French and Indian War


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 around 2015 to dip my brush into getting some miniatures from the FIW added to my collection. The long-held standard for the period is the extensive offering from Conquest Miniatures. Through a partnership launched with Warlord Games in 2012, Conquest’s metal line of French, British, Indian and Colonial models have reached a larger audience as part of Warlord’s Black Powder system of rules and miniatures. Although a bit larger in scale to Conquest, I’ve also picked up models from the old standard Blue Moon Manufacturing and the excellent casts from Galloping Major Wargames. I’ve also found many of the figures, particularly artillery and transport models, from Perry Miniatures to work nicely for FIW. Muskets & Tomahawks and the latest reprint of Sharp Practice have further popularized the period among miniatures gamers who are all of a sudden clamoring to fight in the forests of 18th-century colonial North America. All in, I’ve got plenty of figures and rules to satisfy my FIW gaming for some time to come.






Blue Moon Manufacturing Fine Scale Miniatures





Check out the links below as I build out my miniature forces and scenery of the period.


Comparing 28mm Miniatures Scales – COMING SOON!

British Colonial Militia from Kings Mountain Miniatures – COMING SOON!

British Grenadiers from Blue Moon Manufacturing, AW Miniatures and Conquest Miniatures

British Light Infantry from AW Miniatures and North Star Military Figures – COMING SOON!

British Provincials from Sash and Saber Castings – COMING SOON!

British Regular Infantry from Blue Moon Manufacturing

British Regular Infantry from Conquest 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

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!

Rogers Rangers from Galloping Major Wargames

Scottish Highlanders from North Star Military Figures

Stockbridge Indians from Galloping Major Wargames – COMING SOON!

Virginia Provincials from Galloping Major Wargames

Woodland Indians from AW Miniatures

Woodland Indians from Conquest Miniatures

Woodland Indians from Galloping Major Wargames

Woodland Indians from Knuckleduster Miniatures

Woodland Indians from North Star Military Figures

Woodland Indians from Redoubt Enterprises

Woodland Indians from Sash and Saber Castings

Scenery and Terrain

Building Fort Necessity in 28mm

Campsite Terrain from Renedra Limited, WizKids and Mantic Games – COMING SOON!

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.

Boardgames of the French and Indian War – Part I

Boardgames of the French and Indian War – Part II

Touring French and Indian War America