Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Les Sauvages aux Bois


Willie Iroquois
Masters of the petite guerre, mostly allies of the French in the first half of the war and the terror of new British recruits and settler militia alike the warriors of the First Nations were the masters of light infantry warfare. The French learned a great deal from them of bush warfare over their long and close acquaintance and at times their militia and even their Compagnies Franches de la Marine troops would have been hard to distinguish from them to the inexperienced eye.

The warriors in the image above are the first of my Willie "Indians". While the castings are no longer top notch, the research that underlies them certainly is. This is one of the things I have always admired about Suren's figures and one of the reasons I continue to paint them.

The next four are painted and merely require varnish and basing.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Un feu de joie for the new year


The 46th Foot salute the New Year
The latest addition to the French and Indian war collection is the first Grand Division of the 46th Foot. This was a hard-working regiment which saw action in many of the more important actions of the War including the assault on the French lines at the Battle of Carillion, the Siege of Fort Niagara and the repulse of the attempted French relief at the Battle of La Belle Famille as well as the campaign against Montreal in 1760.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Etat-Major


I want a fort here. And another here and a battery there.

A gruff old Mestre de Camp lays it all out for a young colonial engineer.

Do you think anyone is watching?
At least it's shady under the trees.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Kings' Artillery

 I've been quietly pecking away at a few more gunners and just about have enough to crew my guns.

About to open fire on my monitor-and-keyboard. The gabions are resin from a local manufacturer.
So, here's the question, taken in the context of Field artillery, nothing much was doing in the French and Indian War and so these are probably more suited to be siege pieces. That of Fort William Henry comes to mind. This raises the question of whether I need to make up a permanent battery position I can drop the guns into?

The question pretty well answers itself, does it not?

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Splashing Some Paint Around

 I managed a little painting over the weekend. 

You may recall the pair of guns I was refurbishing. They had been hanging around forever. One had started to fall apart from neglect. So, it was out with the paints and superglue and we were good. I got some gunners either painted or, in a coupe of cases, merely based. Simple stuff, and lo and behold I had my first gun crew. The officer in the background is meant to be an engineer officer, but I have another casting who will get a red coat in the fullness of time.
One of the remodelled range of Willies ( an ADC, I believe) reports to my very old Soubise. In my wilder youth he wore a pink coat, turned up in yellow. Since those days he has changed his ways for a more sober - yet not unmilitary - garb. He may well do duty as my Montcalm. I believe I have a dismounted version from the remodelled range who may yet stand in the entrenchments on the heights of Carillon.

Friday, December 10, 2021

The Bearn Regiment


The colours are a little washed out by the photography, but these are the flags of the Bearn Regiment from David's website.

The rest of the regiment is based up, but I am short about 9 minis to get it over the line. Here's hoping they are here by Christmas.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

It took a little more than the weekend...

 ...but the basing of the La Sarre regiment is finally done.

The bases are Renedra and the flags were David's:

There is acrylic gel modelling on the bases and numerous tufts and flocking galore.