Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

Württemberg Infantry Regiment von Werneck

This is the penultimate regiment of Wurttemberg 'regular' infantry. The last one will be done this week. I have Kreisinfanterieregiment Württemberg still to do but that will be next year. There is still artillery to sort out and a few smaller exotic units and then this army will be done. Actually it will be somewhat larger than the Duke was contractually able to supply so it will be a very strong auxiliary force attached to either the French or Austrian armies.

Note that this time I have applied ArmyPainter to the figures and I think that they are greatly improved by it.
The product makes the unit look weathered and less pristine, which I prefer although that is a personal choice. I will put it on all the other Wurttemberg units I have previously painted.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

1st Battalion Artois

This is a brief interlude from painting Wurttembergers of the SYW. Here I have painted the new French SYW 28mm infantry from Black Hussar, a German company – see the link on the right. I have painted a 20 figure battalion of the regiment Artois.

I hope the pictures do justice to these magnificent figures. They are so facially expressive and the uniform detail is spot on – the coat is baggy, the leather strapping properly shown and, the cartridge box large as it was. The figures look very WAS or early SYW although, interestingly, the designer/sculptor has shown the coat with turn-backs. But, in my view, these are not ‘real’ turn-backs but coats that have turned back the coat corners to make marching easier. This allows you to paint the coat with turn-backs in the coat colour (as I have done here) or to paint them as foreign regiments in French service, such as Swiss, Germans or Irish, which did have genuine coloured turn-backs. If I have one single gripe it is that he, the designer, has indented the buttons whereas anybody who paints figures by the thousands (as I do) will know that raised buttons are far easier to paint. Also note the two different tones of gold lace for the tricornes because the French used a false gold lace for the rank and file (I have used brass) and ‘real’ gold for the Officer’s and NCO. I have also gone for the WAS white cockade in preference to the SYW black.

Please note the lovely scarves at the flag finials too. These are accurate and beautiful and I have turned them gently with a pair of pliers to show even greater movement.

I must also mention the drummer who wears a huge feathered tricorne and consequently looks very foppish. There is an NCO, standard bearer, one officer and three variant fusiliers in the new range.  All in all, these are the best 25/28mm SYW French out there anywhere. I encourage you to buy some (I have no connection to this company!) if only because painting them is such fun! Finally, I have used ArmyPainter  for extra character and I think these chaps look like they have had a long day’s march to reach the battlefield.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Württemberg Infantry Regiment von Roeder

Here we have another Wurttemberg infantry regiment - raised in 1754 and disbanded in 1765. Still pink facings make a nice change from the carmine facings I have painted on all the previous regiments.
I've also pictured the regiment's grenadiers converged with those of Truchsess last week.

Light at the end of the tunnels - just a few more weeks and I will have painted the entire Wurttemberg army.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Württemberg Fusilier Infantry Regiment Truchsess

Here is another Infantry regiment of the SYW army of Wurttemberg but this time it is a fusilier regiment although for practical purposes it was no different to others shown before. It had black facings and white buttons. It’s inhaber was Major-general Leopold Eusebius Count von Truchsess-Scheer-Friedberg.

Kronoskaf has some strange things to say about flags for this nation. “Informations about the colours of the Württemberger infantry regiments are very scarce. The following descriptions represent an "educated guess" based on a single source.” No problem with that but the article goes on to say: “Regimentsfahne: probably red field (but might also have been of a different colour, even though black, the distinctive colour of the regiment, would be very unlikely)”. Although I cannot contradict this based on evidence to hand, black as a colour for flags was not at all uncommon in the SYW. France, Russia and Hesse all had black flags. I actually think that Wurttemberg’s Regimentsfahne were probably all different colours – the facing colour of the regiment – and red was the most commonly seen because red/carmine was the most common facing colour. The same coloured flags across the whole army was unusual for this period. But away from my sources, I will just have to give all regiments red flags.

The picture was taken using my new phone-camera. I'm not sure about it...........

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Württemberg Infantry Regiment Spiznass

This regiment pairs up with the one I painted last week. The only difference between this regiment and Prinz Louis is the pompom colour and this regiment has yellow hat lace. A good tip for painting yellow hat lace is not to use yellow at all – it is far too bright – but to use sand, as I have done here.

The third picture shows the battalion of converged grenadiers that was the product of these two regiments. It was commanded in 1757 by Major Berthold Dominik von Plessen.

Sadly, Wurttemberg seems to have had uniform flags for all regiments and they were not that exciting either.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Württemberg Infantry Regiment Prince Louis

Here is the two battalion regiment with it's grenadiers - the latter will be detached to be converged with the grenadiers of another regiment.

When the Leibregiment was subdivided in 1744, its second battalion became the Infanterieregiment Prinz Louis. This new regiment remained in the service of the Holy Roman Empire, as part of the troops of the Swabian District, until 1748. In 1752, the second battalion of this regiment was used to establish another regiment Infanterieregiment von Spitznas. The regiment was organized in 2 battalions with 5 musketeer and 1 grenadier companies per battalion. Each company counted some 100 men for a total book strength of 1,219 men including staff. Furthermore, each battalion had a 3-pdrs gun.

Throughout the Seven Years' War, the regimental inhaber was Prince Louis Eugen von Württemberg.

I have a problem with some of the details in Kronoskaf concerning button colour. Next week I will be painting Infanterieregiment von Spitznas and you will see that it has the same colouration. This regiment had white tricorne lace and Spitznas had yellow. Kronoskaf says that this regiment had white buttons despite the mitre plate being brass, the officers having gold lace and an image (much later, admittedly) that shows yellow buttons. I believe that Prince Louis regiment had yellow buttons and have painted accordingly. I believe that Spitznas had yellow buttons as well so that the main uniform difference was in the tricorne lace.