Commodore John Paul Jones wearing the blue and white Continental Navy uniform that he designed in 1777. This particular uniform was favored by officers as it had gold trim and epaulets while the blue and red garb ordered by Congress in 1775 didn't (though Jones added gold braid and epaulets to his blue and red uniform anyway). A group of officers and Jones presented this idea to Congress in 1777 and it was politely struck down, blamed for too closely resembling Royal Navy uniforms and giving a too powerful appearance to naval officers. Shortly after the uniform's refusal, Jones and the other officers had sets personally made and wore them out of sight at sea... though they opted to omit the gold trim just in case they were seen wearing them (Jones however, the usual mavrick, made his as dashing and fancy as possible, even wearing an unauthorized red sash.)
It is believed that Jones was wearing this particular uniform when the Bonhomme Richard engaged the HMS Serphis at The Battle of Flambrough Head on September 23rd, 1779.
These are some Imperial Troopers show in Immortal Enemies [link] from the world of Mjornil, trained by a pair of Iron Hands to an elite fighting force. They are featured in Act II - 2: The Alley - Part 1. I have recently revisited them because I have been practicing some 28mm sculpting (from scratch). We'll see what comes of that.
A few things worth noting: the Mjornil Guard, what I call the Steel Gauntlets at this point, were a small unit, maybe a few platoons trained by two Iron Hand marines, which is why they have not-so-matching gloves. They use the previously ubiquitous autogun rather than lasguns (because their stats are the same anyway) because marines trained them in what they know, projectile weapons. The symbols on their shoulder are important. Right shoulder features at center features a two headed eagle with halo flanked by the army crest (to the left) and then the division, battalion, and company (to the right). On the left shoulder, rank is centered between role (on the left) and then platoon, squad and weapons certifications (on the right). I will probably have to make a guide if I am successful at making any squads of these.
September, 1939, Germany invades Poland. Hitler has begun his march across Europe. Germany's massive, long awaited, newly equipped army, known as the Wehrmacht, is the best army the world has ever seen. The innovative Panzers of the Blitzkrieg (Lightning War) plow through Poland. The harrowing Junkers "Stuka" Ju 87's screech over the cities, devastating the Poles. Germany's advanced weaponry, armored units, and disciplined troops are ready to take on the world. The countries surrounding Germany have no chance against them.
18 year old Obergefreiter Wilhelm Matthias Hennicke is a bright, eager recruit who is proud to serve in Germany's mighty Wehrmacht. He's been made a machine gunner in his regiment and knows everything there is to know about the sleek and innovative Maschinengewehr 34. He's only experienced mild encounters with Polish troops and hasn't experienced any real trouble on the front. Wilhelm has been a member of the Hitler Youth since 1933 and has made it his goal in life to serve on the battlefield for the Fatherland. His newlywed wife, Hildegard, prays for him every day back in their hometown Dresden in Saxony. Wilhelm writes her a letter every week.
Wilhelm tells Hildegard in his letters that he predicts the war will continue at least a year from now. He's certain nothing could stop the German Wehrmacht.
John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747–July 18, 1792) was America's first well-known naval hero in the American Revolutionary War. John Paul Jones was born "John Paul" in 1747, on the estate of Arbigland in the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright on the southern coast of Scotland. John Paul's father was a gardener at Arbigland, and his mother was a member of Clan MacDuff.
John Paul adopted the alias John Jones when he fled to his brother's home in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1773 in order to avoid the hangman's noose in Tobago after an incident when he was accused of murdering a sailor under his command. He began using the name John Paul Jones as his brother suggested during the start of the American Revolution.
Though his naval career never rose above the rank of Captain (Commodore is a title for Captains with Admiral's authority.) in the Continental Navy after his victory over the Serapis (50) with the frigate Bonhomme Richard (44), John Paul Jones remains the first genuine American Naval hero, and a highly regarded battle commander. His later service in the Russian Navy as an Admiral showed the mark of genius that enabled him to defeat the Serapis.
Jones simply was not as good a politician as he was a naval commander, in an era where politics determined promotion, both in America and abroad. Though he was originally buried in Paris, after spending his last years abroad, he was ultimately reinterred at the United States Naval Academy, a fitting homecoming for the "Father of the American Navy."
During his engagement with Serapis, Jones uttered the legendary reply to a British officer's surrender request, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
You see here the Full Dress uniform of John Paul Jones. On his left lapel is the Order of Military Merit and on his hip the sword awarded to him by Louis of France.