... are coming!
Which immediately raises the point, were citizens of the USA called 'Yanks' in 1812? Perhaps a reader could enlighten me. Anyway, a quick trip to the Royal Mail sorting office after work brought me two packets of little plastic men, who will masquerade as 1812 invaders:
I do like 'Hat' figures, and even the 'Hat' boxes, characterised by very neat packaging and good illustrations. If one was inclined to paint 'Hat's' Waterloo Dutch as, well, Waterloo Dutch, then the box top art would do nicely. But mine will become Americans.
The revival of this War of 1812 in 20mm plastic sent me scurrying to the Hobbit bunker to look out two other boxes of figures that I bought when I started on this project a few years ago. These are:
Some very nicely sculptured dragoons in a rather hard plastic (good, no flaking and no white glue needed as a primer). These will become the 19th Light Dragoons - the only British cavalry in North America in 1812. Finally, some guns:
A too-big, flimsy box (and contrast with 'Hat'), containing four guns and crew, but no horses, limbers etc.
Excellent ! On with the project!!
But, wait, do I really have to paint all this: