Fife & Drum Miniatures is a range of 1/56 scale figures (approximately 30mm in height) sculpted by Richard Ansell, and is devoted to the American War of Independence. The figures may be purchased from Der Alte Fritz through this blog, using Paypal for payment. Click on the page tabs for Crown Forces, American forces and artillery equipment to see pictures of the individual figures.

Winner of the "Best Historical Miniatures Range of 2011" by The Miniatures Page.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New 1st Continental Dragoons

All 8 poses of the 1st Continental Dragoons, circa 1777. (Click to enlarge)

I was able to paint all 8 of the new Fife & Drum 1st Continental Dragoons as samples yesterday - that's a pretty good painting pace, finishing 8 cavalry, from start to finish, in one day. I always paint at least one of the figures complete - start to finish - because this gives me a better feel for how to paint the rest of the figures: i.e what order should I paint the various bits and pieces of equipment and cloth. Once that first figure is painted, then the others follow more quickly.

Here are the new product code numbers for each of the eight new figures:

AC-010  1st Continental Dragoon Officer, pointing
AC-011  1st Continental Dragoon Standard Bearer
AC-012  1st Continental Dragoon Trumpeter
AC-013  1st Continental Dragoon Trooper with Shouldered Sword

AC-014  1st Continental Dragoon Trooper, rested Carbine
AC-015  1st Continental Dragoon Trooper, Firing Pistol
AC-016  1st Continental Dragoon Trooper, Firing Carbine
AC-017  1st Continenal Dragoon Trooper, Reloading Carbine

1st Continental Dragoon Command (L-R): AC-013 Trooper, Shouldered Sword; AC-011 Trumpeter; AC-012 Standard Bearer; and AC-010 Officer (click pix to enlarge)

Another view of the command figures, same order left to right. Obviously the Trooper with shouldered sword is not part of the command group - it was just convenient to photograph the figures in groups of 4 figures.

The figures are sculpted such that one could create a regiment with a more formal appearance, an open order skirmish appearance, or a mix of the two. For a more formal looking regiment, use the four figures shown in the two pictures above. For example, you might select one each of the officer, standard bearer and the trumpeter plus nine of the trooper with shouldered sword to create a squadron or regiment  of 12 dragoons.

The you could add one each of the four skirmishing poses (firing pistol, firing carbine, reloading carbine or rested carbine) to bring your wargame unit up to 16 figures, which is probably a good number to have in most AWI games. The skirmishers could either augment the strength of the unit, or if you base your cavalry on the standard 2-inch square base, you could remove one stand of "formal" dragoons and replace it on the table with two individually-mounted skirmishers.

1st Continental Dragoons skirmishing (L-R) AC-0016 Firing Pistol; AC-014 Rested Carbine; AC-017 Reloading; and AC-016 Firing Carbine (click pix to enlarge)
If you want a more open, skirmish order look to your regiment, then I would recommend selecting the officer (pointing to where a target is) and perhaps the firing pistol and firing carbine and reloading figures. Then, you could have a reserve in your skirmish line consisting of the trooper with the carbine resting on his right thigh and perhaps even the standard bearer and trumpeter posted in the rear with the reserve line. I would use the standing horses for the skirmish poses.

I elected to paint the 1st Continental Dragoons in their earlier brown coat with green facings uniform, which is kind of drab when compared to the more spectacular red coats of the British 16th Light Dragoons that I painted last week. The regiment later converted to a blue coat with red facings. I used the brown  coat since that is likely what the regiment wore during the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777-78, which my AWI Continental army is modelled after.

Ordering Information: you can place a "pre-order" with Fife & Drum now, but you will not be charged anything until I am ready to ship the figures. I just need about a week to process orders from some of our Kickstarter backers (they get their figures first) and then after that, I can start offering the figures to everyone else.

To order, just send me an e-mail at the address posted on the upper right hand corner of this page:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

AWI Dragoons from Kickstarter Project Have Arrived!

British 16th Light Dragoons skirmishing (L to R): BC-017 Trooper Loading Carbine; BC-016 Trooper Firing Carbine; BC-015 Trooper Firing Pistol; and BC-014 Trooper resting carbine on right thigh. (click to enlarge).

I received the first 16 AWI dragoons yesterday, hot off the spin casting machines at Griffin Moulds. I will be processing Kickstarter rewards first, but after that the figures will be available for purchase by anyone. There are 8 American 1st Continental dragoons and 8 British 16th Light Dragoons.

If you were not a KS backer, you can place a "pre-order" now and I can probably ship your order in about 2-3 weeks (to allow enough time to send out the KS rewards first). No money is needed now, just an indication of your interest in particular figures is all that I need so that I can order more stock.

All figures are $5.00 USD including rider and horse. Shipping charges are at a flat rate of $5.00 USD in the USA and $10.00 USD for the rest of the world. In most cases, the flat rate international shipping equates to a savings of 15% to 20% on your order.

To order, send me an e-mail with your order for individual figures at:


Stock codes for the 16th Light Dragoons are as follows:

BC-010 16th Light Dragoon Officer
BC-011 16th LD Trumpeter
BC-012 16th LD Trooper, shouldered sword, uniform coat
BC-013 16th LD Trooper, shouldered sword, hunting shirt
BC-014 16th LD Trooper, rested carbine on right thigh
BC-015 16th LD Trooper, firing pistol
BC-016 16th LD Trooper, firing carbine
BC-017 16th LD Trooper, loading carbine

If you want to create a regiment in a formal pose with shouldered swords, then use the BC-010 officer, BC-011 trumpeter, and BC-013 trooper in coat to form the core of your regiment. You can also add a figure or two of the BC-014 trooper wearing a hunting shirt. On campaign, there should be some variation in the uniform. The BC-014 trooper with rested musket would also work with the fellows with the shouldered swords.

If you want to add some skirmishers, then the BC-010 officer pointing would look like he is directing a piquet line of the BC-015 firing pistol, BC-016 firing carbine, BC-017 reloading, with a couple of BC-014 rested carbine poses forming your reserve behind the skirmish line.

British 16th Light Dragoons (L to R): BC-012 trooper in coat; BC-013 trooper in hunting shirt; BC-011 Trumpeter; and BC-010 Officer. (click pix to enlarge).


1st Continental Dragoons (L to R): AC-010 Officer; AC-011 Trumpeter; AC-012 Ensign; and AC-013 Trooper with shouldered sword. This group would make up a nice regiment in a "formal" at the ready pose.

1st Continental Dragoon skirmishing (L to R): AC-015 Trooper firing pistol; AC-016 Trooper firing carbine; AC-017 Trooper reloading carbine; and AC-014 Trooper with rested carbine. The first three poses would make a nice skirmish line. Then you could add a couple of the trooper with rested carbine behind the main skirmish line in reserve, and then add the AC-010 officer pointing to direct the skirmish line. 

Stock codes for the 1st Continental Light Dragoons are as follows:

AC-010 1st Continental Dragoon officer
AC-011 Trumpeter
AC-012 Standard Bearer
AC-013 Trooper with shouldered sword

(the above 4 poses can be used to create a "formal" posed regiment)

AC-014 1st Continental Dragoon trooper with rested carbine
AC-015 Trooper firing pistol
AC-016 Trooper firing carbine
AC-017 Trooper reloading carbine

(the above 4 poses can add a skirmish line to your cavalry regiment)

We are currently working on Phase II of the Kickstarter Dragoons, which will include the British Legion cavalry, the 3rd Continental Dragoons, and the British 17th Light Dragoons. I am estimating that we will be able to show some of the greens in March, get them into production in April or early May, and have them shipped by our June 2014 scheduled delivery.

After that, it will be HESSIANS!!!!!!!!


Monday, October 28, 2013

AWI Personalities - Greens Preview

Baron von Knyphausen
Here are some previews of the new greens for the AWI personalities that are among the rewards that are available for our Kickstarter backers. The figures will go into production in December and we are on target to ship all of the rewards to backers by January 2014. Once all backers have received their rewards figures, the personalities will be made available for sale to the general public.

General Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox)

Banastre Tarleton

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Free Fife & Drum Rules for the AWI

A number of people on The Miniatures Page have been inquiring about my free one page rules called, Fife & Drum, and are wondering how they can get a copy.

Easy: just send me an e-mail at fife_drum_minis(at)yahoo(dot)com
With your request and I will zap a copy to you. I keep the file at my office so I can only email them to you on weekdays. Nevertheless , drop me an email and I will send you a copy ASAP.

The rules are not complicated: they fit one side of a regular sheet of paper and when I use them in my convention games, I find that players pick up on the mechanics within 1-2 game turns. They provide a good skeleton framework for almost any historical period, so feel free to tack on your own ideas and adaptations. For example, I am considering trying an idea out for American reaction to seeing the British advancing on them early in the war. It works like this:

Roll a D6 each time a British battalion moves to within 12" of an American militia or Continental regiment. A roll of 1-2 = Rout!; 3-4 = Fall back 6" in good order facing the enemy; and 5-6 = No Effect, stand your ground.

Once an American regiment takes and passes this test, it does not have to take a British Reaction test for the remainder of the game. Any unit that routs or retires will still have to take a reaction test the next time the British infantry get within 12" of them.

Give it a try and let me know how this works out. The idea arises from some readings that I'm doing about the New York 1776 campaign.

Friday, August 2, 2013

I Get To Play In A Game!

Tomorrow (Saturday ) I get to play in a game for the first time in I don't know how long going back to the beginning of this year. I will travel to Chez Protz to resume our Peninsula War Campaign circa 1809.

Check out the Campaigns in Iberia blog to catch up on the latest developments in the campaign.

(Link to be provided later)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

British Officers at Fort Ligonier

Here are some pictures that I took of the displays in the officers' quarters at Fort Ligonier. The first picture depicts Forbes and Bouquet.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pontoon Wagons Are Back In Stock

We received a new order of the pontoon wagons (AE -018) from Griffin Designs today so the wagon yard has a lot of inventory available for sale. We had run out of these fine models at Historicon and a number of people were interested in acquiring some of these. This is a set that includes one wagon and one pontoon for $12.00. We also have a pack of two pontoons (AE-017) for $8.00 that you can buy to make your pontoon bridge longer.