Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR49 Sers Fusiliers

I have wanted to paint this regiment for a long time as the dark orange vest and trousers works well against a dark blue coat.

This regiment was raised in 1741 as a regiment of pioneers and had no grenadiers. In 1758 it became a Fusilier regiment. It served in the battles of Zorndorf, Paltzig and Kunersdorf and was largely wiped out in that latter battle. Thereafter it served with Prince Henri in the western theatre which might suggest that Fredrick's opinion of this regiment had waned.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR41 Wied zu Neuwied Fusiliers

Here are two battalions of this regiment acquired, in 1741, from Wurttemberg. It is interesting to think that one could just buy an entire regiment from another state but Prussia's relationship with protestant Wurttemberg was quite close. The 12th Dragoons was another regiment purchased from that state.

These are Black Hussar figures, quite my favourite for SYW Prussians. The red really pops out and it is described in Kronoskaf as light carmine so it's a red shade I have not used before.

It must have been a hard fighting regiment as it lost 1000 men (dead and wounded) in the Battle of Kolin which was about two thirds of it's starting strength. At Kunersdorf it lost another 522 dead and wounded. Grenadiers were converged with IR44 to make 41/44 Gemmingen.

Franz Karl Ludwig von Wied zu Neuwied was quite elderly by this period (he was born in 1701) but he reached the rank of Lieutenant General. The Wied family split in 1698 and there was another branch (Wied-Runkel) that served with the Austrians. In the 19th century a Wied would become, ever so briefly, King of Albania!

Monday, 4 March 2019

SYW Kreis: Palatine, Westfalian and Saxon artillery

This post shows the last of the Kreis artillery contingents. On the left, Palatine battalion gun and mounted officer. In the middle two light guns of the Westfalian contingent (plus mounted officer). On the right a single Saxon battalion gun painted in an unusual scheme of green/white stripes. I am not sure of this as I had though Saxon guns were painted black with yellow painted metal fittings but this illustration has been sent to me so I have used it and it certainly is unusual.

Lastly, the round officer base shows a collection of Kreis artillery officers in conference!
Next week – the Kreis is finished so from now on in it's a question of filling in gaps starting with Prussians.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

SYW Kreis: Upper Rhine, Swabian and Wurttemberg artillery

Battalion guns from these circles/states. Left, Upper Rhine and mounted officer, middle – Swabian and mounted officer and, on the right, Wurttemberg.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

SYW Hanover: IR 1A Scheither

These lovely figures are from Siege Work Studios in Australia and very nice they are too. The range is a specifically SYW Hanoverian range and it has been around for a while but this is the first time I have painted them. They are quite 'petite' figures and would probably work best not mixed with other ranges within the same battalion. There is a picture of them below next to a base of Black Hussar Hessians and they are smaller but not so it makes a huge difference but they will definitely not work with chunkier figures like those from Front rank. The mounted officer is well sculpted and I have painted him as Major General Scheele.

The range is complete for the infantry and artillery but they do not appear to have done any cavalry, which is a shame. Maybe they can be encouraged to!

My Hessian battalions have 5 bases (20 figures) representing about 500 men. These stronger Hanoverian battalions are seven bases so about 700 men. I have also painted the grenadier company at the same time although it will be converged, in due course, with others. It makes sense to paint the grenadiers at the same time as their parent battalion so that I can match up the facing colour exactly. I used not to do this and had the devil of a job remembering which shade I had used.

Finally, do contact Drew at Siege Works Studios and get some samples if you ask nicely!These Hanoverians get an A from me and with some cavalry they would probably get an A+. They have a particularly good selection of unusual musicians.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

SYW Kreis: Bavaria, Kurtrier and Kurmainz artillery

Looking left to right, battalion guns of Kurtrier and Kurmainz. Then Bavarian battalion guns and field pieces. The colour of the guns is largely conjectural.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

40mm SYW Austrian Artillery

On the left is the single 3pdr gun to serve with the Vanguard, then three gun models (6 gun battery) of 3pdrs and on the right a 6pdr battery. All crews and guns are from Sash & Saber. I have one 12pdr battery to do to complete the artillery for the Austrians.

The other pictures show the 6pdrs behind some 25mm field fortifications which, I think, will work fine.