Saturday, 16 June 2018

Kreisinfanterieregiment Ferntheil

Another two battalion regiment from the Franconian circle.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Kreisinfanterieregiment Varell

Here is the first of three Franconian Circle regiments. This regiment had two battalions and two grenadier companies and, unusually, each company of grenadiers had a different headgear. The first had the Austrian-style bearskin while the second had a Prussian-style mitre. This information comes from Kronoskaf and the button colour is suggested to be silver which is strange as the mitre and bearskin metalwork is brass.

There is also an interesting anecodote concerning the flags. “As per Roider, the colours depicted hereafter had been issued at the outbreak of the Seven Years' War. However, for religious reasons, they were never handed out to the regiments. In Germany it was customary that the colours were nailed to the staff with additional religious symbols. As the regiment comprised Protestants as well as Catholics there was a grave dispute between them. So the regiment retained its old colours for which, besides the fact that their distinctive colour was blue, we found no description. “ I think what the author is suggesting is that they could not agree on the details of the ceremony in which the flags were to be handed over to the battalions, but I might be wrong.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

28mm British 16th Light Dragoons for the Peninsular

More lovely plastic figures from the Perry brothers.

28mm British 13th Light Dragoons for the Peninsular

Lovely plastic figures from the Perry brothers.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Kreisinfanterieregiment Baden-Baden

Another two battalion regiment from the Swabian Circle.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Kreisinfanterieregiment Furstenberg

Here is a two battalion regiment with two grenadier companies from the Swabian Circle.
Kronoskaf says “1st battalion: 4 companies from the Princedom of Fürstenberg, 1 company from the Abbey of Kempten, 1 company from the Abbey of Weingarten
2nd battalion: 4 companies from the Bishopric of Augsburg, 1 company from the Imperial City of Augsburg, 1 company from the Monastery of Ochsenhausen
In these battalions, there were also troops supplied by 15 small contingents. Officers were provided by 11 estates.”

This very Austrian-looking regiment consists of figures from Eureka.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

15mm Swedish Regiment Jönköpings

What is interesting about the Swedish army of the 18th century is the fact that the uniform did not change substantially from the GNW to the end of the SYW, about 60 years. One thing did change though – hair styles, particularly for officers. The 'big hair/big wigs' of the earlier period have gone by the SYW to be replaced by powder or smaller wigs.

These lovely figures are from an Italian company called Legio Heroica and although they are described as figures for the GNW they are usable right through to the end of the SYW.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

40mm WAS/SYW Hungarian IR Joseph Esterházy (IR37) revamped

You saw this regiment finished back in June 2012 and now I have reworked it to the new basing system I am using now for the Austrian army. I have also changed the flags to these rather nice green ones. Figures are from Sash and Sabre 40mm SYW range.

Kreisinfanterieregiment Mengersen

This regiment was raised by the Bishopric of Paderborn from the Lower Rhenish Circle. Figures are again from Eureka and it is worth noting that these three recent regiments have grenadiers wearing bearskins in the Austrian style. The flags are conjectural but as the Bishop was Clemens August of Bavaria the blue-white checky is appropriate. The coat of arms of the bishopric was red/white so I have given the officer a sash of those colours as well as the drummer.

Kreisinfanterieregiment Garde-Grenadier Regiment (2nd BTN)

Here is another unit from Pfalz/Palatine. It was the second battalion of the Garde regiment, the first and third remained in Mannheim. The regiment originally had grenadier bearskins for all ranks but these were removed from all companies except for the actual grenadier companies. Figures are from Eureka and the flags are conjectural.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Kreisinfanterieregiment Effern

This was a two battalion regiment provided by the Elector of Pfalz (Palatine) for the Electoral Rhenish Circle. The figures are from Eureka and make a nice change from those Russians from Front Rank I have been painting. The flags for the Electorate are hard to pin down but these are a possibility and are certainly colourful. I have long been interested in the Palatine as this rather splendid state would soon disappear when merged with Bavaria.

Friday, 4 May 2018

28mm SYW Russian Observation Corps Grenadier Regiment - 3 battalions

So that concludes a very long project of the Russian Infantry for the SYW. Next week I move onto the Reichsarmee. Ditch the green paint and dust out the white and blue!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Returning via the Bielsa Pass Spain to France.

On the way home we tried a new route, the very dramatic Bielsa-Aragnouet tunnel route. This route appears to have been conceived of in the time of Napoleon I but not actually completed until 1976.
The reservoirs are full, even more than usual, because of the huge amount of rain the area has had this winter/spring.

Jaca Miniatures museum and Mountain Division museum (2)

The best of these pictures is the last one - our own 'miniature'.