Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Regiment Von Trumbach/Von Bose - Hesse Cassel Infantry - American Revolutionary War
A change of historical periods again for me with my latest addition. I have been busy in my absence from blogging!
This time sees the Regiment Von Trumbach from Hesse-Cassel. This unit later became the Regiment Von Bose when it had a change of command in 1778.
This regiment was hired, along with a large contingent from the German state of Hesse-Cassel, by King George III to go to American during the American Revolutionary War. Hesse-Cassel provided the largest contingent provided by the German states.
The regiment saw action at New York, Eutaw Springs, Stono Ferry, Charleston, Savannah and Yorktown. The regiment also famously saw action at Guilford Courthouse where they gained renown for their courageous actions during the desperate battle.
I couldn't resist painting some of the troops with 'mattress-ticking' overalls in a red-striped scheme. I guess that the John Mollo book 'Uniforms of The American Revolution' left a deep impression on me. Despite an aversion to painting straight lines, I felt these just didn't look right until I had painted around a third of the regiment with stripes (after which I felt in need of a well-deserved drink!).
So, I am back into painting American War of Independence/Revolutionary War figures again. There are several reasons for this, one being that I have a game scheduled in December. I started this collection in 2008 and have never had enough figures for a game. I now have enough...just...but I may need to use some French Indian range troops to fill in some gaps.
I am desperately painting Lord Cornwallis and two other commanders for the game. Competing with this is an exam in December, and two weekends of Brown Bess shooting events (another reason for getting the inspiration for this fascinating period of history again!).