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Smokey Roan Inactive Member14 Apr 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

You never see the pirate crews that manned most of the artillery at New Orleans. At least not in 15mm.

I wonder why?

You could use Pirate Era figures, but they are mostly swashbuckling pirates of the Golden Age. Not that I know what Baratrarian pirates looked like, but I assume they did NOT look like Blackbeard?

So, I guess you have to search out figures from many manufacturers and periods, and build gun crews up the hard way? Thouroughbred's 1812 line has some, hidden in packs, that work. I guess you look for the most casual, civilian generic gun crew figs you can find?

Maybe someone here wise in the ways of 1812 can show us what a Baratration Pirate looked like? Florida Tory? That Ohio State Buckeye guy? OFM? (seems like he would know)

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

I'd probably settle for 19th century Filibusterer castings, particularly if you could find some in head scarfs which I've seen in period prints. There are some re-enactor photos here:


It might also be possible to back-date some Texian civilian castings from the Mexican-American War period.


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

There used a couple packs in Frontier Miniatures 15mm 1812 line if you can find them

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 3:56 p.m. PST

Not in 15mm but in 28mm, Knuckleduster has six different pirate gunners for New Orleans; listed under War of 1812/United States of America/Misc Militia. They are very nice figures.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

Those reenactor photos look like they let whimsy overtake them.

Buckeye AKA Darryl14 Apr 2017 5:13 p.m. PST

I would go with a mixture of Texas War of Ind as Florida Tory suggested, with Barbary Coast gun crew from Thoroughbred. The pirates has a mix of civilian clothing, some of which could be turbaned headdress and baggy pantaloons. Not ideal, but I think a good representation.

Ohio State Buckeye guy? Nah, just from the Buckeye State. :)

Smokey Roan Inactive Member14 Apr 2017 7:26 p.m. PST

Thanks guys. Yep, a couple Thouroughbred figs will work great, and civilians can be picked out of many manufacturer's lines.

Easy to turn a figure into a gun crewman.

This just bothered me. Baratarian pirate gun crews to me are a necessary unit for any New Orleans game or playset.

(I use Hing Fat pirates for my 54mm plastic playset)

New Orleans is just such a cool battle to game, just a ton of diverse units, and a lot of fun searching for figures.

Major Function15 Apr 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

How would AB Spanish artillery crews look.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 6:12 a.m. PST

I once played in a scenario from one of the Age of Reason support books which had the Prussians as the British and Austrians as Americans in a New Orleans scenario.
Good game.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

Here's what the 54mm W. Britain Pirate gun crew looks like. W. Britain is usually pretty reliable with their research.

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