Monday, November 11, 2019

1/72 AWI British Commanders and Staff

Hello everyone;

British Commanders and Staff. 

This time, a little but indispensable for building an Army; the Commanders and Staff.

According to my “Bible”, “An illustrated Encyclopedia of uniforms 1775-83”, (Lorenz books), Generals and Staff officers, wore read coats, facing dark blue and abundant gold lace on lapels, and began to wear epaulettes; The adjutant general wore silver and buttons. As in some illustration, the turnbacks of the coat were not fasten, important observation for getting them…

In the 1/72 awi references we can get this poses in the reference of IMEX George Washington Army, as we know is the same reference than the Accurate-Revell one, but IMEX added two staff mounted figures  (one of them George Washington). But this was only some years ago, now they make this reference without them. In the IMEX British Army the question is the same.


So, for the mounted figures I have used the mounted ones that we can find in the  Hat reference 7YW Prussian Infantry Command ( ); not the period, but with some transformations, and as I have said before with the turnbacks not fasten you can use them. For the figures on foot I have used the usual Accurate-Revell References, some figures from the IMEX Artillery, even some of the Italeri reference “French Imperial General Staff”( ), with transformations and changing many arms…  

Figures not from the period…

Conversions (some of them i´ll use for the Americans…)

 Different compositions…


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Monday, October 21, 2019

1/72 Awi 42nd (Royal Highlanders) regiment on foot, (The Black watch).

After doing some English Regiments of fusilier s, I´m trying to add more variety on the English side; I Have done two units of hessians (fusiliers and Granadiers), an as well as a Loyalist unit. Now I have done a highland Regiment, so lovely with their skirts.

According to “An illustrated Encyclopedia of uniforms 1775-83”, after the Jacobite rebellion, the42nd Foot Scottish regiment were raised , first for policing the Highlands, and later was send to America, Due to his exceptionally service in the French and Indian war, it became a Royal Regiment.

Uniforms and available miniatures

There are a lot of illustrations about their uniform in the American Revolution:

-1.First Period: Full highland Dress:

-1.a. With kilts; as in the “an illustrated Encyclopedia of uniforms 1775-83”

For this uniform, I have three basics references for the highlanders..all of them of other periods¡


-Esci  Set 215 British(now Italeri Set 6058 British and Scots Infantry)
I have them. I think very good figures, slim Esci type.

-Italeri Set 6004 Highlander Infantry

I have them .Good too, their face seem a little like cartons.-

-Italeri Set 6136 Scots Infantry:
I Haven´t them but they seem vey good figures, with very good proportions;

-1.bUse of kilts and plaid; In the Presidio book “Military uniforms in America” and Blandfort colour series.

Jacobite Rebilion;

-RedBox Set 72050 Highland Infantry:

I have them. Very apropiate for the very first period, apart of using of Kilt, they wear many thing that the other references lacks; plaid cartage box in the belly, sporran…Good figures and poses, more bulky than Accurate and esci-Italeri figures.

2.Second periods;
They used normal gaiters…but who want to represent them in this appearance if you can chose with Kilts¡¡


Finally I Have used the Italeri Set 6004 Highlander Infantry, because of the bulky appearance of RedBox Set 72050 Highland Infantry, but I think the Redbox set is more appropriate.

Transformations; As you can see, I have cut the shoulder pads, the hats, added the cartrige boxes, the sporrans, new hats…and have hidden the modern cartridge boxes modeling bags of this period above them.
The backpacks; In the Italery reference they looks very “modern”; In all illustrations they have a more rustic appearance. I have tried to transform the in this type of the AWI period.

The backpacks; In the Italery reference they looks very “modern”; In all illustrations they have a more rustic appearance. I have tried to transform the in this type of the AWI period.

Well I have to said that the true it´s that I have tried to transform them at my convenience (according to the figures I have) looking for illustrations that justify me¡¡ …as always I think all of we do¡¡

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

1/72 Hessians Granadier Regiment

Hello again¡ 

For my next hessian unit I have chosen the grenadier regiment Von Rall. I wanted to make a grenadier Regiment; with their golden hats they would give a colorful touch to the English side.

And why this one? This was the only grenadier regiment not formed by joining the grenadier companies of other units, but a specific grenadier battalion. Because of this it was the only carrying flags, and this is the main reason for choosing it; a unit without flags is not the same…

Other particularities of the Regiment was that their coats hadn´t got lapels. As you can see in the illustration they wore bue coat with red lining, their small clothes in buff. As in the illustration, sometimes the breeches are made out of mattrres ticking; I think is very difficult to paint this small color lines in the breeches, so I have paint then in buff, perhaps I will try next time…
(I have used a image form the book “An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-83-The American revolution war” from Lorenz books;

During the campaign this unit , as other Hessians units, was not accustomed to this new conflict and tried to use the rigid formations used in Europe. In Trenton the ysurrended practically without fighting (it´s said that their musket couldn´t fire because the low temperatures,- but I think in Germany the weather is sometimes the same¡-; but the main reason seems to be that they don´t use the possibilities of the defense in a city, using rigid formation in an open space and not using small groups covered inside the buildings

Hola otra vez¡

Para mi próxima unidad de “Hessianas” he escogido el Regimiento “Von Rall”. Quería hacer un Regimiento de granaderos; con sus sombreros dorados darían un toque de color al lado inglés.

Y por qué este? Este fue el único Regimiento de Granaderos no formado por la unión de compañías de granaderos de otras , snio que eran un regimiento de granaderos específico. Por esto era el único Regimiento que tenía banderas, y esta es la razón principal para escogerle, una unidad sin banderas no es lo mismo…

Otra particularidades del regimiento era que sus abrigos n tenían solapas, como podéis ver en la ilustración vestían u abrigo azul con ribetes en rojo, su resto de ropas eran en color beige. Como viene en la ilustración, a veces los granaderos tenían pantalones a rayas de color, pero creo que no soy capaz de pintarlos así, así que los he dejado en beige. Quizás la próxima vez

Durante la campaña esta unidad, como otras de “hessians”, no estaba acostumbradas al nuevo conflicto y trataron de usar las mismas rígidas formaciones usadas en Europa. En Trenton se rindieron prácticamente sin luchar ( se ha dicho que sus mosquetes no podían disparar debido a las bajas temperaturas, pero en Alemania debieron tener el mismo problema¡ parece que la principal razón fue que no usaron las posibilidades de defensa en una ciudad, usando formaciones rígidas en un espacio abierto y no dividiéndose en pequeños grupos a cubierto en los edificios.

How can we do them?

Some time ago I though how to do Hessians Granadiers in this 1/72 scale.

One option it´s to use the Hat Seven Years War Range, but as I explained in other post, apart from the differences in the uniforms used, for me the height and the anatomy are incompatible with the British Accurate-Revell-Imex figures.

Como los podemos hacer ?
Hat? Hace tiempo pensé en cómo hacer los granaderos. Una opción es usar la serie de figures de Hat de la Guerra de los siete años, pero aparte de las diferencias en el uniforme, la anatomía las hace incompatibles con los ingleses de Accurate-Revell-Imex.

…And it´s possible to use the Italery Russian Granadiers from the Napoleonic period?

Their head with are very well sculpted, with lovely moustaches, and the same for the hats, compatible with the hat used by the Hessians…but is it possible to use their bodies too?

 I saw many differences in uniform… but their poses are very good and I began to stay a little bored using only the Accurate-Revell-Imex ones…

The coats are fasten in their upper front; but really their arms hide this part in almost every pose. Painting this side as if they were a little open can conceal it.

The coat are very sort, For solving this I have used the lower part of the minis from the Accurate-Revell-Imex minis; in this way I solve the problems with the boots too. (in some minis for keeping their original poses I have added only the tail of the coats, or, as with the flag bearers I had modeled that part.

y…es posible usar los Granaderos Rusos de Italeri del periodo Napoleónico? Sus cabezas están muy bien esculpidas, con sus bigotes….pero es posible utilizar también sus cuerpos?

Veo diferencias en los uniformes, pero sus poses son muy buenas y yo comienzo a estar un poco aburrido de usar solo los Accurate-Revell-Imex…

 Other problem it´s the equipment; 

when I have change the lower part I have recuperated the swords that the British don’t have and the hessians had.

But one unsolved problems are the haversacks; In all the illustrations, and minis I have seen all of them have haversacks, and the Russians Napoleonic Granadiers have back packs; It´s true that the rest of British troops used them in the AWI, perhaps the hessians too? And the model of backpacks used in the AWI is different…But I realized that to remove the backpacks and restore their backs was impossible for my capacities¡…so they keep them¡

I don´t konw if they really seem to be AWI hessians and transmit his spirit…

Los capotes están abrochados en la parte superior del frente, pero realmente sus brazos tapan esta parte en casi todas las poses. Pintando este lado como si estuvieran un poco abiertos puede camuflarlo.

Los capotes son muy cortos, para resolver esto he usado la parte inferior de las minis de Accurate-Revell-Imex. De esta manera soluciono el problema de las botas también.( en algunas minis para mantener la pose original yo sólo he añadido la cola de los capotes o la he modelado)

Otro problema es el equipamiento;

Cuando he cambiado la parte inferior, he recuperado las espadas que los británicos no tenían pero los hessiáns si.

Pero un problema sin resolver son las bolsas. En todas las ilustarciones y minis todos llevan bolsas en los lados, pero los granaderos napoleónicos rusos llevan mochilas; las tropas británicas en la AWI las llevaban…quizás los hessians también? Nosé, pero quitaralas y restaurar su espalda es imposible, …así que las mantienen.

No sé si ellos tarnsmiten el espíritu de los Hessians en la AWI…

Que pensáis?Otras posibilidades de conversión?
Muchas graciaspor vuestra atención¡

What do you think? Other possibilities for conversions to granadiers?

Thank you very much for watching¡

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

English Cavalry.17th light Dragoons

According to the supplement of Black powder Rebellion, English Cavalry was inferior to the American one.

Only two cavalry regular units served in America, both of light Dragoons. Light Dragoons fought as mounted cavalry using sabre-wielding charges and carbine or pistol fire either mounted o dismounted.

Both wore in red with light cavalry helmets and with buttons in white metal, small clothes in white.

16th light Dragoons: Dark blue facings. Trumpeters the same.

17th light Dragoons: White facings. On their helmets they show white skull and crossbones. Trumpeters wore in reverse colors.

De acuerdo con el suplemento de Back Powder Rebellion, la caballería inglesa fue inferior a la americana.

Sólo dos unidades regulares de caballería sirvieron en América, ambas de Dragones ligeros. Dragones ligeros lucharon como caballería montado usando cargas de sabre y fuego de pistolas o carabinas, tanto montados como desmontados.

Ambas vistieron con sombreros de caballería montada con botones en metal blanco y ropa bajo el chaquetón en blanco.

16th light Dragoons: Solapas en azul oscuro. Trompeteros en el mismo color.

17th light Dragoons: Solapas en blanco. En sus sombreros una calavera con dos tibias cruzadas.los trompeteros en colores invertidos.

For my first English cavalry units I have decided to build the 17th light Dragoons unit.

Obviously I had used the Italery reference 6044 British Light Cavalry. They are the only reference in 1/72 for the AWI cavalry. They try to represent just this unit. The uniforms seems to be correct but as said in the Plastic soldier review, three  figures wear gorgets, in theory only for officials, and that the sabre is a little short. I think these are not big problems. In my opinion, and it´s only my opinion the fantastic page usually magnifies the falls of the Italery figures, being more tolerant with other brands. I like a lot the Italery sculpting stile of the Italery figures. But it´s true that the expression of their faces, as in this reference, doesn´t seem to be of a man in the middle of a battle; they seems ephebes smiling; for me this problem is bigger. Another problem is that Italery figures usually, and more in the latest set, are taller than their equivalents in other brands, ant this problem is even bigger.I n this case they can fit with the references that I ´m using for the infantry.

Obviamente he usado la referencia de Italery 6044 British Light Cavalry.
Es la única referencia en 1/72 para representar Caballería de la AWI. Este set trata de representar esta unidad. Los uniformes parecen ser correctos como dice Plastic Soldier Review, tres figuras llevan gorgets (gargantillas) en teoría solo para los oficiales, y los sabres son un poco cortos. Creo que estos no son grandes problemas. En mi opinión esta página fantástica, normalmente magnifica los fallos de las figuras de Italery, siendo más tolerante con otras marcas. A mí me gusta mucho el estilo de modelado de las figuras de Italery; pero es verdad que la expresión de sus caras, como en esta referencia, no parece la de un hombre en mitad de la batalla; parecen efebos sonriendo; para mí ese si es un gran problema. Otro problema es que las figuras de Italery son usualmente, y más en los últimos sets, mas grandes que sus equivalentes de otras marcas; y este problema es incluso mayor. En nuestro caso, estas figuras si casan con las referencias que estoy usando para la infantería.

I have used  them practically straight from the box with no transformations (only the flag). I´ll try to make more cavalry units, and perhaps this unit dismounted, although it seems very difficult…

Las he usado prácticamente directas de la caja sin transformaciones, (solo la bandera). Trataré de hacer más unidades de caballería, y quizás esta misma unidad desmontada, aunque parece bastante complicado…

Thank you very much for watching¡

Muchas gracias por vuestra visita¡

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

1/72 Loyalist Regiment


During the American Revolutionary War, many  colonists remained loyal to the Crown. As we said in other post, nearly 20-30 %, adopted this position. British command didn’t use all the potential of this population, reluctant of their military capacities.

After the loyalist troops proved his value, and in some campaigns they formed the bulk of the Army. They were named Provincials by British, or Tories by American Rebels.

Loyalist units were placed in two commands, American or Canadian. The organization was as the British units, in Regiments, or some of them in Legions with infantry and cavalry.

Some of the loyalist units later become Regular British Regiment, as Volunteers of Ireland and the Royal Highland Emigrants. After the war many loyalist units went to Canada, where they were disbanded and settled there.


At first, Provincials worn even civilians clothes, later  green uniforms, with White facings, and waistcoat and breeches on white too, and many round hats. From 1777 the uniform began to be replaced by other with red coats with a variety of facing colors as the British uniform, and with white lining.

Muchos ciudadanos de las colonias permanecieron leales a la corona inglesa. Como vimos en otra entrada, alrededor del 20-30 %,adoptaron esta posición. El mando inglés no usó todo el potencial de esta población desconfiado de sus capacidades militares.

Después, las unidades leales probaron su valor, y en algunas campañas ellos fueron el cuerpo principal del ejército. Fueron llamados provinciales por los británicos, o tories  (conservadores) por los rebeldes.

Las unidades “leales” fueron adscritas en dos jefaturas, americana o canadiense. La organización fue como en las unidades británicas, en regimientos; o algunas de ellas en Legiones con infantería y caballería.

Canada, where they were disbanded and settled there.

Algunas de las unidades leales fueron más tarde convertidas en unidades regulares del ejército Británico.como los Voluntarios de Irlanda y los “Royal Highland Emigrants”.

Después de la guerra muchas unidades leales fueron a Canadá y allí disueltas, y los integrantes se asentaron allí.

Main loyalist Units;

King ´s American regiment.

Actions; New York, Hudson and Connecticut, Carolinas and Georgia.

Uniform:  At first green uniforms, with White facings, and waistcoat and breeches on white too. Later , red coats faced green, and later faced blue.

Actions; New York, Hudson and Connecticut, Carolinas y Georgia.

Uniformes; al principio uniformes verdes con vueltas en blanco y camisa y pantalones en blanco. Más adelante capotes rojosl con bordes en verde y luego en azul.

In 1/72: We can use the British infantry from Accurate-revell- Imex as for the regular British. I have added some poses from the American infantry from the same reference, for indicating the irregularity of the uniforms, and some round hats caught from the reference of IMEX (that I used for the American Rebels, just changing the heads that now I can use¡). I have used the green uniform period for adding color to the British Army. In this scheme, I don´t know the primary source, I have found his flag, and I don´t know if they are valid. I have used another generic loyalist flag. This happens to me for making them before getting the information¡

I have used a image form the book “An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-83-The American revolution war” from Lorenz books;

En 1/72: Podemos usar la infantería de Accurate-revell- Imex igual que para los regulares británicos. He añadido algunas poses de la referencia de la infantería americana,  para indicar cierta irregularidad en los uniformes, y algunos sombreros redondos cogidos de la referencia de IMEX (que he usado para los Americanos rebeldes, justo intercambiando las cabezas que ahora puedo usar). He usado el uniforme verde del primer periodo para añadir color al ejército británico. En este esquema, no se cual es la fuente primaria, he encontrado su bandera, no sé si sería válida. He usado otra bandera lealista genérica. Esto me pasa por hacer las miniaturas antes de encontrar la información.

He usado una imagen del libro “An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-83-The American revolution war” de books;

I will add more units, I hope soon¡

Añadiré más unidades…espero que pronto¡