Hi there guys.
I am embarking on somewhat of a new venture for me. I have always focussed on Fantasy miniatures and wargames (mainly Warhammer and Warmachine) with a bit of sci-fi thrown in, however recently I have greatly grown interested in Historicals. I am a history fan, delving into a few eras including the 100 Years War, the Mongol Empire and The American Civil War.
My newest venture is that of the American War of Independence, or the American Revolutionary War. This is slightly ironic as I am a Brit, and it seems we want to forget everything that ever happened over in the colonies to the point that no regiments were ever given honours for even major victories that occurred in the Revolutionary War.
Anyway, I have also grown a massive interest in historical wargames and their miniatures in particular (I don’t even think there would be anyone local interested in this kind of thing). I know the Perry’s from their Games Workshop stuff and after looking through their catalogue I was very excited. I decided to order up a fair amount of 1775–1783 British, and significantly Hesse-Cassel mercenaries (although technically Hessian soldiers and their officers were not actually mercenaries in business for themselves, but were regular troops in the service of the very small Germanic principality of Hesse-Cassel). At the moment I am going to be focussing on the British side of things solely but in the future I may expand to their Continental enemies, as you can’t have an American Revolution without some Americans to revolt.
While this project is not aimed to fit a certain battle in particular, my favourite setting is the New York and New Jersey campaign. The most significant battle of this of course is the Battle of Trenton, in which George Washington famously sailed his army across the icy Delaware on Christmas morning (1776) to surprise the Hessian encampment who were engaged in revelry at the time. It was a critical loss for the Hessians and boosted continental morale in a major way.
So indeed, while this force is fairly generic it is themed slightly around this battle and this part of the campaign. For that reason I will include a few important regiments and contingents noted in this part of the campaign. This is also convenient as I am a fan of snowy bases.
My initial order contains a box of generic British Infantry and 6 British Dragoons belonging to the 16th Regiment. There is also 10 Hesse-Cassel Grenadiers with their lovely mitre caps as well as a 4 Pounder artillery piece crewed by Hessians.
I am excited to get building and painting these boys, so I hope you stay tuned for next time where I will be going over uniforms and colour schemes!