Perry Miniatures released a pack of artillery for the Queen's Rangers. These figures are a delightful bonus and totally unexpected; I can't imagine anyone else releasing such things. This set comprises a 3-pounder gun and an "amusette". These pieces are referred to in the journal of Major John Simcoe, the Queen's Rangers' commanding officer. They seems to have been issued at some time after 1778. The amusette, essentially a larger calibre musket, was apparently devised by the Marechal de Saxe. A later model's bullets weighed half a pound to a pound and could carry to a distance of 2,000 paces. I have not been able to find any further information about when the 3-pounder and the amusette were used in action, but I imagine Simcoe's journal has some details. As yet, no AWI scenerio I have seen requires either of these pieces. I imagine the amusette is more geared towards skirmish actions.
These Perry figures include a Royal Artillery sergeant, which is a nice touch and I have based him seperately so I can use him with other crews. I have assumed that the rangers used a British gun and so painted it in the usual blue-grey. The amusette mantlet was painted with Games Worshop "Scorched Brown" highlighted with the first two colours from Foundry's "Spearshaft" palette. The two mantlets in front of the 3-pounder were painted with the same base of "Scorched Brown" but then highlighted with all 3 colours from Foundry's "Drab" palette. I wanted these to have a more weathered look, and thanks are due to Levied Troop of the Wargames Directory for suggesting this method of depicting "silvered" wood; I think it works quite well. In both cases the "Scorched Brown" was given a dark brown ink wash to bring out the wood grain.
Painted July 2007.