Friday, March 15, 2019

New AWI Highlanders

An ad hoc skirmish vignette of Highlanders.

I have been busy painting samples of the 12 new Highlander figures that have joined the Fife and Drum Miniatures AWI figure range. I have to say that these may well be my favorite figures in the whole Minden/F&D figure ranges. I am partial to Highlanders in the first place, but I also think that the campaign uniform that they wore in North America is one of the niftiest I've ever seen. The bonnet hat of course is different from all of the other troops type that sport tricorn hats. The overalls (the pants) and the shortened coat look nice together.

Or maybe it is the animation that the figures have (see below). I particularly like the firing and biting cartridge poses. And now for something completely different, we are adding Highlanders carrying their muskets at the trail. This was actually the most common way that the soldiers carried their weapons as they advanced.

The Highlander Skirmishers (the two figures on the left) BA021 and
Highlanders Advancing at the Trail (the two figues on the right) BA020

Highlander Command Set (BA-018)

After working on all of these samples for the catalog photo shoot, I decided to gin up a battalion of 32 figures using the firing and command figures. They are being painted as the 71st Highland Regiment, a well travelled outfit that fought nearly everywhere in North America. Their record in the Southern Theater is particularly notable: Charleston, Stono Ferry, capture of Savannah, siege of Savannah, Cowpens (oops!), Guilford Court House and Yorktown.

Close-up picture of the 71st Highanders - work in progress.

71st Highlanders battalion work in progress.

View of the whole battalion - 32 figures.

My plan is to have the 71st ready for my game at this year's Seven Years War Association convention on April 4-6, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana.

1 comment:

  1. They're very nice Jim. And no going crosseeyed pairing tartan! What's not to like😁