I didn't set out deliberately to paint this unit. I saw that I had 6 standing Eureka cavalry figures left over and thought about what to do with them. Given that the figures were in a mix of hunting shirts and uniform coats, I started looking for a suitable patriot unit. But then I noticed that the drummer was a negro (a figure I've never seen before and I'm not even sure he's pictures on Eureka's website) and I thought that a loyalist unit might be more appropriate. Flicking through the Osprey MAA on loyalist troops I noticed that the East Florida Rangers were recorded has having recruited some coloured men and clothing some of its men in linen hunting shirts - perfect! Even better, the unit appears in one of the BG scenarios, Briar Creek (with 6 figures). The only problem I could see was that I didn't have enough round hats to go with the figures - I didn't want to use Continental-style helmets and tricornes don't fit on the "at rest" figures. But this was easily solved by using leftover slouch hats from the Perry plastic British infantry box. The coats were painted with the Foundry "French Chasseur a Cheval Green 71" palette, with a final highlight of 70B. For the hunting shirts I used "Raw Linen 31" - not a colour I normally use for hunting shirts, but I wanted something that would blend in with the green coats.
This is a nice little unit, I think; it's a bit different and certainly not something I've seen modelled before. The "look" is rather conjectural, since I moulded the uniforms around the figures that I already had. But, as noted above, the notes in the Osprey MAA seem to fit (although the reversed coat on the drummer is artistic licence) and I think this is as good a representation as any without access to mounted figures in frontier/civilian dress. The colour scheme of the coats looks forward to the subsequent infantry unit formed in 1779. The officer is a bit old to be Colonel Brown himself, who was in his late twenties. Then again, all that tarring and feathering may have caused his hair to fall out - who knows? I was tempted to put the two hunting shirt guys on a base by themselves, for potential use in patriot units, but in the end I just mixed them in with the others. Again, this is the sort of unit for which the Eureka Miniatures' cavalry range is invaluable.
Happy New Year, everyone.
6 figures. Painted November 2015.