Friday, 1 June 2007

Sherburne's Additional Regiment

Colonel Henry Sherburne raised this regiment in Connecticut in January 1777. It lasted until 1780, when it was broken up and many troops were transferred into Webb's Additional Regiment. I have not been able to find out much about this regiment. It may have fought at White Plains and was certainly present at the Battle of Rhode Island in August 1778. Deserter descriptions refer to brown coats faced yellow and green "small clothes". The colours used here were various Foundry palettes - "Bay Brown", "Ochre" and "Forest Green". I gave some figures different coloured breeches to suggest new recruits waiting for the next shipment of regimentals. I am not sure what the standard Continental army policy was on musicians wearing coats with reversed colours, but this fashion seemed appropriate for a neater and more tidy regiment such as this.

Now that I have over a dozen American regiments, mainly in blue and brown coats, I intend to model future Continental units on those regiments that had (or are thought to have had) particularly colourful uniforms or distinctive flags. So whilst this unit does not fit into any of the orbats I am working on, I wanted to paint it due to the unique uniform. Sherburne's regiment will be followed the 2nd New Hampshire with their sky-blue coats and I have been trawling the GMB lists to see what interesting flags they do. These standing Foundry figures were very easy to paint and I wish I had bought more packs before Foundry increased its prices in April. Thanks are due to RtL for donating a pack so that I could complete the unit (there were several of us at Salute who benefited from his largesse!).

20 figures. Painted January and May 2007. Flag by GMB.


Stokes Schwartz said...

Hello GIles,

Great color scheme (and painting) on these figures! I'll have to borrow the idea for one of my imaginary jaeger units or something. Enjoy the weekend.

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

Snickering Corpses said...

Very nice job on those, and quite impressive. If you don't have it, I recommend grabbing the "Encyclopedia of Continental Army Units" for a number of interesting little unit histories. I still have a notebook with a number of these in it, researched from the library in my youth. I think Sherburne's was one of them as I have at least one figure painted up in brown and green.

Anonymous said...

Hey, leave my largesse out of this!


Andy McMaster said...

Hi Giles,

Just picked up a couple of American 15mm units cheap on ebay with quite nice paint jobs. Couldn't quite make out the details on the one unit but when it arrived turned out to have brown coats, yellow facings and green smalls and your site provided the ID for me! May touch them up a little to give a bit more variety but when rebased they will fit in nicely to face the Brits I'm slowly (very slowly) painting.

Lovely paint job as usual! I may yet be tempted to try my hand at 28mm!