Saturday, March 30, 2013

More Reichstruppen

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

New Year Resolutions

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 Alt-Wurttemberg
IR Furstenberg
IR Nassau-Weilburg
IR Pfalz-Zweibrücken
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...).