Saturday, 7 January 2017
From TomF: 10mm AWI Green Mountain Boys (38 Points)
First Challenge, first entry!
I've thoroughly enjoyed The Challenge over the last two years as a spectator. But I really wanted to get off the sidelines and into the game this year.
The primary motivation for participating this year is that I have a project that needs to be completed by the end of March. A colleague at the local university I work at is teaching a course on the American War of Independence (AWI) and has asked me to host a game.
I've decided to run the Battle of Hubbardton which was a small (but important) rearguard action during the Saratoga (New York) campaign that immediately followed the British capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1777 (see Wikipedia summary here). I chose this battle because it is fairly small and has some very colorful (both in uniforms and leader personalities) American and British/German units. This is my first foray into AWI miniatures so I need to paint all units involved in the battle by the deadline.
The first AWI unit off the painting desk is an American regiment, the Green Mountain Boys (aka - Warner's Extra Continental Regiment). A reenactment group of this regiment has a nice summary of the unit's history here. Click on the photo gallery link on the left of the web page for pictures of the reenactors in their uniforms.
All 35 minis are 10mm Pendraken.
The regiment had dark green coats with red facings. All other clothing and accoutrements varied based on what the individual soldiers brought with them.
There is a nice variety of poses that came in the Pendraken pack (AWA 7) which slowed me down in getting this unit finished.
Close-up of the command stand. The paper flag is an altered image that I borrowed from the internet.
Finally, a picture of the regiment from the rear. Loved the sculpting of the hair on these minis.
Thanks for viewing my first submission.
Really lovely work Tom! I've not seen the AWI range from Prendraken so this is a real treat, especially with how excellently you've painted them.
A funny coincidence is that my wife, Sarah, is a direct descendant of Ethan Allen, one of the leaders of the Green Mountain Boys, drawn through her mother's line. I've always bugged her to join the 'Daughters of the American Revolution', but she won't budge (she'd look quite fetching in a tricorne and ruffled shirt).
I quite like the bold green, white and red you've used on these guys - they really do a wonderful job in drawing the eye to the figures. I also like the chunky bases - their thickness will help keep fingers off the boys. I know many of us are looking forward to seeing this project develop over the course of the Challenge!
38 Points, including one extra for the brave banner. Well done!