Sunday, January 21, 2018

'BFG' from ChristoherS: Hessian Jaeger Amusettes


An  Amusette was a very high caliber rifle that could be anywhere from 90 to 200 caliber and weigh some 50 plus pounds! Due to it's weight it was often attached to fixed walls or gun carriages. However it wasn't so heavy that single infantry men couldn't carry it and in fact they often did, but if possible in teams to help with firing, loading and carrying.





Typical amusettes were huge at around 7ft in length to a standard 5ft Brown Bess musket although they could be shortened to make them more portable. They could fire up to 10x the distance a normal musket and with accuracy. A standard musket could fire up to 50 to 100 yards and an amusette could fire 500 to 1000 yards giving it not only greater punch but range as well.




When available these weapons proved popular in North America during the AWI because they could go places artillery had difficulty in traversing in the hilly, wooded terrain that commanders had to deal with.



This one is mounted on a pivot and is probably not what the Hessians used, but is similar in purpose as a super high caliber rifle


A few Hessian Jaegar re-enactors showing Amusette's in action
Hessian Jaegers were elite light infantry that served in the German Hessian mercenary forces hired by the British Crown in the fighting in North America in the AWI and gained a reputation for excellence in the field. It's recorded that the Jeager's did have some Amusette's and were used in some actions, but as to how wide spread or often is difficult to say.





The figures are 28mm from Perry Miniatures painted using Foundry paints with some Vallejo and Mig pigments for some dusting.




Thanks for viewing!
Miniature Company- Perry miniatures

12 comments:

  1. Really interesting choice, Christopher, BFGs is not what I associate with this era. Gorgeously painted as always

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  2. very interesting, never seen them before. top stuff

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  3. Beautiful painting and basing.

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  4. Great pieces, but I really liked the re-enactment pictures they put the vignettes into context.great work!

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  5. This is a really original submission, and beautifully executed. Well done Christopher!

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  6. Quite curious submission, no idea these existed. Beautiful painting job

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  7. Great work o these lovely little pieces. I've been eyeing these for a while and kicking myself for including a pack in my last Perry order.

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  8. These a superb Christopher and I love the photography too.

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  9. Terrific work Christopher! I've done one of these for my Italian Wars collection, but I really like the whacky protective mantlet included with these.

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  10. Never heard of these in this period, lovely painting, they do sound like something considerably less lethal than a high calibre firearm!
    Best Iain

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  11. Early squad support! I like these quite a bit, Christopher! Excellent work on the troops and gear. Thanks for the photo of the reenactors too.
    The amusette reminds me of the punt gun. A massive long barreled shot gun that was used in duck hunting. It was fixed to the Johnny boat and would actually move the boat when fired.

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  12. A very cool entry indeed Christopher! Love the potted history that comes along with them too.

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