Growing up in Western New York State, the history of 18th-century colonial conflict among European and Native American nations was all around me. The French and Indian War (1754-1763) in particular has been a personal growing interest as an important sideshow to the larger Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) which is arguably the first true world war. Not only did the war end French dominance in North America, it also laid important social, political and military groundwork for the world-changing American Revolution (1765-1783). That the important FIW gets so little attention in American history makes it all the more fascinating for me to pursue the period as a wargamer.
French and Indian War Miniatures
After years of painting other eras in multiple scales, I decided in 2015 to dip my brush into getting some miniatures from the FIW added to my collection. Since then, I’ve painted up hundreds of figures from a whole host of manufacturers from the US and Europe. Primarily, my focus is on metal miniatures in 28mm scale, although sizes can vary from the “old school” 25mm to the more modern “heroic” scale that nears 30mm. I buy almost all my figures direct from manufacturers, and the logos below link to the homepage for each company. Below that, I have separate detailed links off to painted examples of all the miniatures I’ve collected so far. I’ve also included some terrain and other scenery projects. All in, I’ve got plenty of figures and rules to satisfy my FIW gaming for some time to come.
Comparing 28mm Miniatures Scales – French – COMING SOON!
Compagnie Franches de la Marine from Black Hussar Miniatures – COMING SOON!
French Regulars from Conquest Miniatures – COMING SOON!
French Regulars from 1st Corps – COMING SOON!
Indian Civilians from Sash and Saber Castings – COMING SOON!
Indian Warriors in Canoes from Warlord Games – COMING SOON!
Stockbridge Indians from Galloping Major Wargames – COMING SOON!
Scenery and Terrain
French and Indian War Gaming and History
While I’m waiting for the paint to dry, I keep reading up on the period, visiting historic sites, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts and playing a lot of FIW boardgames.