It's time I showed you my armies. Please note that I chose to collect more smaller armies rather than one or two huge ones. So they may not be that impressive in size when looking at just one of them.
Right now I have 6 separate armies: British, French, Spanish, Dutch and 2 pirate factions. In addition to this, there are some extra minifigs, like the merchant vessel's crew for example.
Actually, I've already shown you the French army (which is the latest one I made) here.
Now it's time for the British, and in the future I'll try to show you the rest of the factions.
I consider both the bluecoats and the redcoats British, the latter being ground troops, which are still waiting for me to build a base for them. *sweet* The Bluecoats are the navy.
Now, here's the key to the picture above: in the back rows are the lowest ranking soldiers, the closer to the first row, the higher the ranks. The bluecoats standing in the same row as the corresponding redcoats are of equal rank. For example, the bluecoats with no eppaulettes are of equal rank to the redcoats with shakos and backpacks. The ranks are not the same, they're just equal (remember that, in real life, the ranks in the navy have different names from the ranks in the infantry and so on).
This rule doesn't apply to the front row, where you can see the highest ranking officers. In the first row of the bluecoats, the rank increases from left to right. The same goes for the redcoats. In case of the bluecoats, they are: Commander, two Captains (equal), Vice Admiral and Admiral. The redcoats: Lieutenant-Colonel, two Colonels, Lieutenant-General and General.
I used today's ranking system, not sure how it looked like in the past. However, the actual rank names aren't that relevant to me, the important thing is who's above who.
This Wikipedia page was very helpful to me.
Here is the folder with more pictures.
If you think there's something wrong with the ranks, for example the rows should be swapped somewhere, please let me know, this is just a prototype :)
Edited by Dreamweb, 23 July 2007 - 07:48 AM.