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British Forces for Freeman’s Farm

Finally some new pictures.  While I havn’t been posting as I needed some time to assess the amount of time I was spending taking pictures and blogging versus the feedback, I have been painting like a madman.  Well, like a madman for me, I’m a very slow painter.

I finished all of the forces that will be on the table for the British side in my Freeman’s Farm scenario.  This is 932 infantry, four command stands, and seven gun stands.  Quite a tidy little group if I don’t say so myself.

These are not my best photos as I’m still trying to work out the best way to take effective pictures of large groups of miniatures.  I have it down pat for small groups, but still a lot to learn.

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Enoch Poor’s Brigade

I have been waiting a while for this.  So far I have been concentrating on getting pictures on the blog for Hubbardton as that was a manageable engagement to paint and create a scenario for.  I have been hard at work for quite some time now and am weeks away from finishing the troops needed for the the entire Saratoga Campaign.

Here is the firt of the units for the First Battle of Freeman’s Farm, Enoch Poor’s Brigade.  I have had to take some liberties  with a few unit colors and quite a few flags.  I am very happy with the way this turned out.  Without further ado, some introductions are in order.

Enoch Poor's Brigade
Enoch Poor's Brigade
  1. Enoch Poor Command Stand
  2. 1st NH
  3. 2nd NH
  4. 3rd NH
  5. 2nd NY
  6. 4th NY
  7. Conn. Militia
  8. Conn. Militia

I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the results.  This really looks like a brigade ready to go to the table top, it’s recreated in 4:1 ratio.  I can’t imagine the same kind of satisfaction with 28mm in a 20:1 ratio (though I’m pretty sure many would argue with me).

Some of these units were from the most well documented units in the war (2nd NH) and other I relied up general knowledge and many trips to TMP to come up with coat colors.  I had fun with some of the flags and have found that with a little effort you can come up with something that is plausible: like a poster on TMP suggesting the 18th-century NH state seal for one flag , and things that are downright wrong, like the NY Yankees flag one of the NY units is carrying.

More than anything, it will look like a battle line when deployed on the table top.

I have had about ZERO input on my posts showing individual units, so unless there are 10 requests in the comments I won’t show the individual units.  It takes time away from painting and if I’m the only one interested, I already know what they look like.

Here are a few more photos of the boys in action.

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Here Come the New Yorkers

This is the first New York Regiment that I have created, so it represents my first step outside of New England.

The 4th New Yorkers had some pretty distinctive uniforms and I imagine they are pretty well documented as they show up in most collections of plates.  They wore with uniforms with black caps, rather than tricornes.  If you are priming your 6mm figs with white, this unit is a breeze to paint. It probably took 20% off the total painting time.

I had a little fun with the flag as I couldn’t find any references for it.  One of the great things (and at times frustrating things)  about the AWI is that you have a lot of latitude due to lack of information.  I got tired of trying to figure out the flag with this unit, that they got a Yankee’s symbol.   Now that I’m posting it, I see that I put the roman numerals for 3 on the flag rather than 4.  I’ll have to change that soon.

The 4th New York Regiment

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Hubbardton Troops

I finished these troops a while ago, but haven’t taken the time to take the pictures.    Recreating all the units that fought at Hubbardton was the first goal I set for the blog.  Well, here are the Patriot Forces.  The Brits are finished and just awaiting photographing.

I’ll talk about the first photo in the gallery as the rest are just different angles on the same troops.

First we have Seth Werner on the command stand.  Behind him are the Green Mountain Boys then the 2nd New Hampshire Reg.

Next is Col. Francis on a command stand.  Behind him is the 11th Massachusetts and a unit of Vermont militia.  Last are the two units of militia that refused to go to the battle when ordered.  They will make an appearance in my scenario.

Speaking of the scenario, I should have it published on the site in a few weeks.  I will most likely double the number of regiments when I work out how many units, ie every regiment will be represented by two units on the table top.  This will make the game more dynamic, and is a necessary mechanism for an interesting battle.

The Hubbardton Patriots

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11th Massachusetts Regiment

This is the last regular unit left that saw action at Hubbardton.  I couldn’t find any specific information on this unit so I painted it up as a generic Mass regiment.  One nice thing about the uniforms from this war is that there is a set of generic combinations you can use for each state involving some combination of blue or brown coats with some combination of red or white turnbacks.  There was a regulation (not highly followed) made at some point determining the colors for each state.  Like I say it wasn’t strictly adhered to, but gives us a fall back for those units with no info.

Massachusetts was deemed to be blue coats with white turnbacks.  This unit will also serve a different Massachusetts regiment for the battles of Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights.

11 Mass Home-Made Flag
11 Mass Home-Made Flag

I was able to have some fun with the flag for this unit as well.  There is no info on uniforms, and flag info is even harder to come by.  So many times you end up having/getting to make up the flag.  Now some states have symbols that occur more often or are associated with their colony/state.  In New England, and more specifically Massachusetts, it’s the pine tree.  So I took just a generic pine tree icon and put it on a white field.  I like the look of it.

I have tended to get much more adventurous with my flags after getting frustrated trying to get them accurate.  You will see many more creative flags in the coming months.

11th Massachusetts Regiment

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Warner’s Additional Continental Regiment

This is a unit that is near and dear to me as a Vermonter, even if it is my adoptive home state.  I wanted to do this unit early on, but not as my first unit because I wanted to work the bugs out of my painting first.  I really like the way they came out.

Due to the nature of the disputed land between New York and New Hampshire, the Continental Congress couldn’t authorize a “state” unit from the area called Vermont without choosing sides in the dispute.  So an “additional” regiment was created under Seth Warner, as voted by the Vermonters who made up the unit.  Warner beat out Ethan Allen to head this group, that was previously known as the Green Mountain Boys.  Most historians say this unit would not be known as the GMB’s, but anyone from Vermont knows they were the Green Mountain Boys.

The took part in a fair bit of the Saratoga campaign and no campaign army would be complete without them.

So, here are the Green Mountain Boys.

Warner’s Additional Continental Regiment

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Patriot Militia

This is the first post exclusively in the new blog software.  I have to say that this WordPress stuff is fantastic.  I do miss the total control that I had previously excecised, but I’ll give that up for the ease I have now.

Here is my first unit of Patriot Milita.  They were a joy to paint.  I really enjoyed mixing up the colors and found it broke up some of the monotony of painting large units.  I think the end result is pretty cool.

The flag is a Baccus Grand Union flag.  I used this flag as I have one hanging from my house.  I have always liked this flag and find it useful as my wife is British and the flag is a nice combination of  US and UK flag.  It is the first official flag of the Colonies, but was quickly dropped.  It seems a great place to start for Militia flags, as they can be almost anything.  It also allows me to use this unit for Patriot or Loyalist units due to the ambiguity of it.

If you are a painter and an American, I don’t think you can help but feel a little pride in painting patriot militia units.  I think it’s pretty amazing to think that these farmers and tradesmen formed up to oppose a great European power.  You kind of come to this realization as you are trying to pick out colors to use that DON’T look like uniform colors.

Good stuff, and I’m happy with the results.

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I have previously stated that I want to concentrate on the Saratoga Campaign as it:

  • is close to home
  • is interesting to me
  • contains battles that will allow me to build my forces and still play
  • has battles fought by the Green Mountain Boys!

I plan to build up my forces so I can fight the battles of this campaign with most of the units involved represented. The units are varied and should give me a flexible force if I want to play other battles (Cowpens comes to mind). I don’t mind having units stand in for other units later on, but by using the Saratoga Campaign as a basis, gives me focus and a goal. I found from my SYW project, this is necessary to keep me on track and interested.

Right now I have a great start on the units needed to fight the first major battle of the campaign, Hubbardton. I should have the necessary units in no time, giving me a boost to the project in the form of an attainable goal. Using the flexible unit sizes in the Two for Tea rules, I will have one unit for each regiment (even though some regiments were larger than others). I have figured it out at:

Hubbardton Forces

British Troops Patriot Troops
24th Foot Green Mountain Boys
Grenadiers Vermont Militia
Light Infantry 2nd New Hampshire
Bruns. Grenadiers 11th Massachusettes
Bruns. LI *Militia
*Indians *Militia

The units with and asterisk (*) are units that I have used to pad out the forces with units that were not large enough to be represented are could have been there. In the case of the indians, Fraisers Marksmen and some indians were listed in the British forces, I have thrown these together in a unit of Indians for the purposes of this fight. In the case of the two militia units in the patriot list, this is more complicated. When fighting was heard by the commander of the army, Gates, he instructed two militia units that were camped closest to the fighting to go back and support the rearguard, but they refused to go

I feel to get a good game, I will go with the “what if?” and have the militia take part. I’m all for historical gaming, but I will also gladly use “what if?” type scenarios to even the odds. After all, I imagine this battle will go exactly to script without them. The Americans will put up a good fight, until the Germans show up singing, then they have to get out quick. But, what if the fresh militia units show up around the same time? Much more interesting for me. You can always remove them if you choose to go strictly historical, but this leaves very few units in the game. Find a happy medium, and go with it.

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The 2nd New Hampshire

After receiving my first new AWI troops from Baccus, I wanted an easy first unit, enter the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment. These guys are the bog standard patriot unit. Their appearance is well documented and their flags can still be photographed live. I really like the way they turned out and think the unit is a great start for my patriot forces. Best of all, they fought at Hubbardton, Freeman’s Farm, and Bemis Heights. So they are really a perfect unit of me.

Anyway, here they are in all their glory.

The 2nd New Hampshire