Friday, 9 October 2009
More Hanoverian SYW Infantry
Some of you may have noticed that I have been in a Hanoverian mode for some time. To reinforce that I’m putting up pictures today of a new Hanoverian Infantry Brigade for my SYW/WAS army.
Actually, I have been finishing off my ACW armies as well and the Confederates are largely ready – just a couple of artillery batteries to go which I will pick up at SELWG in a week’s time, but more on that later.
So this new Hanoverian brigade starts off the third division. I always like to paint generals first and I’ve also done a command base of the Erbprinz of Brunswick. He was born in 1735 so he was in his early 20’s at the beginning of the SYW and I have tried to paint him as a young man. He is a Foundry conversion; the hat taken away, a sword added, a sash added and the face thinned down considerably. The original Foundry figure is a very nice, but somewhat portly, Prussian officer. This gentleman, nephew of the C-in-C Prince Ferdinand, eventually becomes Duke and meets his end commanding the Prussian Army in 1806 at the battle of Auerstadt. A life in the military saddle, you could say.
The top two pictures show the entire the Brigade assembled under its commander Major-General von Post. Then each regiment is pictured individually.
On a related subject, Christian Rogge, who you could say knows a few things about the SYW, has sent me a copy of a document taken from French Military archives, that lists every officer in the allied army of the rank of Major and above. This list was apparently
captured by the French during the SYW and dates to 1760. It lists them by nationality and includes Britain, Hanover, Brunswick and Hesse. It will take me time to decipher the handwriting but I hope to post these lists on this blog sometime soon. This will be very useful for those interested in the SYW as it not only shows ranks but dates of promotion and in some instances, regiments they commanded which is useful for painting purposes.
Lastly, I’m off to the UK next week – the first time in four years. I will be attending SELWG, in south London, on Sunday 18th so if you are going perhaps we could meet up in the bar for a drink.