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.