Friday 9 October 2009

More Hanoverian SYW Infantry

Some of you may have noticed that I have been in a Hanoverian mode for some time. To reinforce that I’m putting up pictures today of a new Hanoverian Infantry Brigade for my SYW/WAS army.

Actually, I have been finishing off my ACW armies as well and the Confederates are largely ready – just a couple of artillery batteries to go which I will pick up at SELWG in a week’s time, but more on that later.

So this new Hanoverian brigade starts off the third division. I always like to paint generals first and I’ve also done a command base of the Erbprinz of Brunswick. He was born in 1735 so he was in his early 20’s at the beginning of the SYW and I have tried to paint him as a young man. He is a Foundry conversion; the hat taken away, a sword added, a sash added and the face thinned down considerably. The original Foundry figure is a very nice, but somewhat portly, Prussian officer. This gentleman, nephew of the C-in-C Prince Ferdinand, eventually becomes Duke and meets his end commanding the Prussian Army in 1806 at the battle of Auerstadt. A life in the military saddle, you could say.

The top two pictures show the entire the Brigade assembled under its commander Major-General von Post. Then each regiment is pictured individually.

On a related subject, Christian Rogge, who you could say knows a few things about the SYW, has sent me a copy of a document taken from French Military archives, that lists every officer in the allied army of the rank of Major and above. This list was apparently
captured by the French during the SYW and dates to 1760. It lists them by nationality and includes Britain, Hanover, Brunswick and Hesse. It will take me time to decipher the handwriting but I hope to post these lists on this blog sometime soon. This will be very useful for those interested in the SYW as it not only shows ranks but dates of promotion and in some instances, regiments they commanded which is useful for painting purposes.

Lastly, I’m off to the UK next week – the first time in four years. I will be attending SELWG, in south London, on Sunday 18th so if you are going perhaps we could meet up in the bar for a drink.


  1. These regiments are stunning . . . I've copied the photos onto my hard drive so that I can pull them up and admire them at my leisure.

    -- Jeff

  2. Agreed! Impressively painted and assembled units, Nigel. Have fun at SELWG.

    Best Regards,


  3. Very nice units, Nigel.
    Any chance to see a picture of your completed ACW armies ?

  4. Beautiful work, Nigel - the Foundry figures do look good en masse.

    I'll be at SELWG - very happy to have a beer at some stage!

    Best wishes


  5. Very nice Hanoverians!

    What do you use for the cords on the standards?


  6. Hello Nigel,

    Greetings from a wet and windy Northern Ireland!

    Are you able to say anything more yet about the Hanoverian Army book?

    Do you happen to know if GMB are interested in producing some flags for these boys?

    Best Wishes


  7. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!