|Hessians in Marching Poses. The NCOs hold their muskets with the strap facing outwards.|
|Hessian Firing Line Poses: Officer, Grenadier standing in second rank, Grenadier firing, Musketeer standing in second rank, and Musketeer firing.|
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The AWI Hessians have arrived and I have finally had some time to sort out the figures and devise new product codes for the range and also to paint a few samples of the figures. There are a total of 16 new Hessian figures with enough variants for you to make up grenadier battalions that are either marching or standing firing and musketeer battalions that are either marching or standing firing. The second rank figure holding his musket upright in the ready position could also be used to make an entire battalion of Hessians in the same pose. You could do the same with the firing poses.
Here are the new product codes for the Hessian range. Command packs will include 4 figures for musketeer units comprised of an officer, standard bearer, NCO and Drummer. Grenadier command packs will consist of only three figures because Hessian grenadier battalions did not carry standards. The marching packs will include 8 figures. The firing line packs will have 8 figures including 4 of the second rank pose and 4 of the standing firing pose.
I will add the new product codes to the Fife & Drum Miniatures web site next week, after I have had a chance to mail Hessians rewards to my Kickstarter backers, who deserve to get their figures first.
I don't like to do "pre-orders", but if you send me an e-mail with a list of the figures that you want, I could probably manage to ship them ahead of them being loaded onto the web site store for on-line ordering.
|Hessian Grenadiers, marching and firing line.|
|Reverse view of the first picture.|
The AWI Hessians are wearing gaitors, as they did during the first couple of years in the American Revolution. Later in the war, they began wearing the "overalls" just like the British infantry. You could also use the Hessians for SYW Prussians in Swedish cuffs, SYW Hessians and SYW Brunswickers.
|Musketeer Firing Line: (L-R) officer, second rank and front rank firing.|
|Musketeer Firing Line - reverse image of the first picture.|
I haven't had the time to paint the drummers and standard bearers yet, but here are some pictures of them in primer or in the raw metal state.
|Hessian Drummers (L-R) Musketeer standing for firing line, Musketeer marching, Grenadier marching, and Grenadier standing in firing line.|
|Hessian standard bearers: standing (left) and marching (right)|
I'm very anxious to get the Hessians into the on line store on the Fife & Drum Miniatures web site, as I know that you are too. I should have the majority of rewards packed and shipped by this coming Saturday, so after that I can offer the figures to the general public.