Monday, January 28, 2008

Eureka 28mm American Provincials

I was excited to hear from Nic at Eureka that the FIW figures were available for me to pick up at CanCon, after a hiccup late last year with the greens.


Eureka are forging ahead with some new releases for the French Indian War range through the 100 club system, the latest hot of the press for those members who subscribed to the 100 club are the American FIW Provincials, those who ordered large numbers of figures receive theirs first, and the remainder of you will need to wait till later in 2008, so to wet your appetites, I thought I would do a short review on these figures.


These figures will be suitable for the Provincial regiments that fought in the war in Canada. The privates all have tomahawks and either turn backed jackets or plain jackets and all muskets have bayonets. The officers and Nco’s have sashes and swords, and have the option of halberd or musket, there is no standard pole included. The faces are well sculpted with great expressions (not that I am any good at getting expression with my painting of them). A great number of the figures will also double for AWI, and perhaps some of the fictional 18th century armies could be influenced to pick up some also.

First I will look at Washington and his dogs.
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100AOR56 George Washington with horse and dogs – 4 piece

A lovely mini diorama, was produced by Alan, a dismounted Washington with two dogs and a horse, the sculpt is excellent with minimal flash, the horse looks small thats because I mounted the other figs on two cent coins and he was placed at the rear. Washington looks fine and dandy!


My favourite figures are the firing line, especially the ready posed figures.

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100AOR50 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry firing (4 )

The classic straight legged marching pose has been captured well with these figures.

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100AOR51 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry, advancing (4)

I like these figures, however I personally would of liked an officer with a drawn sword pose also, I may convert one or two with some spare swords that I have, laying around. I will probably add them to my AWI Regts for variation

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100AOR52 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry Officer (2)


The drummers are excellent, and I will probably add them to my AWI Regts for variation, especially the advancing figure.
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100AOR53 F&I Wars Provincial Regular Infantry Drummer (2)

The ensigns have nice poses especially the standing figure.

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A nice Nco figure, that will tell the privates to remain in the ranks!
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100AOR55 F&I Wars Provincial Regular NCO (1)

Overall I am very impressed with these figures, I am thinking of buying some extra commands and mucking around looking for similar uniformed AWi regts to the FIW regts I paint so I can just change the command stands and viola more AWi troops.

I hope to get the first battalion done by this weekend.

Cheers
matt

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Why Fine and Dandy

When I was thinking about giving my 18th century blog a name, Fine and Dandy was thought of first, so here it is!

This Blog will focus on me and my friends 18th century miniature Wargames armies. I have always dabbled in this period and I love the gentleman like atmosphere. This period has lots of colour, fortifications and savages and it’s before the total war of the Napoleonic period.

The thought of buying a commission or raising of your own regiment appeals to me (my wife would say “allusions of Grandeur”), I could see myself quaffing fine brandy and port, eating stuffed pheasant, riding outstanding Hessian horseflesh on the hunt, or creeping through the woods worried about some Indian taking your scalp, or a scallywag Freicorps jager, or cheeky Yankee sharpshooter, taking potshots at you on some battlefield, leaving the men “having at one another, without restraint”!

I have armies for the French Indian war (French, Indians, British, and colonials for both sides), 7 years war (French) and the American War of Independence (British and Americans), with one unit for a French Marlburian period also.

All of my figures are 28mm and will be listed as to what manufacturer they belong too, I hope also to do some figure and book reviews from time to time, and just for something different some scratch built buildings and terrain.

I have not settled on any particular sets of rules yet, but I tend to lean towards the 1 figure represents 20 actual men scale or skirmish.

I intend to have a skirmish participation game ready for Moab later this year, so that will be the initial focus, than I intend to complete my 7YW French army.

Next year I hope to conduct a lace wars convention, possibly in the middle of the year, but I will need a little support from the guys at the club, before enough momentum is started.

So now to fulfill my promises!

Cheers
Matt