Sunday, 21 August 2016

Virginia Regiment - French Indian War

George Washington in the uniform of Colonel the Virginia Regiment - 1772
The Virginia Regiment was raised in 1754 initially under the command of Colonel Joshua Fry, a soldier, surveyor and mapmaker, and a 'West-countryman' having been born in Crewekerne, Somerset. He was and is most famous for his collaboration in producing a map of the state of Virginia in 1752.

Joshua Fry

Colonel Fry was on his way to attack the French Fort Duquense when he fell from his horse, which led to his untimely death in May 1754.

He was succeeded by the then Lieutenant Colonel George Washington, who would, as well of a spot of soldiering, later go on to have an interesting career in politics!

Virginia Militiaman 1755 -62, Gerry Embleton
The Virginia Regiment may well have not been as well uniformed as the figures presented and certainly in the early years of the regiment only the officers would have been so, with many of the men operating in civilian dress mixed occasionally with items of regimental items.

That said there are many references to the red waistcoats and blue-red faced jackets having been established by 1755. Although it seems that Washington and many of his officers may have dispensed with their 'regimentals' when joining General Edward Braddock on his ill-fated expedition that year, preferring to wear linen hunting shirts as illustrated by the man in Gerry Embleton's classic illustration.

Braddock Expedition

The Virginia Regiment bears the distinction as being the first all-colonial professional military force, distinctive from other local militias raised at the time for practising regular drill and wearing a standard uniform.

This regiment heralded the early attempts to professionalise the colonial militia in support of the regulars and laid the foundation of Virginia line regiments that were formed in 1775 at the start of the American War of Independence.

Actions participated in include Jumonville Glen, Fort Necessity, Braddock's Column and the Forbes Expedition.

Map to illustrate the key area of operations for the Viriginia Regiment along the border territory with Ohio Country
Battle of Jumonville Glen
Battle of Fort Necessity
John Forbes (British Army officer)

The figures presented are a twenty six figure project I have painted as part of Steve M's growing collection of 28mm French Indian War figures and are from the Galloping Major range of figures which with the 'heroic' 28mm size are an absolute joy to paint and made a nice break in between finishing my AB 18mm French before starting the Spanish.

I think given the descriptions of the look of the regiment when on campaign I would be inclined to mix in few hunting shirt types to represent the officers and newer recruits.

Steve and I play-tested Sharp Practice II a few weeks ago and I know he is looking at creating some sabot bases so we can more easily organise trained units such as these into formation groups as per the rules.

Sharp Practice II - First Date with a New Lady

I am looking forward to seeing these chaps out on the table.

Virginia Regiment

Next up a review of the Spanish 2nd Cavalry Division, Army of Estremadura at Talavera


  1. Very nice and very well painted figures. Greetings from the distant Argentine Republic.

    1. Hi Carlos, thank you and congratulations on a very entertaining blog.

  2. These look even better close up! :) Many thanks Jon, we'll have to give them a run out soon!

    1. Pleasure Steve. Let's hope they have better luck on the table first time out than their historical counterparts.

  3. Awesome looking figures! Been toying myself with doing a small FIW force but in 18mm for SP2. This adds to my motivation.

    1. Thanks Adam. Well FIW doesn't require a lot of figures on the table, so really makes 28mm a really good scale for the period. Galloping Major are very nice figures and give you loads of detail and animation. I painted the Rogers Rangers figures of theirs and the detail is equally good.

  4. Very nice, splendid details on the paint job (and great sculpts!)...

    1. Thank you Phil, yes the sculpts are great and fun to paint.

  5. Hi,

    Stumbled across this doing some prep for SP2 and my own provincials - if you don't mind, what colors did you use for your uniforms? Thanks

    1. Hi Micheal, all Vajello, dark Prussian blue, Prussian blue and Prussian blue with a touch of buff.

  6. These look great. I love painting "heroic" 28mm after an extended 15mm project - it almost feels like a holiday.