Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New project: King Philip's War

With a fresh interest in the French and Indian War I have been browsing various mini manufacturers, planing my purchase of some 28mm Roger's Rangers, French, and woodland Indians. A few days ago on TMP someone asked for 28mm AWI Indian model suggestions. To my surprise I saw a reply describing native minis for 17th century America. The King Philip's War miniatures were released by Brigade Games in '08. I had no idea that they existed!

These brilliant sculpts have inspired me to delve into this unfamiliar conflict and time period. To better aquaint myself I have already started reading Kyle Zelner's book, A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen during King Philip’s War on Google Books. My library should be able to get me a copy through interlibrary loan. I have long been interested in The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics Among the New England Indians, by Patrick Malone. So, I went ahead and ordered a copy off amazon. I'm sure I'll read more, but these two books seem like a good introduction to both sides of this conflict.

This evening I just bought their first four packs plus King Philip using my birthday funds. With only 11 Indians and 10 English Militia, I should have no problem painting them all in a reasonable amount of time (once I'm through being swamped with work). With fall approaching and thoughts stretching to Thanksgiving (you know... Puritans and Indians) it seems an appropriate time to get into this new genre.

2 comments:

Eli Arndt said...

I had considered playing this period myself. It had several benefits for me. It allowed me to overlap with some of my English Civil War figs with limited issues as well as my pirates figures.

Andrew said...

Yeah, I noticed that alot of pirate models are equipped for the 17th century. They could easily be used as militiamen.

I got my Brigade Games order today—nice! I think the Indians could even be used for gaming FIW or AWI. Sure, their gun stock's are designed for the 1600s, but you'd probably never notice looking at them from above the table.