I have been neglecting my Peter Laing 15mm figures a little of late.
Alan the Tradgardmastre of the Duchy of Tradgardland kindly sent me some spare Peter Laing mounted and dismounted colonial and ACW cavalry with bush hats.
I started painting them as US 7th or Union Cavalry.
Then I spotted a Britain’s hollow cast Mountie in a display cabinet at home, and this set me thinking.
Wouldn’t a unit of Royal Canadian Mounted Police or “Mounties” be an interesting use of these figures?
So using this figure and an old 1930s Player’s cigarette card for uniform reference, I set about painting some Mountie test figures.
Downsizing to painting 15mm after months painting 54mm figures was a bit of a change.
These figures could also double up as redcoat colonial infantry or Imagi-Nations troops for the Bronte Angria / Gondal sagas.
And finally, what roles did or do the Mounties undertake? What scenarios might suggest themselves, having a bunch of Mounties?
There are many interesting small skirmishes or battles that would form interesting and imaginative scenarios with my Peter Laing butternut Confederate figures as rebels. I have a small group of unpainted Peter Laing Native Americans to paint up who might be ‘Hollywood useful’ for all this. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Duck_Lake
Rewatching Gary Cooper in North West Mounted Police is also required.
Fun Fact – Francis Jeffrey Dickens (# O.29)
The son of famous British novelist Charles Dickens served with the North-West Mounted Police from November 4, 1874 until March 1, 1886. He also commanded Fort Pitt during the Northwest Rebellion, 1885.
Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 25 November 2018