Saturday, 30 December 2017

40mm SYW Prussian Division/Column

Last pictures of the year. Here we have eight battalions of 40mm SYW Prussians making up the front line of my army. I plan on two divisions so this is 50% finished. The Prussian advance guard is also finished but I have the cavalry and field artillery to do.

As for the Austrians, all the cavalry is done and half the Line Infantry as well. I think towards the end of 2018 I should be able to re-fight Mollwitz unless I get side-tracked!

I have taken three long pictures as you can see. These are made up of four pictures side-by-side. Do they work?

Happy New Year.

Friday, 29 December 2017

28mm SYW Russian Infantry on review

Awaiting the arrival of the Empress Elizabeth, the Russian army deploys in splendour. Eighteen Line regiments, each of three battalions, with grenadiers separated and converged to make another 12 battalions. Total 66 battalions.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Field Bakery

These lovely figures are from the extensive range of SYW 25mm civilians from Black Hussar. They show the production of bread from grain to the finished loaf. I am unsure about two things: 1) are the barrels where the grain sacks are stored or are the barrels just receptacles of water or are they nothing to do with bread making? Also, the oven itself: what was it make from? I have no idea although an iron one would have been very heavy. Frederick captured the Austrian bakery the day before Leuthen and this was considered noteworthy by contemporaries. Eighteenth century armies liked fresh bread every day!
The bread sure looks good enough to eat! Happy New Year!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

40mm WAS/SYW Austrian Serbelloni Cuirassiers (2)

Recently (22 November 2017) I posted three squadrons of this regiment and I said then “The only other thing I don't like is that the horses are very thin in the rump area (that is the horse's engine!) but I can live with that.

I have finished the regiment of six squadrons but I have changed the horses. Chris at S&S let me buy horses without riders so I have chucked out the Irregular horses (if anybody wants to buy 18 horses I have them available). Furthermore, as Irregular did not have a suitable officer or musician I asked Matthias Manske to send me just those two figures, without horses. They are rather crude so I have made some changes there too. Heads have been removed and replaced with Sash & Saber heads and the right arm of the officer has also been changed.

So this is the completed regiment. Irregular 'human' bodies with S&S heads on S&S horses. The use of the same style of horses will make this regiment blend in nicely with the mass of Dragoons I have already finished.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Freikorps von Kleist dismounted Hussars

Foundry figures but, rather than the excellent Copplestone sculpts, these are by Rob Baker and are rather mediocre.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Kreisinfanterieregiment Nassau-Weilburg

This was a one battalion regiment from the Upper Rhenish circle. On Kronoskaf there is a speculative flag so we have used this and created a speculative Leibfahne to go with it. Figures are from Black Hussar although the grenadiers are from Foundry. I also had no idea for the colour of the officer's sash but went with orange because of Nassau's later links with the Netherlands.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

40mm: Two battalions of Prussian IR12 von Finck reworked

Another Prussian regiment augmented with extra figures and re-flagged. I love these Trident miniatures.

Russian SYW: Novgorodskiy Infantry Regiment

The last of the Russian Line Regiments.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Russian SYW: Voronejskiy Infantry Regiment

Number 17 finished, the penultimate Line regiment. It is worth saying that when the next regiment is finished this week that will complete the Russian Line Regiments (to a total of 54 battalions) but that will not finish the Russian infantry in toto. There will then follow Grenadier Regiments and the large Observation Corps as well as Pandours.

Monday, 4 December 2017

40mm: Two battalions of Prussian IR11 Rebentisch reworked

You have already seen these back in January 2015 but now I am beginning the process of adding an extra four figures to each Prussian battalion and to re-flag them from Flags of War, when they become available.

My focus of the next few months will be on sorting out these 40mm armies preparatory to them actually having a battle. Austrian battalions are being reduced, Prussians increased and many more cavalry, generals and artillery completed.