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Knuckleduster manufactures 28mm War of 1812 wargame miniatures, as well as 28 and 40mm Old West figures. All of our products are cast in lead-free pewter, which costs a bit more to make and sell, but provides our customers with an extremely safe and durable material to work with (and who can put a price on peace of mind?).
All figures are sculpted and all samples are painted by Forrest Harris.
MAY 16th, 2013
Two new 1812 releases; British infantry advancing in the Belgic shako. Many people prefer this pose, because it works equally well for formed units and open order. The two packs released today include center and flank companies.
One other item of business. I have a number of TCL building backorders which will be filled shortly. The company's wood supplier discontinued the dimension of plywood they were using, and even though the difference in thickness between the old and new was a mere hair's width, each building design had to be adjusted to make sure everything fit together properly. The new stuff is on a truck heading this direction, so the backorders will be going out very soon. I apologize for the inconvenience.
All the best,
APRIL 4, 2013
Three new releases today!
First, I've released the 40th pack in my British 1812 range. This set is long overdue; British/Canadian line in round hats. This headgear was near and dear to the Canadian uniformed militias.
Next up is the 57th pack in the US 1812 range, US line advancing in the mid-war uniform. If you recall, this is the frequently-encountered uniform that features the new headgear, but the old laced coatee, a combination very prevalent in the Crysler's (not "Chrysler's") Farm campaign of 1813.
And now for the grand finale: TCL has just released this spectacular brick bank; another of it's laser-cut wood building kits. The brick and stone detail is laser-etched with results as good as any resin building I've ever seen.
Like the clapboard bank released earlier, this version has a finely-detailed interior, with cashier's windows and a vault door with a nicely-engraved surface.
That's all for today! Be sure to visit my blog pages for an article on the mid-war US uniform with color photos and uniform reference for units at Crysler's Farm.
All the best,
OTHER RECENT RELEASES
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM THE FIRST TIME . . .
US LINE, MID-WAR
The inspiration for these packs was the planning for a Crysler's Farm scenario. Looking at Chartrand and Osprey, I soon realized that most of the US units would be wearing the old laced coatee with the new leather shako, and not the completely new uniforms worn at Lundy's Lane. If I was going to do the St. Lawrence campaign, I would need this hybrid of the old and the new, a uniform which accounts for roughly one-third of the war!
As it turns out, the new leather shako was distributed much more quickly than the new plain, blue coats. Consequently, numerous units were attired in the new shako and old laced coatee. Both Osprey and Chartrand give a detailed list of units and their uniforms, many with that particular combination, the coatee often in a color other than blue. Brown, drab, and black coatees were common (in addition to blue); most, if not all, sported red facings and white lace.
I'm releasing three new packs, plus a regimental pack to portray this uniform.
For officers, you may use pack 1812-US013, as it adequately portrays the officer's uniforms under either set of regulations.
US MILITIA ARTILLERY
This morning I have posted photos of the production copies of US militia artillery in Cocked Hats (aka Bicornes, aka Chapeau Bras). Several state militias used the same basic artillery uniform, which included gaiters, a long coat with lapels, and a cocked hat.
From left-to-right: vent-hole tender with fuse, bombadier with portfire, officer, sponge, man on the trail spike, and matross with bucket. Hats are cocked at roughly a 30-degree angle as per regulations.
The next release will be US infantry in the mid-war transitional uniform of leather shako and coat with lace; this is the most common uniform worn at Chrysler's Farm. I'll have these posted for sale later in the week. The production molds are cooking!
I'll leave this photo posted until I find a better place for it. The figure in the center of each group of figures is a Knuckleduster 1812 figure. The 28mm Old West figure line is slightly smaller than the 1812 line, so this photo is useful only for comparisons between our 1812 figures and other Napoleonic figures (unfortunately I don't have any Old Glory figures handy).
Be sure to visit Knuckleduster's blog pages for photos, articles, modeling tips, work-in-progress (greens), and various other things to do with Old West wargaming!
A CUSTOMER OF OURS HAS BEGUN AN 1812 WARGAMING BLOG WHICH KINDLY FEATURES A LOT OF KNUCKLEDUSTER STUFF. THANKS, DARRYL, FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A FANTASTIC SITE!
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