.s once they take their place upon the field of battle all your hard work will be really, really worth it!

  5. I salute your painting speed Sir! Well done. I shall watch for new updates with interest, though I can't help but think that I may be shouting for the Hanoverians...

  6. My apologies for posting a question about your 1806 Prussians here amongst the Jacobites, but I still haven't quite figured out this blog thing. I noticed on an earlier posting from a web search that you were debating how many Scheutzen to paint. My problem is that I haven't been able to locate a source to tell me HOW to paint them. I have a couple of the AB schutzen, which are uniformed like light infantry. Would they have just worn the same uniform, or were their distinguishing characteristics for the scheutzen?

    Thanks so much,

    David Crenshaw

  7. I believe that the schuetzen uniform would have been identical to the line infantry. They may have a plume in their bicorn as well. The Osprey book indicates the number of schuetzen in a battalion (I don't recall the number off the top of my head, but I think it might be 10 per company)

  8. Thanks for that. The AB figures are sculpted in the early pattern shako, so must be meant to represent the scheutzen from a light infantry unit, so I will paint them as their parent unit.

    Love your blog by the way, and especially the teddy bears!