Wednesday, 3 February 2016

2nd Hussars von Zieten






Ten squadrons of three figures make up this regiment of Foundry cavalry. Although there are only two variations of horse there are three of the cavalryman so you can get a great deal of variety. I painted the standard bearer because it is an expensive luxury to leave him out.

I must say that painting 30 greys was a complete chore - I just had to grit my teeth and work through them. They are done and I am moderately content with the end result.

Monday, 25 January 2016

KR11 Prussian Leib-Carabiniers



Another fine Prussian Cuirassier regiment - 20 figures from Crusader. This regiment was present at every one of the battles where Frederick commanded in person. Because of sterling service at Zorndorf all officers were given the Pour-le-Merite.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

8th Hussars





Lovely Foundry hussars, this time the 8th, who, I think, are very smart in this dark red.

By the way, I have put one of my forests onto eBay (I have 5 to sell) so if you are interested have a look here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111876593199?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


Friday, 15 January 2016

1st Hussars - Szekely



Foundry figures - nice to paint although the pelisses are a little flamboyant. I will be doing 30 squadrons (here I show 5) in 4 regiments. Hussars were 10 squadrons strong although often fielded in battalion sized units of 5 squadrons, or less.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

KR10 Gens d'Armes Cuirassiers






An elite Prussian Cuirassier regiment. Figures by Crusader. I plan to show a thundering mass of Prussian cavalry (40 squ plus) soon as I did with the Austrians.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Markgraf Friedrich von Bayreuth Dragoons








The 5th Dragoons were also known as the Bayreuth Dragoons after their commanding officer the markgraf Friedrich von Bayreuth. It was a double strength regiment of 10 squadrons (40 figures) and had a famous fighting history.

For example at the battle of Hohenfriedberg in the WAS the regiment took advantage of a strong gust of wind which blew away the powder smoke and the dust and revealed an opening in the Austrian lines through which to charge the vulnerable Austrian infantry. The dragoons deployed into line, and attacked north against the right flank of the first Austrian line. They drove all the way along that line, routing it completely, then turned south to destroy the second Austrian line.

The Austrians, already outnumbered, abandoned by their Saxon allies, without cavalry protection, and now broken by this attack, began to surrender en masse. The Bayreuth Dragoons defeated several thousand Austrian infantry and only suffered 94 casualties. The Dragoons overran twenty battalions, took 2,500 prisoners, capturing 67 flags and standards as well as four cannon in what is considered and celebrated as one of the great cavalry battlefield triumphs. The battle ended with the complete defeat of the Austro-Saxon army.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Piedmontese Infantry Reydt Regiment (Swiss)






Another battalion of Piedmontese finished! This makes six done out of nine and so it may be time to paint some Spanish to oppose them.