December 16, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Clash of Empires from W. Britain

The Clash of Empires series was added to the W. Britain Collection in 2015. The collection features 1/30th scale (58mm), hand-painted figures inspired by the events that took place on the frontiers of North America from the 1750s to the 1790s.
French & Indian War
Described variously as the world on fire or the first world war it was the first conflict to be fought all around the globe. In Europe the war was referred to as the Seven Years War and in the American Colonies it was referred to as the French & Indian War (the French and Indians fought on the same side against the British and Colonists). It is estimated that 900,000 to 1,400,000 people died in this war.
The Seven Years War officially begins when England declares war on France. However, fighting and skirmishes between England and France had been going on in North America for years. 
In the early 1750s, French expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought France into armed conflict with the British colonies. In 1756--the first official year of fighting in the Seven Years War--the British suffered a series of defeats against the French and their broad network of Native American alliances. However, in 1757, British Prime Minister William Pitt recognized the potential of imperial expansion that would come out of victory against the French and borrowed heavily to fund an expanded war effort. Pitt financed Prussia's struggle against France and her allies in Europe and reimbursed the colonies for the raising of armies in North America.

By 1760, the French had been expelled from Canada, and by 1763 all of France's allies in Europe had either made a separate peace with Prussia or had been defeated. In addition, Spanish attempts to aid France in the Americas had failed, and France also suffered defeats against British forces in India.

The Seven Years War ended with the signing of the treaties of Hubertusburg and Paris in February 1763. In the Treaty of Paris, France lost all claims to Canada and gave Louisiana to Spain, while Britain received Spanish Florida, Upper Canada, and various French holdings overseas. The treaty ensured the colonial and maritime supremacy of Britain as the dominant world power and strengthened the 13 American colonies by removing their European rivals to the north and the south. Fifteen years later, French bitterness over the loss of most of their colonial empire contributed to their intervention in the American Revolution on the side of the Patriots.  

The European soldiers, settlers and native peoples of this conflict are rendered with historical accuracy and detail by a collaboration between W.Britain Master Sculptors Alan Ball and Kenneth Osen bringing this exciting period to life as only Britains can.

The Clash of Empires Range
Woodland Indians
Woodland Indian tribes lived east of the Plains Indians and extended from New England and Maryland to the Great Lakes Area and into Maine. They lived in the forests near lakes or streams, which is why they're called Eastern Woodland Indians. They were known during the colonial years to the French as the "Iroquois League," and later as the "Iroquois Confederacy," and to the English as the "Five Nations" (before 1722), and later as the "Six Nations," comprising the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora peoples.
16000 Eastern Woodland Indian Kneeling Firing No.1
16001 Eastern Woodland Indian Advancing Crouching with Musket No.1
16002 Eastern Woodland Indian Wearing European Jacket Running 
16003 Eastern Woodland Indian and Colonial Militia Hand-to-Hand Set 
16004 Colonial Militia Officer Pointing with Sword 
16005 Eastern Woodland Indian Kneeling Loading
16006 Eastern Woodland Indian Attacking with War Club 
16007 Eastern Woodland Indian Running with Musket No.1 
16008 Eastern Woodland Indian Running with Musket #2
16009 Eastern Woodland Indian Scalping Colonial Militia Hand-to-Hand Set 
16010 Eastern Woodland Indian Squatting, Waiting with Musket 
16011 Eastern Woodland Indian Kneeling with Hand on Hip 
16012 Eastern Woodland Indian Crouching Advancing 
16013 Eastern Woodland Indian Dragging ComradeToy
16014 Eastern Woodland Indian Kneeling Priming Musket

16015 Clash of Empires: British Royal Artillery 6 Pound Gun with 4 Man Crew 
16017 The Raid #1 - Eastern Woodland Indian Hurdling Wooden Fence
16018 Eastern Woodland Indian Stalking with War Club and Knife
WBN 16019 Eastern Woodland Indian Casualty #2
WBN 16025 Eastern Woodland Indian Swinging Gunstock Warclub 
WBN 16034 Eastern Woodland Indian Standing Firing #1
WBN 16042 Clash of Empires: The Scouts - Prone Native Warriors 

Continental Line 1st American Regiment + Butlers Rangers
The 1st American Regiment was the last unit in the Continental Army, bravely fighting against both invading British soldiers and Loyalist Tories like "Butler's Rangers"
WBN 16020 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Standing Firing 1777-1787 
WBN 16021 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Loading 1777-1787 
WBN 16022 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Charging With Bayonet No.1 
WBN 16023 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Standing At Ready 1777-1787 
WBN 16024 Attack Of The Military Road Continental Line 1st American Regiment And Eastern Woodland Indian In Hand To Hand Combat 
WBN 16027 Loyalist Butlers Ranger Advancing and Firing 1780-1784 
WBN 16028 Loyalist Butlers Ranger Charging with Bayonet 1780-1784 
WBN 16029 Loyalist Butlers Ranger Kneeling at Ready 1780-1784 
WBN 16030 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Drummer #1, 1780-1784 
WBN 16031 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Officer #1, 1777-1787 
WBN 16032 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Standing Ramming, 1777-1787 
WBN 16033 Continental Line 1st American Regiment Casualty #1, 1777-1787 

Colonial Militia
During the French & Indian War many soldiers of the British regular army believed the colonial militia consisted of low-quality soldiers who came from the dregs of society. Most were sure the militia would make little difference in the outcome of the war. In reality, the soldiers of the colonial militia came from all walks of life, endured many hardships, and contributed greatly to the war effort. All of this was done according to strict terms set by the colonials. The ranks of the colonial militia were usually filled by average citizens. They came from all walks of life and different ethnic groups. Many of them were native-born colonists, British immigrants, as well as free blacks. The average soldier of the militia served alongside Rangers, Highlanders, Iroquois Indians, and British regulars

For the most part, when the American Revolution began, militia units were no longer training in the methods necessary to defeat groups of hostile Indians, the very types of enemy formations they had been created to fight against in the first place. Thus, when hostilities broke out with Britain, the colonial militia was unprepared for both frontier-style fighting and, owing to their nature as part-time soldiers, for facing British regulars in open-field battles. However, the early battles of the war verified what had become a solid characteristic about militia: When fighting defensively, militia could be very effective in battle 
WBN 16035 Colonial Militia Standing Firing No.1 
WBN 16036 Colonial Militia Standing Loading No.1 
WBN 16037 Colonial Militia Kneeling Firing No.1 
WBN 16038 Continental Line Ensign with Color, 1782-1790

The Battle of Bushy Run 
...was fought on August 5-6, 1763, in western Pennsylvania during Pontiac's Rebellion was one of the most memorable moments in North American colonial military history. A small force of British were attacked on their way to the relief of besieged Fort Pitt. Bouquet's resolute Highlanders of the famed 42nd Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) turned calamity into victory through sheer bravery and the wielding of cold steel despite being surrounded by a large combined force of Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo, and Huron warriors.
WBN 16039 Art of War - Bushy Run Set No.1
WBN 16040 Art of War - Bushy Run Set No.2
WBN 16041 Art of War - Bushy Run Set No.3
WBN 16047 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Standing Firing No.1
WBN 16048 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Standing Ramming
WBN 16049 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Kneeling Firing No.1
WBN 16050 Clash of Empires: British 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Grenadier Standing
Firing No.1

These figures from the original American Revolution range can be used with Clash of Empires.
18056 Colonial Militia Kneeling Firing #2
18057 Colonial Militia At Port Arms #2
18064 Iroquois Warrior Standing Firing on the Move

Suggested Scenic and Diorama Enhancements
51030 18th-19th Century Corn
17615 Turnpike Fences 
17910 Fallen Tree & Stump
51021 18th/19th Century Wooden Snake Rail Fence Section with Post 
51022 Fall 18th/19th Century Corn with Squash

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