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 – British
Comparing 28mm Miniatures Scales – French – COMING SOON!
Comparing 28mm Miniatures Scales – Indians
British Colonial Militia from Kings Mountain Miniatures
British Grenadiers from Blue Moon Manufacturing, AW Miniatures and Conquest Miniatures
British Light Infantry from AW Miniatures, Front Rank Figurines and Redoubt Miniatures
British Regular Infantry from Blue Moon Manufacturing
British Regular Infantry from Conquest Miniatures
British Regular Infantry for North Star Military Miniatures
British Royal American Regiment from Blue Moon Manufacturing
Civilian Workers, Guides and Pack Animals from Fife and Drum Miniatures and Wargames Foundry
Civilians and Settlers from Galloping Major Wargames
Civilians and Working Pioneers from Redoubt Enterprises
Colonel George Washington from Eureka Miniatures
Compagnie Franches de la Marine from Conquest Miniatures
Compagnie Franches de la Marine from Galloping Major Wargames
False Face Society Shaman and Jesuit Priest from Sash and Saber Castings
French Canadian Militia from Black Hussar Miniatures
French Canadian Militia from Blue Moon Manufacturing
French Canadian Militia from North Star Military Figures
French Regulars from AW Miniatures
French Regulars from Conquest Miniatures – COMING SOON!
French Regulars from 1st Corps – COMING SOON!
Gorham’s Rangers from Galloping Major Wargames
Indian Civilians from Sash and Saber Castings
Indian Raiders and Sachems from Redoubt Enterprises
Indian Warriors from AW Miniatures
Indian Warriors from Conquest Miniatures
Indian Warriors from Galloping Major Wargames
Indian Warriors from Knuckleduster Miniatures
Indian Warriors from North Star Military Figures
Indian Warriors from Redoubt Enterprises
Indians Warriors from Sash and Saber Castings
Indian Warriors in Canoes from Warlord Games – COMING SOON!
Mounted Officers and Characters from Sash and Saber Castings and Warlord Games
Mule Train from Warlord Games
Pennsylvania Provincials from Sash and Saber Castings
Rogers Rangers from Galloping Major Wargames
Scottish Highlanders from AW Miniatures – COMING SOON!
Scottish Highlanders from North Star Military Figures
Stockbridge Indians from Galloping Major Wargames – COMING SOON!
Virginia Provincials from Galloping Major Wargames
Working Pioneers from Black Hussar Miniatures
Scenery and Terrain
Building Fort Necessity in 28mm
Campsite Terrain from Renedra Limited, WizKids and Mantic Games
Conestoga and Supply Wagons from Perry Miniatures
Re-Building a 28mm Wilderness Fortification
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.