American Generals are greeted by cheering Officers and two locals picking flowers in the front
garden of some colonial dwelling.
The 13 stars on the blue banner identify the chap on the white horse as no less than General George
Washington himself (Boo hiss!). However the flag is removable, as in fact are all ALL flags, allowing
the base to represent any General.
I found a spare bit of fence and a couple of figures from the Peter Pig 'Happy Workers' and 'Ladies
Waving' packs for the civilians.
The red flowers I think are a nice touch. They are by Silfor available from Antenociti's Workshop. I
used purple and white flowers on my Brits so decided to use red and white on my American bases.
Its a nice way to add a further dash of colour.
American Militia General
This chap is wearing a long coat and is riding with a mounted militiaman. I think he definitely has a
bit of Daniel Morgan about him though.
This chap is in full dress and is giving directions to a scout.
I like to think of his as my Nathaneal Greene
Most of these units will be three bases/12 figures in size (300 men). I intend to combine them on the
table for larger units or in games where the figure ratio is lower.
12 figures is relatively easy to complete on a daily basis for me so allowing me to keep momentum
until the project is finished.
Click on the Regiment's name for a link to Wikipedia
3rd Maryland Regiment 1777
I tried to give the impression of well worn uniforms by using Peter Pig's 'Tatty Continentals' pack
and by using a faded blue and red on some of the figures.
The 3rd Maryland was consolidated with other units to form a composite brigade at Cowpens due to
the defeat suffered at Camden earlier. This unit, along with a few others, carried the Stars and Stripes
without authorization, which was not granted to U.S. combat units until 1834, 1841 and 1862
respectively for artillery, infantry and cavalry units.
7th Pennsylvania Regiment 1777
Again use of faded colours for some figures to give that campaign look.
The majority wear brown with red facings though several figures wear blue faced red tunics.
Back row on the left is a figure facing in the wrong direction as he attempts to flee. A file closing
Officer has drawn his sword and is attempting to encourage him back into line.
Front rank ,extreme right, is a figure where the cannon ball has left a hole in his stomach. You can't
see from the photo but the figure is sculpted with it exiting his back.
An original of this flag still exists, that being one carried by Capt. Robert Wilson's Company, 7th PA
Line, at the Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777.
3rd Connecticut Regiment 1775
This is the first of two Connecticut units I have planned.
I read somewhere that the Connecticut regiments were amongst the best uniformed Continentals so
this unit is less tatty that its two previous counterparts. The figures all wear blue tunics with white
facings and turnbacks, though some are a bit faded still.
Records indicate the standard was unfurled on Prospect Hill on July 18, 1775. It bore on one side,
under the armorial shield of Connecticut, the State's motto: "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" and on the
other side that of Massachusetts: "An Appeal to Heaven".
This is quite a purposeful looking unit at first sight with the Officer pointing with his sword and
directing his troops. However, if you look on the rear rank extreme left two figures are arguing over
Front right is a figure which is being hit by an artillery ball. It has severed his left hand, and is
sculpted in the process of removing his right.
2nd Connecticut Regiment 1777
This second unit of Connecticut Line are well uniformed and equipped.
The flag shows the three grape vines on the shield, the arms of Connecticut, representing the three
original settlements of the colony; Hartford, Windsor, and Wethersfield. The motto is abbreviated
from Qui Transtulit Sustinet, 'He who brought us here will take care of us.'
'The Green Mountain Boys'
Warner's Additional Regiment
I decided to make this unit four bases strong as they were raised as a 500-strong regiment.
Their green tunics and hunting shirts in a variety of shades make them very distinctive and a bit of a
change from their brown and blue uniformed comrades.
These fought in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and the Saratoga campaign at Hubbardton and
Colonel Sherburne's Additional Regiment 1777
This has been one of my favourite rebels unit to date.
Brown coat with mustard yellow facings and turnbacks and green 'small clothes'.
Again seveal figures are wearing a faded brown tunic for that campaign look.
I couldn't find a relevant unit flag so I added a Grand Union.
I added a female figure to this base painted as 'Molly Pitcher' from Troiani's famous painting.
Henley's Additional Regiment 1777
Which AWI gamer worth his salt can fail to want to paint an American unit in red coats with light blue
facings for his collection? Certainly not me.
To be fair It was a toss up between Webb's Additional Regt in yellow faced red coats or Henley's.
Light blue won over yellow in the end.
2nd Pennsylvania Regiment/ 1st Pennsylvania Battalion 1776
I wanted this unit as it has rather fetching green facings with red lace. That said, almost half this unit
are actually in civilian clothing of sorts as I don't want my Continentals looking too smart.
Nice 'Don't tread on me!' rattlesnake flag too.
2nd New Hampshire/8th Continental Regiment 1777
More light blue; red faced light blue tunics plus a matching light blue flag. Quite smart looking chaps.
1st Pennsylvania (Rifles)/1st Continental Line Regiment
In green or drab hunting shirts with some men in green tunics with red facings.
I based these to allow them to be used in extended or loose order.
1st Rhode Island/9th Continental Regiment
This regiment was notable in that it contained a high proportion of negro soldiers
2nd Rhode Island/11th Continental Regiment
NEW 2nd Virginia NEW
2nd Maryland 1777
These chaps wear a mixture of hunting shirts and faded brown tunics
Hartley's Additional Regiment 1777
This unit wore white faced blue and brown tunics and often wore the slouch hat
2nd Virginia Regiment 1777
This unit was considered a 'model' regiment.
They wore blue tunics and facings, with unusual white lace, and slouch hats.
This is perhaps my smartest looking unit.
Accompanied by their regimental dog mascot who bears a resemblance to my own dog Missy
1st (c1781+) and 4th Regiments (c1779+)
Dismounted Continental Dragoons
3rd New York Regiment c1776
This unit, and more to follow, came about because Peter Pig released a new pack of Continentals
standing ready (5-74) that looked so nice I just had to find an excuse to use them.
The regiment when first raised in 1775 sported grey tunics and breeches with green facings.
After the second establishment in January 1776 they apparently wore blue coats faced with green.
My portrayal of this unit c1776 sees them in a mix of the two tunic colours with a variety of coloured
I've since found references to deserters wearing green faced brown tunics too.
Congress' Own (2nd Canadian) Regt 1776-78
The second of my regiments using Peter Pig's new 'standing ready' Continental.
Originally raised in Quebec province and also known as Hazen's Regiment after its original
commander Moses Hazen, recruited from all locations and was not assigned to any state,
it was truly Congress' Own.
The regiment later became the home for all foreigners in the Continental army but throughout the
war was well disciplined and led and was one of the better Continental regiments.
The white facings were changed in 1779 to red but the coats continued to be brown throughout.
3rd New Jersey Regt 1776
My third regiment featuring the standing 'ready' Continental.
I chose to paint this unit in the 1776 light grey tunic with blue facings rather than the later blue tunic
faced red with blue breeches which earned the unit its nickname 'The Jersey Blues'.
I went for grey a shade lighter than the 3rd NY (see above) and a mid blue facing colour as once
washed with black Klear mix they darken down a fair bit.
The Delaware Regiment
Originally under the command of John Haslet, who was killed at Princeton, and replaced by Colonel
David Hall, the Delaware regiment was one of the best Continental regiments.
This was also one of the best disciplined, best dressed and best equipped regiments
in the army with blue tunics faced with red and with hats bound in yellow hat lace.
In the later southern campaigns the regiment replaced its tunics with linen
hunting shirts and was largely destroyed at Camden.
In our rules this unit mostly rates as 'Resolute' being tough determined fighters
who will win most firefights.
Smallwood's Maryland Regiment 1775-76
Inspiration for Smallwood's regiment came from Osprey's book on the New York campaign.
Although in 1777, the then 1st Maryland (ex-Smallwood's), regiment wore blue or brown tunics faced
with red, it seems that in the earlier campaigns tan hunting shirts were worn by the rank and file with
Officers and NCO's in red coats faced with buff.
This makes for an attractive and unusual unit.
I already had a 1st Maryland but decided to re designate it the 2nd and paint up the earlier version.
Much of my Rebel force reflects my interest in the early Northern campaigns.
12th Continental Regiment 1776
This regiment, commanded by Moses Little, was one of the few in 1776 to be properly uniformed in
red faced brown tunics.
It was disbanded on 1st January 1777.
More Rebel Artillery
I gave some of the crews buff facings as Lamb's New York Artillery Company for a bit of variety
Webb's Additional Continental Regiment 1777
This regiment is my second rebel unit in red coats, this time with yellow facings, and was amongst
the better uniformed, better equipped and best disciplined units of the rebel army.
It was formed in early 1777 and in 1780 became the 9th Connecticut Regiment. In 1781 it was
merged with the 2nd Connecticut regiment.
....and that was supposed to be that, however.....
In August 2012 Peter Pig released new packs of marching Continental Line.
These looked so lovely I ordered several packs, along with other recent releases such
as Continentals loading in slouch hats and Continentals charging, plus casualties
markers and command figures.
I have since started to replace all the regiments above with ones consisting of
The units following all use the Peter Pig new castings.
Brewer's (13th) Massachusetts/6th Continental Regiment 1776
Lacking any Massachusetts regiments in my collection I determined to create a brigade using the
new castings featuring interesting or unusual regiments.
I started first though with a fairly generic unit, mostly wearing brown coats faced with red or hunting
shirts, with a couple of figures in blue coats faced with red, as these seem to be the default uniforms
for the Continentals.
The drummer boy in the rear rank (centre) is about to panic and attempt to run away chastened by
Flag is available free on the internet from DMWS.
L to R: 4th New York Regt 1775 & Sargeant's (8th) Massachusetts Regt 1775
Still noticing a lack of the fairly typical in my army I decided on another largely generic unit.
The 4th New York Regiment sports the 1775 uniform of the unit's first establishment. The bases in
the 4th New York are therefore interchangeable with that of the Brewer's Regiment allowing either to
be fielded much larger if so desired.
Flag is by Warflag.
Sargeant's (8th) Massachusetts Battalion is recorded in deserter descriptions of 1775 as wearing
dark green coats faced in black. There is also a plate in Mollo's 'Uniforms of the American
Revolution' depicting such uniform. As it is unusual I couldn't help myself and had to paint it up for
I mixed in a few men in hunting shirts and a couple in generic brown faced with red tunics for more
variety. Later the unit became the core of 16th Continental Line.
14th Massachusetts Regt 1777
This is another example of an unusual uniform. Mollo shows a plate of a 14th Massachusetts soldier
wearing a deserter description of brown coat faced with light blue and wearing peach blossom
breeches. I ask you, pink trousers? Paint that, Kev. Mollo also mentions that blue coats faced with
white being worn. My depiction of the unit has soldiers wearing both uniforms along with hunting
Paterson's (1st) Massachusetts Regt 1775
I chose Paterson's (1st) Massachusetts Regiment simply because I didn't have a unit in blue coats
faced with buff. Figures are also shown wearing brown tunics faced with red and the ubiquitous
hunting shirt. Flag is by Warflag and features the rattlesnake.
Later the regiment became the core of the 15th Continental Line and saw service at Saratoga and
2nd New York Regt 1775
This unit is the third New York regiment in my collection and uses Peter Pig's charging Continentals
packs. I chose the first establishment of the 2nd New York for its unusual brown tunic with blue
facings. The enthusiastic mounted officer is by Irregular Miniatures and fits really well with the Peter
The flag is another one from Warflag.
6th Virginia Regiment 1777
This is yet another unusual regiment that I discovered in Mollo.
Light grey coats with green facings makes for a very fetching unit. I chose to use Peter Pig's recent
Continental infantry loading pack (5-77)
The next couple of regiments were painted a couple of years back but I forgot to add them to this
1st New Hampshire/5th Continental Regt 1776
Quite a ragged looking unit which saw much action in the Northern department, but also at
Bunker Hill and Princeton.
8th Virginia Regt 1777
Also known as 'The German Regiment', saw action at Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth
before being merged with 4th Virginia Regiment in 1779. The amalgamated regiment was captured
One of the great things about the American War of Independence is the variety of uniforms and
headgear often in the same regiment.
What to do with spare Peter Pig British light infantry (bobs) in caps?
Paint them as Continental flank companies.
Searching through various books and using a few spare figures I added a fourth base to Henley's
Additional, 1st Rhode Island, 3rd Maryland and 7th Pennsylvania Regiment's respectively.
I decided to paint shoulder wings but you could easily file them off.
Fairly recently Peter Pig released two small carts for AWI.
On the left is (pack 81) the Ammunition cart and on the right (pack 82) the baggage cart.
Both retail at £3 and are include a teamster.
I added a civilian from their 'happy workers' marker pack to the cart on the left.
What gamer worth his salt doesn't want a unit dressed in purple?
Lee's Legion, commanded by Henry 'Light Horse Harry' Lee, was a mixed Dragoon and infantry
formation which primarily served in the Southern campaigns.
The infantry element originally was commanded by Capt. Allen McLane, and in September 1779 are
mentioned as procuring tunics and overalls dyed purple along with Tarleton helmets.
There is a nice representation by the artist Don Troiani. Originally I only planned to portray the later
unit dressed in green (see below) but found I had enough figures to do the earlier unit too, so why
I might add that as often with blue uniforms, purple doesn't photo well and in the flesh the figures
aren't quite so vibrant as they appear.
Primarily the figures come from Peter Pig Pack 76. Legion Advancing, with a couple of head swaps
in there too.
Originally consisting of two troops, augmented by a third a month later, Lee was authorised to create
an 'independent corps' by expanding his original troop from 1st Continental Light Dragoons in 1778.
In 1780 the legion became known as the 'Partisan Legion' and consisted of three mounted and three
dismounted troops. Having worn buff coats with green facings at one point, the Legion now
dressed in green and were frequently mistaken for the Queen's Rangers and Banastre Tarleton's
British Legion who they bore more than a passing likeness.
I use Peter Pig's Dragoons, though a couple of figures wear hunting shirts and are infact headswaps
from the Mounted Militia pack for a bit more variety.
The cornet carried I found here on the internet. Although U.S. was a contemporary term during the
war I'm still really not sure about it. Still, I like my units with flags and so it is used.
North Carolina Brigade
I decided to make a brigade suitable for the Southern campaigns or possibly for hot weather in the
north such as the Battle of Monmouth in 1778.
I therefore have designated these as my North Carolina Brigade.
Most of the figures wear hunting shirts. However, 2nd and 3rd Regiments have the odd figure in
blue regimentals with blue facings and white lace as per the 1779 regulations.
1st North Carolina carry the 'Beehive Flag' also known as the 'Hornet's Nest', the first flag of North
It was presented by Dr. William Sams Tunner and his sons, William Woodhul and Jonathan Sams, in
honor of Dr. Tunner's parents, Lieutenant General William Henry Tunner, and Sarah Margaret Sams
Only the command figure wears regimentals, that of brown tunic faced with red and the unit has a
very militia feel to it, by purpose.
2nd North Carolina carry the Bladen and Brunswick Counties flag.
Presented in honor of Harvey Seward Martin and Benjamin Franklin Martin, a daughter and son of
3rd North Carolina carry a striped rattlesnake 'Join or Die' flag.
1st and 3rd N.C. Regiments are in the new marching poses from Peter Pig with 2nd N.C Regiment in
an advancing pose and with a spare Mounted Officer.
14th Continental Regiment, Glover's Marbleheaders
I've long wanted to add this unit to my Continental army as it was formed in Marblehead
Massachussets and is described as having many fishermen and seamen in its ranks.
Giles Allison's 'Tarleton's Quarter' blog has an excellent rendition of the unit in 28mm but in 15mm I
couldn't figure out how to do it.
Then I had a wargamer 'Eureka' moment the other day. Peter Pig Pirates!
I chose pirates with muskets, pistols and 'characters'. These are wearing seamen's pantaloons, and
some with small blue naval jackets.
I did a couple of headswaps, added a militia command from Pig's AWI range plus a couple of firing,
and also three 'raggy' Continentals.
The uniformed Continentals wear the light brown/drab with red facings that Mollo refers to making
the whole unit very distinctive.
I added a Massachusetts flag with a suitably naval theme.
In September, 1775, two strong floating batteries were launched on the Charles River,
Massachusetts, and in the following month opened fire on the British in Boston. The ensign used
was a pine tree flag with the words "Appeal to Heaven".
I decided to make a Militia Commander from Peter Pig's 'Happy Workers' pack and their
Militia Command pack.
I cut off the base and filed the feet from the Commander, then stuck him to the large rock.
Although I've given him a 'Bunker Hill' Massachusetts flag he probably is more suited to a Militia
Commander in the Southern theatre.
Late War Southern Continental Commander
I recently created this Continental Commander suitable for late war southern campaigns using a
spare British General and a Dragoon from Peter Pig's pack 93. Dragoon horse holder painted as a
Lee's Legion trooper.
The star is the lovely Wolfhound on guard duty from Splintered Light's Scots-Irish Wolfhounds pack.
More Marching Continentals
The general plan now is to replace some of the more active fighting units in my collections with
marching poses, which I much prefer.
I sold off my earlier representations of Webb's Additional Continental Regiment and 2nd New
Hampshire (see above) a few months back and recently finished their replacements.
I decided to add a couple of mounted commanders just because I like the look of the odd unit with
Webb's wore red coats faced yellow and 2nd NH a mid blue with red facings.
As with all my AWI American regiments subtle differences in small clothes and hats ensure that no
two figures are painted the same.
Museum Miniatures Supply Wagons
Every army needs a 'tail' and I added to my collection of wagons recently with two beauties from
These retail at £3.75 each but are lovely castings.
Below (left) WG09 Hay Wagon and WG03 Water Wagon both with spoked wheels.
I shall doubtless be ordering more having my eye in particular on WG07 Engineer's wagon
and WG28 Flat Wagon with flour sacks.
More replacement marching regiments arrived at Wally HQ courtesy of a visit to Peter Pig at Salute.
Sherburne's of 1777 wear an interesting brown tunic with yellow facings with many figures in
green small clothes as per deserter descriptions.
I added a mounted commander and a chap panicking (3rd from left) finding his spontoon wielding
Sergeant ready to provide 'encouragement'.
The figure is a Peter Pig Militiaman in bandana but I added a tricorne cut from a spare figure and
stuck it on the back of his head at a jaunty angle as if he'd lost it in his rush to escape.
As a finish I chose a nice bright yellow flag to complement the unit's facings.
A very unique looking regiment of Continental Line and fun.
7th Pennsylvania is one of those units which seems at various times to have worn brown with red,
or blue with red facings.
I decided to mix the two as a unit in transition with a variety of headware and the ubiquitous
hunting shirt ever present.
The nice red flag was carried by Capt. Robert Wilson's Company, 7th PA Line, at the Battle of
Brandywine, September 11, 1777 and subsequently captured.
The 12th Massachusetts Regiment, also known as 18th Continental Regiment and Phinney's
Regiment, was raised on April 23, 1775 under Colonel Edmund Phinney outside of Boston,
The regiment saw action at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Battle of Valcour Island, Battle of Saratoga
and the Battle of Monmouth.
The regiment is recorded as wearing undyed woolen tunics with buff facings.
I used Vallejo German Camo Beige as a base for their tunics with Citadel Sceaming Skull for the
Very bland looking, but blandness has a quality of its own and this distinctively bland looking
regiment is very unique in my army.
To make the blandness more apparent and I gave the regiment a particularly bright looking
contrasting blue flag.
Being a Massachusetts regiment I added a few black troops for more variety.
More Marching Continentals
New recruits to Wally HQ lately have been yet more marching Continentals.
This is part of the ongoing campaign to replace all my older 'fighting' units with marching poses
Above is Warner's Additional Continental Regiment of 1777 with the Delaware Continental
...and 12th Continental below.
As is fairly typical with my Massachusetts regiments I like to include a few African Americans in the
I've now got a total of 31 regiments in my Continental army having recently sold off 27 older
regiments in 'fighting' poses.
1st and 2nd Rhode Island are the final regiments yet to be replaced.
B & D Miniatures American Command
I recently picked up some sample packs from B & D Miniatures in the States.
These are lovely sculpts full of character and very clean with nice incised detail for those useful
I particularly like the Officer waving hat below who looks like he is getting a little too close to the
action, worrying the drummer, and causing great concern to the NCO.
The Officer on the command stand below looks positively menacing.
A lovely casting that paints up really well.
I've included a couple of pics below to illustrate how they compare size wise to Peter Pig.
B & D are 15mm from foot to eye, slightly taller, and of a different sculpting style, and whilst I won't
be mixing the with Piggy figures in my units they certainly don't look out of place in the same
Disruption Points Markers for British Grenadier
I've recently begun to embrace Partisan Press's British Grenadier 'Deluxe' rules for gaming the
I have issues with British Grenadier but the rules seem to handle much of what we were trying to
achieve with our TFL variant of 'Elephant'; 'Times That Try Men's Souls', but in a simpler, more
So TTTMS is shelved indefinitely for the present.
One of the things you need though in BG is some markers to indicate the number of Disruption
Points (DPs) accrued at a given point in the game.
I was in the local DIY shop a couple of weeks back or so and saw some self-adhesive 13mm (1/2")
cork pads. Very handy, thought I.
I stuck sand to the sticky pad and then stuck one, two or three small stones as Giles had done and
shown on his Tarleton's Quarter site. I then primed them to get the sand to stick better to the base
and painted them in the same colours I use for my figures.
I then thought, to make them stand out, but not obtrusively, I could stick some Silflor MiniNatur
Flower 6mm tufts from Antenociti's Workshop on them.
I went for a 'Traffic Light' system so Green for 1 DP, Yellow for 2 DP and Red (for warning) for 3 DP.
Very simple to knock up. Less than an hour to make whilst having a beer in the sunny garden.
They might also see service in our games using 'Times That Try Men's Souls' with green
indicating Wavering, yellow Defeated and red Permanently Defeated.
Whilst I'm on the subject of markers I thought it worth posting some pics of various markers I've
introduced in our games to replace mini dice we formerly used.
Above are a selection of my Rebel casualty markers.
These are useful as my AWI figures are mounted in fours with a base being removed once four
casualties have been received by the unit.
The triangular base (an idea nicked from British Grenadier) allows you to indicate when 1-3
casualties have been suffered.
The triangular side in contact with the unit shows how many figures have been lost thus far. You
simply turn the casualty base as further casualties are received. Fortunately, Peter Pig makes all
manner of useful figures for this purpose in their figure range.
I now routinely make a casualty marker for each new unit which is added to my collection.
The numbers are just small pieces of black card marked with white marker pen.
Simple, effective and less obtrusive visually than a casualty die.
I made some artillery casualties too out of some spare wheels from the bits box.
Its also useful to have some markers indicating when a unit is 'Low on Ammo'.
Once again Peter Pig make markers for these too. Simply stuck on 1p coin on a piece of black card
You can read battle our gaming group's AWI game reports here,
and view my collection of British and Hessians