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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Continental Mounted Officer Greens

I received a pleasant surprise today with the arrival of these pictures of the Continental officers and horse greens that were sent to me by Richard Ansell. Good things are well worth waiting for and these certainly fill the bill. As shown in the pictures, we will be adding two American officers to the range: one pointing and one riding with his sword drawn at his side.

Their faces seem to have a lot of character, as you can see by clicking on the pictures to enlarge the view. With the completion of the mounted officers, Richard now has a full set of 16 figures to take to the caster (12 foot, 2 officers, and 1 horse - which takes up 2 slots in the mould). So it shouldn't be too long before we get these gentlemen into production.

I'm excited. Can't you tell?  :)


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Continental Greens

American Continental Command figures by Richard Ansell

I have already posted these pictures of the new AWI Continental greens over on my Der Alte Fritz Journal, but figured that it would be a good idea to post them on the official Fife & Drum site as well. I note that many of the "followers" listed on the right hand side of this page are also followers of my SYW blog.

There are a total of 12 Continental foot figures, including four command, four different marching  poses, two firing (one of which is loading his musket) and two of what I would call "standing at the ready". Richard is also working on two mounted officers: a brigadier general and his ADC, as well as a standing horse. Eventually, I will also add walking and trotting horses to the herd.

Rear view of the command figures. Click photos to enlarge the view.

Here are the front and back images of the skirmish or firing line poses:

Here are the "at the ready" set which could be used to make a complete regiment of Continentals waiting to receive the British attack:

I also think that the two figures above would also look good paired up with the two firing line figures, given that one of these fellows appears to be cocking his musket, which would fit in with the "firing line" theme.

Finally, we have the standard of every wargamer's army: the marching poses:

The rear view illustrates the variety of tumplines, packs and blanket rolls on the figures.
I don't have a timetable on the arrival of the greens as yet, but I would assume that they will be ready to send to the caster in the near future. Once the mounted officers and horse are completed, then we can send them off to the caster and start spinning metal.

I'm really excited by what I've seen so far and like you, I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to paint some of these miniature master pieces.

Cheers everyone,

Der Alte Fritz