Saturday, 2 January 2016

AWI Ansbach-Bayreuth Jagers


Here is the latest addition to my American War of Independence collection.  Playing such a key role in so many battles, I decided to make my fourth British and Allied unit, a unit of Jagers.



I opted to paint the Ansbach-Bayeuth Jagers as they fit in with the Southern campaign battles which I am hoping to fill the order of battles for.  The good thing is that they are so similar in dress to their better known Hesse-Cassel comrades that I should be able to get away with using them for both as required.



My sources seem to disagree on the colour of the hat cockade for Ansbach-Bayreuth Jagers so I chose one and opted for black.  I can always change it should more information come my way.



I understand that there were eventually six companies of Ansbach-Bayreuth Jagers serving in North America by the end of the war.



The figures are from the wonderful Perry Miniatures range.  I painted them mostly with Foundry triad paints but for the green I used Vallejo flat green for the main shade, applied over the darkest Russian Green shade.  I then mixed the flat green with some Foundry dragoon green for the highlights.  I made the mistake years ago of making Franco-Prussian War Jager coats too dark and I wanted to avoid that happening again.  Hopefully the appearance on these is close to how it should be.



The logs are twigs are from a wonderful New Years day walk in Wychwood Forest!  It was a wet but refreshing walk and a fine start to clear the lethargy of the Christmas break. The twigs did need some drying out on a radiator before glueing them on though!



 I was pleased with the way these turned out, the figures seem to have individual characters of their own.  As a result I couldn't decide which ones to post pics up of, so I loaded them all up.  I love the detail such as some of the riflemen using their slings to support their rifles in the firing position.



I am determined to paint up more AWI units before my attention gets pulled towards a different period of history.  I nearly started re-basing some WW2 1/285 vehicles (as I have just ordered a Desert Mat from Barrage Miniatures - see last post) but I managed to hold my course and complete these.









That's all for now.  I hope you all have a superb 2016!


15 comments:

  1. Superb! A really great job and the bases really add to the effect.

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    1. Hi Neil,
      Many thanks! I'm glad you like them.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  2. Beautiful Jagers, love your bases...Great poses and paintjob (spectacular eyes!)...

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    1. Hi Phil,
      Thanks! Ah yes the eyes - these fellows had more blonde heads than usual so more blue eyes than brown for a change!
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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    2. At my level it's already well if I can paint the hair so ...
      Cheers,
      Phil.

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  3. Lovely figures and great work on them.

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    1. Hi Lawrence,
      Many thanks for kind compliments! :-)
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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    1. Hi Rodger,
      Thank you very much! I just have to maintain the standard on my next unit now!
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  5. They look fantastic, and the detailed basing really enhances them further. Definitely add to this collection!

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    1. Hi Peter,
      Thank you very much! I will indeed add to this collection. I have another AWI unit on my painting table right now and another parcel from the Perry twins has just arrived! :-)
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  6. Lovely work and beautiful, effective basing too.

    Best wishes

    Giles

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    1. Hi Giles,
      Thank you very much for your kind comments. More AWI light troops to follow soon.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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  7. Fabulous Jaegers, Jason. Lovely uniforms and weapons.

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    1. Hi Dean,
      Many thanks indeed. I really enjoyed painting these troops. Such great uniform colours.
      Best wishes,
      Jason

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