Thursday, 24 December 2015

2nd South Carolina

The past month's been manic, so sorry for the late arrival of this post.  This unit is the last in my trilogy of Perry plastic American regiments (see also the 3rd New Hampshire and the 10th Massachusetts).  I painted these South Carolina chaps a good few months ago, but I failed to sort out the flag and then forgot about them.  I've wanted to paint up some South Carolina regulars since I visited Charleston some years ago and saw the uniform in the local museum (see here).  However, I couldn't find any figures with the suitable caps until the Perry plastics came along.  I chose the 2nd regiment because it features as a 20-figure unit in the Savannah scenario, the figures for which I've been building up over the past couple of years or so.  Also, the handy uniform guide in the Perry box said that the 2nd regiment may have had some men in white hunting shirts, and I thought a mix of white shirts and blue regimental coats would look quite smart.

The 2nd South Carolina Regiment was raised in June 1775, one of five regiments authorised by the state's government (so these units did not form part of the Continental line).  The 2nd's war service was largely limited to actions in its own state, although detachments seem to have served in Florida.  The regiment was part of the force that successfully defended Fort Moultrie at the Battle of Sullivan's Island in June 1776.  Sullivan's Island was in the entrance to Charleston's harbour and its successful defence denied the British fleet its intended capture of Charleston.  The regiment saw action at the American/French attack on Savannah in 1779 and the following year again took part in the defence of Charleston against British attack.  This time the British were successful and the regiment passed into captivity in May 1780.

I have a bit of a backlog of completed unit again so there will be more loyalist stuff after Christmas.  In the meantime, a very happy Christmas to all readers.

20 figures.  Painted April-May 2015.  Flag by GMB. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

Der Alte Fritz said...

What a nice looking unit! I've always liked the uniform of the South Carolina state regiments.

Jim

Simon Jones said...

Great unit Giles. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Simon

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Another lovely unit! Merry Christmas, Giles.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Silver Whistle said...

Lovely painting and very informative as always.
Merry Christmas to you and your family Giles.
Pat.

David said...

Very nice work on those, Giles. A fine addition to the force.

Jody Thibodeau said...

I'm attempting to paint some miniatures as 2nd SC Infantry as a part of a chess set. Would you be willing to share what type of paint you use and if you do anything to prime the figures before painting to help the paint keep from chipping/rubbing off? Thanks for your time and posting some excellent pictures for inspiration on what units I'd like to paint next.