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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 11:25 p.m. PST

I just finished a regiment of the 4th Pennsylvania wearing hunting shirts, and in firing line poses:


The flag is from GMB Designs and the figures are from the brand new releases of AWI Continentals in hunting shirts from Fife & Drum Miniatures.

Here is a close up of the regiment:


And then we simply have to have a picture of the British amusette:


John Leahy07 Jan 2013 11:59 p.m. PST

Boy are those nice!

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Any idea how they would fit with Old Glory?



Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 12:06 a.m. PST

Very nice. Are you going to be at Cold Wars?

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 12:34 a.m. PST

@ John Leahy: as with any range of figures, you probably would not mix them into the same regiment of infantry, but keep them in discrete units and they should work well together just fine.

@Pictors: I wasn't planning on going to Cold Wars as it is probably too late to get a dealer table or run a game, and the weather is always an issue for me, driving in from Chicago.

Gemini Serpentes Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 5:20 a.m. PST

really good work!

Ken Portner Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 5:48 a.m. PST

So nice….

Personal logo Battle Cry Bill Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 6:06 a.m. PST

Excellent figures. I love looking at whole units painted (the unit primarily hunting shirts but with the end stand in blue coats.)

2 questions. First, could you explain how you have them arranged on the stands? Officer in front of the line? Second, the distinctive fringe – I see it is white, but is seems like it is a pattern? I think I may have seen this somewhere else (Troiani) too. I am not familiar with what this represents (or it could be my deteriorating eyesight.)


Disco Joe Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 6:30 a.m. PST

Very nicely done.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 8:28 a.m. PST

Whenever I paint and base units with firing musket poses, I place the firing figures as far back on the stand as I can so that the musket and bayonet do not protrude beyond the edge of the base. All the better to protect the figures from rough handling, and it ensures that if I line up the stands in columns, then one stand is not stabbing the stand in front of it in the back.

Then, to present the illusion that I have two ranks, I place some of the figures who are not firing in the front rank, leaving spacing for the firing poses to fire without hitting the guy in front of them. I find that I don't need to have the same number of figures in both the front and rear ranks to achieve the illusion of a two rank line.

As for the fringe, it is just a matter of painting the fringe a lighter color than the main hunting shirt color so as to provide some visual contrast. I paint a darker shade of the main uniform color on the fringe and then use a highlight of that color, painting little dots or hash marks, to make the fringe stand out.

The purple hunting shirts started life as the 4th Independent Company of the Maryland State forces as I had intended for this to be a Maryland battalion (it still might be designated as such, yet). However, using Lefferts as a source, it appears that many of the Maryland regiments might have had regular coats during the 1777 period, so I switched the unit over to one of the Pennsylvania regiments of the Continental line.

I would imagine that hunting shirt colors could vary by company, or there could be a mix of colors across each company within the regiment.

Most of this is just artistic license on my part in order to enhance the appearance of the regiment on the table top.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 10:01 a.m. PST

<<I would imagine that hunting shirt colors could vary by company, or there could be a mix of colors across each company within the regiment.>>

Shirt colour varied by company in the first year or so of the war, because many regiments/battalions were an amalgam of several independent pre-war militia units, or because new regiments/battalions had such a wide geographic spread that there was no central control of "uniform". From late 1776 onwards, a single regimental/battalion colour was the norm.

<<The purple hunting shirts started life as the 4th Independent Company of the Maryland State forces…..>>

The purple colour beloved of AWI uniform illustrators is actually the result of fading and/or low-grade blue dye being used on linen (real purple was quite an expensive hue to achieve). I understand linen only takes red and blue with any degree of permanence, red usually giving a pink (possibly the origin of gingham?).

basileus66 Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 1:47 p.m. PST

As usual, brilliant miniatures. I will order a few next month (my car broke and the repair will cost me 400 euros, so my budget for figures has been curtailed this month!)

Bandolier08 Jan 2013 2:24 p.m. PST

Nice photos. I'll be looking at adding some F&D Continentals to the roster at some point this year.

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