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From ChristopherS- 28mm British Legion Cavalry (AWI) (60 Points)
The British Legion otherwise known as Tarleton's Legion or Tarleton's
Raiders is an American Loyalist formation that is a combined force of
both infantry, cavalry and light artillery. The Legion fought in numerous engagements, anti- guerilla missions and punishment raids mainly in the Southern theatre.
Banastre Tarleton is probably one of the most controversial figures in
the war with many believing him to be a murderous thug while others
think he is a victim of propaganda. A lot of this stems from what is reported to have happened at the Battle of Waxhaws.
This engagement resulted in the catch phrase Tarleton's Quarter. My
personal opinion is that it was a civil war of sorts especially in the south with
a lot of bad blood so I think both were pretty ruthless in dealing with
each other and atrocities were likely committed on both sides, but I
think Waxhaws either through fact of events or propaganda ramped things
up a few notches and both sides took revenge killings on each other when
the mood and opportunity struck. Whatever your opinion on Banastre Tarleton from murderous thug to
brilliant cavalry officer you have to admit the man could design an
excellent hat seen on the figures called....yep you guessed it a Tarleton.
When painting the unit I pretty much used Don Troiani's painting and
description of the regiment down to the horses being a mixed lot of what
they could get their hands on. Equipment I kept as uniformed as
possible as I feel cavalry were better equipped and found it easier to
maintain it. I enjoyed painting their simple, but rather elegant
uniform and of course the Tarleton hat's which are my favourites of the
war. As you may have noticed I couldn't resist playing up the bad guy
image and mounted the commander(perhaps Tarelton?) on a black
At 28mm I think this gives me 60pts. Miniature Company-Perry Miniatures From Curt:
Stunning work Christopher! I love the paintwork on the horses and their uniforms are excellent as well, especially the blending on their buff trousers. Lovely.