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.

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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