My 'Sons of Liberty' army which I used to win the Hordes of the Things-Texas state championship in 2011, has been completed to my satisfaction. The tournament is held every year at MillenniumCon and uses 40mm fronts. I've added an extra unit and completed a scratch built Stronghold. Also, I have always wanted to give each unit a designation that reflected a true-life regiment from the AWI and a matching paint job.
The figures were completely painted back in 2011 except for the Rhode Island unit and the Stronghold. I finally did the research for each unit and attached a small nameplate to each one. This is probably more work than any HotT army deserves.
Here is the army list with the unit designation and historical commander's names.
Unit Name Commander
Spear 5th Pennsylvania Col. Francis Johnston
Spear Delaware Company Cpt. Robert Kirkwood
Spear 1st Co. Maryland Rifles Cpt. Moses Rawlings
Spear 1st New York Col. Alexander McDougall
Spear 1st Rhode Island Col. James Mitchell Varnum
Riders 1st Cont. Light Dragoons Lt.Col. Theodoric Bland
Riders 4th Cont. Light Dragoons Lt.Col. George Baylor
Lurkers Green Mtn. Boys Col. Ethan Allen
Lurkers So. Carolina Volunteers Brig.Gen. Francis Marion
Artillery Virginia State Artillery Col. Charles Harrison
Artillery 1st Continental Artillery Col. Henry Knox
Hero-General Commander-in-Chief Gen. George Washington
Stronghold Fort Mifflin Lt. Col. Francois de Fleury
The battle history of the Sons of Liberty:
- 2011 - Victory at the Texas State Championship.
- 2012 - Took 2nd place. The competition had seen how effective two Lurker units can be in the previous year, so they intentionally put less terrain on the board to counter them.
- 2013 - Last place finish. I was cursed with several 1's at key points in each battle. Was awarded the "Oops!" trophy. (a 6" long rubber eraser with the word 'Oops!' painted on it)
- 2014 - Did not participate in the tournament. Added another Spear unit, the Rhode Island regiment, to replace 2x Lurkers if needed. Construction of Ft. Mifflin was completed.
Ft. Mifflin was on my workbench for a long time and just never got the attention it deserved. Over the Christmas break, I dedicated some time to get it completed. Most 10mm terrain is very generic so I wanted to make something that matched the theme of the whole army. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
|Made a foam base for a corner of a typical redoubt fort with|
a gun position
|Added texture with spackling paste and toothpicks for logs|
|Wasn't quite enough room to hold all the figures behind the|
ramparts, so I added some wood platforms.
|Painted and flocked and mounted figures. Made some sandbags and|
cannonball piles with green stuff
|The Colors are flying and the cannon is loaded!|