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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A little more background information on me and my son

Greetings and salutations to one and all. My name is Rod Redden, a Canadian expat teaching English in Japan. Since I was a child, I have collected plastic 1/72 figures. My collection started somewhere around 1978 and includes such illustrious companies such as Airfix, Esci, Italeri, and Revell. More recently, the ranks of my plastic have been joined by new comers Zeveda, Strelets, and Mars.

This blog is intended to showcase what my son and I play with whenever we have the chance. I'm not very tech savy, and despite living in Japan and playing with toy soldiers, I do not fall into the “otaku” geek category, maybe a little eccentric, but hey, if you are checking out this site, maybe we share something in common

God save the King, and confusion to his enemies!

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My collection is about 90% plastic with some metal figures. However, the majority of my collection, say about 60% is in storage in Canada (say about 9000 figures, which actually outnumbers the regular force of the Canadian army!) I began teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in 1996 first in South Korea and then moved on to Japan in 1999 where I have been ever since. I did make a 9 month honeymoon with my wife and kids in Canada in 2003-04 then returned to Japan to continue my career as an English teacher.

When I was a single guy in Japan, I spent a lot of time and money on beer, cold war figures, more beer, pizza and more figures. By the time I met my future wife, I had acquired quite a bit of figures for the 1940-1990 age. This took in the Second World War as well as the Cold War. When I moved back to Canada, all of this collection went into storage and some play between my work as a cook in a pub, or as a security guard. When I returned to Japan, to keep my sanity, I packed my Napoleonic figures as I have never really painted them up, mounted them nor played many games. However, my game time was a bit hampered by work and more importantly two additions to my family.

Five year later, my son is now interested in playing with Daddy's toys. As he enjoys pirates and my stories of reenacting 18th century Nova Scotian life, I have gone back to my favorite period, 18th century wargamming.
Overtime, I shall post pics of refights my son and I play, as well as older shots of myself and my kids playing games.

For Christmas 2011, I'm planning on refighting some of the 18th century battles which were fought in North American in particular some of the large and small actions around Nova Scotia.
Here's a list of what I have.

His most Britanic Majesty King George II 1740-62

Royal Navy: Landing party HMS Rose: 2 guns & 1 coy Marines red/white(metal)

Royal Artillery: 6 guns (metal)

The Duke of Cumberland’s Hussars: 3 troops (italeri) green/red

1st Regiment of foot The Royal Scots: 1 Grenadier 3 Hat (accurate/airfix) red/blue (Jpn)

15th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier, 2 hat 1 Light Infantry (accurate/airfix) red/yellow

17th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier 1 Hat (Zeveda/Revel) red/white (Japan)

22nd Regiment of Foot: 3 Hat (Zeveda) red/buff (Japan)

27th Regiment of Foot: 1 Light Infantry coy (airfix conversion) red/buff (Canada)

35th Regiment of Foot: 1 Light Infantry coy. 1 Hat (metal/airfix) (Canada)

40th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier, 3 Hat (metal) (Canada)

42nd Regiment of Foot: 2 hat (metal) red/buff (Canada) 1 hat 1 Gren (Japan)

43rd Regiment of Foot: 1 Light Infantry, 1 Grenadier, 1 Hat (Japan) red/white

44th Regiment of Foot: 1 Light Infantry, 1 Grenadier, 1 hat (Japan) red/yellow

45th Regiment of Foot: 1 Lt. Inf, 1 Grenadier, 1 Hat (Zeveda) red/green (Japan)

46th Regiment of Foot: 1 Lt. Inf, 1 Grenadier, 1 hat (Japan) red/yellow

47th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier 1 Hat (Revel) red/white or red (Japan)

48th Regiment of Foot: 1 Lt Infantry, 1 Gren, 1 hat (Japan) red/buff

55th Regiment of Foot: 1 Lt Infantry 1 Gren (Japan)

58th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier 1 Hat 1 Lt Inf (Japan) red/black

60th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier, 4 Hat, 1 Light Infantry red/blue (Canada)

77th Regiment of Foot: 1 Light Infantry stand (metal, Cdn) 1 Grenadier (Japan) red/green

78th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier, 4 Hat (2 metal 2 airfix con Japan) red/white

80th Regiment of Foot Gage’s Light Infantry: 1 Light Infantry (metal) brown (Canada)

95th Regiment of Foot Burton's Regt.: 1 Gren, 1 hat (red/grey in Japan)

His Majesties Provincial troops in America 1740-70

Massachusetts Regt: 1 hat (accurate) 1 Light Infantry (airfix con) blue/red

2nd Connecticut Regiment: 1 hat (metal) red/yellow (Canada)

Rhode Island Regiment: 1 hat (metal militia) (Canada)

New London Artillery company 1762: 1 gun (Zeveda) blue/buff (Japan)

Newport Artillery company: 1 gun (Zeveda) blue/red/white (Japan)

New York Independent company: 1 coy (Zeveda) green/green with plug bayonets (Jpn)

New York Provincial Regiment 1756: 2 coy (airfix/italeri) brown/brown (Canada/Jpn)

New York Provincial Regiment 1759: 2 coy (airfix/italeri) green/green (Canada/Jpn)

New Hampshire Provincial Regiment 1756: 1 coy (metal) grey frocks (Canada)

Augusta Regiment: 1 coy (italeri) green/red 1756-57 (Japan)

Pennsylvania Regiment 1758: 1 coy (italeri) kharki drab (‘Japan)

Boston Artillery company: 1 gun (metal) blue/blue/red (Canada)

Virginia Regiment: 1 company (Italeri) blue/red (Japan)

McKay’s Independent company of Georgia Rangers: 1 coy (italeri) (Japan)

Georgia Independent Highland company: 1 coy (german) (Japan)

Goreham’s Rangers: 2 coy (metal) black/blue(1759) (Cdn) 1 grey/red waist coat (Jpn)

Roger’s Rangers 3 coy (metal) green or grey (Canada)

Starks’ Rangers 1 coy (metal) various frock coats (Canada)

Dunn’s Rangers 1 coy(Strelets) grey coats green waistcoats (strelets) (Japan)

South Carolina Regiment of Horse: 1 squadron (Revel) Blue/red (Canada)

Middleton’s South Carolina Provincial Regiment: 1 coy (strelets) blue/red in caps (Jpn)

Charleston Artillery Company: 1 gun (zeveda) Blue/red/blue 1756-67 (Japan)

His Majesties Indian department: 2 bands Mohawk Warriors (metal) (Canada)

Louis XV army in North America
Regiment La Reine: 2 hat (Revel)
Regiment Royal Roussilion: 1 Grenadier 1 Hat (Revel) white/blue
Regiment La Sarre: 2 hat (Revel)
Regiment du Bearn: 2 hat (Revel)
Regiment du Berry: 2 hat (Revel)
Regiment de Landeouc: 1 hat (Revel)
Regiment du Cambis: 1 Grenadier, 3 Hat (Revel) white/red
Regiment du Bourgogne: 1 Grenadier 3 Hat (Revel) white/white
Regiment d’Artios: 1 Grenadier 3 Hat (Revel) white/white
Regiment du La Marne… 1 hat (strelets) white/black
Regiment Voluntaire d’Etranger: 1 Grenadier, 3 Hat (Revel/metal) white/green
Compaigne Franches de La Marine: 7 Hat companies (Canada/Japan) grey/blue
Regiment Karrer: 1 hat (Revel) red/blue
De La Roche Battn: 1 hat (streets) blue/yellow (Japan)
Cannioner-Bombardier: 12 guns with 1 Grenadier (Canada/Japan) blue/red
La Milice du Quebec: 5 coys (Canada/Japan) red caps
La Milice du Trois Rivere: 4 coy (Canada/Japan) white caps
La Milice du Montreal: 4 coy (Canada/Japan) blue caps
La Milice du Chambly: 1 coy (Revel) civilian clothes (Canada)
Les Savage: 1 band each of Huron, Abenaki, Ottawa, (Canada/Japan)

The Continental Line 1775-83

2nd Continental Artillery: 1 gun (IMEX) black/red
3rd Continental Artillery: 1 gun (IMEX) blue/red
Lambs Artillery: 1 gun (IMEX) blue/buff
3rd Bristol Co. Militia: 1 coy (accurate) brown/red with knit caps (Canada)
Glover’s Mass Regiment: 1 coy (accurate) brown/red with knit caps (Japan)
2nd New York: 2 coys brown/blue (Canada/Japan)
3rd New York: 1 battn (airfix) grey/green 2 hat (Canada/Japan)
5th New York: brown/blue 1battn (Italeri) (Japan)
4th Massachusetts: 1 coy (Italeri) blue/white (Japan)
4th: Connecticut: 1 battn (Italeri) brown/red (Japan)
19th Connecticut: 1 battn (airfix) blue/white (Canada)
Knowlton’s Connecticut Rangers: 1 coy (accurate) in frock coats (Canada/Japan)
Morgan’s Rifles: 2 coys (accurate) in frock coats (Japan)
Col. Jackson’s Regiment: 1 coy (airfix) blue/buff (Canada)
22nd Connecticut Regiment: 1 coy (airfix) red/blue (Canada)
Fairfield Alarm company: 1 coy (accurate) civilian clothing (Canada)
Washington’s Guard: 1 coy (airfix) blue/red/buff small (Canada)
1st New Hampshire Regiment: 2 coys (Italeri) green/red, yellow/green (musicians) (Jpn)
Monmouth militia: 3 battn: (accurate) various civilian clothes (Japan)
1st Pennsylvania: 2 coys brown/buff (Japan)
9th Pennsylvania: 1 coy (accurate) brown/red in caps (Japan)
11th Pennsylvania: 1 coy (cta) blue/red in caps (Japan)
13th Pennsylvania Rifles: 1 coy in black frock coats (Japan)
1st New Jersey: 2 coys (accurate) blue/red (Japan)
His Most Christian Majesty Louis XVI Army in North America 1778-83

Regiment du Royal Dupont (German) 1 Grenadier (Revel) blue/yellow (all in Canada)
Regiment du Bourbonnais: 1 Grenadier (Revel) white/purple
Luzon’s Legion: 1 Grenadier, 1 Hussar (Revel/Zeveda) skyblue/yellow
His Majesty King George III Forces in North America 1765-85

The 17th Light Dragoons: 6 squadrons (Japan)

The Royal Regiment of Artillery:
4th Battn Royal Artillery: 6 guns (Metal) 4 guns (plastic) (Canada/Japan)
         Royal Irish Artillery: 1 gun (plastic) (Japan)
Hesse-Cassel Artillery: 1 gun (plastic in Japan)
4th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier 2 hat (accurate) red/blue (Japan)
7th Royal Fusiliers: 1 Grenadier 2 hat (accurate) red/blue
10th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier 2 hat (accurate) red/yellow (Canada/Japan)
23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers: 2 Grenadier (airfix/cta) red/blue (Canada/Japan)
26th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier, 2 hat (accurate) red/yellow
33rd Regiment of foot: 1 Lt (cta) red/red (Japan)
35th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier (Japan)
37th Regiment of foot: 2 Hat (Japan)
38th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier, 1 Lt, 2 hat (accurate) red/yellow (Japan)
43rd Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier red/grey (Japan)
46th Regiment of foot: 1 Lt (Japan)
49th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier, 1 Lt. 2 Hat red/green (Japan)
55th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier, 2 hat (Japan)
59th Regiment of foot: 1 Grenadier red/purple (Japan)
63rd Regiment of foot: 2 hat (Japan)
64th Regiment of foot: 2 Hat (Japan)
84th Royal Highland Emigrants: 2 hat (metal) red/blue (Canada)
(additional troops use from F&I War)

The Royal Provincial Corps

The New Jersey Volunteers: 1 Grenadier, 3 hat, (Canada/Japan) green/white
The King’s Orange Rangers: 1 hat (airfix) red/orange (Canada)
The King’s Rangers: (metal) green/red (Canada)
The North Carolina Highlanders:  2 coys blue coats/kilts (Japan)
The Queen’s Rangers: 1 Hussar, 1 Lt, 1 Scot (Italeri) green/white (Japan)
The Jamaica Rangers: 1 hat (accurate) white/red (Canada)
The Royal Fencible Americans: 1 hat (accurate) green/white (Canada)
Butler’s Rangers: 1 Lt (cta) green/red (Canada)
Lord Dunmores Ethiopian Regiment (Japan) black militia: 1 coy

….. Hussars 1 squadron (Zeveda) green/red (Japan)
1 Battalion blue faced red 1 Grenadier 1 Hat (Revel) (Canada)

King Fredrick II The Great Army of Prussia 1756-83:

1 Musketeer Infanterie-Regt.  blue faced red 1 Grenadier, 1 Hat (Canada)
Husaren-Regiment Nr. 5 (Reusch) 4 Squadrons (black with buff breeches) (Cdn/Jpn)
Dragoner-Regiment Nr. 9 (Holstien-Gottorp) 1 Squadron (blue/yellow) (Canada)

The Beauport attack

The British cross the river

The French await the assualt

Cannonier-Bombardier make ready

17th Regt. Overrun the French trenches

The British advance on Concord 1775

Baggage for arms and powder to be siezed.

The American militia pop up to fire.

The table top

The militia wait on the green.

Other militia hide to ambush the British.

The 10th Regt. takes out the militia hidden in homes.

Militia attempt to outflank the Grenadiers.

Yeah I know that the Grenadiers are painted as Seven Years War, but Christmas is coming.

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