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Historical Miniatures: Early American History
This group covers early American events from 1750-1900.
La Meridiana Ticonderoga
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 03:20 PM UTC
Here are two (large) 54mm figures from La Meridiana representing the French and English at the battle for Ticonderoga/Fort Carillion in 1758. The Frenchman is a halberdier in the uniform of the Languedoc Regiment and is stock and posed on a La Meridiana base. The Scot is in a modified uniform of the 42nd Regiment of Foot, the Black Watch. He is sculpted in kilt and leggings with moccasins to better deal with the wilds of the frontier. His coat appears to have been cut down from a regulation frock and sports leather elbow patches and chest pockets. I haven’t seen other references to this, however. The highlanders depicted in Ospreys’ Highlanders of the French and Indian War were better armed than the sculpting so I added a scratchbuilt Highland pistol and sporran, a belly cartridge box, bayonet, dagger and sword.













redmark1055
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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 03:52 PM UTC
Very nice AJ but you should have given the Frenchman a musket.No evidence French used these weapons in North America.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 02:08 AM UTC
Mark, thanks for the several nice comments.
Concerning the halberd...I have a couple Osprey (Montcalm's Army co. 1973 and Tomahawk & Musket co. 2012) references that indicate it was used by NCO's, at least, to help dress the line though not likely as a weapon. From :American History Museum: French Halberd

Catalog #: 66750M Accession #: 229198
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 32.5" H x 12" W x 2" D

Physical Description
Forged steel with leather-wrapped wooden handle.

General History
The halberd was a versatile pole arm developed as an infantry weapon in the 13th century. It has an ax like blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft. By the time of the Seven Years War it was carried by Sergeants as a symbol of rank and authority.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 02:05 PM UTC
Yes I'm aware of those sources but others have told me there is other sources that say there weren't brought over.Who knows?It's still a nice figure.I have this figure and unfortunately the hands are sculpted to the halbred so you really can't use it with a musket unless you know how to sculpt hands.
Mark