Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Russian SYW Jaegers

There was a small regiment of Jaegers raised in 1761, presumably because they had a problem dealing with those pesky Prussian Frei Korps. Figures by Foundry.

3rd Russian Pandours

Here in the light blue coat.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Russian Artillery 1

Here are the first batteries of the enormous Russian artillery train. Four batteries of 12pdrs, each battery 6 guns/3 models. The crew are from Foundry and the guns are from the extensive range from Fife & Drum. Jim Purky has done a brilliant job on modelling the large number of Russian guns for this period.

2nd Russian Pandours

Here in the brown coat.

1st Russian Pandours

I have not posted much recently as I have had a long haul through Russian SYW artillery and have now finished them – 16 batteries in all. I will be posting pictures over the next few months, as and when I get them based.

Meanwhile on to Russian light infantry. There were 3 Pandour regiments and one Jaeger. Dealing with the Pandours, uniform details are sketchy but Viscovatov says they wore black coats but Kronoskaf, while agreeing with that, shows a Knotel plate with brown coats and also illustrates the 3rd in light blue. So I will do all three and put them in all three of the different coat colours without any particular evidence as to which wore what.

Here is the first regiment with it's grenadier company as well (on the left of the pictures). There are only two small differences for the grenadiers – a slightly different, and much larger, hat plate and a waist box. Figures are from Foundry and these are a first for me – the first time I have painted an 18th century unit in sombre black. I also think that these are the best grenzer type figures available in 28mm. You could use them for the Austrians too if you removed the cap badge.

Read more about them here:

Monday, 16 July 2018

28mm WAS Spanish Guards

I have painted here three battalions of the Spanish Guards, in their smart blue uniforms copied from the French Guards. A Spanish army will be the opponents of the Piedmontese army (mostly finished) and the key brigade in the Spanish army will be the Guards. I will do a further three battalions of the Walloon Guards in due course. The only difference in their uniforms will be a black cockade instead of the red the Spanish Guards wore.

Here are the first Spanish reinforcements sent to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1741.

Spanish Guard Infantry Regiment (6)(2,20l)
Walloon Guard Infantry Regiment (6)(2,l33)
Reyna Infantry Regiment (2)(l,l00)
Lombardy Infantry Regiment (2)( l,067)
Irlanda (Irish) Infantry Regiment (2)(l,037)
Bessler (Swiss) Infantry Regiment (l)(598)
Carabinier Cavalry Regiment (3)(263)
Sagunta Dragoon Regiment (3)(202)
Artillery and Train (588)
Munitions Transport (62)

Which averaged out at about 420 men per battalion. It is worth noting also that the cavalry went without their horses and that when they arrived they scrabbled around to find mounts.
The Royal Navy was supposed to be blockading the eastern Spanish coast and the Western Mediterranean in general to prevent this happening at all but this period was one of those rare times when the British admiral in charge (Haddock) was not up to the job.

Finding the correct figures for the Spanish has taken time because they wore their coats buttoned-up at the chest while most Europeans wore their coats open showing the waistcoats underneath. The only other nation suitable for substitution is GNW Swedes. There are a couple of companies who make Spanish WAS troops but either the range is incomplete or I just don't like the figures. So here most of the figures are from Ebor although a couple of old Capitulation figures ( a long defunct French company) have crept in. The Ebor figures come with separate heads so you can get plenty of variety into the battalions. I have added waist pouches easily made from balsa wood.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Kurpfalz Cuirassiers

This is a very complicated unit of three squadrons.
The second and third squadrons were supplied by the Elector of Pfalz. They had white coats with red facings and the horses had yellow saddlecloths. If they wore a cuirasse at all it was hidden under the coat.

The first squadron (of three companies) was supplied by the Upper Rhine Circle. According to Kronoskaf the first company had red coats with light blue facings while the other two companies had white coats with light blue facings. Again, there is sparse information as to whether they had cuirasses but if they did, they wore them under the coat.

That make one three-squadron regiment with three uniforms. Soubise, who we have met before on sartorial matters, rated this unit as mediocre (it had heavy losses at Rossbach)
but that may just have been his dissapproval of the mismatched uniforms.

Kreisinfanterieregiment Cronegk

This is the last of the Franconian circle infantry regiments and soon I will be painting dozens (literally) of Russian artillery batteries.

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.