Monday, January 24, 2011

(Another) Look Ahead

Recently, I looked back at my blog postings from last year. In this post I consider future directions for this blog.

One thing that I’ve decided to do differently is to get away from is devoting dozens of posts to a single subject. There are a number of reasons for this change that range from what’s easiest and most enjoyable to me to what I think readers would most appreciate. One sign of this change was my relatively brief treatment last month of the battle of Port Royal Island (just three posts).

Before I begin any new topics, I intend to wrap up those subjects I started writing about last year. Over the coming weeks there will be a handful of concluding posts on the American invasion of Canada, and on the opening of the American Revolution at Lexington Green.

In March I will kick off my big spring project. This will be “big” not in the sense of generating dozens of posts, but big in the sense that it will involve hundreds of miniatures portraying one of the larger and better known battles of the war. In other words, I intend to be more visual and less verbose with this project than I have been with past ones.

Preparations for this project may or may not affect the frequency of my postings. I still have the equivalent of five regiments to paint, and I’m a slow painter. I also haven’t started making the miniature battlefield yet, which will be significantly larger than the one I made for Cowpens or Ramsour’s Mill.

I do anticipate posting on some other topics in the months ahead as well. One subject I’m keen to write about is the 1782 campaign for the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. I’ve come across a fairly large amount of source material on this subject, and I think it would be interesting to explore combat conditions outside North America.

I might also write about one of the smaller battles in the southern campaign – there are so many interesting ones to choose.


Here are the latest figures I’m finishing up (American militia -- can one have too many?). These figures are by Essex and Peter Pig (two miniature lines that are quite compatible). I like how this batch is turning out. They are colorful – but the colors are desaturated.


  1. Dear Mini,
    Is the spring project The Battle of New York? Ha-ha !!!!! Looking forward to your next endeavor!

  2. Hi AD - great looking figures. I'd be very interested to read about St Kitts. "Offshore" campaigns receive little attention generally, and it would be useful to have some quality source material for those battles.

    Best wishes


  3. Jubilo:

    If only. I wish I had the miniatures (and the space) to do a Long Island or Fort Washington. Maybe White Plains is realisitic -- or at least will become realisitic -- if I'm able to keep this blog going, and paint a bunch more miniatures.

  4. Giles:

    I'm glad to hear that you're interested in the St. Kitts campaign. I looked at several events taking place in the West Indies, and this campaign is especially well described in the primary sources and secondary histories I was able to find.

  5. Thanks, and will do. Have a bunch of minis on the workbench now and progress is slow but steady.