Monday, 13 February 2017

Colleagues of Mr Rogers

Hello again.

Here are the last few photos of my FIW collection to date, built initially with "Muskets & Tomahawks" in mind but latterly with a view to sampling "Sharp Practice 2" as well.

These are Rangers, the "British" equivalent to the various French irregulars found in North America in the mid-18th Century.

The figures were bought from Ainsty Castings in a blister pack from their "Reinforcements" options for M&T and are marketed by North Star in the UK, I believe. You can also get a boxed starter set of rangers, along with British regulars, French regulars, French and British irregulars, Indians and, no doubt, a few other bits and bobs.

I have mixed and matched uniforms with non-uniforms to try and get that irregular feel to them, not just fresh out of barracks. And I know the green is too bright, but that is intentional. The "correct" dark green (whatever "correct" is for uniforms dyed before modern times and subjected to the vagaries of use and weather) is very dark and looks almost black at normal viewing ranges. That might make them suitably camouflaged in the forests of North America, but it also makes them disappear as 28mm figures on the average tabletop. I simply wanted to be able to SEE them as the visual aspects of a game some of the most important for my gaming pleasure.

Next up, but some way off, are more Indians, some Highlanders and some Compagnies Franches de la Marine, as well as various officers, but whatever order they appear in and when is entirely unclear!


A paltry six figures, but they fight like tigers, so very much quality over quantity.

Perhaps the "classic" image of Ranger uniform, but only one of many found in books or on the web.

And classic Ranger headgear vs Tam o'shanter.

Together with no uniform at all in some cases.