I forgot to mention another great thing about the American War of Independence. It’s almost completely an infantry war. I hate tanks and have never painted a horse and enjoyed it. I have three forces painted for WW2 and nary a tank in them. I think there is less of the rock, paper, scissors dynamic with the mostly infantry forces involved. That should leave battles to be decided by maneuver instead of hardware.
I eased myself into the new period by painting some figures from my old period. I had enough Prussians sitting around for a unit of Brunswickers from the Saratoga campaign. They are the same figures in the Baccus catalog. They had already been undercoated, so I started to do some research on the proper colors. This was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. The AWI suffers from a lack of definitive information on unit uniforms and many other specifics. I did manage to find ONE site that had a few very low resolution images of Brunswick uniforms. I got the proper colors and slapped up the first unit.
I used the figures for three of my old units to make the first AWI unit, the Brunswick Musketeer Regiment Von Riedsel. A basic blue coat, white pants uniform that I have painted hundreds of times. This unit had yellow turnbacks, which I dislike because they don’t show up well against the flesh color. In 6mm you want some contrast. I am hoping these guys will do double duty as Hessians when I leave the Saratoga campaign. Let’s see if I ever finish it before I get carried away!
Musketeer Regiment Von Reidsel (Brunswick)
Then it was on to ordering some new troops and references for myself. I dropped by the www.baccus6mm.com site, which I must add is very utilitarian and in need of modernizing. It seems to be optimized for 800×600 pixel screens despite the “best viewed on 1024×769” disclaimer at the bottom. I just want to say that I can’t say enough good things about Baccus and Pete is a GREAT guy and his products are AMAZING despite the antiquated site. It did receive a much needed shopping cart recently, which any serious web company needs, if things are difficult for people to use, they will go elsewhere. People are lazy, pure and simple.
Back to the ordering. FIrst up, some Patriot forces. I ordered a militia unit and a continental line unit to get the ball rolling. I plan to order three patriot units and when those are finished, then three evil empire units. I have found that if I have a great deal of lead around, I get bored and stop painting for months at a time. So small, manageable units is the way to go for me.