French and Indian War, New World Colonies
Traditional Highland Uniform from head to toe:
The light blue highland Bonnet, at this point in history the bonnet is simply banded and lightly adorned with feather, or pin. Short Red jacket to fit over the kilt, more scarlet for officers. A Scarlet sash for officer rank. Yellow Gold turn backs and braid. The traditional Highland Kilt, which was a large rectangle of course wool in Tartan Plaid, pleated below the belt, gathered above the belt and clasped at the left shoulder. White shirt and Black crossbelt.
The soldiers weapons include:
A Dirk tucked into his belt, a Dag or flintlock Pistol made of all steel and of course his Basket Broadsword. The leather Sporran, or pouch attached to his belt acted as a pocket for his kilt. Finally, he has Red/White pattern hose held with Red tape garter above the calf and Black leather shoes with buckles known as Ghillies.
This is a wonderfully done toy soldier kit in 77mm, or 1/23rd scale. Imrie-Risley once again has supplied the white metal parts to be assembled and painted.
77mm or 3″ tall figure kit depicting the 1st/3rd New Jersey Regiment from the French and Indian War. He is outfitted for service in the North American wilderness. This is a very high quality figure. It displays well with the figures of Roger’s Ranger and Native guide. His equipment, right down to the antiquated match, which was a grenadiers badge of honor, located on his shoulder strap are nicely detailed.
The Jersey Blues were first mustered in 1673 in Piscataway New Jersey. The name comes from their Blue coats with red Lapels and facings. Their initial role was to deter Indian attacks on the early settlements. This is a depiction of a Grenadier of the 500 men mustered to garrison Fort William henry in 1757. The unit was again called up in 1758 for the campaign against Fort Carillon. The same unit fought throughout the French and Indian war and then for the Colonies in the Revolution.
Grenadiers were originally chosen to throw grenades and take on assault operations. The piked hat was used because a tricorn would get in the way of their throwing arm. The men were generally larger and more robust to take on this dangerous role. The mitred cap made them look even more imposing. Over time Grenadiers became one of the flank companies along with the smaller quicker men of the light infantry. The Grenadiers became the shock troops, or the company for the toughest jobs.
The reverse view of line infantry Grenadier. His equipment is visible in this view. He has the musket slung over his shoulder with backpack haversack and musket ball pouch. His hair is done up in a que, a pony tail of sorts and then stuffed under his mitered cap. He looks like a hardy backwoods provincial, ready for the French and Indians. From the Jersey blues service record,he would need to be ready.
He stands at ease. Deerskin breeches cover his uniform trousers for moving through through the thick underbrush in the great northwoods.
Although I know this figure is a Ranger, I often think of these two companions as the main characters of my favorite book series, the leather stocking tales by James Fenimore Cooper. I can see ‘Hawkeye’, Natty Bumpo in the green of a Ranger, with Chingachgook, ‘the Great Serpent’ standing easily at his side. The chief and the frontiersman.
These are separate large scale Imrie Risley kits, richly detailed and very well sculpted.
Robert Roger’s independent company of rangers were some of the first special forces in the new world. These specially trained and equipped woodsmen with their Stockbridge Indian allies were formed to deal with the heavy woodlands and terrain obstacles of the American theater of the French and Indian War. They were led by the charismatic provincial leader, Robert Rogers, who created and implemented his own theories of combat on the frontier.
These figures once again are inspired by a compelling book, in this case, “War on the Run“, “The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the conquest of America’s First Frontier”, by John F. Ross. He describes the Rangers at Lake George, “..gloriously arrayed in the new green regimental coats, most heads crowned with the Rangers’ signature Balmoral Scotch bonnet.” Ross describes very well the trials, privations and grueling nature of combat in the frozen and unforgiving wilderness. This was the world of Roger’s Rangers.
This Ranger carries a wampum belt, his rifle, ball shot case, rucksack and backpack. He has deerskin breeches, his tomahawk and hunting knife, well prepared for a foray into the eastern woodlands and Canada. He has a powder horn, brass ramrod and a sprig of spruce in his bonnet. His Indian companion is simply adorned. From his scalping tuft of hair with feathers, to his war paint, his bear claw necklace, his brass armband, wampum belt, powder horn and rifle, he carries only the essentials of his business.
These 77mm Imrie Risley museum quality miniatures seem ready to attack Fort Carillon and take it from the wily French and their native allies.
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Reverse view of uniform
These are very high quality model figure kits. The figures are large, 77mm, or just over 3″ tall and very detailed. They come in their own decorative boxes. Assembly is simple. The sculpting is magnificent. The metal cleans up very well, which allows for easy priming and painting.
some of my favorites…..
The figures stand on all metal bases, sturdy and easily finished