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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Oct 2020 6:04 a.m. PST

After some technical issues, Kings Mountain Miniatures is back up and running.
kingsmtminis.com/catalog

This is one of my favorite new manufacturers.
Their first line were some very nice Highlanders in trousers. They have the stiffened bonnet. Perfect for the 71st.

The most distinctive feature is the other ranges. He makes "Continentals", Over Mountain Men, and dismounted dragoons. The main feature is that they come with separate heads. You can order specific heads, or even order heads separately, and that's where the fun begins.
Using his Continentals and a specific Associators head, you can make the Pennsylvania Associators. Here's where the fun begins. I cut the head off a Perry mounted officer and gave him an Associator head. Voila. Gen Cadwallader.
I've taken the Continentals and given them plumed slouch hats. Paint them red or green, and you have nice generic Loyalists.
The Continentals look very much "on campaign". Not as ragged as Eureka, but they're not spiffy parade ground types.

The Over Mountain Men are backwoods types. Best part is that they wear plain linen smocks, and not the ubiquitous fringed "hunting shirt".
I gave mine the low Highland bonnet without the stiffener. (His catalogue calls it a beret.) I call my unit the "Hillbilly Highlanders". I used them in a fun game at Moore's Creek, and as Carolina Regulators.

I've taken Old Glory cavalry, like the 2nd Connecticut and Kentucky Volunteers, and replaced the heads with all sorts. Even the dreaded "dead animal".
I've replaced the plumed top hat of the Mad Anthony Wayne Legion figures with the "proper" KM LI head. And given Legion officers proper tricorne.

Before you go chopping heads, it's best to recognize that you need minis with thick necks, so you can drill them out properly. KM have a pin for the neck.
The conversions work well on Old Glory, Battle Honors, Perry, Knuckleduster, Sash and Saber, etc.
I wouldn't try on RSM or Fife and Drum or Minden. The proportions are wrong. However, I did swap heads on a Conquest Woodlands Indian, and gave him a low bonnet. He is "McLeod gone native".

JLA10515 Oct 2020 6:22 a.m. PST

Thanks for the recommendation, OFM! I need to check this out.

Pan Marek15 Oct 2020 8:03 a.m. PST

OK.
Went to the site. I went to the dismounted dragoons.
When you go to choose the head type, you get only
one choice.

John- If you know the owner, you might want to tell him
about this glitch.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Oct 2020 8:14 a.m. PST

Message sent.

doc mcb15 Oct 2020 8:52 a.m. PST

I have a bunch of the dismounted dragoons -- iirc the OFM gave them to me? -- and they have several heads. ENORMOUSLY useful.

Bill N15 Oct 2020 10:10 a.m. PST

I am extremely pleased to learn that Bill is back up to speed. His heads are a real joy. While I sometimes use them for Continentals such as Pulaski's Legion, I find they are most helpful with my militia.

For those familiar with Trumbull's Death of Montgomery scene, the OMM figures with the correct head is pretty much spot on for the figures clad in hunting shirts.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Oct 2020 11:11 a.m. PST

Bill N.
I have a sprue with those heads.
Which regiment is that with the long tail brown coat and RED facings?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Oct 2020 12:22 p.m. PST

Doc, I don't recall sending you any Kings Mountain Dragoons.
However, back in the Last century our friend Der Alte Fritz briefly had a line called Firing Line. They were very compatible with his current Fife and Drum line, as well as Minden and RSM. They too had separate heads.
My glorious Philadelphia Light Horse are Firing Line.
Maybe it was them.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Oct 2020 1:10 p.m. PST

@Pan Marek
The owner just told me that the head option is screwed up.
Email the owner about your preferred heads and he will straighten it out.

Pan Marek15 Oct 2020 1:25 p.m. PST

Thanks.

Personal logo 7th Va Cavalry Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 1:27 p.m. PST

This is GREAT news!!! I've been missing their sculpts. So glad to see all is well and back in business.
Seriously, where else can you get so many options with that large selection of individual heads?

Thanks for sharing John the OFM, now I can complete my Highlander units!!!
link

doc mcb15 Oct 2020 2:45 p.m. PST

John, yes, I think mine are something other than KM, and are probably FL.

Bill N15 Oct 2020 3:01 p.m. PST

John, I assume you are referring to the figures in the background of the painting. I frankly don't know. I think the painting is more of an allegory than a representation of what happened. Would Montgomery and his staff be wearing blue uniform with the buff facings, waistcoat and breeches that Continental generals and staff were wearing later in the war? Unknown. Were the people depicted actually in Montgomery's presence when he was killed? Probably not. I believe Thompson was still in Massachusetts at the time.

Disco Joe15 Oct 2020 3:35 p.m. PST

Great news. Now if only he would come out with some new figures.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 5:10 p.m. PST

Give him some time Disco Joe.

"just back up and running" is the key phrase.

I'm just glad KMM is back. I have heads I need. Some of them attached to bodies.

I'd like to see some things too. Like dismounted Brunswick Dragoons, but in their overalls and shoes, not boots.

Eric

Disco Joe15 Oct 2020 5:41 p.m. PST

Eric, I do understand it will take time since he is just back up and running as was pointed out but it has been about 3 or 4 years at a minimum since he released anything new. Possibly more than that so that is why I mentioned that it would be nice to see some brand new figures.

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