Prussians – 1813-1815

As I have been suffering a painting block, I thought I would do some mundane things like sorting and tidying over the weekend to see if that helped me over the block. The Prussian project I started nine years ago seemed like a good place to start. I had brought the figures from Australia to Manila packed rather well as it turned out – they survived the trip in Hold Baggage well. The figures painted and based are below.

Those still requiring the bases to be finished are included the following image.

The full force thus far – including those with part finished bases

So far looking at the painted figures, while the infantry uniforms are a Prussian Blue, it appears almost black here. I am thinking I will need to lighten them up a little.

I am happy with the artillery and cavalry colours however.

Once I started unpacking the unpainted figures, I quickly got a sense of the size of this project as in total, when completed, the force will consist of:

  • 33 Infantry Bases (792 figures)
  • 14 Cavalry Bases (140 figures)
  • 12 Artillery Bases (12 guns, 12 limbers and 60 crew)
All the unpainted Prussians in the box now. Time to get cracking

I’m building the army with Heroics and Ros figures. H&R do a Prussian musketeer which I am using for the musketeers and fusiliers, the stovepipe British for the reserve infantry and then the Landwehr figures for the Landwehr. That seems to provide enough variety between the figures.

The Landwehr will be in dark blue coats, the same as the regulars, but some will be in white trousers, some in grey. Perhaps even in a couple of battalions I’ll mix the trousers in the battalion. I haven’t thought that far in yet.

The reserve infantry (British in stovepipe shako) look the part, especially compared to some of the images from the time. The only minor quibble I have with the detail is that the Brits have a backpack and the almost ubiquitous Prussian blanket roll is missing. To be fair to myself however, I have seen a picture of a Prussian reserve infantry figure like that – with pack and sans blanket. Colour of the Reserve Infantry will be a mix of grey and blue uniforms, and maybe even the odd red battalion – again, I am still researching that.

 

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Battle of Malplaquet

Battle_of_Malplaquet,_1709Just when I was settling into decisions for next years projects it occurred to me that today, 11 September 2013 is the 304th anniversary of the Pyrrhic victory at the Battle of Malplaquet fought between England, Austria, Prussia and the Low Countries on one side and France and Bavaria on the other. It was a battle that was famous for the commanders, John Churchill of the English (the Duke of Marlborough) and Prince Eugene of Savoy on the one side and Claude de Villars and Louis Boufflers on the other. Overall there were 86,000 in the armies of the Grand Alliance with 100 guns and and 75,000 and 80 guns on Bourbon side.

The Army of the Grand Alliance found itself at Malplaquet near the modern Belgian/French border. In the morning of 11 September 1709 at 9.00am the Austrians attacked with the support of Prussian and Danish troops. These were commanded by Count Albrecht Konrad Finck von Finckenstein. They pushed back the French left wing into the forest behind them. On the French right wing the Dutch under the command of the Prince of Orange, John William Friso, attacked to distract the French and prevent them from coming to Villars’ aid.

Later a decisive final attack was made on the weakened French centre by British infantry under the command of the Earl of Orkney. This attack occupied the the French redans. Allied cavalry was then able to advance through this line and engage the French cavalry behind. By this stage, de Villars was off the field having been wounded earlier so Boufflers was in command. Boufflers was leading the Maison du Roi and six times drive the Allied cavalry back before finally deciding the battle was lost and surrendering the field.

The victory for the Grand Alliance had come at some cost however with 21,000 casualties from within the alliance compared to 11,000 casualties on the French and Bavarian side.

Now I am torn again between the War of Spanish Succession and the Great Northern War. Of course, I could just do this as Imagi-nations. Oh yes, and I am still planning something with the Thirty Years War.

Armies of the Seven Years War

The postman brought another book. This time it was Digby Smith’s Armies of the Seven Years War: Commanders, Equipment, Uniforms and Strategies of the ‘First World War’, ISBN 978-075245-923-3.

I have been looking forward to this one as well. Smith’s Uniform works are quite good and I have an interested in the Seven Years War that remains unsatisfied still – both at a naval level and a battle level.

In fact, I have been pondering this war for the start of my own Imagi-Nations of that period, sort of like the Grand Duchy of Stollen. If not the Seven Years War period, then the Great Northern War or the War of Spanish Succession.

I digress.

Smith’s work is supposed to supply information on the senior commanders, uniforms, weapons, equipment, artillery, strategy, tactics and combat involvement (military and naval) of the forces engaged from 1756 to 1763.

States covered include Austria, Bavaria, Britain, Brunswick, Denmark, Hanover, Hessen-Darmstadt, Hessen-Kassel, Holland, France, the Palatinate, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Wurttemberg and the Holy Roman Empire. He has attempted to cover the uniforms of the protagonists and given that some of them had large forces, I am not sure that he will be able to manage that in a work this size. I am ready to be pleasantly surprised however.

There are over 150 illustrations and maps in this work. I will write more about this when I have had a chance to have a long look.

Triumph of Nations

9781849089289 I am falling for the quality of Field of Glory Napoleonic. Te rules seem OK, and I guess will give me as much pleasure as Shako does. With some clever basing I can use the figures for either game as well.

The other day, I was trawling through Amazon as I have a want to do from time to time and noticed that it was almost release date for Triumph of Nations so I ordered it. It appeared on my desk today.

I quite like this too – well presented lists covering the later period of the Napoleonic Wars, including some of the smaller nations.

Now all I need to do is to keep focussed on everything else and not start buying 15mm Napoleonic figures – no …. resist!!!!!

Königgrätz – Another Distraction

ST275-2So there I was, walking around Funan Digital Mall today, looking for some decal set. A trip to the Battle Bunker failed to get any decal set so on my way downstairs for some lunch, and to try some other shopping malls, I stopped into the Soldier’s Story. Strategy and Tactics volume 275 was there – just the magazine, not with the game.

The feature of this issue is the Battle of Koeniggraetz which took place on 3 July 1866 between Prussia and Austria. Other nations were also involved. The Italians also used this war to take Venetia off the Austrian Empire. The Kingdom of Bavaria and the Kingdom of Saxony were also involved.

I first read about Königgrätz when I was about 14 and was amazed at that time. This issue of Strategy and Tactics along with my recent purchase of Bruce Weitz’s 1866 rules really has my interest fired again. In between the other 6mm projects underway at the moment, and the 15mm American Civil War, I think I have one more project on the boil again!

Oh well, one more day, one more project.

Gefecht_zwischen_k.k._Husaren_und_preussischen_Kürassieren_in_der_Schlacht_von_Königgrätz_(A._Bensa_1866)

1859-1871

I got a new book the other day. It was one that I had on a wish list for a while now. It was a history of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 – The Austro-Prussian War – Austria’s War with Prussia and Italy in 1866 written by Geoffrey Wawro. Being the kind of wargamer I am, the first reason I liked the idea of wargaming that war was that it really was misnamed. The war actually involved Austria, Prussia and Italy, with the Prussians and the Italians taking on the Austrians with varying degrees of success.

I then got to thinking, Doug has been nagging at me to do some Franco-Prussian War figures so that we can play that with Polemos but i have been manfully resisting. Now, Italians and Austrians, there is an interesting pair, and he can use his Prussians.

I know he also bought some French for the FPW which made me think, “French v Italians? No. Ah, French and Italians v Austrians!”

I recalled that in 1859 there was a little war between those three protagonists and as I plan on gaming this in 6mm, the uniform detail should work for both 1859 and 1866 Italians and Austrians. I need to research the French Uniforms a little to decide whether the 6mm Franco-Prussian War French will work or whether I need to look at collecting some Crimean War French.

Voila, my next project to add to the growing pile of half and incomplete projects. Ah, wargames heaven.

Prussian Painting Targets – 7 May 2010

A painting progress update on the Prussians. The position at the end of this week is shown below with the changes highlighted in red:

Item Ordered Delivered Painted Based Finished
Line Infantry 12 12 6 3 3
Reserve Infantry 12 12 0 0 0
Landwehr Infantry 8 8 0 0 0
Schützen 1 1 0 0 0
Uhlans 2 2 0 0 0
Dragoons 2 2 2 2 2
Volunteer Horse Jaegers 1 1 0 0 0
Cuirassiers 6 6 0 0 0
Landwehr Cavalry 4 4 0 0 0
Artillery Pieces 12 12 3 3 3
Artillery Limbers 12 12 3 3 3
Sappers 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 73 73 14 11 11

This means that I am currently 15% finished. Another update in a week or so.

Oh, and the definitions:

  • Item – Er, the item being painted
  • Ordered – figures ordered for this Army, in this case ordered from Heroics and Ros
  • Delivered – figures have been received into my grubby mitts
  • Painted – figures prepped and painted
  • Based – figures detached from painting sticks and secured to their final bases
  • Finished – bases decorated with sand and flock and then the base and figure varnished

There is almost enough based there to have a small game now.

I should also mention that in between painting the Prussians I have also been painting World War 2 Italians and completed 14 AFVs, some infantry and artillery for them.

Prussian Painting Targets – 21 April 2010

supported_battalion I thought I should keep better track of how the painting is going so I thought I’d post an occasional progress update. This is the first of them.

Item Ordered Delivered Painted Based Finished
Line Infantry 12 6 3 3 1
Reserve Infantry 12 0 0 0 0
Landwehr Infantry 8 4 0 0 0
Schutzen 1 0 0 0 0
Uhlans 2 0 0 0 0
Dragoons 2 2 2 0 0
Volunteer Horse Jaegers 1 0 0 0 0
Cuirassiers 6 0 0 0 0
Landwehr Cavalry 4 0 0 0 0
Artillery Pieces 12 6 3 3 3
Artillery Limbers 12 3 3 3 3
Sappers 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 72 21 11 9 7

This means that I am currently 10% finished. Another update in a week or so.

Prussians at Leipzig – 1813

prussians_finished Whilst building my 6mm Napoleonic’s, I decided that my Prussians would be part of a historic formation. I decided that the Battle of Leipzig worked as it was in 1813 when the Prussian rebuilding was finished and the later Prussian army was starting to approach its peak. 1813 also gave me the chance to work in some other troops as well if I felt the desire. The Battle of Leipzig occurred in 1813 and on the one side were the Prussians, Russians, Austrians and Swedes. Perfect. Plenty of variety available for the future.

I had checked George Nafziger’s Order of Battle for Leipzig looking for something to fit. I had painted the first Prussian battalion (my test painting effort shown above) as the 1st battalion of the West Prussian regiment. II Corps of the Prussian Army was therefore the logical choice. I will need to buy more figures to make this up (great excuse for a wargamer) but what I have now gives me a good start. The Order of Battle of II Corps and my painting information for them is shown below.

These are being done for Polemos General de Division wargame Rules available from Baccus. I started doing the Prussians using Heroics and Ros figures so all the Prussians will be from that manufacturer. At the moment I have sufficient for 6 battalions of regular Infantry, 4 battalions of Landwehr, 4 squadrons of Dragoons and 3 batteries of artillery. I will need to get more.

The Prussian Corps were part of the Army of Bohemia under the overall command of General Prinz Schwarzenberg.

The OOB is below:

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