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Fife & Drum fine 1/56 scale (approx. 30mm) historical miniatures for the American War of Independence.
Fife & Drum fine 1/56 scale (approx. 30mm) historical miniatures for the American War of Independence.
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New Hessian Infantry Pledge Levels Added!

We have just added some new pledge levels that are designed specifically for those backers who are interested in obtaining just the Hessian infantry figures as their reward.  Check out the new levels at $24, $50, $100, $175, $200 and $250. Those who back the project at the $250 level will also receive a limited edition Lt. General von Knyphausen personality figure as one of their rewards. Check out the details of each level in the column on the right hand side of this page.

Fife & Drum's Comprehensive Range

We have just added some new pledge levels that are designed specifically for those backers who are interested in obtaining just the Hessian infantry figures as their reward.  Check out the new levels at $24, $50, $100, $175, $200 and $250. Those who back the project at the $250 level will also receive a limited edition Lt. General von Knyphausen personality figure as one of their rewards.

Fife & Drum Miniatures commenced business in 2011 with its first releases of American Militia and British Light Infantry figures, sculpted in 1/56 scale (approximately 30mm in height) by the very talented Richard Ansell. Because the Fife & Drum figures are sculpted to a scale, rather than an arbitrary size (e.g. 28mm or 30mm), the end result is a graceful and lifelike miniature with head, hands, torso and equipment all done in exact proportions. The figure range has expanded to over 100 figures including American Militia, Continentals in uniform coats and hunting shirts, Continental artillery crew, British Guards, Light Bobs, Grenadiers, line infantry and artillery crews. We have also commenced a comprehensive range of artillery equipment covering both the Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the AWI (1776-1783) periods.

American Militia Figures
American Militia Figures
British Artillery Crew with 6-pd cannon
British Artillery Crew with 6-pd cannon

The Fife & Drum range is augmented by an extensive selection of artillery equipment (British, French and American cannons and limbers) for both the American Revolution and the Seven Years War periods.

British infantry with mounted officer
British infantry with mounted officer
American Continentals and mounted officer
American Continentals and mounted officer

Fife & Drum Growth Plans

The Fife & Drum range has grown to over 100 figures and includes the core infantry and artillery crew and equipment for both sides of the AWI conflict circa 1777. Our near term goal, to be funded by this Kickstarter Project, is to create the cavalry figures for the American and British armies. As a result, Fife & Drum will then be able to offer all three basic combat arms (infantry, artillery and cavalry) for both sides. Once the basic combat arms are completed, then we will broaden the range to include Highlanders, Hessians, Frontier Militia and Indians, Rangers and even the French army. Fife & Drum plans to deepen and broaden its range of AWI figures and is committed to seeing the project through to its end.

UPDATE (July 10, 2013)

The initial funding goal of $5,000 has been achieved on the first day of the project! THANK YOU VERY MUCH EVERYONE.

We have surpassed three of our stretch goals: $8K, $12K and $16K which have unlocked the British Legion cavalry, Hessians I and Hessians II, respectively. Thank you everyone!

Now, our next goal is to hit the  stretch goal of $20,000 as this will unlock the Highlanders. I have received many requests to add Highlanders to the range, so here is your chance to make it happen. Don't stop now boys, let's see if we can hit Stretch Goal No. 4!

Tarleton Is Coming Soon!

Banastre Tarleton, by Joshua Reynolds
Banastre Tarleton, by Joshua Reynolds

Stretch Goals

After we achieve our targeted goal of $5,000, which will fund the cavalry contingent of the American and British armies, the following stretch goals will help to further establish the Fife & Drum Miniatures range of figures (each set of stretch goal figures will go into production at approximately 6-month intervals after the previous levels' figures are produced):

Stretch Goal No. 1: $8,000 - British Legion Cavalry - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal No. 2: $12,000 - Hessian Infantry (musketeers) -UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal No. 3: $16,000 - Hessian Grenadiers and Jagers - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal No. 4: $20,000 - Highlanders - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal No. 5: $24,000 - French infantry

Limited Edition Kickstarter Figures

We are pleased to be able to offer this cool vignette depicting the three Spirit of '76 figures to all contributors at the Patriot ($50) contribution level and above. The figures, sculpted by Richard Ansell, are currently in production:

Spirit of '76 Reward Figures
Spirit of '76 Reward Figures
Spirit of '76 Vignette
Spirit of '76 Vignette

We are also offering additional special figures of Banastre Tarleton and Francis (the Swamp Fox) Marion at other pledge levels.

Founder's Commitment

We have already invested over $30,000 of our own funds into this project to bring the range up to its current product line of over 100 figures and artillery equipment pieces. So we have plenty of "our own skin in the game" which should demonstrate our commitment to create all of the figures listed in the Stretch Goals shown above. With your help and investment, we can realize these goals much sooner.

Risks and challenges

With over 100 individual castings already in production, the Fife & Drum range has a running start on the dragoon project supported by an established range of figures. Our casting partner, Griffin Moulds Ltd in the UK, is one of the premier casters of metal miniatures in the wargame industry, so we are confident that any potential production delays are mitigated by Griffin's extensive experience on the production side.

The principal risk is the sculptor's time. Richard Ansell is an artist and a very talented one at that. If for some reason our sculptor could not work then there could be the potential for a delay in the release of the figures. However, we feel that this risk is mitigated by our long standing relationship with Richard and we let him work at his own pace so that he is free to devote his full attention to our projects.

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    Painter 2 - your choice of any two American or British mounted dragoons or officers.

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    Recruit - your choice of any four American or British mounted dragoons or officers.

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    Modified Recruit: you will receive your choice of any four American or British mounted dragoons or officers. You also receive the Spirit of 76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Hessian Soldaten: you will receive 12 Hessian infantry of your choice and the free Spirit of '76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Squadron Leader - your choice of 8 different poses for either American or British dragoons plus one free mounted officer of your choice.

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    Hessian Feldwebel: you will receive 24 Hessian infantry of your choice plus the Spirit of '76 vignette.The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Minute Man - your choice of any 12 American or British dragoons, plus free Limited Edition Vignette of the three Spirit of '76 figures.

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    Modified Minute Man: you will receive your choice of any 12 American or British mounted dragoons or officers. You also receive the Spirit of 76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Associator - your choice of any 18 American or British dragoons, plus free Limited Edition Spirit of '76 Vignette. At the Associator level or higher, you may elect to swap one mounted dragoon for three infantry figures or one artillery model.

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    Modified Associator: you will receive your choice of any 18 American or British mounted dragoons or officers. You also receive the Spirit of 76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level. At the Modified Associator level or higher, you may elect to swap one mounted dragoon for three infantry figures or one artillery model.

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    Hessian Fahnrich: you will receive 54 Hessian infantry of your choice plus the Spirit of '76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Continental - your choice of a full 24-figure dragoon regiment, plus free Limited Edition Spirit of '76 Vignette, plus the option to swap any cavalry for 3 infantry or 1 artillery figure(s).

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    Modified Continental: you will receive your choice of any 24 American or British mounted dragoons or officers. You also receive the Spirit of 76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level. At the Modified Continental level or higher, you may elect to swap one mounted dragoon for three infantry figures or one artillery model.

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    Colour Bearer - your choice of 30 dragoons from the American and/or the British dragoon figures, plus free Limited Edition Spirit of '76 Vignette, plus the option to swap any cavalry for 3 infantry or 1 artillery figure(s). The infantry swap will give you 90 infantry figures.

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    Modified Colour Bearer: your choice of 30 dragoons from the American and/or the British dragoon figures, plus free Limited Edition Spirit of '76 Vignette, plus the option to swap any cavalry for 3 infantry or 1 artillery figure(s). The infantry swap will give you 90 infantry figures. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Hessian Inhaber: you will receive 90 Hessian recruits (infantry) of your choice to mold into an elite regiment that will make the Landgraf proud. You will also receive the Spirit of '76 vignette. The free mounted officer and 24 Hessians are not available at this backer level.

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    Tarleton's Quarter - you receive a Limited Edition figure of Banastre Tarleton, plus 30 dragoons of your choice, plus the Spirit of '76 Vignette, plus the option to swap any cavalry figure for 3 infantry or 1 artillery figure(s)

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    Hessian Brigadier: you will receive all of the rewards of the Hessian Inhaber pledge level plus the free 24 Hessian infantry previously offered to backers who helped us reach the Hessian stretch level funding goals. You also receive the Spirit of '76 vignette.

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    Swamp Fox - you receive 36 dragoons of your choice plus the limited edition figure of Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox". You also get the same swap options a the Tarleton level rewards.

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    Knyphausen: you receive all the rewards of the Hessian Inhaber Level ($200) plus you get a limited edition von Knyphausen personality figure.

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    Cavalry Commander - you receive 24 each of American and British dragoons, i.e. a full regiment of each, plus the Tarleton and Marion limited edition figures, plus the Spirit of '76 Vignette

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    Brigadier - you receive 32 painted dragoons, painted by Der Alte Fritz himself, plus the Tarleton and Marion limited edition figures, and the Spirit of '76 Vignette. The limited edition figures will also come painted.

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    Founding Father - you receive a painted army of your choice (American or British), painted by Der Alte Fritz, and consisting of one 24-figure cavalry regiment, 60 infantry and two artillery pieces, each with 4 crew. You also receive painted versions of all Limited Edition figures and Vignettes.

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    Patron - invitation to the 2014 annual Seven Years War Association Convention in South Bend, Indiana where you will get to play in two grand AWI wargames featuring Fife & Drum Miniatures hosted by Jim Purky (Der Alte Fritz). Your room and board will be included at no cost. You will have access to all limited edition figures in this Kickstarter and your choice of 300 infantry figures or 100 cavalry figures in the range.

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