Thursday, 23 May 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR21 Hülsen





This regiment was raised in 1713 in Halberstadt. Prior to the battle of Kolin it seems to have had minor losses but at that battle, 11 officers were killed and 16 captured while 500 soldiers were killed, 200 wounded and 250 captured. Then on August 12 1759, the regiment fought in the battle of Kunersdorf where it was deployed in the first line of the right centre as part of Thile's Brigade. In this bloody battle, the regiment lost more than 700 men killed or wounded. One battalion of the regiment was at the bloody battle of Torgau but it served in Zieten's corps so losses were light.

The colour of the flags is a most unusual shade of red which Kronoskaf calls 'purple-red'.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR31 Lestwitz






This was a very hard-fighting regiment and according to Kronoskaf: “In 1757, the regiment took part to the invasion of Bohemia. On May 6 1757, it was at the Battle of Prague where it was deployed in the first line in Hautcharmoy's Brigade. It suffered heavily in this battle, losing about 33% of its total strength. On September 7, when an Austrian force under the command of General Nádasdy attacked Winterfeldt's isolated corps in the Combat of Moys, the regiment was deployed in the first line of the centre under Major-Generals Wied and Kannacher. On November 22, the regiment took part in the Battle of Breslau where it was deployed in Prince Carl von Bevern's Brigade, in the first line of the infantry centre. It lost 3 officers and 474 men in this battle. After the surrender of Breslau, the remnants of the regiment dispersed.”

Of course the regiment was re-raised and then it lost a further 431 men in the Battle of Kunnersdorf.




Thursday, 25 April 2019

Whose makes these figures?




Does anybody know who is the manufacturer of these very nice Franco-Prussian War French?
They look like 25/28mm and foolishly I saved the images without noting who sold them.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR29 Wedell




This regiment had a somewhat checkered history as you will see from the Kronoskaf description: “In 1757, the regiment took part in the invasion of Bohemia. On May 6, it fought at the Battle of Prague where it was deployed in the first line in Hautcharmoy's Brigade. On June 18, the regiment took part in the Battle of Kolin where it was deployed in the van at the extreme left under Hülsen. Around 2:00 p.m., this corps assaulted and took Krzeczhorz Height. At the end of the afternoon, it managed to capture a nearby oak-wood but, being totally unsupported, soon lost it. Fierce attacks of the Austrian cavalry then forced Hülsen to retreat with heavy losses.

On September 7, when an Austrian force under the command of General Nádasdy attacked Winterfeldt's isolated corps in the Combat of Moys, one battalion of the regiment was sent as reinforcement by Bevern from Görlitz. On November 22, the regiment took part in the Battle of Breslau where it was deployed in Prince Carl von Bevern's Brigade, in the first line of the infantry centre. When the brigade of Prince Ferdinand was repulsed a first time, the regiment, counting many recruits, advanced from Gräbschen (present-day Grabiszyn) and came to its support. When Prince Ferdinand's Brigade retired, the regiment fled to Gräbschen but it was soon driven out of this village by Austrian troops and took refuge in Breslau. Schultze, its colonel, died from his wounds a few days after the battle. When Breslau capitulated, 90% of the regiment deserted and it had to be reconstituted in Berlin. “

Figures are from Crusader and they are nice figures although not well manufactured.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

WAS Piedmontese 28mm: 2nd Battalion of Kalbermatten






I found some more figures so have decided to add two battalions to my Piedmontese in anticipation of a game this summer. As I have already done 12 battalions and these were all 1st battalions, I have decided to add a second battalion to Regiments Kalbermatten and to Keller, both Swiss units in Piedmontese service. The first battalion was painted back in December 2015. As I used remnants of figures left over they are from a variety of manufacturers so there are some wide uniform variations which I don't mind.

The bottom picture shows both battalions together.



Prussian 28mm SYW: IR39 Jung Braunschweig






Just to warn you that this will be a very yellow week! This Prussian Fusilier regiment has an overkill of yellow and later this week I will post another WAS Piedmontese battalion with yellow facings. Yellow is a tricky colour to paint as it frequently needs two or three applications and, to get some depth, I use an undertone of Sand colour.

This regiment was present at the battles of Prague, Breslau and Leuthen.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR55 Hauss





This is probably a Prussian regiment you have never seem before because it was composed of captured Saxons, many of whom took the first opportunity to desert.
In 1756 the Saxon army surrendered to the Prussians at Pirna. Frederick forcefully created 10 new regiments from these chaps plus a further 5 converged grenadier battalions. Most deserted within months although this regiment IR55 seems to have lasted longer than the others. It would probably have been better to have mixed the men in with existing regiments rather than creating new ones and Frederick's poor judgement was repaid with mass desertion.

More details are available on Kronoskaf. Figures are mostly from Foundry (standard bearers are from Crusader) and it is rather nice to return to them as they are simpler than those from Black Hussar.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR20 Stutterheim







Another fine Prussian Musketeer regiment with interesting flags although I wonder whether the shade of green is correct. Figures are again from Black Hussar.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR5 Alt-Braunschweig 






This fine Prussian regiment had Ferdinand of Brunswick as it's Inhaber. Here are the two battalions of that regiment and it's grenadiers waiting patiently for grenadiers from IR20 regiment to converge with. There is some dispute as to whether the facings and small clothes were white or straw but I have gone for the latter as it is rather smarter, to my eye anyway.

 Figures are from Black Hussar although the mounted officer is a Foundry figure.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR49 Sers Fusiliers







I have wanted to paint this regiment for a long time as the dark orange vest and trousers works well against a dark blue coat.

This regiment was raised in 1741 as a regiment of pioneers and had no grenadiers. In 1758 it became a Fusilier regiment. It served in the battles of Zorndorf, Paltzig and Kunersdorf and was largely wiped out in that latter battle. Thereafter it served with Prince Henri in the western theatre which might suggest that Fredrick's opinion of this regiment had waned.



Thursday, 14 March 2019

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR41 Wied zu Neuwied Fusiliers








Here are two battalions of this regiment acquired, in 1741, from Wurttemberg. It is interesting to think that one could just buy an entire regiment from another state but Prussia's relationship with protestant Wurttemberg was quite close. The 12th Dragoons was another regiment purchased from that state.

These are Black Hussar figures, quite my favourite for SYW Prussians. The red really pops out and it is described in Kronoskaf as light carmine so it's a red shade I have not used before.

It must have been a hard fighting regiment as it lost 1000 men (dead and wounded) in the Battle of Kolin which was about two thirds of it's starting strength. At Kunersdorf it lost another 522 dead and wounded. Grenadiers were converged with IR44 to make 41/44 Gemmingen.

Franz Karl Ludwig von Wied zu Neuwied was quite elderly by this period (he was born in 1701) but he reached the rank of Lieutenant General. The Wied family split in 1698 and there was another branch (Wied-Runkel) that served with the Austrians. In the 19th century a Wied would become, ever so briefly, King of Albania!





Monday, 4 March 2019

SYW Kreis: Palatine, Westfalian and Saxon artillery









This post shows the last of the Kreis artillery contingents. On the left, Palatine battalion gun and mounted officer. In the middle two light guns of the Westfalian contingent (plus mounted officer). On the right a single Saxon battalion gun painted in an unusual scheme of green/white stripes. I am not sure of this as I had though Saxon guns were painted black with yellow painted metal fittings but this illustration has been sent to me so I have used it and it certainly is unusual.

Lastly, the round officer base shows a collection of Kreis artillery officers in conference!
Next week – the Kreis is finished so from now on in it's a question of filling in gaps starting with Prussians.