Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From PeterD: 28mm War of 1812 Canadian Incorporated Militia Battalion (40 points)


Peter adds some additional reinforcements to his War of 1812 collection.

From Peter: 
It's been awhile since my last submission but I've had several units on the go. These are a 24 man unit from the Incorporated Militia Battalion of Upper Canada. However, only 8 count towards the challenge as I had painted the original 16 last year. The unit is mostly made up of Perry plastics with with a few exceptions as follows (all in the 8 new additions): The two kneeling figures are Victrix plastics, but with Perry packs so as to have the same kit as the rest of the unit; the officer with the round hat is from Brigade (ex Victrix) and comes in a pack with 3 metal command figures and 30 heads to turn Victrix British infantry into Royal Marines. Apparently round hats were all the rage among the young Canadian officer corps during the war.
My old gaming buddy Ross had noted that my American infantry regiments gave the look of individual figures firing at will. With this unit I tried to get the impression of platoon fire by completing the new 8 figures in firing poses and basing them together. The remaining 4 bases hold figures in the process of reloading and readying to fire.
The Incorporated Militia Battalion was formed as a permanent standing force from men in the existing militia units of Upper Canada (now Ontario). They were well trained and pretty much as good as regulars and fought well during the War of 1812. Members of the unit served all along the frontier and fought in many of the battles.
The original plan was for red uniforms, but supply issues led to them getting green faced red for a time. This makes a nice contrast in the thin red line. 
Officers apparently got scarlet coats faced blue, and darned if I can find any reference to the musicians. In the end I decided that they got the regular green faced red with extra lace.

Great work Peter! I really like the variations in kit, colour and uniform that you've added to reinforce these as bodged together Canadian militia, especially that posh round hat for the officer - very nice. 

These eight fellow (doing great credit to the rest of their battalion) will give Peter 40 points. Well done!

14 comments:

  1. Nice looking Greencoats. Your buddy's comment about your American troops firing at will now makes me wonder about the way I based my Victrix French - they are all doing their own thing :) Best, Dean

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    1. French doing their own thing? What a preposterous idea! The French NEVER do their own thing.

      Wait a minute...

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  2. They look great especially en masse!

    Cheers
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  3. A great looking unit Peter, shame only 8 counted!!

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  4. Nice to see something a bit different with the green coats. Great stuff.

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  5. Thanks all. Next time it will be all 24 men and everyone in scarlet,
    Cheers PD

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  6. Great looking troops and you have to love the work you put into researching these guys

    Ian

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  7. Ayah, the red line with nice big flag.. Bring em on... Lovely job .

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