When most people think of irregular wilderness rangers fighting in the French and Indian War, most thoughts go to the famed Rogers’ Rangers. Another lesser known ranger unit of the period was Gorham’s Rangers, first raised by John Gorham in Massachusetts in the 1740s. Joined by his brother Joseph Gorham, the unit saw action in King George’s War (1744-48) and the even more obscure (at least to this American) Father Le Loutre’s War (1749-1755) in Nova Scotia and Acadia. Like Robert Rogers, both John and Joseph Gorham earned commissions in the British Army. Joseph would go on to lead the rangers in key actions in the French and Indian War, including the Siege of Louisbourg (1758) and the Siege of Quebec (1759).
With some 28mm models from the Galloping Major Wargames Allies on the Frontier Kickstarter from 2019, I decided to mix up my ranger forces with a representation of Gorham’s Rangers. With brown coats, red facings and a mix of hats, the models brought the opportunity to create a real mixed force of poses and styles in a different color scheme from all my other models of the period.
Painting galloping major figures is always a joy, with big chunky sculpts brimming with detail and personality. Adding some Gorham’s Rangers to my collection allows for not only some welcome variety, but will also opportunities to game even early periods in North American colonial history on the tabletop.