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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Artillery Pictures

AE-12 British Crew Firing (left) and AE-11 British Crew Loading, both with AE-3 British 6-pdr.

I have posted a few pictures of some of the new Fife & Drum artillery equipment and the British and Continental artillery crews, showing how they look painted. I had hoped to get these beauties into a game soon, but they will have to make a first stop in the UK, where I am sending them to be photographed for inclusion in our new web site (to be announced soon). The pictures are OK, but Henry Hyde is a better photographer than I am and we want to put the best possible pictures on the web site. Each stock number will be accompanied by a picture of the painted figure that you will be purchasing.

AE-14 American Crew Firing with AE-1 French 4-pdr Valliere cannon.

I really like the way that the French 4-pounder turned out. It is the equivalent of about a British 6-pounder in cannonball weight because the French pound was larger than the English pound measurement in those days. I black primed the cannon and used a base coat of "clotted red blood" and then did some highlights and wood grains with a common red paint. The iron fittings are painted black and then highlighted with a mixture of black and flesh paint, to give me a black highlight. The crew were grey primed.

AE-14 Firing Crew with AE-1 French 4-pdr
AE-13 American Crew Loading with AE-2 American-cast 6-pdr.


  1. Very nice! I really like grey on the cannon. The detailing on the uniform faces is great as well!

  2. Stunning! And guess what color scheme I'll be using to paint my own French 4pdrs? Nice work there. The use of fleshtone and black to produce a black highlight is another good idea to file away for later use.

    Best Regards,