Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Militia Skirmishers #1



Looking to build some forces for AWI Sharp Practice 2. I already have plenty of units based up in formations, but didn't have any single based figures for the skirmish elements or officers on foot. This represents my first set of 6 militia men and an officer(red sash).


I plan on trying out the Sharp Practice supplement The Swamp Fox which takes place in the southern theater. It follows the exploits of Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox" and his efforts to fight the British after the defeat of  of the Americans at Camden until the American army could regroup and reform. This will require quite a bit of militia for both rebels and loyalists so I will need to do some more line units in addition to the skirmishers and cavalry.


AWI has always fascinated me so it's really not a surprise that I decided to play Sharp Practice 2 in addition to Black Powder and British Grenadier for this period. I haven't tried FOB2 with it yet but I plan on doing that as well at some point. The period has a certain atmosphere to it that no other does and I honestly can't exactly say why other then it just does.


The AWI period really does give you a huge diversity of troops types from rebel militia to loyalist militia ,state and regular troops, cavalry, Indians, artillery, Grenadiers, light infantry, riflemen, mercenaries etc involving  Americans, British, Germans and French, Spanish plus more fighting from Canada onto virtually the entire east coast of the US all the way down to the Bahamas and crossing over to Europe! The amount of modeling and army building for this period is staggering imho.


These figures are a mix of Perry and Foundry miniatures. The foundry figures(also by the Perry twins) were given an extra coin to bring them up to the same height as the Perry figures. I have a love/hate relationship with Perry figures as the casting makes cleaning and painting them a right pain in the backside, but once finished they really do look very nice and have excellent proportions.


The figures were painted using mostly Foundry colors with some Vallejo and MIG pigments to round everything off. I already have the second group of militia finished and just waiting on their photography session so stay tuned.

Thanks for viewing!
Miniature Company- Perry, Foundry

44 comments :

  1. Great militia skirmishers Christopher!

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  2. These are absolutely splendid!
    Cheers
    Matt

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  3. Fabulous looking Colonials, Christopher. The scenario with various troop types sounds intriguing. A great tribute to the "Father of US SOF."

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    1. Thank you very much Dean! Well I describing AWI as a whole with the various troop types, but the Swamp Fox scenario supplement does indeed have quite a few different troops and could best be described as a huge militia brawl!;-)

      Christopher

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  4. Splendid work. Nice looking birch tree in the first photo I may add.

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    1. Thank you very much Paul and can't remember who makes that tree, but agree they are nice.

      Christopher

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  5. They look superb Christopher, well done.

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  6. More excellent work Christopher. Looking forward for AAR of your upcoming battles

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    1. Cheers Gary and I hope to have some in September or October.

      Christopher

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  7. Good looking miniatures. I think SP2 does a good with the AWI and being able to get a diversity of unit types.

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    1. Thank you Stew and I think SP2 will do a good job with AWI.

      Christopher

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  8. Nice realistic looking color selection. You just cannot have enough skirmishers in loose shirts - useful for many rule systems.

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    1. Thanks AJ and your right about the skirmishers.

      Christopher

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  9. DIversified poses and wonderful job on this militia, well done!

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  10. Christopher, those are some beautiful paint jobs! Your photography skills always impress as well.

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    1. Thank you very much Scott on both counts!

      Christopher

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  11. Sublime! Really looking forward to see them up close... and get to play with them ūüėé

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    1. Thank you very much Nick! I'm shooting for September to try our first game of AWI Sharp Practice 2.

      Christopher

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  12. Beautiful brushwork Christopher - I really like how rustic yet vibrant they are.

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  13. Those are terrific. Haven't seen those figs before; they're wonderfully dynamic, and you've done them justice.

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    1. Thank you kindly FMB. Yes indeed the Perry's did give these quite an expressive posing.

      Christopher

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  14. great looking figures there Christopher, very nicely done.

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