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.

28mm Napoleonic 1st Foot Guards Ensign

As those following my posts will know, my wargame figures, in all eras, are 1:72 plastic (apart from nearly three hundred home cast 1:72 metal Zulus). However, I did have six 28mm metal figures which came as “freebies” with various Warlord Games Black Powder supplements. A few years ago I painted up one such figure, a 1745 Black Watch highlander, as a present for my grandson and that can be seen here.

I asked my daughter what my 13 Year old grandson would like for Christmas this year and was told “Amazon Vouchers”. That did not sound very exciting but we bought him those. I decided to give him something extra which he was not expecting, another 28mm figure.

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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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Jacobite Boats – Part 1

I had previously modelled a pair of Royal Navy boats, which were used by 27th Foot (Inniskillings) and a Naval Landing Party, as part of a joint operation with a pair of small Royal Navy Brigs, in their unsuccessful attempt to prevent the Jacobites ferrying their siege guns across the Forth to help besiege Stirling Castle. These can be seem here and a photo of these boats is below.

However the largest amphibious operation of the ’45 was not British but Jacobite and, unlike the British one, it was entirely successful. I wanted the model the boats for this.

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Dismounted Jacobite Commanders

My Jacobite Infantry Brigade Commanders are on foot, but all of my senior Jacobite Commanders and staff are mounted, as shown below, with from the left, an Army command sabot containing Prince Charles, Col O’Sullivan and a Standard Bearer, a Divisional command sabot containing Lord George Murray and his ADC, and another Divisional command sabot containing the Duke of Perth and his ADC.

However, at Prestonpans all of the Jacobite commanders were on foot, so I decided to model some alternative dismounted figures for these.

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