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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Artillery Equipment - Painted Pix

British 6-pounder (AE3) battery in action (Firing AE12 and loading AE13 sets)
I have been busy painting samples of every figure in the Fife & Drum range so that we can get the figures photographed and loaded onto our new web site. I expect to launch the Fife & Drum web site towards the end of October 2012, so keep checking back on this blog for updates on our progress.

I like the way the artillery sets turned out - they have a lot of action to them, as they are available in loading sets and firing sets for each army. Eventually, each gun section will have a limber set attached to it.  See picture below for a sample of the limber set painted. Each set includes one limber, two horses and one drover. Cannon are purchased separately.

Limber set (AE-5) shown with the British 6-pounder in tow.

Continental Artillery Crew (AE13) loading a Swedish 4-Pdr (AE2)

I recently discovered that the cannon model that I had labeled as an American-cast 6-pdr (AE2) was actually the Swedish 4-pdr, which was part of the French Valliere system of artillery. This model can be used for both the Seven Years War and the American War of Independence.

Continental Artillery Crew (AE14) Firing a French 4-Pdr Valliere (AE1)
The French Valliere 4-pounder, or Long 4-pounder, is probably my favorite piece in our nascent Fife & Drum artillery offerings so far. I like it so much that I plan to add the French 8-pounder and 12-pounder cannon in the future. The long 4-pounder can be used in both SYW and AWI period armies.


  1. Agreed, and your painting, as usual, is top notch. Glad to see plans for French 8 and 12 pounders eventually too. One can never have enough artillery.

    Best Regards,


  2. That French 4-pdr is a HUGE gun for such a small ball! It's a really neat model.

  3. Remember, a French pound weighed more than a British pound in this era. The French 4-pdr was closer to a British 6-pdr. In fact, the Americans took some of the French guns and rebored them so that they could be used as 6-pdrs.

  4. How much is it to purchase them?