French Frigate “La Renommée”

1 - La Renommee

In my last post, I originally assumed that the French ship, La Renommée, which captured HMS Hazard in Montrose Harbour was the famous French Frigate of that name.

However I have had a conversation online with David Stockman, the author of an excellent booklet regarding that Frigate, and now realise that the French ship involved in the action at Montrose was a smaller transport ship with the same name.  I have therefore amended my post.

The booklet about the French Frigate La Renommée can be downloaded as a free PDF here.

Royal Navy Brig Sloop

Following on from my modelling of a Merchant brig (2 masted ship), I have made a Royal Navy Brig Sloop.  This will represent two very similar vessels, HMS Vulture, which took part in the Battle of the River Forth (described in my post on the Merchant Brig) and HMS Hazard, which was captured in Montrose Harbour in November 1745.

Montrose was being used by the Jacobites to receive French ships bringing troops, money and equipment from France.  In November 1745 HMS Montrose sailed into the harbour to prevent this.  Unfortunately she was trapped in the harbour by an easterly gale, which also blew a French transport vessel (La Renommée) into the Harbour.

1 - Capture of HMS Hazard

La Renommée was carrying some 150 men of the Royal Ecossais Regiment, siege artillery and other equipment and money for the Jacobites.

The French ship became stuck on a sandbank but unloaded some on its guns onto the southern cliffs overlooking the harbour and the Jacobites seized the harbour entrance guns.  The combination of these forced HMS Hazard to surrender.

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Paperboys Highland Infantry

I have completed paper model soldiers of the two Regiments of Highlanders serving in the British Army during the Jacobite Rebellion, the 43rd Foot (Black Watch) and the 64th Foot (Loudoun’s Highlanders).  The 43rd Foot was renumbered as 42nd in 1748 and became a Royal Regiment in 1758, changing its original buff facings to blue.  Here is the complete battalion.

1 - 43rd Foot

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More Paper Soldiers

My 1:72 Plastic Jacobite Rebellion figures are modelled on a figure ratio of 1:30.  I made all my British Infantry battalions on the average size for the Jacobite Rebellion, which was 420 real men, so I modelled this as 14 figures, which accurately represents their tactical organisation for a reduced strength battalion of 14 firing platoons (12 from the centre companies and two of grenadiers).  These plastic figures are based at 15mm frontage per figure, normally 2 figures per stand (therefore 30mm frontage per stand), but some singly (for figure removal, which I like).

I wanted my Paperboys figures to occupy the same frontage.  They were originally 28mm high figures at 4 figures frontage per 40mm wide stand.  I reduced that by 70% so that the stand now had a 30mm frontage and the figures are about 20mm high.  They were originally in 3 ranks, but I modified that to a single rank, the same as my plastic figures.  That means that my Paperboys figures are on a figure ratio of 1:15, so 28 figures for an average British battalion.

I have now made three more battalions, and all four can be seen below:

1 - Four British Regiments

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Paper Soldiers

And now for something else completely different.

We have a second home in Spain, so whenever we are there I can do nothing with my 1:72 plastic figures.  I use some of my “hobby time” in Spain to plan work on my plastic figures and also to produce new Military History talks, which I do to raise money for British Military Charities.

1 - Jac 45 - cover


I am in Spain at present and have decided to create a duplicate of some of my wargame figures, for use out here, using Paperboys figures, starting with my new favourite period of the Jacobite Rebellion.  I therefore purchased the excellent “Jacobite ’45” plus the similar books on the War of Spanish Succession and American War of Independence, the latter two to give me figures suitable for expansion into The War of Austrian Succession and Seven Years War in North America (French & Indian War).



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