Thursday, 18 October 2018

Mainz Infantry Regiment Lamberg

The prince-elector of Mainz Archbishop J.F.K. von Ostein supplied this regiment to the Austrians upon the outbreak of the SYW and it served with them throughout the war being present at the battles of Hochkirch, Breslau, Prague and Maxen. It consisted of two battalions plus a grenadier company, which, certainly, was converged with Austrian grenadier companies. According to Kronoskaf, “Duffy gives the following data: out of 4,674 mustered. 1,860 were taken prisoner, 1,571 died in hospital, 1,010 deserted, 79 missing or discharged as invalids and only 154 killed in action”. These statistics don't do the regiment justice (many of those who died in hospital might have been wounded in action) though and I think the regiment performed well, otherwise the Austrians would not have placed in so regularly in it's line of battle.

The figures are Crusader (and my batch was very poor being covered in flash and requiring hours of cleaning) and the flags are conjectural. This regiment was not part of the Kurmainz Kreis contribution which is the next regiment I will paint.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Hessian SYW K1 Erbprinz Cuirassiers

I have feilded these as cuirassiers in their post-1760 uniform. Although they were converted to cuirassiers the actual cuirasse does not appear to have been issued until after the end of the SYW. But I wanted to use the latest offerings from Black Hussar and so these are actual cuirassiers. If you want Prussian (or lesser smaller states') Cuirassiers then these are the best you can buy in 28mm. Each figure comes with a variety of sword arms you can chose from.

Hessian SYW 7/9 Mirbach Grenadiers

These are slightly different, in composition, from the original converged grenadier battalion which was grenadiers from regiments 7 and 11. These are from regiments 7 and 9 which I am fielding. I love these Black Hussar figures.


This dragoon regiment came from Pfalz/Palatine and served with the Kreis army although, according to Kronoskaf, it was paid for by the Austrians. This implies that it was not part of the Palatine's normal Kreis contingent but was extra to it – but I am not sure.

Although it had rather a smart uniform it does not seem to have performed that well. Indeed more than half of the regiment was captured by the Prussians in 1759. Figures are from Eureka. The extra figure will be a brigade general.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Sixty-eight Russian Generals

Here are the mounted officers for the enormous Russian SYW army I have been painting for the best part of the year. Based in pairs for Lieutenant Generals and singles for Major Generals and lesser ranked mounted officers (for example a large number of red-coated mounted artillery Captains), these have taken me ages to paint which partly explains why I have been so quiet on this blog for a while. But I am now back on schedule and, hopefully, ready to post every week now until the end of the year at least.

The 28mm figures are from Foundry (very nice indeed), Front Rank and Crusader.

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.