Keeping with the theme of painting the Saratoga forces, starting with Hubbardton, next up for the British was the grenadiers from the Advanced Corps. This unit was made up of all the grenadier companies from Burgoyne’s forces and a few other regiments.
I really enjoyed painting up this battalion. I have found that units with any sort of variety are much more fun to paint than bog standard units. For these guys, I looked at the facing colors of the units that donated their grenadiers to the battalion and found that about half were yellow/buff faced units. So I painted half of each stand with yellow facings, and the other halfs have red, blue, and green facings.
These were the first commanders I made for the units. I decided to go with a 3cm round base, as the unit bases are 3cm x 6cm. I use litko 3mm wooden bases, and I’m very happy with them. Many people use thinner bases for aesthetics, but I choose to go with a chunkier base so the models could be picked up easily. I don’t think it hurts the aesthetics, but that’s a personal opinion.
I also went with two officers on a base, so they weren’t over crowded. One of these bases is a generic general with blue facings that can do duty in any game. The other base is Frasier from the 24th Regiment of Foot. I choose him for one of the first as he can be used most of the Saratoga games.
I plan to continue painting certain personalities along with generic commanders to keep things flexible. At 6mm, and during the AWI, it’s not hard to make swapable commanders. In the SYW when commanders are much more identifiable, this was more of a problem.
These models are the same SYW Genrals from Baccus, so I have painted a few before. There are differences between Commanders and Generals in the rules, only one General per side. I thought about putting Generals on larger bases, perhaps 4cm round, but I have decided against it as it will limit their utility. For instance, Frasier is the General at Hubbardton, but only a commander at Freeman’s Farm.
I have finally painted my first real Brits. I decided to paint up the 24th Foot. This unit allows me to get going with my first battle, Hubbardton, and still use them in the rest of the Saratoga Campaign. I found the Baccus British Line Infantry – Tricorne, Formed AWB1, to be great models painted up. However I also found them to be the toughest to paint so far. Now this is still a compliment, it’s just the bar is raised so high by the great models from Baccus. They just seem to take more twisting and turning to get the paint in all the right spots, compared to the patriot infantry I have painted so far. Still, they look great on the table.
24th Regiment of Foot
I made the flags for these guys myself. I typically order some Baccus flags at the beginning of a project to get the size right, then create my own from online sources after that. I used images from the British Regimental Drums & Colours site,(a great resource) popped them in Photoshop and then reduced them at 300 dpi to .75 in x .35 in. I also found the flag staffs on the British Line Infantry to be too short, much shorter than the patriot units I have painted.