Sunday, August 28, 2011

British & Hessian Regiments - part the third.. and final part of the second box of units - you're in for a treat, the "Royal Irish" might be the best fighting wargaming unit, but we start with my favourite wargames unit... probably of all the periods I play.....


23rd Foot (Royal Welsh Fusileers)

..a notable exception to the vast majority of the collection in that these comprise Front Rank figures. I saw them at a Salute (when it was still at Olympia so that must have been years ago!) and completely fell for the quality of the castings, and the sheer brilliance of the sculpts... they're bigger than the Minifgs, but not noticeably so when in a separate unit..

It was this guy following that sold me - of all the figures I've owned and painted over the years he is my absolute favourite, bar none - he sums up everything I have read and learnt about the British officers of these regiments, proud, haughty sometimes, incredibly brave most of the time, but ultimately commanding and demanding obedience...

The light infantry and grenadier companies of the Fusiliers saw action at Bunker Hill (losses to the Grenadier and Light Infantry companies were extremely heavy, the former only having five men left who were not killed or wounded. It is reliably reported by several sources that the regimental goat also took part in the attack, although whether or not he survived is unknown!)

The following year they were engaged in the Battles of Long Island, Brooklyn Heights, Harlem Heights, White Plains, and Fort Washington, they then took part in the Danbury, Connecticut raids in which as the rearguard, they distinguished themselves once more by holding off several determined attacks of overwhelming American forces commanded by Benedict Arnold. In 1777 the regiment took part in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and the capture of Philadelphia and the river forts protecting it. In 1778 at Monmouth Courthouse the Grenadier Company lost a third of its strength, but received the thanks of Brigadier General Sir William Meadows. In 1779 they were part of the force that captured several of the small Hudson river forts and joined a punitive expedition against the Connecticut ports of New Haven, Norfolk, Greenfield, and Fairfield. They moved south and took part in the siege of Charleston in early 1780. At Camden the "Royal Welch Fusiliers and the 33rd Regiment of Foot were able to turn the American flank resulting in a precipitous American retreat after forty five minutes of stubborn resistance. Pursued by the British cavalry, the retreat soon became a rout, with about 1,000 prisoners taken and about 900 casualties inflicted upon the hapless Americans". At Guilford Courthouse the Royal Welch Fusiliers had been in the forefront of the charges that broke through two successive American lines. The regiment lost a third of its officers in this battle..

During the siege of Yorktown, the Royal Welch Fusiliers held their redoubt against overwhelming odds, before surrendering with the rest of the British force.

I particularly recommend "Fusiliers" by Mark Urban for anyone with even the remotest interest in the war, or the regiment - a real nine out of tenner... the way - don't give me any nonsense about them not wearing the bearskin in America, and that they'd left them in storage - we'll have none of that defeatist talk in my ranks..

Base no's 38 and 39.

71st (Frasers) Foot
First Highland regiment I painted, my reading indicated that they had decided to leave their plaids behind (no protection to the legs, and the heavy wool would not dry out in the wet environment), so I painted them in troo's.. back to Minifigs for this regiment - the sculpts have such charm, I especially like the faces...

The 71st was raised in 1775 specifically to fight in the American War of Independence. They served in both the Northern and Southern Campaigns, and at many major battles including Long Island (1776), Brandywine (1777), Savannah (1778), Briar Creek (1779), the Siege of Savannah (1779), the Siege of Charleston (1780), Camden (1780), Guildford Courthouse (1781) and the Battle of Yorktown (1781).

At Yorktown the regiment served with the 33rd and the 17th in the same brigade - as was common their light company was amalgamated into a combined light infantry regiment. The regiment was disbanded at the end of hostilities in 1783.

Base no's 40 and 41.

Hessian Grenadier Von Donop

See here..

Base no's 42 and 43.

British 35th Foot (Royal Sussex Regiment)

See here..

Base no's 44 and 45


...and that brings the indexing of the British forces to completion - the rest can be seen on the project page [click here]

On a separate subject, I've just finished making some massive updates to the American Civil War Campaign Diary blog [click here] over the last few days, if you haven't been recently I've added click-able headers to help navigation within the diary - I've added the Battle of Rogersburg, plus the rest of Day 2 and the first half of Day 3.

Stay tuned for Battle of Wayne's Junction which DG and I have been playing across the ether for months now... hopefully (as it's almost over) this will be a rebel victory pour moi..


  1. More very nice figures. I really like the Front Rank guys. For some reason the AWI fig's look so much better than any others.

  2. Great figures, love the 71st, they look excellent!

  3. Yes those Front Rank figs look damned good and at one time they really had cornered the market a good few years back.

    Great stuff.