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Have you seen Chuck Smith's "War of 1812 Wargaming blog" (http://warof1812wargaming.blogspot.com/)? It's a beauty. He has compiled heaps of images of uniforms and so forth as well as details of actions and games. He has not been active for a while, but there is of great info. plenty there.
I'd echo Paul's suggestion of the Hat Belgians and Dutch militia for late and early American infantry respectively. I have used them with a few Airfix British thrown in. I have also used the latter (converted) as US artillery (with British guns). For militia I have some of the Imex Alamo and, of course, Strelets' lovely set. I have also used some of the former for US regs.
Strelets produced a fine set of Indians, as I'm sure you know.
For Major Plauche’s New Orleans volunteers I have used various French Imperial guard and foot dragoons.
For the naval guns at New Orleans, the Hat British sailors and guns.
For the Free Men of Color I have used a combination of Hat's Spanish guerrillas (the ones in the brimmed hats) and some French infantry.
I have not done any US cavalry, but would use British types (or Royal Horse Artillery riders converted) for those in a tarleton and either converted French dragoons, Airfix cuirassiers or Wurttemburgers for those in the horsetail.
I have saved a pdf copy of a really useful page of examples/suggestions that I got from the web some years back entitled "War of 1812 Using 1/72-Scale Plastic Figures" from 'The Wargamer', but it does not seem to be available anymore. I can email it to you if you get in touch.
There is also this thread on The Miniatures Page (http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=171078).
After taking a look at Chuck's blog I must tell you how thankful I am for your recommendation James! Aside from that your other insights were quite helpful as well. And yes, I already have a few sets of Tecumseh's natives, and the American militia painted up. It just makes me wonder what else Strelets would be capable of if they continued to explore this war.
I can recommend SHQ/Kenington figures as very nice metal miniatures, but as mentioned, they are obviously more expensive than plastic figures.
I also agree about the sets mentioned that work for conversions.
However I am someone who would like to see a dedicated war of 1812 range too.
Several of the Imex set, the Alamo Defenders and the Lewis and Clark sets might work.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
I would dearly love to complete a Battle of New Orleans army & all we need are American Regulars 4 sets would get the job done; Dragoons, artillery, general infantry (with Jackson) & firing line would get the job done.
Thanks for reminding folks about our part in Mr. Madison's War. Our American friends seem to forget many of the battles they won or lost were across Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario)and Quebec (then known as Lower Canada). Other commenters have covered all the conversions I used for my Brits, Canadian Militia, US Regulars, etc. However one set that isn't mentioned is the Italieri First Nations warriors. Athough designed for the AWI, it's a must have for most battles in this war.
The one unit that I have not been able to assemble is Gen. McArthur's Kentucky militia-style cavalry, in buckskins and round hats, which devastated British and native force at the Battle of the Thames and almost swept all the way across southern Ontario to potentially win the war in late 1813.
I'm right across the pond from you Canadians in Rochester, NY, so no way have I forgotten the many battles fought on either side of Lake Ontario. I've walked down "Lundy's Lane many times. However, I figured the only way to get some interest was pushing the war's most famous battle.