Thornton’s Company of Yorkshire Blues acted as an artillery escort at the Battle of Falkirk. When I modelled them, I assumed that they were really 70 men strong, and therefore made them as a slightly understrength two figures, as described in a recent blog post. I have now realised that they were larger than this.
On re-reading Christopher Duffy’s “Fight for a Throne – The Jacobite ’45 Reconsidered”, I came across a passage stating that Thornton’s company was 140 strong. Clearly this was additional to the original four companies which were only 70 strong each. I therefore decided to double the size of this company to four figures. Fortuitously, I had two unallocated RedBox British Infantry figures. One of these was identical to the firing figures which I had previously converted to an “on guard” position, as being more appropriate for an artillery escort.
The second figure was in the classic British Army 1745 bayonet drill position. I decided to convert this latter figure to a Yorkshire Blues officer by removing his musket (saving it for future conversions), removing cartridge box, haversack and water bottle, repositioning his arms, then adding a sword and officer’s sash.
Here is the enlarged complete company of Thornton’s Yorkshire Blues. The officer has silver, as opposed to white, lace on his coat and silver lace on his hat.