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    As mentioned, we have the letters, the pipers did the standard piper job of frightening the enemy and the locals. Before 1854 pipers are not sanctioned, not even in kilted units.  Paid by Colonel or the officers.      And so some non Highland units had some, like the 20th that had one kia at Roncevalles


    The officers disliked the Horseguard politics regarding Scottish stuff.

    So the HLI Officers and NCO still wore the sash in Highland style over the shoulder. And not all wore the curved Light infantry officer sword. But no OR heavy cavalry swords……..


    As a professional museum historian I never use miniatures boxes as sources. And no modern book artwork. Being trained in old Historical tradition of “Quellenkritik I ever go to the contemporary stuff.


    Warlord’s box art,   some Cavalry swords are …..


    What was the source for that png?

    Btw if you look at that NAM link I posted, those kilted 71st seem to be in Black Watch gear!  I don’t trust contemporary paintings either ;).

    The 71st had white (not blue) facings during the AWI period and a white batallion colour,  depicted as a cross of St George on photos of some wargames figures (don’t tell Nicola….. ). The Napoleonic era colour was definitely white only.

    As for the addiction to figure customisation, check out the head options on the new Atlantic Wargames Rifles box. There is an entire Naval Landing Party or Spanish Guerilla force in there when mixed in with some Perry Confederate torsos  and cutlass type arms. Methinks a mounted RHA officer may be lurking in there too amongst the spares

    invisible officer

    Hmm, there are some units that are often mixed in lists.   In June 1758  the 81st Invalids became the 71st. Blue facings. Disbanded 1769.   A new 71st war raised 1775 for AWI.  Fraser’s with White Facings.  Post 1777 rarely with kilt. The Highland units even dropped the OR sword. Disbanded 1783.


    The number was not the name. So the lienage……

    1786 the 73rd  Mc Leod’s became the 71st. “My” 71st.  It had buff facings and is the ancestor of Napoleonic time HLI. Sorry,  definately not white. 😉








    The 71st kilt set was “Mackenzie”.  The set names are mostly invented later and the contemporary used ones are often different.  Some makers lists changed the name again and again.

    The 71st one.   Originally with buff and red overstripes but post 1800 white and red. 1807 tartan trews and later buff ones. In field the usual mix of white and all other local available clothes. Often red brown Spanish one.


    The pic was made by Patrice Courcelle. A well known military book  illustrator.


    Not like the “artist” that gave the heavy 1796 cavalry sword a brass looking guard on a certain box.  Or the funny typo in Perry Hussar box that makes the Verden into Verdun….  repeated in some games.  Worse, the Light Perry swords are awfull badly designed.  Totally wrong form of blade. Unlinke metal not to be corrected by a bit of bending.





    I was referring to the Frazer’s varient for the white facings and flag.

    , there are two other sources of running legs that come to mind – Perry plastic 95th rifles and Victrix napoleonic British infantry. Again you’ll have to chop the figures in half and glue onto the top half of your chosen Frenchman, milliput and a set of needle files are your freinds.

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