The 23rd Royal Fusiliers or Royal Welch Fusiliers was founded as an infantry regiment in 1689 to oppose James II during yet another war with France. Originally, the regiment was known as the 23rd Regiment of Foot. However, it was given the fusilier title in 1702 and was then known as The Welsh Regiment of Fusiliers. They gained Royal status fighting in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713.
The Regiment arrived in New York in 1773 and was then transferred to the hot bed of the rebellion, Boston, in 1774.
The 23rd Royal Fusilier Regiment participated in pretty much every campaign from the Lexington & Concord to Yorktown. This makes the regiment ideal to model for playing British Grenadiers. The light infantry and grenadier companies of the Fusiliers saw action at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Notable battles include:
- Long Island
- White Plains
- Capture of Philadelphia
- Second Siege of Charleston
The models are all the new plastic Perry AWI British Infantry. I used extra foam to form the plumes. I think it came out pretty good. I had to cut out the flag poles because the GMB flags were far too big for the poles included. The scenarios in British Grenadier utilize 18 figures in a 1:20 ratio.
I painted this regiment in winter wool or dark color linen to represent the unit being in the field for longer periods. Plus I really like the look.