Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Orange County Militia (NC)



My next unit is another militia unit and since I really like the southern battles one can never have too few of these. The Orange County Militia (NC) is from the roster of Guilford's Courthouse serving under Butler's brigade. Information is pretty scarce on them which is the case with most militia units for this period as they tended to just gather for local defences and were not organized like the state or Continental army which contained slightly better records. Also, it didn't help that some records of them were burned in a fire. If you find something I encourage you to please leave a little bit of your knowledge which I would appreciate. Suffice to say they had great trouble standing up to British regulars(not surprising), but could hold their own against loyalist militias and if used properly could be quite effective.

I personally really enjoy painting militia as you have a lot of latitude to do as you please and let your imagination roam, plus your painting palette really gets a chance to breath. I tried to give them a look of a few returning regulars or ex-military mixed in with the civilian locals. The figures are Perry and Foundry and the lovely flag is from GMB designs.

I'm not sure what I'll do next, but rest assured I will be doing more AWI at some point and those new Perry Continentals have all kinds of possibilities that I can't wait to try out!

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company-Perry, Foundry



56 comments :

  1. Fabulous, details are wonderful, the paint work on the clothes is really stunning!

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    1. Thank you very much Phil I appreciate that.

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  2. They look how I imagine a proper militia would do, with a very natural non-uniform looking appearance. Great stuff.

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  3. Great painting here....the shading of the miniature with good color contrasts look marvelous... well done!

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  4. Gorgeous natural colors and very good countryside (field description)

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  5. Excellent work my friend! These militia men look absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to see them in the flesh next week.

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    1. Thank you very much Nick! I'm looking forward to the game!

      Christopher

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  6. What a lovely unit you have there and they look so right and of the period.

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  7. Fantastic, I love the earthen pallet here. Great painting, basing, flag and posing!

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    1. Thank you very much Monty I'm happy you like the colour choice!

      Christopher

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  8. Nice and soft highlighting, great looking unit!

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  9. Breathtaking work Christopher, really stunning.

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  10. Another outstanding militia unit, Christopher! To me, your style is, well, perfect!

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    1. Thank you very much Jonathan that's very kind of you to say!

      Christopher

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  11. Christopher - a really brilliant looking outfit.

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    1. Thank you kindly Bill I appreciate that.

      Christopher

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  12. They do look nice Chris, love the multitude of colours used!

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  13. Great work! I agree with the others: the fabrics in particular look great. Would you be willing to describe the technique you used on them?

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    1. Thank you kindly Wiatrog. I used my normal 3 tone(shade,base,highlight) method using mostly Foundry with some Vallejo and P3 colours.

      Christopher

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  14. They look great Christopher!!!

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  15. Superb militia Christopher!

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  16. Fantastic looking militia Christopher!

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  17. Superb as always Christopher. I really like the rag-tag look of the unit.

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    1. Thank you very much Jonas and they are indeed a motley crew.

      Christopher

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  18. Exellent paint work !

    Really inspiring to see your AWI project, one starts to think about My own AWI project that have been neglected ever sins I decided to focus on My swedish projects...

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you very much Michael! I would be interested in seeing you do more AWI, but your Swedish projects are fun too.

      Christopher

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  19. Wonderful painted AWI figures as always Christopher.

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  20. Those look great! Your AWI stuff is superb. I have a lot of 15mm AWI, but really feel the need to go with 28mm or Sash and Saber 40mm sometime.

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    1. Thank you kindly Cory! We are indeed spoiled for choice when it comes to AWI which is a little surprising when one figures it was really a pretty small war in comparison to say SYW, WSS etc.

      Christopher

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  21. Superb painting and basing as always Christopher. Your pictures and the release of the new Perry plastic figures are putting the AWI back on the top of my painting queue.

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    1. Thank you very much Pat. If I inspire you in any way then that's great as I really enjoy your AWI and look forward in great anticipation to seeing you do more.

      Christopher

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  22. Yes, another firing line! It gets better and better. Another fantastic looking unit Chris.

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    1. Thank you very much Mike! I have another firing line in the pipes and I'll now be adding quite a few marching as I'm short on those.

      Christopher

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