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.


  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

    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.