The War of 1812 Magazine
Issue 7: September 2007
Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera
By John R. Grodzinski, FINS
In anticipation of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a Canadian miniature soldier maker has teamed with a Canadian sculptor and an artist to produce a unique series of hand painted collectable figurines commemorating units and individuals that fought in that conflict.
Based upon drawings made by military artist Michael Dunn, “Scott
J. Dummitt Presents, a retail outlet for military action figures and
producer of hand painted miniature soldiers has just released the first
figure in the “1812” series, depicting a soldier of one
of the most famous units raised in
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment was originally raised in 1795 to protect
the British Atlantic colonies during
Members of the regiment served with Commodore Robert Barclay’s
Lake Erie squadron at
Along with their naval service, the Newfoundlanders also augmented
garrisons throughout Upper Canada and participated in many actions
and battles, including Detroit, Frenchtown, Fort Meigs, York, Fort
George, Sackets Harbor, Fort Stephenson and Mackinac (August 1814).
Beginning in June 1814, the regiment was moved by detachments to
The figures in this series are 75 mm tall, sculpted by John Folkard and hand painted in flat enamels by Scott Dummitt. The pose is based on the soldier depicted in the original drawing by Michael Dunn. As shown in the accompanying image, the basic set comes in a box with a card showing the original artwork by Michael Dunn on one side and a history of the unit on the other.
This is a wonderful initiative by a relatively new producer of military miniatures. The drawings are good, while the figures are nicely sculpted and nicely painted.
The figure is available in one of two sets. The Signature Series edition includes the boxed figure, an 8 ½” x 11” signed print, a collector card and reproduction uniform button and is available for $99.00 Canadian or $95.50 US, whereas the basic set, shown in the image, comes with the boxed figure and collector card, priced at $55.00 Canadian or $52.90 US. Unpainted castings are also available for collectors who wish to paint their own.
This is a very welcome series that should be of great interest to War of 1812 enthusiasts and collectors of miniature soldiers.
Future figures in this series include: a sergeant from the 17th U.S. Infantry, a Mohawk Warrior, sergeant of the Royal Artillery, an officer of the 41st Foot, a soldier of the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles, a sailor from the American brig Niagara, a soldier from the 8th (King’s) Foot and finally a soldier from the 104th Foot, originally raised in 1803 as the New Brunswick Regiment of Fencible Infantry and taken into the line in 1810. A second series will be run if the response to the first is favourable.
For more information, visit Scott J. Dummitt Presents Summary from Summer, Jack L. and René Chartrand. Military Uniforms in
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