This morning I have another set of Blue Moon Texian figures to review; pack 15TRT-109 ;Tennesseans’, As with most Blue Moon 15/18MM packs there are 30 figures in the set, and in this case, all poses are unique. All the figures are dressed in hunting frocks and have varying headgear ( slouch hats, top hats, coonskin caps, etc.) and varying equipment. In the case of armament, nearly all carry the popular Kentucky/Pennsylvania rifle, though one man wields only a flintlock pistol and Bowie knife. As usual with Blue Moon, this is a most attractive set of figures in such a small size. Not only can these men make up your companies of Tennessee volunteers, they can pretty much represent any volunteers that happened to wear the hunting frock and carry the long rifle, which would likely have been a large proportion of men coming in from the southern United States. Another nice thing about the Tennesseans, is that they can represent American frontiersmen from the late 18th through the mid 19th centuries. Anyone wanting to game trappers and mountain men have 30 figures from which to choose their characters.
Prior to painting a did a little research on the hunting frocks to help me select colors. I learned that that frocks were made from various materials including deerskin, linen, and ‘linsey-woolsey’ (a fabric made from a linen or cotton warp and a woolen weft). Frocks of these materials were often left naturally colored, but could also be dyed homespun-fashion with various vegetable dyes. These dyes are as follows:
White walnut bark = light brown
Black walnut hulls = dark brown to almost black
Sumac bark = dark blue
Black sumac bark = purple
Black oak balls and Indian paint root = red
It also should be noted that linen was fairly simple to bleach using animal urine so white frocks are also possible.
Another possibility, that I myself have not tried yet, is to paint colorful patterns on a few men to represent Indian bead-work.