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.

SYW Kreis: Franconian artillery

Artillery from the Franconian circle. The gun colour was 'sang du boeuf' or a very dark red. Most of the gun models come from Minden/Crann Tara, and the crews from Eureka. Extra guns allow a greater variety as the guns are not glued to bases.

Friday, 1 February 2019

SYW French: IR121 Horion (Liégeois)

The Prince-Bishopric of Liège was a state of the Holy Roman Empire in the Low Countries, situated, for the most part, in present-day Belgium, which was ruled by the Bishop of Liège. As a prince, the Bishop held an Imperial Estate and had seat and voice at the Imperial Diet.

On May 1 1756, Maria Theresa signed a contract with Louis XV by which he promised to send an auxiliary corps of 24,000 men as support in the war against Prussia.
Two new infantry regiments were created on March 25 1757 as new units in the French Army. The first regiment given the number 120 was a two battalion regiment raised in the Bishopric by the French Colonel Charles Albert Baron Vierzet. The second regiment, numbered 121, was raised by the Comte de Horion and also had two battalions. The former regiment had a long history as, in 1762, it went into Austrian service and lasted in some form until 1918. But Horion was disbanded in 1762 and therefore had a short five year lifespan.

There is some dispute about some of the uniform details as you can see from the attached painting plate. Some sources suggested blue cuffs but I have gone with the Kronoskaf interpretation with red cuffs. I have also reworked the flags to make the blue diamonds on the border a bit more visable.

I think this is a very fine looking uniform and I have never seen it painted by gamers before. This concludes Phase 1 of the Franco-Spanish force to face off against the Piedmontese WAS army already done. Phase 2 is going to be more Spanish to compliment those 3 Spanish Guard battalions already finished. The infantry will total 8 French battalions and 10 Spanish plus one wild Macedonian light infantry unit.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

SYW Kreis: Wurzburg artillery

There is very little information about the uniforms of the Wurzburg artillery so this is an educated guess. Here we have a large battery of 12pdrs (6 gun models so 12 guns), as well as 2 howitzer models, 2 6pdr models, 2 (very large) 4pdrs using French guns and lastly, a single battalion gun. Most of the Kreis artillery will be red so these are painted in a light red to provide some variety. The gun models are all from Minden/Crann Tara while the crews come from a number of manufacturers.

Next on this topic will be Franconian artillery.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

SYW French: IR55 Waldner (Swiss)

Actually I have already painted this unit (see Monday, 16 November 2015) but this is for my 'new' French army. The plan is to paint about 8 battalions of French and a similar number of Spanish to entertain the Piedmontese WAS army. The same French force, which needs to be able to serve in 4 ranks for the earlier period and 3 for the SYW, will then be able to fight the Hessians I am doing and which you have seen recently.

These then completes 6 of the 8 planned. The last regiment will be done soon. It should be Swiss too and the Swiss liked to serve together but it will actually be Liégeois.

French cavalry of the WAS/SYW is a bit of a problem. There are Front Rank figures but I am exploring another option. Perry produce some new Spanish Dragoons for the Napoleonic period and I am considering using these with the removal of the bicorne and substitution of a tricorne. There are other problems with doing this (not least the musket, not carbine, is carried on the back) but it might work especially as Perry figures are so nice. The other possibility is to use Eureka Saxons but put them on Front Rank horses (Eureka horses are rather small). You will see results in due course.

Latest update from Black Hussar: French artillery pieces will be available soon.

SYW Kreis: Generals

These are a complicated bunch of individuals as some were Austrian officers (but not necessarily Austrian citizens) so wore Austrian uniforms, particularly the very senior ones. This accounts for the bewildering selection of uniforms. Others, though, wore the uniforms of their Kreis regiments which produces a further problem as to the colour of their cockades and sashes.

For many of the tiny states we don't have these details so the default option is to use black cockades and gold sashes, as per the Austrian style.

Modern notions of nationality did not exist in early to mid 18th century, especially when it came to the nobility. A noble could serve as a young man in his own 'national' army, even if it was a tiny bishopric of 30,000, with a single regiment of foot, but once he had gained basic experience he could then serve almost anywhere in Europe. Promotion could see him serving for a period with the Russians, then with a promotion he might move to the Danish army. After a further stint there he might shuffle off to serve the Dutch, with another suitable promotion. His final career posting might see him serving as a Major-General with the Reichsarmee

Sunday, 30 December 2018

French SYW: IR 32 Rohan Montbazon

Another 2 battalion French regiment with pretty flags. This regiment had a number of name changes as and when it's proprietor changed.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 32nd and was under the command of (from May 26 1745) Jules Hercules Mériadec, Prince de Rohan and Duc de Montbazon (promoted maréchal de camp on April 1 1759). From April 21 1759 it was under the command of Florent Alexandre Melchior de La Baume, Comte de Montrevel. When the French Army was reorganised on December 10 1762, the regiment took the name of the Province of Berry.

It participated in the fiasco of Rossbach and performed excellently at Sandershausen where, according to Kronoskaf, “it was placed in the first line of the left wing. It took the brunt of the Hessian assault, exhausted all its ammunition and then fought with the bayonet. During this combat, it suffered very heavy casualties, loosing 66 officers and 778 men killed (including Lieutenant-Colonel de Saint-Martin) and wounded.” It was also in the thick of it at the battle of Bergen.

Figures are again my preferred option from Black Hussar.

This is probably the last post for the year so I wish you all a happy New Year.