Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Russian SYW Jaegers

There was a small regiment of Jaegers raised in 1761, presumably because they had a problem dealing with those pesky Prussian Frei Korps. Figures by Foundry.

3rd Russian Pandours

Here in the light blue coat.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Russian Artillery 1

Here are the first batteries of the enormous Russian artillery train. Four batteries of 12pdrs, each battery 6 guns/3 models. The crew are from Foundry and the guns are from the extensive range from Fife & Drum. Jim Purky has done a brilliant job on modelling the large number of Russian guns for this period.

2nd Russian Pandours

Here in the brown coat.

1st Russian Pandours

I have not posted much recently as I have had a long haul through Russian SYW artillery and have now finished them – 16 batteries in all. I will be posting pictures over the next few months, as and when I get them based.

Meanwhile on to Russian light infantry. There were 3 Pandour regiments and one Jaeger. Dealing with the Pandours, uniform details are sketchy but Viscovatov says they wore black coats but Kronoskaf, while agreeing with that, shows a Knotel plate with brown coats and also illustrates the 3rd in light blue. So I will do all three and put them in all three of the different coat colours without any particular evidence as to which wore what.

Here is the first regiment with it's grenadier company as well (on the left of the pictures). There are only two small differences for the grenadiers – a slightly different, and much larger, hat plate and a waist box. Figures are from Foundry and these are a first for me – the first time I have painted an 18th century unit in sombre black. I also think that these are the best grenzer type figures available in 28mm. You could use them for the Austrians too if you removed the cap badge.

Read more about them here:

Monday, 16 July 2018

28mm WAS Spanish Guards

I have painted here three battalions of the Spanish Guards, in their smart blue uniforms copied from the French Guards. A Spanish army will be the opponents of the Piedmontese army (mostly finished) and the key brigade in the Spanish army will be the Guards. I will do a further three battalions of the Walloon Guards in due course. The only difference in their uniforms will be a black cockade instead of the red the Spanish Guards wore.

Here are the first Spanish reinforcements sent to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1741.

Spanish Guard Infantry Regiment (6)(2,20l)
Walloon Guard Infantry Regiment (6)(2,l33)
Reyna Infantry Regiment (2)(l,l00)
Lombardy Infantry Regiment (2)( l,067)
Irlanda (Irish) Infantry Regiment (2)(l,037)
Bessler (Swiss) Infantry Regiment (l)(598)
Carabinier Cavalry Regiment (3)(263)
Sagunta Dragoon Regiment (3)(202)
Artillery and Train (588)
Munitions Transport (62)

Which averaged out at about 420 men per battalion. It is worth noting also that the cavalry went without their horses and that when they arrived they scrabbled around to find mounts.
The Royal Navy was supposed to be blockading the eastern Spanish coast and the Western Mediterranean in general to prevent this happening at all but this period was one of those rare times when the British admiral in charge (Haddock) was not up to the job.

Finding the correct figures for the Spanish has taken time because they wore their coats buttoned-up at the chest while most Europeans wore their coats open showing the waistcoats underneath. The only other nation suitable for substitution is GNW Swedes. There are a couple of companies who make Spanish WAS troops but either the range is incomplete or I just don't like the figures. So here most of the figures are from Ebor although a couple of old Capitulation figures ( a long defunct French company) have crept in. The Ebor figures come with separate heads so you can get plenty of variety into the battalions. I have added waist pouches easily made from balsa wood.