Saturday, 24 November 2012

Lacoste AND Runchney's Colored Units

Having picked up Old Glory's pack of "Men of Color" (Why? Umm. Let's not get into the psychology of that at this time...) I obviously needed to create one of the few units of all coloreds from this war.  Lacoste's battalion fought in the New Orleans campaign (see my previous post ).  For this I used the 'better-dressed' poses from the Old Glory pack   [the others with smocks, I will use as Daquin's smaller unit of the same campaign.

Here is my finished version:


However, a lesser known unit which fought against the American invasion of Upper Canada in 1812 was 'Rauchney's Colored Corps' which contested Queenston Heights.   History: ( link)

Here is my finish version:


The astute viewer will note of course that it is indeed the same unit with a different officer which I can substitute either with the blue coated officer and placing of an American flag or a red coated officer and the Union Jack.

The officers are placed on pennies with a sabot set up:

The placing on the pennies turned out to be more elaborate than I had anticipated as the Old Glory based were so thick and when placed on the pennies put them as giants with the rank and file.  Thus I removed the bases and placed them in 'green stuff' to create the ground work.  However much faster than painting up another unit, eh.



2 comments:

  1. Great idea sub'ing the officer out with the same unit. I've thought about doing the same for other units by sub'ing out the standard - like some Medieval stuff. Best, Dean

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    1. Dean,
      For the medieval era, you could either:
      a) have the command figures on the base painted as a generic band (all in armor and without livery for example) and thus with a change in the distinctive flag of heraldry make the unit/command stand change from Lord Blaa Blaa to Earl of Yaadaa.
      or b) make a completely different stand with the man himself in his distinct 'uniform' and replacing the stand for each Earl/Lord/etc within the unit.

      The former entails making up flags for each; the latter painting up figures for each.

      DougH

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