18 July 2014

Back to some AWI - The New York Regiments in Continental Service

One of my personal projects at the moment is building an American force for the War of Independence. Having recently painted my prize for the Winter challenge in 28mm it was time to switch to the little guys and work some Lancashire games 15mm figures.



This image portrays the Third New York State Regiment, and was one of the four regiments raised by the Province of New York in the early summer of 1775, for the Continental service. 
Each regiment had a different coloured uniform coat, the distinctions in colours being as follows:
1st regt., Col. Alexander McDougall, blue, faced red. 2nd regt., Col. Goose Van Schaick, light brown, faced blue. 3rd regt., Col. James Clinton, grey, faced green. 4th regt., Col. James Holmes, dark brown, faced scarlet.
By the end of August, 1775, all the men were supplied with uniform coats, and although there was a shortage of arms, tents, and many articles of clothing, many of the men were completely equipped, as shown in the drawing, which may be described as follows:
Coarse cloth regimental coat of the colours given above, white linen cravats or stocks, waistcoats and breeches of Russia drilling, woollen home-knit stockings, low shoes, a felt hat with low crown and wide brim cocked up, knapsacks and haversacks of painted canvas, and wooden canteens.

So armed with this image and the information I had gleaned I then began completing all 4 regiments. Now before anyone says the Betsy Ross didn't make it into a field of battle let me just explain something. The flag is symbolic of the period and we have decided that all our Continentals are going to carry one as a way of distinguishing the line units on the table top.
1st New York


2nd New York

3rd New York
4th New York

So that is the start of the force with 4 units of New York Continental line under my belt, next up will be the additional continentals that I want to have for wider variety.

32 comments:

  1. Cracking work on those 15mm little beauties Andrew.

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  2. Nice work, I do like a brown coat, you don't see the colour very often.

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    1. There will be a few more of them yet Ray when I get to uniformed militia etc

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  3. Inspiring stuff mate. Soon have pretty sizable forces for both sides.

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  4. Good information on regimental uniforms and my first peek at Lancashire miniatures. Thanks for both!

    Nice brushwork too!

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    1. Lancashire are intriguing figures they dont look much but paint up very well

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  5. Cracking job on those bud.
    Hope they fall in battle as quick as you painted them. Heehee

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    1. I hope those that fall account for redcoats as they go

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  6. Nice job on these Andrew and an excellent bit of history!

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    1. Thank you Anne I am getting my teeth into this project now

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  7. Nice work mate. We don't see a lot of 15mm from you so this is an interesting change of gear.

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    1. There will be a lot more 15 and 20mm coming from me over the months and years ahead

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  8. So much detail on those little chaps - cracking work Andrew.

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    1. Thank you, they are full of details that you dont see until they get primed

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  9. Thanks for the history I didn't know about the different colors. Very nice work on them.

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    1. First few years of the war it was pretty much any colour clothing they could get

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  10. Nice one mate. I have steered clear of the AWI but following a chat yesterday and seeing these today I am getting tempted. Thanks for showing them.

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  11. Excellent, very cool to see you painting the wee folk. ;-)

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  12. Hola
    Gran trabajo en esas medidas
    un saludo

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