Indians Sir, Thousands of Them!

Well, 110 of them anyway.  I have been working on these troops for quite a while now and continually meant to take some pictures of them to post, but never really got around to it.  These are the first “skirmish” troops that I have posted.  I use 12 figures to a base rather than my usual 24, giving a unit of 36 troops to my skirmish bases.  There are no guidlines to basing in Two For Tea, but I Will base troops types that can only use skirmish formations this way.

Indians took very little part in any set-piece battles of the AWI, the mostly served as scouts and raiders for the British.  I intend to write some “What if…?” scenarios featuring more native troops in them.  It’s hard to let such colorful troops sit on the sidelines.

I used various Ospreys for inspiration, as well as Troiani.   One of the things that strikes a newby about Native Americans at the time is that they wore a great deal of red and blue.   Evidently this is the color of cloth that was most commonly traded to them.  I never imagined them tramping through the forest in bright red leggings, but hey, you learn something new all the time.  I couldn’t bring myself to paint them this way for a long time, hence the first two units have  only buckskin and white shirts for color.

The last unit is a mix of Indian troops and white troops.  I was reading The Burning of the Valleys and it talks quite a bit about Brandt’s Volunteers, a mixed unit of Indian and white troops.  Many other OOB’s list things like “Canadiens and Indians” in the lists.  So here I have a double duty unit that can represent the various mish mash irregular units used by the British in the North.

I created one Indian command stand to represent Brandt in a scenario that I will publish soon.  I also hope write something about the Newtown battle, where the Indians decided to stay and fight it out.

The following are 3 units of Indians and one command stand.

Iroquois and Other Native Americans

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2 Responses to Indians Sir, Thousands of Them!

  1. Brendan Morrissey February 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Love the painting on these figures – and the “long grass” on the bases. My eyesight is long past being “six-mil compatible” and is now complaining at 15/18s. Luckily, Perry do nice big 28s……..

    I see you like Gavin Watt’s book. Me too – he has another you might be interested in called “Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: the St Leger Expedition of 1777” (oop I think, but still ocassionally appears on Amazon). if you haven’t done so, visit the “Royal Yorkers” re-enactment site – he was the CO for many years and it’s one of the best AWI groups going.

    Finally, thanks for the kind comments on the Saratoga articles. As you say, a lot of the info is speculative and “educated(ha!) guesswork” on my part, from what little is known. I do have some amendments to make on it and hope to post them later this year (hopefully the Perrys will highlight them in red, or something).

    Regards
    Brendan Morrissey

    (ps: only saw the items above and the rest of your site after writing the book review comment, so bear that in mind re. painting your Saratoga forces)

    • Rusti March 1, 2009 at 2:39 am #

      Thanks Bredan,

      I decided a while ago that what was important to me was more the look of the battle rather than the look of the individuals. I am hoping that by recreating Freeman’s Farm in 1:4 I will get a pretty impressive battlefield. I don’t think I would have the patience or the dosh to do that in 28mm.

      I’ve visited the Royal Yorkers site as I find the re-enactors sites very helpful references for painting. I will keep an eye out for that book, there seem to be quite a few in at the moment.

      I wish you hadn’t told me about new info for your article, now I will be checking daily for changes.

      When is American Troops in the Saratoga Campaign coming out!?

      On behalf of AWI painters every where, I have to say “Thank you” for putting the info in a free and accessible place for us. Good info is hard to come by and one can easily spend as much on references as figures if you want accuracy. Keep up the good work.

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