More Paper Soldiers

I have been a bit busy on other things recently, but for the last few weeks I have been in Spain so have returned to expanding my Paperboys Jacobite ’45 set up.

I had previously made all of the British Infantry for Prestonpans, as shown here, here and here. The original Paperboys figures are 28mm high and a stand of 4 infantry is 40mm wide. I wanted my stands to be the same width as my plastic 1:72 figures (23mm high) which have a frontage of 15mm per figure. I therefore reduced the Paperboys scale to 70% which gave 4 figures (20mm high) on a 30mm wide base. My plastic figures are on a 1:30 ratio but by modelling the Paperboys on a 1:15 ratio they cover exactly the same frontage as my plastic units.

I made the cavalry on the same principle as the infantry. At the reduced 70% scale each stand of three cavalry has a 30mm frontage. My plastic Squadrons on a 1:30 ratio have 3 figures with a 60mm frontage (20mm per figure). I therefore made my Paperboys Squadrons on a 1:15 ratio as 6 figures with exactly the same 60mm frontage. The cavalry bases are 20mm deep.

I only modelled them in one rank and each Squadron has one 3 figure stand, one two figure stand and one single figure. This allows figure removal, which I like.

I copied and pasted from the original Paperboys to make one sheet for each Regiment. This shows 13th (Gardiner’s) Dragoons. I used the Paint programme to add their green facings. Their Standard is the same one I used for my plastic figures, I copied pikes as a flagpole and there is a hand beside them to stick over the flagpole.

I also made dismounted dragoons from the free Extras sheet.

Here are 13th Dragoons in a Line of Squadrons.

I wanted to have tethered horses for when my dragoons dismount. I made these by converting a dismounted dragoon as a horseholder, moving his musket to a resting position then copying three horses from those intended as casualty markers on the original Paperboys Dragoons sheet.

I then used the Paint programme to tighten these up into a Dragoon horses and horseholder stand.

I made a sheet of these dismounted dragoon horses and horseholders, to cover both 13th and 14th Dragoons. Each Squadron has one stand of three horses, one of two horses and a single horse. The 14th Dragoons single horses are at the bottom of the sheet since there was not enough room to put them at the side.

Here are 13th Dragoons dismounted. Each Squadron has two figures holding the horses and four dismounted dragoons. I did consider modelling one of the dismounted pairs of dragoons as a command stand, but since I have not done that with my plastic figures, I did not do that with my Paperboys either, although I might reconsider that. The 13th and 14th Dragoons did not dismount in any of the actions they were involved in during the Jacobite ’45, but the 3rd, 10th and 11th Dragoons did at Clifton so it is a capability which I wanted all of my British Dragoons to have.

Here is the sheet for 14th (Hamilton’s) Dragoons, who had buff facings in 1745. The original Paperboys dragoons have white facings, so I used the Paint programme to colour these as buff.

Here are the 14th (Hamilton’s) Dragoons in a column of Half Squadrons (Troops), which was a common formation for movement, both during this era and during the Napoleonic Wars.

Interestingly this works better with my Paperboys Squadrons of six figures, so three figures per half squadron, than it does with my plastic figures which have only three figures per Squadron, so can’t be deployed by half squadrons.

The Dragoons at Culloden operated by half squadrons, not by squadrons.

Finally, here are the 14th (Hamilton’s) Dragoons dismounted.

I am going back to UK in a couple of days so will get back to my plastic figures then.

My next Paperboys project will be the British Artillery at Prestonpans, but that will have to wait until the next time I am in Spain.

Edinburgh Castle

This is the final part of my modelling Edinburgh as it was in 1745. My previous recent posts described modelling the town. This covers modelling the castle itself.

Edinburgh Castle in the mid-18th Century looked like this.

The ground around the castle was more open than it is now and the old city walls came right up to the castle. Many of the buildings on the southern and western sides of the castle had not yet been constructed.

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Edinburgh Town – Part 2

In my previous post, Edinburgh Town Part – 1, I described how I used my existing Medieval wall system (plus a few new elements) and PaperTerrain houses from their Village and Town packs to create a model of Edinburgh as it was in 1745.

In this post I am going describe a number of additional model buildings which I have made to represent historical Edinburgh buildings.

The first of these is a simple conversion of a PaperTerrain village house into the famous “World’s End” pub, which was the last building before the Netherbow Port, hence its name which implies that there was nothing worth visiting outside Edinburgh old town. The pub is still there but the Netherbow Port gate was demolished in 1764. I think this “street view” is quite effective.

My model doesn’t look a lot like the pub, I just printed out the modern pub signs and added them to the building.

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Edinburgh Town – Part 1

Following on from my last post on additional troops (Regular, Militia and Volunteer) to defend Edinburgh, my current project is making a model of the City and castle, starting with the City. In 1745 it looked like this:

The castle is on the left (west) with the old town running down the ridge (now the Royal Mile) to Holyrood Palace on the right. There were almost no buildings of note north of the city until you reach the Forth.

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Defence of Edinburgh

I have recently received a copy of Jonathan Oates’ excellent book “The Sieges of the ’45”, published by Helion as part of their “Reason to Revolution” series. I actually ordered it several months ago, but it has only just been printed. I have probably now read it at least five times.

It has much more detail on the various sieges than more general histories of the ’45 and has inspired me to revisit my wargame troops involved in those sieges. The picture on the front cover is Carlisle, but I thought I would start with Edinburgh.

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HMS Sheerness – Part 1

I have previously made a couple of Naval vessels to represent those which took part in coastal or river operations during the Jacobite Rebellion. These were a 12 gun Royal Navy brig (two masted ship) and a merchant brig. These could represent HMS Hazard, captured by the Jacobites in Montrose Harbour in November 1745, and the French Armed Transport La Renommée which assisted in this. They could also represent HMS Vulture which unsuccessfully attempted to prevent a Jacobite merchant brig transporting French supplied siege artillery across the River Forth at Alloa in January 1746. Finally, the Royal Navy brig could represent the French ship “le Prince Charles” (the captured HMS Hazard) which was carrying £13,000 in gold for the Jacobites (worth £25 million today) but which was forced ashore in March 1746 in the Kyle of Tongue, by the 24 gun Frigate, HMS Sheerness.

I needed a model for HMS Sheerness, a larger three masted frigate than the other two, and which looked like this.

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