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28mm British Redcoats packed with character and period feel, genuine professionals ready to serve you and King George.
28mm British Redcoats packed with character and period feel, genuine professionals ready to serve you and King George.
141 backers pledged £13,245 to help bring this project to life.

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Limited Release Figure for Stretch Goal 2, mounted senior officer.
Limited Release Figure for Stretch Goal 2, mounted senior officer.

The packs for Stretch Goal 2, which will become available when we reach £10,000, will be:

SYW/FIW B9 British Line Infantry Hat Company – NCOs and characters

SYW/FIW B10 British Line Infantry Hat Company - skirmish line

FIW BRT3 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 3 - NCOs and characters

FIW BRT4 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 4 - skirmish line

Pledges of an additional £30 or more against the above packs will receive the Limited Release Exclusive mounted figure of my sketch above, this is the mounted version of the first Limited Release for the Redcoats Kickstarter - the Senior Officer.

Concept rough of Junior Officer: Special Limited Release Figure for Stretch Goal 1, achieved
Concept rough of Junior Officer: Special Limited Release Figure for Stretch Goal 1, achieved

11th August - first stretch goals achieved

Stretch Goal 1 packs can be added to your pledge individually at £10 each, or by adding the Stretch Goal 1 pledge totals as listed, to your pledge. Please add an extra 50p postage per individual pack to your pledge total - UK and worldwide to keep it simple. Anyone ordering a total of £40 or more from the first stretch goals will receive the Limited Edition soldier accompanying the stretch goal.

Second stretch goal target is £10,000, rewards to be announced soon.

An add T-shirt:

This is something that will go up on the website at £15 each after all the Kickstarter orders have been sent out; you can add them to your pledge for £12 + £2 postage for the UK, or £4 for the rest of the World. Our own exclusive design silk-screen printed on 100% cotton red T-shirt in a wide range of sizes, just the very thing to wear while commanding your 28mm Redcoats.

Mock-up of add-on T-shirt.
Mock-up of add-on T-shirt.

Sizes range from Small to 5XL, you can add as many as you want, in whatever sizes you would like, to your pledge.

Sizes are Small 34/36”, Medium 38/40”, Large 42/44”, XL 46/48”, XXL50/52”, 3XL 54/56”, 4XL 58/60”, 5XL 62/64” (I usually go a size up when ordering T-shirts as I prefer a looser fit).

You'll be able to notify sizes required at the end of the pledge, the T-shirts will come along with your figures.

First goal reached in 5 days

From the beginning we targeted £7000 for our first stretch goal, that's an extra £2500 of backing beyond our successfully reached start goal - reached in 5 days leaving us 25 days to hit that stretch goal.

The stretch goal will make the following packs available:

SYW/FIW B6 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet 2

SYW/FIW B7 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest Your Bayonet 2

SYW/FIW B8 British Line Infantry Command 2 FIW

BRT2 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 2

+ Our SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION FIGURE - more about this later.

+ I've got an extra promotion in mind - let's see how it goes...

REDCOATS: The Story

Galloping Major’s range of French & Indian War 28mm figures for wargamers and collectors has gained much praise and a loyal following among our growing customer base. If you’re new to our figures, please take a look on our website: www.gallopingmajorwargames.com you’ll also find us on facebook as Galloping Major Ltd Wargames.

With your help through Kickstarter, we are hoping to take a big step forward, enabling the release of our British redcoat “hatmen” and command figures. Your support could enable us to make this release our biggest and most exciting to date and if successful, help to create a stronger platform for further releases.

We're a small company relying on sales of existing packs to finance the release of new ones, but we want to make our new releases available to customers more quickly. The high quality of our castings is frequently remarked upon by reviewers and customers alike, and that’s equally important to us, we don’t believe in increasing margins at the cost of “cutting corners”. Producing figures at this standard requires ongoing investment from us – but the results speak for themselves.

Unlike most miniatures companies we don’t have to raise fees for commercial sculptors, nor do we have to wait for their availability to work on our projects as all the figure sculpting is done "in-house" by me.  This also guarantees consistency of style, quality, extensive research and attention to detail.

The 2 Ensigns for the first Redcoat command pack, from rough concept through sculpts to undercoated master castings.
The 2 Ensigns for the first Redcoat command pack, from rough concept through sculpts to undercoated master castings.

The sculpting work has already been completed on most of the figures for this project and we’ve already invested in master castings for a good many of them. If enough of you will pledge your support we’ll be able to move forward promptly to completion for you.

Why should I back this project?

You’ll be helping us to make these figures available to you more quickly and with greater variety.

You’ll get your exciting new Redcoats before they go on general sale and at a price advantage including reduced postage worldwide.

We will be thanking everyone who backs our project to £49.00 or more, with exclusive free figures which are limited to this project and which will not be available afterwards.

Our first limited edition free figure for all backers of our Redcoats project who pledge £49.00 or more, will be this senior officer:

If successfully supported in our Kickstarter, our Stretch Goals will provide still more varied and characterful miniatures to build on the first units or start additional ones. We’ll also introduce more special exclusive free figures to accompany our Stretch Goals.

The Stage 1 deals that you can back our project by pledging to support will be made up of selections of the following packs:

SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet

SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet

SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest Your Bayonet (musket and bayonet held waist high)

SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command

SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2

FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 1

Our first stretch goal will comprise the following additional packs:

SYW/FIW B6 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet 2

SYW/FIW B7 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest Your Bayonet 2

SYW/FIW B8 British Line Infantry Command 2

FIW BRT2 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 2

The first stretch goal packs will become available if we receive backing of £7000.

60th Foot kneeling firing
60th Foot kneeling firing

The French & Indian War and The Seven Years War

The middle decades of the eighteenth century have usually been rather sadly overlooked and underrated by manufacturers of 28mm miniature figures for wargamers and collectors, particularly the French & Indian War, which has been a favourite period of mine since childhood.

When I set about creating our French & Indian War range, what I most wanted to build was the most comprehensive, well researched and engaging range of 28mm figures available for the period. We’re well on the way to that objective with our Mohawk and Huron Native Americans, Canadian Militia, Anglo-American Rangers, Armed Settlers, Militia and Provincials, along with our 18th Century Sailors; time now to take a big step forward with our first “regular” troops.

Our Redcoats project will supply the core British regular infantry for engagements from the 1740s right through to the changes in dress and drill regulations of the mid 1760s, most especially covering the Seven Years War, French & Indian War and ‘Pontiac’s Rebellion’. The French & Indian War was the vital North American theatre of the Seven Years War, with even more battalions of British infantry actually serving in the Americas and West Indies than alongside Britain’s allies in Europe. With their iron discipline and determined use of lead and steel, these hardened professionals can give added strength to colonial campaigns, or provide the backbone for a British army for the battlefields of Europe – or both!

Front and back views of pack SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
Front and back views of pack SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet

With the rise in popularity of several sets of recently released skirmish rules alongside an increase in gaming the decisive battles of Europe and North America, we hope our first Kickstarter project will be well received. If successful, we plan to continue releasing more troops for British and French armies alongside more North American participants for both sides – but at an increased pace. This all rests on your support.

3 soldiers firing from pack FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 1 and an officer from pack SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
3 soldiers firing from pack FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 1 and an officer from pack SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command

Who we are:

Galloping Major Ltd is a small one man company in the rural East Riding of Yorkshire, England, run by myself, Lance Cawkwell, with help from my family, especially my wife, who has a degree in history and a background in jewellery design. I design and sculpt the figures, we pack and post out the castings which are produced for us by probably the world’s top-rated craftsman casting service here in the UK. As I know from many years as a designer and illustrator, quality of design and production are mutually essential to be able to achieve the best results, so that’s what we’ve been aiming for from the start.

Soldiers from packs: Left SYW/FIW B3 - Rest on Your Left Arm. Centre: SYW/FIW B5 - Charge Your Bayonet. Right: SYW/FIW B2 - Push Your Bayonet
Soldiers from packs: Left SYW/FIW B3 - Rest on Your Left Arm. Centre: SYW/FIW B5 - Charge Your Bayonet. Right: SYW/FIW B2 - Push Your Bayonet

 Title for Left picture pack now changed to Rest Your Bayonet.

Risks and challenges

What we’ve learned from following Kickstarters for some time now is that the biggest risks appear to be in underestimating the amount of hard work involved, should the project prove successful, in fulfilling one’s promises to the project’s backers in a timely and efficient way.

We’re a small company, but we’ve gained a great deal of experience in meeting deadlines for dispatching orders, especially comparatively large numbers of pre-orders; as mentioned earlier, we use a highly professional casting service (we think they’re the best available) and the “creative end” is under our direct hands-on control. Throughout a lot of years as a studio manager and company director in the design industry, my life has been structured around meeting some very strict deadlines for a top-named client list, and whenever needed we are able to call on a “reserve team” of family and friends to bolster our ranks when it comes to packing and shipping.

You pledge us your support and we’ll ensure that you get the “goods”.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $16

    Add-on, King George commands T-shirt

    Our own exclusive design silk-screen printed on 100% cotton red T-shirt in sizes range from Small to 5XL, you can add as many as you want, in whatever sizes you would like, to your pledge, or simply pledge for the T-shirt alone..
    Small 34/36”, Medium 38/40”, Large 42/44”, XL 46/48”, XXL50/52”, 3XL 54/56”, 4XL 58/60”, 5XL 62/64” You'll be able to notify sizes required at the end of the pledge

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    SYW/FIW Redcoats Introductory Level

    1 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command

    (3 packs) 18 soldiers

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    FIW Redcoats Introductory Level

    FIW Redcoats 60th Foot Firing:
    2 x FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company
    1 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command

    (3 packs) 18 soldiers

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    SYW/FIW Redcoats Base Unit

    1 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm (musket and bayonet held waist high)
    1 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    (4 packs) 24 soldiers

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    SYW/FIW Redcoats Level 1

    1 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    1 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    1 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (5 packs) 31 soldiers

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    FIW Redcoats 60th Foot Firing Line

    FIW Redcoats 60th Foot Firing:
    4 x FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company
    1 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (5 packs) 31 soldiers

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    SYW/FIW Stretch Goal 1.1

    2 x SYW/FIW B6 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet 2
    2 x SYW/FIW B7 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm 2
    1 x SYW/FIW B8 British Line Infantry Command 2
    + The 2nd Special Limited Release Figure
    (5 packs) 31 soldiers

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    FIW Stretch Goal 1.1

    1 x SYW/FIW B6 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet 2
    1 x SYW/FIW B7 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm 2
    1 x SYW/FIW B8 British Line Infantry Command 2
    2 x FIW BRT2 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 2
    + The 2nd Special Limited Release Figure
    (5 packs) 31 soldiers

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    SYW/FIW – Level 2 = 1 x each Stg 1 pack

    1 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    1 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    1 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    1 x FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 1
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (6 packs) 37 soldiers

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    Pledge £77 or more About $102

    FIW Redcoats level 3

    1 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    1 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    2 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    1 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    2 x FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 1
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (8 packs) 49 soldiers

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    Pledge £77 or more About $102

    SYW/FIW Redcoats level 3

    1 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    2 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    2 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    2 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    1 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (8 packs) 49 soldiers

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    Pledge £87 or more About $115

    SYW/FIW Redcoats Level 4

    2 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    2 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    2 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    2 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    1 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (9 packs) 55 soldiers

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    Pledge £115 or more About $152

    SYW/FIW Redcoats Level 5

    2 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    3 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    3 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    3 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    1 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer
    (12 packs) 73 soldiers

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    Pledge £185 or more About $245

    FIW Redcoats – Army Deal

    4 x SYW/FIW B1 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet
    3 x SYW/FIW B2 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Push Your Bayonet
    3 x SYW/FIW B3 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Rest on Your Left Arm
    5 x SYW/FIW B4 British Line Infantry Command
    2 x SYW/FIW B5 British Line Infantry Hat Company – Charge Your Bayonet 2
    3 x FIW BRT1 British Regular Infantry 60th Foot Hat Company 1
    + The Special Limited Release Senior Officer

    (20 packs) 121 soldiers

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Funding period

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