[quote:filecloser]Would obviously prefer different sets of American Regulars, British Regulars - because there were differences ......... but it could be generic like WoSS. I think that or those would have to be first so that you could have enemies to fight.
Next I would want American Militia ...then Northern Native Americans, Rangers (who looked very different in most ways from Militia), Light Infantry - short coats, floppy flat brimmed hats, light inf. caps etc., Artillery, Dragoons. I doubt you would get into units like Lauzon's Legion or Tarleton's but if so it would be fantastic.
So for what it's worth my favorite order - and I would buy many of this line is:
1 - British Regulars
2 - American Regulars ........ or a combined generic set
3 - Militia
4 - Native Americans
5 - Rangers
6 - Light Infantry
7 - Artillery
8 - Dragoons
Then specialty sets - general officers, naval troops, unusual headgear - i.e. South Carolinian half moon style hats .......Tarleton's etc.
Nice list - I appreciate what you say about the differences. Lace on the facings non withstanding, the only other differences I can think of are breastplates for the british, and kidney shaped tin canteens for the British and whatever was handy for the Continentals.
My point of refference is the FR range for which I used to have about 1000 figures fully painted till fatherhood meant razing some extra capital.
FR used envelope packs for the continentals, and goatskin packs for the British - Personally I would have all with envelope packs. (Or is there a case for no packs if you ditch packs before battle?)
Command is very different of course - too many differences between line officers, drummers, ensigns and NCO's.
I also really like the FR state line militia - two basic bodies - one in uniform coat, one in hunting shirt. Then a wide range of head gear was used - tricorns, cocked hats, slouch hats, roundabouts and light infantry caps, different baggage, from tumperlines (SP?) knapsacks, blanket rolls etc. Really characterfull, and you can turn out a really nice looking unit from the same pose
Nice idea to respectfully draw inspiration from..!
Militia has a lot of scope as they have the potential to cover KGW, F&IW as well the AWI if done right. The biggest "tell" that I can think of is 1770/80' waistcoats were generally shorter than the 1740's/50's
Not something I would think would warrent a set in their own right, but the Perry's have taken the initiative here if you look at their Napoleonic dismounted dragoons, riflemen etc.
The Dragoons are a particularly nicely executed set as you have two bodies, two heads and 3 or 4 arm option on a mini sprue which as well as being including in the boxed sets you can also buy seperately at £1 a shot
The Dragoons are a must of course - especially the 16th, or Queens Light Dragoons. This should of course be a masterpiece of plastic manufacturing allowing for all variations between 1759 and 1815, and they should of course be free to anyone with 16QLD in their title...!!!!