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Set 7201

American Militia

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released Unknown
Contents 50 figures
Poses 16 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

In the early stages of the American Revolution it was the local militia and 'minutemen' who opposed the British troops, and they continued to form a large part of the American army for some time. The set depicts these men in battle, and illustrates their diverse appearance.

With militia units it's nice to see a lot of poses, and there are plenty here. The figures are mostly standing and firing their weapons, which is how it should be as charging the regular British infantry was unlikely to produce the desired result. There is a nice figure of a man carrying a spontoon, and another of a man standing with his musket across his shoulders. This last would seem from his dress to be a 'gentleman of quality', and could serve well as an officer.

Most of the men are armed with muskets, which State laws required them to provide, but a couple are carrying pistols instead. The clothing is all civilian with the addition of a bag, powder horn or perhaps even a canteen to give it a slightly more military look. Many of these items would have been retained from action in previous military adventures such as the French and Indian War, when many of these men may have served in or with the British army. Some men are dressed in their hunting clothes, backwoodsmen whose practical clothing was inspired by that of the native Americans.

This is a splendid set that gives life to the men who began the Revolution. Detail is impeccable and the sculpting is of the highest order. Its appearance along with the companion British Infantry set breathed new life into an important conflict that had previously only had two rather poor Airfix sets to represent it. Top marks.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 9
Sculpting 10
Mould 10

Further Reading
Books
"Boston 1775" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.37) - Brendan Morrissey - 9781855323629
"Continental Infantryman of the American Revolution" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.68) - John Milsop - 9781841765860
"Don Troiani's Soldiers in America 1754-1865" - Stackpole Books - Earl J Coates & James L Kochan - 9780811705196
"Don Troiani's Soldiers of the American Revolution" - Stackpole - James Kochan - 9780811733236
"General Washington's Army (1) 1775-78" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.273) - Marko Zlatich - 9781855323841
"Military Dress of North America 1665-1970" - Ian Allen - Martin Windrow - 9780684135519
"New York 1776" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.192) - David Smith - 9781846032851
"Quebec 1775" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.128) - Brendan Morrissey - 9781841766812
"Trenton and Princeton 1776-77" - Osprey (Campaign Series No.203) - David Bonk - 9781846033506
"Uniforms of the American Revolution" - Blandford (Colour Series) - John Mollo - 9780713706291

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