|The front gun is served by Molly Pitcher, an infantryman, and a corverted artilleryman.|
The cut of the gunners uniform s is definitely wrong, but has been painted in correctish colours. The worst part is my retaining both the epaulettes on all the converted French gun crew. I have reason to believe that only NCOs were meant to wear a single red one on their right shoulder. Unless they were in the artillery, then, they were to be yellow, and sergeants were to wear one on each shoulder. I have however painted mine red and left a pair on virtually every ex Frenchman!
|This stand got three artillery men to join the infantryman with the barrel.|
Why did I do such a thing? - Probably because I thought leaving them on looked nice, and my original painting sources didn't mention that the artillery had epaullettes, let alone yellow NCO ones. I was more worried about getting the gun carriages the correctish colour red. Of course I could have painted them to be unpainted wood, or light grey to represent captured British guns.
|Molly Pitcher - surely this gives this stand a +1 to morale!|
The painting technique was brutally simple as I am trying to develop a simple speed system for painting up V&B forces - I can't always rely on a supply of prepainted figures! I based everything black, painted on the flesh, then drybrushed on white, and then added on other colours on top. I then gave it a wash of brown - this time using Vallejo Umber Shade.
|Both artillery stands, and two casualty markers - one I used autumn flock on as an experiment.|
And now I have two stands of AWI American artillery for use in V&B games - with some more fearsome looking guns than in the Imex set. Although, I do rather like the idea of having a variety of pieces in my AWI gun park.