Saturday, March 30, 2013
Back after a long pause. As I said in the previous post, I finished three more Reichsarmee regiments, namely Kurkoln, Alt-Wurttemberg and Furstenberg.
The Regiment Alt-Wurttemberg was an undistinguished regiment from the Swabische Kreis: Soubise, commander of the French contingent, rated it as "poor". Indeed this Regiment was used to furnish the cadre to the Württemberg "Hausregimenter" which drained the best available manpower.
The Regiment Furstenberg was also from Swabische Kreis: it was another multi-contingent regiment. To add some variety to my army, I choose to represent the red of the facings as an "orange red".
The Kurkoln regiment is a composite unit formed by two one-battalion regiments, the Leibregiment zu Fuss (Nothaft) and the Wildenstein regiment. They had the same uniforms, apart from the buttons, silver and gilted respectively. Believe me, I painted them!
Both the battalions had an unfortunate record of being taken prisoniers twice during the war.
Finally, I get the time to paint the austrian Alt-Modena Cuirassiers, uniquely in their blue facings and trousers. At Kolin, Maxen, Landeshut and Leignitz. According to Duffy, it had the unenviable record of having few combat losses (nearly 10% below average) with a rate of desertion of 53% above average. Disbanded 1768.
The Inhaber was Ercole III d'Este (1727-1803), Hereditary Prince of Modena and then Duke from 1780 to 1796:
Friday, January 18, 2013
Well, this time I want to start the New Year by setting some "realistic" goals:
(i) To complete the Reichsarmee for Volley and Bayonet. Thus far I have done a sizeable Imperial contingent. To complete the lot I need to paint the following units:
IR Herzoglich Sächsisches (Weimar, Saxe-Coburg and Hildburghausen)
IR Munster (IR Elverfeldt (1 batt.) + IR Nagel (1 batt.))
IR Kurkoln (Leib-IR Nothaft (1 batt.)+IR Wildenstein (1 batt.));
the last three unit being composite "regiment" in the game format formed by battalions from different units: in particular the Herzoglich Sächsisches Regiment has three different uniforms, the difference between the Koln and Munster battalions being lost in 6mm.
I left out the Pfalz-Hussars (60-70 gentlemen: they shall appear as orderly in the Prince of Zweibrucken command base) and the undistinguished Sachsen-Gotha dragoons, only 200 and therefore below the V&B scale.
Indeed the first two of the list and Kurkoln are already finished and need only to be flocked and photographed...
(ii) To prepare a scenario for the battles of Korbitz and Strehla, two battles were the Reichsarmee was involved together with an Austrian contingent against inferior Prussian forces. A nice scenario for the latter can be found here.
(iii) To play the scenarios and put the pictures and the battle reports on the blog.
(iv) To take pictures of my Napoleonic 20mm in plastic and put them here....
(v) To try Maurice, at least in the Lite version.
Well, the goals are enough given the few spare time I have (indeed one never has enough spare time...).
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Deep in my Reichsarmee trip, I painted some more regiments of the Palatine-Pfalz- contribution to the Reichsarmee. This was an occasion to dig up my Pengel&Hurt booklets an try to sort out a painting guide.
First of all, the newcomers:
Then, a brief introduction to them: the Regiment Effern
rated "mediocre" by Soubise, it was present to all the campaign without distinction, fighting at Korbitz 1759 and Strehla 1760.
The second unit of the lot is the Garde zu Fuss. Only the 2nd battalion was with the Reichsarmee from 1758, the other two garrisoning Mannheim. Moreover, it seems that from 1757 the fur cap was reserved for the grenadier companies, the other wearing tricorne. I choose to represent the unit as a whole regiment with the license of giving fur caps to everybody.
The cavalry unit is the Kurfurstin Leib-Dragoner, in their red attire (it was the Kurfurstin favourite colour, something which appeals to the taste of the Imagi-Nation adepts...). It joined the Reichsarmee in 1758 and was almost fully captured during the Prussian incursion in Franconia of 1759.
which in the small world of 6mm lead miniatures becomes a 1.5"x1.5" bases with two officers (from Baccus, this time - he is the one on the left):
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
A big thank to Schenk, which honored me with this well-accepted award:
- Copy and paste the award on your blog, linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.
- Pass the award to your top five favourite blogs with fewer than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their blog posts to notify them that they have won the award and list them on your own blog.
Among the many blogs which I enjoy to read and follow my choice was, in no particular order, the following:
- Prometheus in Aspic, by MSFoy, a blog which is delightful to read and populated of nice pictures of nice miniatures.
- Oderint dum Probent, by Gromoboy, a goldmine of informations on some of the most obscure military facts of XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.
- Castle of Tin, by Corporal_Trim, a recently discovered blog dedicated to "flat". I like flats and I think that who paints them is a true artist! I even have some Louis XIV cavalry which I'll try to paint when I'll learn how to paint shades…-
- My Seven Years War, of the Kronoskaf mate Christian Rogge. The most up-to-date informations on the 7yw artillery. Also some nice flats (see above…)
- Painting Wargames Figures, by Nigel, because his 28mm are a source of inspiration for my 6mm. Further he re-edited the old Greenwood&Ball booklets on the Prussian and Austrian armies in the SYW which were the very start of my interest in the period.
So bad that I had to choice only five. Indeed all the blogs in my list should deserve a prize, mainly because reading them gives me a relaxed and pleasant pause each time.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The French cavalry regiments in the Seven Years War had an establishment of 2 squadrons for a total strenght of nearly 200 troopers, brigaded in three or even fours at time. In the Volley & Bayonet basing, cavalry is based either on a 3"x 3" "Brigade base" of 10 squadrons or in a 3"x 1.5" "Regimental base" of 5 squadrons.
With Austrian and Prussian regiments of 5 squadrons, I based each single regiment on a 3"x 1.5" base, collecting the two-regiment brigade on a sabot base. The only exception was the super-large 10 squadrons DR 5 Bayreuth which had the honour of a single "Brigade base" for himself.
To represent the French Brigades I choose to base each regiment on a small 1"x 0.8" base with four figures each and then put three regiments on sabot base with the brigade name (normally the oldest regiment in the brigade). In this way I can represent historical brigades by simply putting the appropriate regiment on the sabot.
The original lot allowed me to get five regiments (two blue coated - Royal Etranger and Royal Piemont- , two red coated - Fitzjames and La Reine- and one white coated - Bourbon Busset-): I added a blu-coated regiment with bearskin, namely the Rougrave regiment (ex Royal Liegiois).
The six "small" bases:
and the "sabot" with the slot for the regiments and the brigade name:
The two Brigades: first, the brigade La Reine, at Rossbach in the first line of the left wing and formed by the "La Reine", est. 1635, 14th in the 1759 list, "Bourbon-Busset", est. 1666, 23th in 1759 list and "Fitzjames", est. 1733, 56th in 1759 list, disbanded 1763. Fitzjames, an Irish regiment, is those with the yellow-coated trumpeter whereas Bourbon-Busset is typical grey-white coated french cavalry regiment.
The Brigade was routed by the Prussian cavalry, Fitzjames losing two standards and the kettle-drums.
The second brigade was formed by one regiment present at Rossbach, the "Volontaire Liegeois, 1756" (later Rougrave, 1758) ranking 61th in 1759, disbanded 1763. Is a typical "german" regiment (indeed belgian) with bearskin cap. The other two regiments weren't at Rossbach (indeed no blue-coated regiments apart Rougrave were at Rossbach!): Royal Piemont, est. 1670, ranking 10th and Royal Etranger, est.1635, 6th. The base accordingly represent a "Royal Etrangere Brigade" which was present nowhere.
Finally, a tribute to one of the most-maligned SYW commanders: He, the loser of Rossbach.
Charles de Rohan (July 16, 1715, Versailles-July 4, 1787, Paris), prince de Soubise, duke of Rohan-Rohan, seigneur of Roberval, and marshal of France from 1758, a military man, a minister to the kings Louis XV and Louis XVI, and a notorious libertine. The last male of his branch of the House of Rohan, he was also the great grandfather to the duc d'Enghien, executed by Napoleon in 1804.
He was neither a military genius nor a jerk: the coordination of the French and Imperial armies at Rossbach was simply beyond his (and Hildburghausen) capabilities; indeed he later successfully defeated the Allied at Lutterberg and Joannisberg, becoming Marshal of France in 1758.
This is the only portrait I found of him, a well-known one:
and this is his depiction in my miniature army:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
After a long break (one day I'll tell you of my new house and how I moved all the furniture alone to the 5th floor..) more french units from the e-bay lot; first of all two artillery bases, one representing a field artillery "battalion" (in V&B terms), the other an heavy (i.e. 12 pdr) "battalion". The number of horses tells the difference.
The original lot comprised also two hussards regiments, Nassau and Bercheny. I added standard bearers and trumpeters in tricorne to get this:
Royal-Nassau Hussards, est. 1758 from a former free-corps; it was not at Rossbach but was present at Sanderhausen, Lutterberg and Minden. Disbanded 1776.
Bercheny Hussards: raised 1719, the oldest hussar regiment in Louis XV army. Not at Rossbach but present at Hastenbeck, Krefeld and Lutterberg. In 1791 it became the 1st Hussar Regiment and was present to all the main Napoleonic campaigns till 1815 when it was disbanded after Waterloo.
Looking at the Rossbach OoB, there are 6 swiss infantry regiments: thus I decided to paint them. I had many stripes of Heroics&Ros Prussian infantry primed in red to represent Russian infantry in summer uniforms (the still-to-come Zorndorf project): it tooks few seconds to convert them into red-primed swiss. The first two swiss regiments (both at Rossbach) are the Diesbach and Planta regiments:
Swiss Regiment Diesbach, raised on January 1, 1690 across the 13 Swiss cantons. It was ranked 90th and was under the command of Diesbach de Steinbruck. It was at Rossbach, then Sanderhausen, Lutterberg Bergen and Corbach.
Diesbach with Planta in foreground. The regiment Planta was raised according to the ordinance of January 28, 1677 across the 13 Swiss cantons. It ranked 63rd and was under the command of baron de Planta and d'Arbonnier from August 10 1760. At Rossbach, Lutterberg, Minden and Warburg. This time I tried to handpaint the flags, just for fun...
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The "bulk" of my e-bay deal was formed by French; so I started to rebase them for Volley&Bayonet: as usual, I prefer to stick my work around an historical OoB. In this case, since I already have Prussian , Austrian and a sizeable Reichsarmee, I choosed Rossbach. Indeed also the previuos owner should have had Rossbach in mind, with some oddities.
Therefore, two regiments of infantry of the original lot were easily rebased into the Saint-Chamond and Deux-Point regiments by simply adding the mounted officers. Notice that the Deux-Point uniform is the grey-white one used before 1758, when a light-blue one was introduced: also the flag is probably that used in a later period (for sure in the AWI): however I didn't dare to over paint such a nice paintwork done by Kronos.
The Saint-Chamond (nr. 21) was badly mauled at Rossbach and spent the rest of the war on garrison duties on the coast. It is a typical regiment with red cuffs and yellow hat-lace.
The regiment Deux-Point (nr. 119) was a "German" regiment of two battalions increased to three and finally to four in 1758. It had a distinguished career in the SYW, fighting at Sanderhausen, Bergen and Minden. According to Mouillard the flag is the 1770 pattern: however, some contemporary manuscripts give such a flag in 1757. Since the earlier type flag is the following (from Kronoskaf):
I had no doubt in deciding that my regiment had the later, fancier type.
The third unit of the original lot was the regiment of the "Grenadiers de France, nr. 40" which was not present at Rossbach. However, it was a very thought unit, present at Hastenbeck, Krefeld, Minden and Vellinghausen.
A fourth unit in the lot was the "Royal Artillerie" Regiment. In the V&B scale such a regiment didn't make any sense and accordingly I converted it into an infantry battalion. Since the coat was dark blue, the obvious choice was a German regiment present at Rossbach, namely the nr. 66 La Marck with yellow facings.
The flags are in paper, drawn with a simple graphic program from the Kronoskaf originals.
I remained with enough leftovers to muster two further regiments, this time adding more drummers, nco, officers and standard-bearers. My choice was for the regiments of Cosse-Brissac and Piemont.
The Cosse-Brissac (nr.57) had a nice flag, a yellow and black drummer and an undistingushed career after Rossbach, were it was badly-mauled, the Colonel Chevalier de Lemps being taken prisonier;
the Piemont (nr. 4) was instead one of the oldest units in the French army with a four-battalion strenght and the unique black cuffs. It was at Lutterberg and Bergen.