Wednesday, March 4, 2020

1/72 German Jagers


1/72 German Jägers





Hello again,


After making my history exams, I have recovered my hobby…

I bought in Ebay a box of Airfix “Washington Army”. 





I received a box from Chicago…my Christmas present¡¡¡ It was not expensive (13 Euros with shipments), but it maintain the price it had…in the seventies¡?…58 cents

I feel they are practically an antique; I´ll fill a little guilty cutting they away…but they are done for using them; don you think so?





Figures


It´s the first time I see them physically, They have a strange proportion, in comparison with the accurate figures; short, and with a big head, and bigger hat¡¡…but with the exception of their short legs they look great. They have the unique AWI prone poses in the market…


I have seen them in internet, as part of very interesting armies. But in my case, Making them directly from the box doesn´t convince me; they feel very different in proportion in comparison with the figures I´m using…

but I will feel more guilty transforming them¡¡¡

So…with prone poses, with small legs for using the standings  poses,… what can I do with them¡?

I thought in making a small unit of German Jagers; they are a scout unit, these kinds of poses may be appropriate for this unit…


 
I thought that using not standing poses, and adding the jacked boots they would conceal their short legs. For the standing firing pose, I have changed his legs for another ones from the Accurate figures. I have transformed the Officer, from an standing to a sitting pose. I have added an arm with a telescope to one of the prone poses and I have cut the bayonets as the rifles didn´t have them.




German Jägers


According to “An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-83”, Jägers were the best light infantrymen. They were specialized in skirmishing, scouting and ambushes. They used hunting rifles without bayonets.

In the supplement “Rebellion” of the “Black Powder “ Ruleset, they act as small light infantry units.



Uniforms



There were Jägers from the four main German contingents; Hesse-Cassel, Anspach-Bayreuth, Brunswick and Hesse-Hanau; All of them wore in the same way; “The Jägers were uniformed in green, faced crimson and their  buttons were of yellow metal. They wore the cocked hat, usually with a green cut-feather plume on the left side over the cockade.


So I did three bases… in skirmishing, scouting and ambushing…










Painted Figures 



Composition

In the skirmishing base I have tried not to do a linear composition, so I have positioned them uning among the rocks,so not in a direct way, and in three different levels; from one prone position otherone in standing and the last one above the rocks…

What to do with the rest of the figures?

It has been worthwhile to use the Airfix figures?
I have to think what to do with the rest of figures; My doubt is if to left their original legs in the standing poses or to replace them as I have made with the standing firing pose…What do you think?

Thank you very much for watching¡








Friday, December 27, 2019

1/72 American Regiment (dark blue facing buff)


American side is growing¡




This time I have build and American unit wearing a dark blue uniform coat with buff as facing color. Apart from some militia units and According to the new regulations of 1979, this facing colour was established for units of the states of New York and New Jersey. I have added some men wearing some civilian clothes, something that seems usual in the scenes of the American units. I have used generics flag valid for non specific units.




I have used a heterogeneous variety of poses, trying to give dynamism to the scene.




In the pictures while the soldiers try to fight with ferocity, one of the fellows looks at the camera blatantly¡



I hope you like them¡

Friday, December 13, 2019

1/72 Making a Continental Army¡


1/72 Making a Continental Army¡




As I commented in the entry; https://modellingawi.blogspot.com/2019/04/making-regiment.html, The uniform of  English Regiments, broadly speaking, is not very difficult to understand; with its red coats, regimental colour and white for the rest of the clothes.



Uniforms;


But…what about the American Uniforms? In the reference books and in internet we can see a big variety of uniforms; these can be copied easily, and will add a very good variety of colours to our American Army, but; if we use very specific uniforms, we could use them  only in the specific battles that these recognizable units fought. Is it possible to create a core of units with more general uniforms usable for more o less every battle?

Apart from the some militia units dressed practically in civilian clothes, that I will see in other entry, from the two main book that I´m using, we can extract some ideas;



For the Period 1977-79;

·         In the Lorenz book I can read about the Continental infantry; “When dealing with the Continental infantry regiments and the uniforms, it should be noted that the most common uniform worn before the uniforms regulations of 1779 were issued was either dark blue coats faced red or brown coats faced red. Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and South Carolina were states that furnished their troops with uniforms of these basic colors”

For the Period 1979-81;

·         In the “Rebellions supplement” we can read “ In 1779-80 it was the hope of Congress And Washington that  more standardization could be brought to the appearance of the Continental army. The infantry were to wear a dark blue uniform coat with facing colours dependent on the  colony; White for New England; buff for New York and New Jersey; red or scarlet for the middle colonies, including Virginia; blue in the Carolinas and Georgia.



So, Regiments painted in dark blue uniform coat with a variety of facing colours (being the red the more used), plus brown coats faced red can constitute the core of our Continental Army.


Figures;


As I said with the Accurate Set 7200 British Infantry (we can find them as Revell Set 02560 or as IMEX  Set 512 British redcoats)is the core for building the standard units of regular army of both, -English and American – sides. The other main reference is Accurate Set 7201 American Militia (we can find them too as Revell Set 02561American Militia or as IMEX Set 511George Washington’s Army), some of their poses wear standard regulars uniforms, other ones are made for the militia units, but we can add some variety in the American Regular Regiments adding them same militia poses in more o less quantity (as we can see in many illustrations).

About the figures you can read this entry; 

https://modellingawi.blogspot.com/2019/04/making-regiment.HTML

 






 



















American regiment had more variety in their hats, rounded, those similar to light infantry caps…but they are very difficult to obtain in this scale. we can ad blankets rolls too…I will see what can we do…¡


So I have begun with one unit wearing dark blue coats faced red. Used in the period 1775-79 and being the official color for the middle colonies in the Period 1979-81.




As you can see above, the poses in this units are inspired other similar unit I made for the English Army;










Thank you for watching¡

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.



Figures


So, for the mounted figures I have used the mounted ones that we can find in the  Hat reference 7YW Prussian Infantry Command (http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=2094 ); 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”(http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=200 ), with transformations and changing many arms…  

Figures not from the period…











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




 Different compositions…




Finished…








Thank you very much for watching¡¡


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¡

Napoleonic;

-Esci  Set 215 British(now Italeri Set 6058 British and Scots Infantry)

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=92
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..

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¡¡













Thank you very much for watching¡¡


you can get more information of this unit in this excellent page;
http://www.42ndrhr.org/index.php