Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Month of May painting frenzy – Part I

The last month of May I had what I call a “Painting Frenzy Attack”. Beware: I am fast as a sloth so don’t imagine the hordes of 6mm you can see elesewhere in the web. However, for my standard, it was a fruitful month.

What I did was to paint units which can be used to fight battles in the Saxony theatre. Accordingly I started by beefing up my Reichsarmee with two units of combined grenadiers, a real patchwork of blue and white uniforms and Prussian mitres with Austrian bearskins.

To command the whole bunch nonetheless than Friederich-Michael von Pfalz-Zweibrucken-Birkenfeld (1724-1767) Oberbefehlshaber der Reichsarmee , with an orderly hussar from his personal escort:

This is a well-known portrait of him as an Austrian Feld-Marschall:

this a lesser-known and more “gaudy” juvenile portrait, painted probably when he was at  Versailles…

and these are his hussards (60-70 troopers altogether):

From the Austrian side one composite grenadier regiment (based on the Wurben Grenadiers in the Corps Loudon, 1761) 

and the Loudon Freikorps with its russian style green uniforms:

More Prussian, mainly Freikorps, in the next post.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Birthday self-present

Since last June 5th it was my birthday, I decided to buy a present for myself. Luckily enough there was an auction on e-bay for some 6mm armies nicely painted. I won this Hannoverian Army:

which adds to some Hannoverians I bought a couple of years ago from which I extracted 4 bases of infantry and three of cavalry. From these I plan to obtain 6 bases of infantry and 4 of cavalry to arrive at a force of 20 battalions and 28 squadrons.

Since my Kolin project is still idle due to lack of time, I decided to use my few spare time to rebase all them to my standard V&B bases, in order to have a sizable Hannoverian contingent around which to build up an Allied army for the Western theatre battles.  

In the meantime I painted in last May some additions to my army list which allows me to play more battles between Prussians and Imperials. Next post I'll show them.