Our Studio page is where you will find previews and developments in our ranges; some will be in the form of my rough concept sketches, others as sculpting "work in progress", some will appear as new master castings and others as newly painted figures.
Our next releases will comprise British-Allied "Stockbridge Mohicans", more Rangers who can also be used as Backwoods Militia and some Provincials in short coats and cut-down hats.
The Stockbridge Mohicans
The Stockbridge Mohicans were descended from Housatonic and Mahican Indians who settled at Reverend John Sergeant's mission and school at Stockbridge, western Massachusetts, established in the 1730s. They were one of the more "assimilated tribes" wearing much European-style clothing and living in towns of board houses, many attending church and school.
From the beginning of the French & Indian War they served in warrior bands, but also within Provincial regiments and Ranger companies. Captain Jacob Cheeksaunkun raised a company of 45 "Stockbridges" with Lieutenant Jacob Naunauphtaunk and Ensign Soloman Uhauamvaumut.
The Stockbridge Mohicans' day-to-day Europeanised appearance was considered to be less intimidating to the enemy, and, in common with the Mohegans of Connecticut, they were ordered to revert to their traditional Indian wear for war. They were issued muskets, powder horns and bullet bags, shirts and blankets; they wore centre-seam leggings and moccasins. In ranger companies they were issued the same equipment as their fellow rangers. Hair styles varied from a simple scalp-lock to worn long. The strips of red cloth tied around the barrels of their muskets were an expedient to avoid incidents of "friendly fire". Piercing appears not to have been much in evidence, if at all, paint and tattooing were not common.
There will be three packs each of six different Stockbridge Mohicans, and also my take on Captain Jacob Cheeksaunkun, dressed in the same style as his men, distinguished as an officer by his silver gorget and proudly sporting his presentation red ostrich plume.
There will also be three packs of Rangers/Backwoods Militia in this release, intended to either create new units or to for you to mix in with other packs. They can be painted in ranger uniform or more civilian style colour combinations for frontiersmen, militia and non-uniformed ranger companies. Shown are three of the soldiers from these packs; the man in the darker brown coat could take the field as a militiaman in his daily clothing, although I intend to use him as a member of Major Israel Putnam's Connecticut Rangers, who are described as wearing brown coats and green waistcoats.
There will be a greater variety of dress in these packs, and of headwear, including flopped tricorns and cut down hats; the third pack will be of Rangers/Backwoods Militia in shirts.
Anglo-American Provincials in Short Coats and Cut Down Hats
Anglo-American Provincial soldiers, as often represented, in cut down hats and a variety of legwear - a mix of issue leggings, mitasses (Indian leggings) and uncovered hose. This gives them a very "campaigny" look, enabling their use as separate companies or to mix in with our earlier releases of Provincials to give even greater variety.
There will be one pack of these Provincials with 6 figures, another with 3 figures including a corporal, and a sergeant available as a special character figure.
Compagnies Franches de la Marine - Part deux
The second (concluding) release of La Marine will follow hard on the heels of the Rangers, Stockbridge Mohicans and the new packs of Provincials.
This release will comprise 4 packs in their company/regimental coats including a command pack, 2 packs in capotes along with an officer character figure in capote.
French regular infantry for the French & Indian War and the Seven Years War in Europe will be released as early as we can in 2021 with 16 new packs of fusiliers and grenadiers plus a special pack of a mounted/dismounted senior officer.
A word about our planned French grenadiers: there are packs in both tricorns and fur mitres, all will, of course, sport moustaches and their own distinctive cartridge boxes and swords, distinguishing them from the fusiliers. The grenadiers will not be distinguished from the fusiliers simply by head swaps.