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, June 24, 2012

The Next Fife & Drum Wargame

Game table for my July 4th Fife & Drum Game

I spent a good part of the afternoon and evening clearing my wargame table of all the flotsam and jetsam that had accumulated on the surface over the past several months. It was quite a chore, but I think that the pictures shown herein prove that it was worth the effort. My plan is to play a solo AWI game on the Fourth of July holiday, using it as an excuse to take some photographs and write an article for Battle Games magazine.

And now we add the miniatures...
It will be a "small" game by my standards: 7 or 8 British battalions and 10 to 12 Continentals and Militia. The game mat was made by "The Terrain Guy" while virtually all of the terrain pieces, from trees, to fences to buildings were made by Herb Gundt. I made the road sections that you see in the pictures and I painted all of the wargame figures. 

Williamsburg Powder Magazine, in situ.
You can see a solitary Fife & Drum British Guardsman in the gateway to the powder magazine. I painted him in a green coat as an experimental Loyalist soldier. I like the way that he turned out, so hopefully I will be able to add at least one Loyalist regiment to my British army. The wagons shown above were all scratch built by Ed Phillips, using balsa wood, card stock, some Old Glory wheels and Dixon horses.

Special Announcement Coming This Week!

Please be sure to check back in here over the next several days as I will have an important announcement about the Fife & Drum Miniatures range. I think that you are going to like it. That's all that I can say for now. Stay tuned.


  1. Looking good. Neat table to display great figures.

  2. A grand table for sure! I'm jealous.

  3. Mouth-watering stuff! I look forward to the game photos!