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Huzzah! About time! In my opinion, you should start with the Americans as there is nothing in that line!
US Regular Infantry, Dragoons & Artillery
Various US Militia: New Orleans citizens, Buckskin infantry, a few uniformed units (this will probably take a few regular or up to 5 mini sets!)
Native Americans (Allies & Enemies!)
Miltia cavalry & artillery
Jean Lafitte's pirates(especially gunners!)
Then you can move on to the British, many of which we already have!
So the first set is apparently going to be "American Militia in Winter Dress"
That's an excellent choice!
Awesome looking masters for the US militia! Strangely enough the fringed hunting frock seems to have been *summer* dress for many units such as Rifle Regiments.
One thing I am interested to know - are there many Canadian collectors/gamers here? Because it seems that out of everybody involved in this conflict it is the Canadians that saw this as a defining moment in their history as a future nation. Without the defeat of the U.S. invasions Canada would not exist as a separate country in years to come.
For the USA, Britain and the native tribes (include France on the periphery) this is almost a forgotten conflict because nobody can agree exactly what the outcome was!!! ;) Makes it very interesting as a bicentennial subject!
Yes, one of the classic examples is the film Master And Commander in which the antagonist is a French ship in 1805. In the main Patrick O'Brian book it is based on (The Far Side Of The World) the enemy is the "USS Norfolk" in 1813. The producers quite openly stated they couldn't get funding for a movie where the US are the foe.
Agreed about that Bernard Cornwell book but I think even he bottled it considering he sent Sharpe to just about every corner of the world except North America during the conflict.
In anticipation of this range, if there are some who want a fun background to this odd conflict from a particular US perspective:
M106 - US Rangers 1812
M107 - Tecumseh 1812
Wow, cool stuff! Especially the Tecumseh set. The Rangers set is a little more obscure and strange though welcome too. Personally speaking, some US Dragoons, Regular riflemen, round-jacket infantry (Scott's Brigade), Canadian Voltigeurs and British Marines would have been preferable however.
Looking at the Olivier Mille uniform site the Rangers seem to have similar dress to the "winter" militia already on the way. I guess they may carry some weight because of links with the earlier British "Rogers' Rangers" and modern US Rangers...
Just trying to keep the War of 1812 requests in one place rather than starting multiple threads on the same subject ;) It struck me another uniform type is missing - the only British Highland unit that served in the war was the 93rd Foot (Sutherland Highlanders) who wore tartan trews and undress bonnet (similar to a tam o'shanter) rather than the kilt and feather bonnet:
However a few Canadian-Scottish militia units also adopted the same style of dress so perhaps a good subject as it isn't covered by the existing Napoleonic sets:
(Also it must be said, many of the existing Scottish Napoleonic sets are pretty bad with tartan schoolgirl mini-kilts! ;) )