Fife & Drum Miniatures is a range of 1/56 scale figures (approximately 30mm in height) sculpted by Richard Ansell, and is devoted to the American War of Independence. The figures may be purchased from Der Alte Fritz through this blog, using Paypal for payment. Click on the page tabs for Crown Forces, American forces and artillery equipment to see pictures of the individual figures.

Winner of the "Best Historical Miniatures Range of 2011" by The Miniatures Page.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Continentals in Hunting Shirts Are In Stock!

Firing line figures (left to right) A38, A40, A39, A42, A41 and A35
Command figures (L-R) A38, A37, A36, and A35

Continentals in hunting shirts (L-R) A34, A32, and A33
I just received a shipment of the newest Fife & Drum figures from the caster today. This batch includes 12 Continentals in Hunting Shirts, 1 new standing horse, and 2 British artillery crewmen firing the wall gun for the Amusette set.  I will try to take some photos of the unpainted metal, but actually, the pictures of the greens, previously posted here, give a much better impression. I will start posting pix over the next several days and hopefully have some painted samples by the end of the coming weekend.

So here are the new stock codes for the new figures:

AC3 - Continental Mounted Officer, Hunting Shirt, pointing, with horse -- $5.00

AC3 Mounted Officer on H2 standing horse, and A35 Officer in firing line.

Continentals in hunting shirts. All figures wear a cocked hat.  -- $1.80 each

A32  - Continental Marching/Hunting shirt/blanket roll
A33  - Continental Marching/Hunting shirt/tumpline/belt
A34  - Continental Marching/Hunting shirt/tumpline/no belt
A35  - Continental officer in firing line/Hunting shirt
A36  - Continental standard bearer standing/Hunting shirt
A37  - Continental drummer standing/Hunting shirt
A38  - Continental casualty falling backwards/Hunting shirt
A39  - Continental cocking musket/Hunting shirt
A40  - Continental biting cartridge/Hunting shirt
A41  - Continental standing firing/Hunting shirt, buttoned front
A42  - Continental standing firing/Hunting shirt, pullover

British Artillery Equipment -

AE6 Amusette with two Royal Artillery crewmen and wooden mantle. -- $7.00 per set
AE6 - Amusette and Royal Artillery Crewmen

There are some amazing figures in this batch of new goodies. The A35 Officer is shading his eyes with one hand and holds a sword in the other hand. Match him with the new AC3 Continental mounted officer in hunting shirt/pointing, and you have a wonderful ready-made command vignette. I predict that quite a few of these officers will end up on command stands.

The A38 Continental casualty is a true work of art. He is standing, but has been knocked backwards off his feet by a musket ball. One foot is afixed to the base and the other is in the air. This is an amazing figure.

I also really like the A40 Continental biting a cartridge in the right hand while grounding his musket with his left hand. This makes for a wonderful "second rank" figure to put in your firing line. You can create units of Continentals in firing line or marching with these figures, or you can even mix in some of the existing Continentals and Militia figures into the same unit to get a lot of variety in the unit's appearance. For example, half the figures could be wearing hunting shirts, a couple of militia firing poses could be mixed in and the rest of the figures could be wearing uniform coats.

Also, the militia and hunting shirt figures can be used for either Saratoga in the North, the Philadelphia Campaign in the Mid-Atlantic theatre, or even in the Southern Campaign in the Carolinas.