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.