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: