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Mike Target30 Oct 2019 3:38 p.m. PST

A few months ago a friend and I agreed to collect some forces for the '45 and maybe play some games with them. I decided I wanted to collect the British/loyalist/Govt. forces, he would collect the Jacobites.

I like researching new periods , and picked up a bunch of Amazon downloads for cheap to get me started and over the course of a holiday worked my way through:
The Lilies & The Thistle: French Troops in the Jacobite '45 by Andrew Bamford, Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the '45 by Maggie Craig, No Quarter Given: The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46 by Christian Aikman, Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745. Volume I. by Mrs. Thomson , Culloden 1746, Fight for the Throne by Chris Tabraham, Cumberlands Culloden Army (Osprey) by Stuart Reid, a compilation of articles entitled 1745 Jacobite Battle for Britain by Key publishing.

Whilst I was absorbing that little lot I decided to make some scenery; there was a wagonway on the field at Prestonpans and I thought it was probably the only feature not in my terrain collection. I couldn't find much info as to what it might have looked like at the time, except that it was on an embankment, so this is what I came up with.

Its just a couple of layers of foam board carved to shape, covered in filla, and with a couple of rows of matchsticks across the top! Total length is 6 feet. Its probably a bit too high I suspect, but its different, and I'll probably build some wagons for it at some point.

This kept me going whilst I waited for my first batch of Figures from CrannTara, I only put a little order of infantry in to get me started. My friend and I had decided Black Powder would probably be our chosen ruleset and that 16 figures in two ranks would do for a standard infantry unit.

The first unit off the painting table was Lascelles 58th Foot :

I then painted General Cope and Murrays 57th foot.

I'd also ordered a pack of Royal Navy types to man the guns. Alas Crann Tara don't make one of the 1.5pdr galloper guns so in the end I made my own from Matchsticks, dowel, Greenstuff, some spare wheels, and a couple of warlord games Horses.
The horses have a staple crudely wedged over their saddle to allow the guns to be towed!

The whole force so far, ready to march into the highlands and show those rebel scum whose boss! Unless theres lots of them, or they're a bit miffed…

JimDuncanUK30 Oct 2019 4:39 p.m. PST

It would be good to post this on the Fife & Drum Forum.

von Winterfeldt30 Oct 2019 11:54 p.m. PST

very impressive, excellent painting, inspirational

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2019 1:57 a.m. PST

Excellent stuff, and a nice choice in Cann Tara.

Mike Target31 Oct 2019 6:11 a.m. PST

thanks guys; cranntara miniatures are indeed excellent. I'm very happy with them, and need to put in another order soon!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2019 7:18 a.m. PST

Very nicely done! And I'm going to "steal" your idea about the staple on the horse. I have a wooden wagon that I need to "affix" to its towing horse and I think your idea will work well.


Rod MacArthur31 Oct 2019 10:47 a.m. PST

They look really excellent.

Maggie Craig's book "Damn Rebel Bitches" about the women of the 45 is also a good read.


Mike Target31 Oct 2019 11:38 a.m. PST

Maggie Craig's book "Damn Rebel Bitches" about the women of the 45 is also a good read

That ones on my to-do list! Bare-arsed Banditti was very good.

Spooner629 Nov 2019 2:36 p.m. PST

Nice looking stuff, keep us posted on your progress. I too have this project in the works, but it has stumbled as I struggle to find a set of rules I like.


spontoon26 Dec 2019 2:01 p.m. PST


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