Wednesday, 12 December 2018
A very pretty French battalion from the SYW although it could well cover the WAS as well. The presence of grenadiers in bearskins suggests the end of the SYW but otherwise the only difference would be in the cockade colour - white in the WAS, black in the SYW.
I love these languid poses from Black Hussars.
These two units mean that I have reached the end of the Kreis infantry. These two battalions were actually two one-battalion regiments called Kurköln Leibregiment and Kurköln Wildenstein, with a grenadier company for each. Their uniforms appear to have been the same except that the former had silver buttons and the later brass. Both seem to have had the same flags too. Their uniforms were Austrian in cut but in Prussian blue.
The figures are from Front Rank and I have never painted kneeling/firing Austrians so these figures are a first for me and are rather nice.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
This two battalion regiment was the contribution of the Elector/Archbishop of Trier. According to Kronoskaf “The Prince de Soubise rated this regiment as "poor". Indeed it was assembled from scratch and filled up almost exclusively with recruits, whose quality could be improved only with better training and battle experience. For some time the 2nd Battalion was commanded to guard the Reichsarmee artillery park: it was put again in the battle order only by the Elector's persuasion. “
Sunday, 25 November 2018
Back in June 2013 I did a base with 3 mounted officers as my Kommandierenden General but I was never really happy with it so I have reworked it this time using mostly Front Rank figures. You can see how substantial these figures are as they are the two on the right. The chap on the left if from Matthias Manske and it is rather crude in comparison to FR and significantly smaller requiring stacking under the horse's base.
I've not been sure who to represent but I have ended up by doing Wilhelm Reinhard von Neipperg in the uniform of a Feldzeugmeister or Full General of Infantry. He was, of course, commanding in the disaster that was the Battle of Mollwitz but, had he won, he might not have 'retired' and might well have served in the SYW.
Neipperg died in 1774, just one day before his 90th birthday.
Neipperg died in 1774, just one day before his 90th birthday.
This regiment of three battalions was drawn from Bavarian regiments and then re-uniformed so that it probably looked like this by the end of 1759. The colours are quite striking and the flags obviously Bavarian in style. Figures are from Front Rank.
Friday, 23 November 2018
Friday, 16 November 2018
Here is the second regiment for my Hessian SYW army, Prince Karl. The Inhaber of this regiment remained the same person for the SYW through the AWI. There is also a well known painting of the regiment which shows an incident at the battle of Krefeld. Kronoskaf says “ On June 23, the regiment took part in the Battle of Krefeld where it was deployed on the right wing under the command of the Hereditary Prince. Towards the end of the battle, the Hereditary Prince and Gilsa rallied the battalion along with Wutginau Infantry and other Allied infantry units and advanced onto the plain. The Comte de Gisors at the head of 4 squadrons of the Corps des Carabiniers de Monsieur le Comte de Provence charged these advancing battalions who let them close in to about 20 paces before firing a devastating volley mowing down in an instant most of the first rank. A single squadron managed to break through but the third rank of infantry knocked it down (ie turned round)”.
My flags here are the AWI ones which are probably the wrong style of flags because at the time of the battle (1758) the regiment was a one battalion regiment with different plainer flags.
Note also that during the SYW this regiment had silver buttons and white lapel lace. By the AWI, the regiment had yellow buttons and lapel lace. I do not know when the change was made but I have gone for the SYW colour scheme.
I have compiled a painting card to assist you in painting this regiment.
The Bavarian District supplied a regiment to the Reichsarmee during the Seven Years' War. This regiment's book strength consisted of 2 battalions, including 1 grenadier company and 2 battalion guns for an initial total of 1,170 men. There were contingents from the Bishopric of Salzburg, from Regensburg and Passau. Some of the contributions were tiny – for example Niedermunster Abbey contributed 8 men. Each company supplied a flag so there was a wide variety and these four samples are shown on Kronoskaf.
Figures are from Front Rank and make a pleasant change.
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
The District (Kreis) of Franconia supplied a cuirassier regiment to the Reichsarmee during the Seven Years' War. The regiment consisted of 5 squadrons (each of 2 companies) for a total of 666 men. It was formed from troops contributed by 23 distinct contingents and had rather an uninspiring reputation despite it looking very Prussian.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
The Piedmontese commander, having successfully invaded the Duchy of Modena, places his army on a prominent hill (in war-games terms this hill is eight feet long) as he hears of the approaching Spanish-Neapolitan-Modena army under Gages. Knowing the aggressive nature of his opponent, Aspremont has decided to defend in a conventional 18th century manner.
This is my finished Piedmontese WAS army for the year 1743.
I don't really want to sell this complete army but would if someone was interested. Just message me.
Monday, 29 October 2018
These were light troops recruited from among the Catalan population of Sardinia. Named for their miquelet type muskets, they were dressed like their French, Spanish and Neapolitan counterparts, in blue coats faced red and red vests, distinguished from them only by their blue cockades. They were only a company strong but I have expanded them so they can represent the Piedmontese vanguard.
Figures are mostly Front Rank although two nice figures have snook in from another manufacturer, although I have forgotten quite who this is.
Saturday, 27 October 2018
This four battalion regiment (and 2 grenadier companies) totalled some 2,246 men and was made up by taking men from other Mainz regiments. There is some suggestion that the fourth battalion had red facings and it remained in Erfurt but nonetheless I am fielding in its full strength. It served with the Reichs-army and was rated by Soubise as 'good', but I would judge that only in Reichs-army terms.
I have matched the green to that used by Knotel in his illustration of a grenadier. The figures are again from Crusader and the flags are conjectural.