Fife & Drum Miniatures is a range of 1/56 scale figures (approximately 30mm in height) sculpted by Richard Ansell, and is devoted to the American War of Independence. The figures may be purchased from Der Alte Fritz through this blog, using Paypal for payment. Click on the page tabs for Crown Forces, American forces and artillery equipment to see pictures of the individual figures.

Winner of the "Best Historical Miniatures Range of 2011" by The Miniatures Page.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Artillery Pictures

AE-12 British Crew Firing (left) and AE-11 British Crew Loading, both with AE-3 British 6-pdr.

I have posted a few pictures of some of the new Fife & Drum artillery equipment and the British and Continental artillery crews, showing how they look painted. I had hoped to get these beauties into a game soon, but they will have to make a first stop in the UK, where I am sending them to be photographed for inclusion in our new web site (to be announced soon). The pictures are OK, but Henry Hyde is a better photographer than I am and we want to put the best possible pictures on the web site. Each stock number will be accompanied by a picture of the painted figure that you will be purchasing.

AE-14 American Crew Firing with AE-1 French 4-pdr Valliere cannon.

I really like the way that the French 4-pounder turned out. It is the equivalent of about a British 6-pounder in cannonball weight because the French pound was larger than the English pound measurement in those days. I black primed the cannon and used a base coat of "clotted red blood" and then did some highlights and wood grains with a common red paint. The iron fittings are painted black and then highlighted with a mixture of black and flesh paint, to give me a black highlight. The crew were grey primed.

AE-14 Firing Crew with AE-1 French 4-pdr
AE-13 American Crew Loading with AE-2 American-cast 6-pdr.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Fife & Drum Logo Unveiled!

Fife & Drum logo created by Mr. Henry Hyde

Here is what the new logo for the Fife & Drum Miniatures range will look like. I want to thank Henry Hyde (editor of Battlegames Magazine) for his fine work in creating this logo. It really evokes the feeling of the 18th Century and the AWI/American Revolution period that is the focus of our figures.

You will start seeing our logo on The Miniatures Page (TMP) in our new banner ads as well as advertising in  the various wargame magazines.

By the way, the 1776 Deals will expire on July 31, 2012 so if you want to take advantage of the 18% and 22% discounts on the regular 12-figure and 84-figure deals, respectively, then get your order in today. Time is running out so don't put this off if you intend to order some of our deals.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

1776 Deal Is Extended To July 31, 2012

I have decided to extend the "1776 Deal" (12 figures for $17.76) and the "1776 Grand Deal" (84 figures for $117.76) through the end of this month, July 31, 2012. So if you missed out on your chance to purchase Fife & Drum miniatures under the discount plan, then fear  not, there is still time to snap up a good bargain or three.

I am working on getting some of the artillery pieces and gun crews painted over this weekend so that I can post some color pictures of how the new items look when painted. So keep checking back in at this site.

Monday, July 9, 2012

British Artillery Equipment & Crews

3-pound Galloper Gun with British artillerist shown for proportions.
 Today I am posting pictures of the Galloper Gun set (consisting of the horse, limber and 3 pound cannon), crew are extra, which can be used in either the British or the Continental armies. These are particularly useful for those of you who are interested in the Southern Theatre of the AWI.

Galloper Gun Unlimbered and Manned By British Crew

At first look, I thought that maybe the 3-pounder was a little bit on the small size, but don't forget, everything in the Fife & Drum range is done to 1/56 scale. Thus the equipment is correctly scaled to the height of the men. I was looking at a picture of a galloper gun on the Colonial Williamsburg web site and their picture indicates that the wheel was up to the man's waist. So I think that we nailed it correctly with our models.

British 6-pounder with British "Loading" Crew

Above is shown the British 6-pounder with the AE-12 Loading Crew. One figure is holding a shell sabot (left foreground), a second is ramming the tube, the third figure is the ventsman - holding his thumb over the touch hole, and finally, a fourth figure that can hold any number of tools in his open hand. I was really impressed with how easily the rammer fits into the hands of the figure, while seating very snuggly in his hands. The rammer will NOT fall out of his hands and gluing the tools into the figures' hands is so easy peasy.

British 6-pounder with British "Firing Crew"
Finally, we see the 6-pounder about to be fired by the AE-11 Firing Crew. Note the fellow on the left covering both ears with his hands. The crewman in the right foreground is covering one ear, while holding a tool in the other hand. I can imagine that the officer figure will wind up on a few command stand vignettes.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Artillery Equipment Pix

American-cast 6-pdr and Continental Crew Loading

Here are a few quick pictures of some of the new Fife & Drum artillery equipment and Continental artillery crew. I will post the British crew and 6-pdr tonight or tomorrow. Everything shown is in stock and available to order.

French 4-pdr Valliere and Continental Crew Firing

Limber set

Limber set and French 4 pounder in tow

Friday, July 6, 2012

Artillery Equipment Stock Numbers for Ordering

Here is a list of the prices and stock numbers for the new Fife & Drum artillery equipment, which is now in stock and ready to ship. I will post pictures over the weekend.

I am not  offering the Amusette (large musket and wooden mantlet with wheels) for sale at this time, as I have commissioned   Richard to sculpt a couple of crew figures to handle the gun. There will be one figure firing the piece and another figure helping in some fashion. These two figures are in the queue now so I anticipate that the Amusette and Crew will be available around September/October 2012.

Artillery crew come in sets of four figures, either loading the cannon or firing the cannon. The sets also include a sprue of artillery tools (which can also be purchased separately.

Artillery Equipment Stock Numbers

AE-1  French 4-pounder, Valliere System      $7.00
AE-2  French "Swedish" 4-pounder               $6.50
AE-3  British 6-pounder                                  $6.50
AE-4  3-pound Gallaper Gun set                     $8.50 (includes 1 cannon, 1 limber frame, 1 horse)
AE-5  Limber team set                                    $12.50 (includes limber, 2  horses, 1 civilian rider)
AE-6  Amusette, Mantle, Crew                       NOT AVAILABLE
AE-7  Artillery tools (2 sprues)                       $2.00
AE-8    (To Be Determined)
AE-9    (To Be Determined)
AE-10  (To Be Determined)

AE-11  British artillery crew (4) loading         $8.00 (set of 4 poses)
AE-12  British artillery crew (4) firing            $8.00 (set of 4 poses)

AE-13  American artillery crew loading          $8.00 (set of 4 poses)
AE-14  American artillery crew firing             $8.00 (set of 4 poses)

Artillery Equipment & Crews Are In Stock!

Just a short message to let everyone know that all of the artillery equipment and crew for British and American armies are now in stock. I will be posting stock numbers for the new figures on this blog over the weekend.

I am also catching up on shipping all of the 1776 Deals that we have received, now that the inventory is fully stocked once again.

Watch for pictures over this weekend.