Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Russian SYW: Vologdaskiy Infantry Regiment

Now I am starting on a big project to paint Russian infantry in 28mm. Here is the first of the regiments and the basing is unusual as it will allow both the early-war 3 battallion per Regiment organisation as well as the later-war 2 battalion per Regiment. The two battalion organisation (with two Grenadier companies, sometimes detached and sometimes not) is by far the more common but at the battle of Gross-Jagersdorff (1757) the old 3 battalion organisation shows up in OOBs. By just removing the third flag base one can create stronger two battalions for the later war period.

There will be 18 Regiments of foot (as above), as well as Grenadier Regiments and the Observation Corps, somewhere around 70-80 battalions!

Figures are mostly from the fantastic Foundry range although, for variety, there will be the occasional Front Rank or Crusader officer thrown in.

I think the Regiment looks rather impressive and I have enjoyed painting it but will I still be saying the same thing in 18 weeks time?

Monday, 7 August 2017

Do you recognize this sculptor?

I took this picture off Facebook and it is a 25/28mm ECW/European dragoon in resin I think. The figure is one of the best I have ever seen - in particular the size of the man in proportion to the horse.
I wrote to the sculptor (who is, I think, Russian) asking if I could buy one or sum but sadly I received no reply.

If anyone has a contact email address for the sculptor, I would be grateful.

Soon I am putting many Ancients on eBay and posting here 18 week's worth of SYW Russian infantry.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Kreisinfanterieregiment Ernestinisch Sachsen

This is a very complicated regiment. The first battalion consisted of recruits from Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach while the second battalion had contingents (and different uniforms too) from

-Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg (2 coys for a total of 312 men)
-Sachsen-Coburg-Meiningen (1 coy for a total of 104 men)
-Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld (1 coy for a total of 84 men)
-Sachsen-Hildburghausen (1 coy for a total of 114 men)

The first battalion, as you can see, wore the same uniform and there was probably a grenadier company that wore a similar uniform but with the addition of a mitre. But the second battalion (4th picture) wore  3 different uniforms and this is quite strange to see within the same unit. Plus the flags are only a guess as there appears that none are still extant.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Kreisinfanterieregiment Elverfeldt 

This is the other (apart from Nagel I have already posted pictures of) regiment from the Prince-Bishopric of Münster.

The flags look like they are the wrong way around but I have double-checked and this appears to be the correct way.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Kreisinfanterieregiment Pfalz-Zweibrücken

This two battalion regiment had no grenadiers, which was rather unusual. But like other units it was made up from 'recruits' (forced recruits, I would imagine) from many places. This is from Kronoskaf:
A muster role of 1757 counts 18 fusilier companies and no grenadiers. These companies included troops from the following contingents:
  • the Bishopric of Fulda (4 fusilier coys)
  • the Bishopric of Speyer (3.5 fusilier coys)
  • the Principality of Waldeck (2 fusilier coys)
  • the Counties of Ysenburg-Büdingen and Ysenburg-Waechtersbach (1 fusilier coy)
  • the Principality of Ysenburg-Birstein-Offenbach (1 fusilier coy)
  • the Electorate of Mainz for the County of Königstein (1 fusilier coy)
  • the two Counts von Stolberg for the County of Königstein, the Imperial City of Friedberg and the Imperial City of Wetzlar (1 fusilier coy)
  • the Margraviate of Baden-Baden for the County of Sponhein (1 fusilier coy)
  • the Imperial City of Speyer and the Principalities of Dagstuhl and Bretzenheim (1 fusilier coy)
  • the Counties of Alt-Leiningen (Haus Runckel), Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Wittgenstein-Wittgenstein, including the latter's contribution for the County of Homburg (1 fusilier coy)

Overall, the regiment included 33 distinct contingents.
But the flags are great! I am coming to the view that I should do some of these in 40mm to add them to my Austrians.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Kreisinfanterieregiment Nagel

This regiment came from the Prince-Bishopric of Münster and was from the Lower Rhenish Westphalian Kreis. It was a one battalion regiment of seven fusilier companies and one grenadier company. It’s name comes from it’s Inhaber Colonel Josef Marsil von Nagel zu Loburg. Most figures are from Crusader.

The flags look like they are the wrong way around but I have double-checked and this appears to be the correct way. The other Munster regiment follows soon.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Kreisinfanterieregiment Hesse-Darmstadt

From the Upper Rhine Kreis, this one battalion regiment was also known by the name of it’s Inhaber, Prince George of H-D. It had a fine reputation, not to mention pretty flags. Figures are from Foundry.