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War of 1812 – American Militia (Old Glory)

Old Glory War of 1812 American Militia. I planned to use these same figures for Canadian Militia with the addition of a cloth tied around the arm to distinguish them from their US counterparts. These are lovely figures – probably my favourite of the entire War of 1812 range produced by Old Glory. Figures have good animation, and you get a good variety of poses in the classic 20 figure pack. I brought five of these packs – so a lot more militia for me to paint. I was thinking that these same figures could be used for almost any civilian militia in the horse and musket era. Specifically Spanish and possibly Portuguese. Flags are variations on Warflags offerings.  These were painted back about ten years ago. I am sure I could do a better job today – but I still like them in all their shiny (old) glory.

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The horn blower is a figure from the old Foundry French Revolution range that included a trio of characters inspired by the Delacriox painting “Liberty Leading the People”.
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Gear is ammunition and forage bag – simple to paint.

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Kentucky Volunteers – War of 1812 (Old Glory)

More from the 1812 archives box.  Kentucky Volunteers from Old Glory. These miniatures are very cool – good poses and crisp castings.  From what I remember from ten years or more ago, they were pretty easy to paint. Like most of my research I relied on memory and seeing a few pictures online so no real apologies for the accuracy or otherwise of their garb. I am not even sure they carried standards but wanted some so there you are.

I think they were designed with skirmishing in mind but I thought they made a great firing line.
Converted standard bearers. There were none in the Old Glory bag so it was off with some muskets and on with flag staffs.
The flag is pretty much of my own invention. I looked at some militia flags online and that is what I ended up with.
The US flag is from Warflags if I remember correctly.
More buckskins.
I was doing these bases with the edges cut off – one of our old gaming buddies had AWI armies based like that and I really liked it at the time so copied it.


The Mounted Kentucky Volunteers. One thing about Old Glory ‘Bags o’ Troops’ that I don’t like is the cavalry bags. You get ten figures. I would rather have twelve. While OK for War of 1812 which didn’t see much use of cavalry, it would be annoying doing regular Napoleonic cavalry units under most rule systems.

These mounted figures are however very nice. Good poses – riders seem relaxed in the saddle. The animation is fantastic.

The whole unit.
The Commanding Officer.
Advancing in skirmish order.
Front view.

US Infantry War of 1812 (Old Glory)

From my ‘What I discovered in a box’ archive.  Two regiments of American regulars. One in the familiar grey and one in brown.  These are Old Glory figures. The usual mix of really good poses and a few of the traditional Old Glory “animated” figures.

You may notice that the first regiment pictured has a rifle regiment flag.  I know it is the wrong colour but back in 2004 I didn’t and I cannot be buggered changing it.  One day perhaps.

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American Rifleman – War of 1812 (Old Glory)

With the Woolshed well on the way to being wargame friendly once again, I thought I might do some posts on my War of 1812 Yanks.  I painted these way back in about 2003 I think it was. I paint in a different style now but I still like these guys. A bit glossy, colours not quite right and not much shading – they are what they are.  I do remember how proud I was of the freehand ‘US’ on canteens and backpacks. Nowadays you can get decals for that. Time marches on…..

These miniatures are Old Glory figures from their excellent War of 1812 range. There are some really nice models in this range. I have bags of them unpainted in my lead mountain.  They are at the smaller end of 28mm but stand up well alongside newer ranges.

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28mm British Marines (Old Glory)

I originally got these Old Glory British Marines for use in my War of 1812 project that I started back in about 2004. The set of thirty figures has two officers, two drummers and twenty-six Marines in six other poses, with a number of head variants.

For Black Powder I can break up the battalion and use them for Small or Tiny units, or keep them together as a full battalion.


These miniatures are a bit smaller than the Perthshire Volunteers that I painted as the fictional “Loamshires” a few weeks ago. Not massively so, but it was noticeable. Maybe it was just that their hats weren’t quite as tall.









And a final word to my muse who hasn’t complained about my models and paints being all over the place for large chunks of the past year – Thank You. I do love you.

Monday Music: The Battle of New Orleans

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I watch a lot of music videos and I have to say that I have found the gayest one with a military theme ever.  This is the classic Johnny Horton song – The Battle of New Orleans.  There is not much I can say about this other than…enjoy. Anyone out there making Brits and US troops like these?  If there are, please stop. Immediately.


If you want to watch the classic movie “The Buccaneer”  starring Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte and Charlton Heston as a pretty good looking Andrew Jackson – there is a link at the bottom of this post.

This is a version that will be totally unknown to anyone outside of New Zealand I imagine.  It harkens to the Land Wars in the Waikato – sort of – maybe.  The Howard Morrison Quartet were a Maori stage act greatly loved here in New Zealand.  Sad to say that half their stuff would be considered too un-PC now I suspect.

As usual I like to find some appropriate miniatures to accompany my music posts. I seriously doubt I could ever find anything as outrageous as the uniforms in the video though.  Here are my three favourite War of 1812 ranges. All good and all compatible with each other.

Old Glory War of 1812.  A fantastic range covering both sides of the conflict. My favourites are the Kentucky Volunteers and the Glengarry Light Infantry skirmishing.  I have a stack of these and will get them on the blog at some stage in the near future.

Knuckleduster War of 1812.  I have to admit that while I have lots of Forrest’s Cowboys, I have not got any of these so can only comment on what I can see in his catalogue. What I see is a fantastic and extensive range. Forrest’s sculpting has got better and better and he has a style of his own that I really like. These are on my radar.

Brigade Games War of 1812. A new(ish) range. I have already brought Brigade Games Napoleonic Spanish guerillas and I loved the models. Beautiful crisp and clean castings. This War of 1812 range looks to be more of the same.