I haven’t posted much in the last year, since I have been preoccupied with my wife’s medical conditions. However, I have now given up some other activities and am making time to resume my hobbies.
Inspired by Jonathan Oates excellent book “The Sieges of the ’45”, I earlier created several posts on the defence of Edinburgh. I have now turned my attention to Carlisle. Here is a view of the City in the 18th Century, looking from the South West. The castle is on the left, the town in the centre (dominated by the cathedral) and the southern English Gate on the right..
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.
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.
In Part 1, I described the background to my modelling of some Jacobite Boats, as used in their successful amphibious assault at Dornoch Firth on 20th March 1746. The first Jacobite boat I completed was shown in Part 1 and is shown again below.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
I have wanted to model some Royal Navy boats for some time, which I planned to use both for 18th Century and Napoleonic amphibious operations. However I have never previously found suitable 1:72 models, and scratch building seemed a lot of effort. I recently saw a post on TMP Age of Sail forum about Zvezda Medieval Life Boats and thought these might be ideal.