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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Mar 2018 12:15 a.m. PST

This is the first brigade of my Cowpens VA Battalion. These are the VA Continentals.
The figures are (of course) my own Kings Mountain Miniatures.
The exceptional painting was done by Aaron from Pensyltucky. 
You can see for yourself how he has brought these to life.
The VA flag was an original design by our own Timmo, who graciously took the time to make both VA Battlion flags for me.
I printed them out and furled them. The other flag is either a "Flag Of War" or an Adolfo Ramos product. 
The basing was done by me and was difficult to get right. Rather than using individual tufts, I applied static grass over the whole stand at once. I used a combination of 3 different sizes, brands and colors of Winter grass, that I mixed by eye.
This was a challenging project, but I am happy with the results. Enjoy the pix. I'll post the second part, the
2 nd VA Battalion, in a separate thread.

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Durban Gamer31 Mar 2018 3:55 a.m. PST

Absolutely superb!

jaztez Inactive Member31 Mar 2018 6:23 a.m. PST

Why was it a challenging project. All you did was some static grass basing?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2018 9:14 a.m. PST

Sweet beans!

coopman31 Mar 2018 5:25 p.m. PST


bracken Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2018 2:37 a.m. PST

Cracking work. You've done them proud

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2018 3:50 p.m. PST

Looks great – like the basing. I think there's a little more than static grass there and it enhances the look of the minis.

Brechtel19802 Apr 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

What Virginia Continental Battalion was at Cowpens?

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2018 6:03 p.m. PST

None. I just used the term (and flags) to signify the VA Continentals and VA Militia that I'm using for Cowpens.
Completely made up for the sake of identification.

The flags are just identifiers.

Brechtel19803 Apr 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

Apparently there was a Virginia Continental company however.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2018 6:35 p.m. PST

Kevin, Yes. Howard's Continentals consisted of 5 companies. 3 from Maryland, Kirkwoood's Delaware troops and a Virginia Company under an officer, who's rank I can't recall, named Wallace. Each company had about 60 men for a total of 300 Continentals.

However, Morgan's Flying Army also consisted of a VA Militia Battalion under Triplet that had been with Morgan since October. These were hardened fighters from 4 main counties in VA and were included on the main line with the Continentals. Babits disputes the theory that a majority of the VA militia were ex Continentals. I chose to go with the opposite theory, just for the sake of the tabletop.

That's also why I had the two "VA Battlion" flags made. Strictly for looks. Babits seems to use the terms "battalion" "regiment" and "brigade" interchangeably.

Babit's also lists a NC Militia Battalion under "Quaker Meadow Joe" MCDowell, as part of the Flying Army along with 53 VA State troops.

A second VA Militia regiment under Major David Campbell
was made up of all the smaller companies from counties in VA. Tate's men were included in this unit and they also were placed on the main line.

I'm just putting the finishing touches on the second VA Militia unit, which will have more civilian attired figures in it.

After that, it's Quaker Meadow Joe's NC riflemen.

Bill N04 Apr 2018 8:42 p.m. PST

"a Virginia Company under an officer, who's rank I can't recall, named Wallace"

I believe Andrew Wallace was a captain. In 1779 he raised a company of continentals. The company was part of Buford's ad hoc Virginia Continental battalion that served with Gates after Camden. (From two pension applications) I am not clear on whether Wallace was leading his own company at Cowpens or whether the company he commanded was composed of picked men from the Virginia battalion. Wallace was killed at Guilford Courthouse. IIRC he had a brother who was killed while serving as an officer under Buford at Waxhaws.

Wallace's company supposedly was posted next to a Virginia company commanded by John Lawson who was killed in the battle. To date I have not found any information about Lawson or his command.

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