By Rich Barbuto
Rob Morgan has a great idea (see his post immediately below) about keeping members of the solo gaming community connected by sharing our recent hobby-related activities. After I gamed Cowpens a few years back, I decided to continue the southern campaign of the American Revolution. The next big battle was Guilford Courthouse. As I looked over my collection of figures, it became obvious that I would need to expand the numbers of American militia. For the past several months I’ve been painting such troops.
Here are my Virginia and North Carolina militia. The Virginians are in their classic blue coats with dark green facings. The North Carolinian militia, in contrast, had few uniformed militia at this stage of the war. Most sources depict the militiaman in a homespun rifle coat. I’ve chosen instead to go with a brown coat faced red. This is a popular color combination for militiamen and regular alike, so these figures are versatile.
Next in the queue are the 33rd Regiment of Foot with red facings and another regiment of American militia. I am thinking that these militiamen will be in drab coats, probably faced in dark red. That makes them distinct enough from the North Carolinians on the wargame table. Again, this is a versatile color combination for state troops and continentals. Given how long it took me to complete the Virginians and North Carolinians, this project will take me into the summer months. I hope we aren’t still in lock down then. Everyone, stay safe and healthy.