Sunday, November 22, 2015

Winter Comes Early

Winter came early to Hesse Seewald this year. We received about 7-9 inches of snow on Saturday and it seemed like it would never end. However, in the light of a sunny day, the snowscape does have a certain beauty to it, as seen in these two pictures of my street. That said, I would still rather the snow wait until after Thanksgiving.

My painting mojo seems to have gone on vacation, perhaps to warmer climates, so now seems like a good time to catch up on things such as basing already-painted figures and packing Minden figures into individual bags.

I have a battalion of 32 GNW Russians (from Warfare Miniatures) sitting on my painting table right now, and while they are gorgeous looking castings, I can't seem to get up the resolve to start painting them. Maybe with a four day weekend coming up for the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be enough spare time to get my painting groove back. On the otherhand, after seeing how the figures look painted, curtesy of the talented brushwork of Barry Hilton, I might have to get the green paint out and give them a go.

Three battalions of 32 figures - GNW Russians, by Warfare Miniatures

A picture of a unit painted Russians shown on the Warfare Miniatures website. 
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I did a little sketch and recap of the forces that I will need for my Kolin game at next year's SYW Association convention and find that I am fairly close to having everything that I need. I have some Hungarian infantry and Croats coming from my contract painter, Alex Akers (who is also my nephew) and that should pretty much finish off the Austrian needs. I might add an extras 12 figure squadron to the two Saxon cheveauleger units that I painted earlier in the year.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Prinz von Preussen Cuirassiers

CR2 Prinz von Pruessen Cuirassiers - click to enlarge.

I finished the second squadron of CR2 Prinz von Preussen Cuirassier regiment (12 figures per "squadron" and two "squadrons" per regiment in my organization). The flags from GMB Designs were attached a few minutes ago, which means that the regiment is officially enrolled in my Minden Miniatures army.

First Squadron - click to enlarge

Second squadron - click to enlarge.

I use a 1:20 ratio of figures to men so my cavalry regiments are a bit under strength at 480 troopers. I really should have 32 to 36 figures per cavalry regiment which would yield 640 to 720 troopers in the regiment. Prussian cavalry regiments largely had five squadrons. If  I had five squadrons then I would need to have 6-7 figures per squadron and a 6-figure mini-squadron just does not have the visual appeal that I am looking for. So I went with 12 figures as this looked right to my eye and 24 figures was enough figures to paint as far as I'm concerned.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Narke-Varmland Regiment- GNW Swedes

Narke-Varmlands regiment with Warfare Miniatures figures. Click all pix to enlarge the view.

I completed 24 of the 32 figures for the Narke-Varmland regiment for my Swedish Great Northern War (GNW) army. The figures are from Warfare Miniatures as are the flags. This is my first regiment using the figures wearing the karpus hat or cap with the colored brim. The regiment also has distinctive  red stockings and facing colors rather than the traditional Swedish yellow. I will probably paint the Jonskopings regiment next because it also has red facings and stockings (but wears a tricorn). This way, I will have a "yellow brigade" and a "red brigade", each of two regiments.

I still have one more stand of six figures to paint in order to finish the regiment. However, 24 figures gives you a good idea of how the final regiment will look upon completion.

Warfare Miniatures announced yesterday that its first GNW Russian figures will be arriving this week! I am really looking foreward to order 4 regiments worth of the Russians and getting that army started. Of course, I will need twice as many Russians as Swedes, so there is a lot of painting still to come.

Russian Update: Warfare Miniatures is now selling the first five packs of GNW Russian infantry on its web site. I bought enough to start on 3 x 32 figure Russian battalions of musketeers.

Warfare Miniatures Blog

Rear view showing the offset of one command figure on each base to give the illusion of a third rank.

View of the command stand: 6 pike and 2 standard bearers.

View of the flags made by Warfare Miniatures

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Christmas Pix Photo Session

Lady Emma Cuddlestone-Smythe and Tiberius the Wonder Dog.
We received some of the proofs of a series of pictures that we had taken of the Princess and I just wanted to post two of my favorites on my blog. The first one shows our hound in what I call "Classic Golden Retriever Pose" smiling right into the camera with tongue hanging out. In the second picture below, Tiberius decides to ham it up a little bit lay a smooch on Lady EC-S's cheek.

A Dog's Work Is Never Done
These pictures will undoubtedly find their way onto Facebook in the near future.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jonkopings Regiment in the GNW

54mm Swedish Infantry Figure (not a Warfare Miniatures figure) posted to show an example of the karpus hat.

I received some more metal reinforcements from Warfare Miniatures last week, enough to paint a Swedish regiment wearing the karpus headgear and probably another karpus and a tricorn battalion plus 18 more cavalry.

So last evening I broke out the figures and assembled 32 infantry in karpus for the Jonkopings regiment. This unit has red facings, waistcoat, breeches and karpus brim, so it should add a bit of color and variety to my growing GNW Swedish army.

The Warfare figures require a modest amount of assemble before priming. In this case, I only had to attach scabbards to the rank and file, a few pikes, and some pole arms for the officers. I've gotten to be an old hand at this by now, so it is a simple matter of kneading some green epoxy putty together and inserting a tiny ball of putty into the hole that places the scabbard in place, followed by a dab of glue and then presto bingo they are done.

Tonight I will glue the figures to temporary card bases that hold the figure whilst painting. That will be followed by a coating of grey primer and then I will have a battalion set aside and ready for painting when the mood and my painting schedule allow. I want to finish 12 more Minden Prussian Cuirassiers before switching back to GNW Swedes. I like the variety of going back and forth between the two periods and two different styles of miniatures. I might also assemble 18 more Swedish cavalry to bring the Ostgotland Kavalrie regiment up to its full complement of 36 horse and riders. Since a Swedish army can have as much as 50% cavalry, I need to get ahead of the cavalry painting before I get too far along with the infantry.

Monday, October 19, 2015

IR22 Prinz Moritz Regiment Completed

IR22 Prinz Moritz of Anhalt Dessau shown with his regiment. Click to enlarge.
 Here are pictures of IR22 Prinz Moritz regiment in the Prussian army of the SYW. The complete regiment enters service in my army today, October 19, 2015. I now keep an army log for my SYW armies that includes a picture of the regiment and its flags, date of service, and eventually, a battle history.

The regiment's inhaber was always a prince from the Anhalt Dessau family, going back to Prince Leopold, "the Old Dessauer". Prinz Moritz was one of his sons ( he might have been the one son that was the subject of an experiment conducted by Leopoldo - he received no education because Leopold wanted to see how much he could learn on his own, without the aid of any teachers).

Coincidentally, the Minden range added a Prinz Moritz personality figure and you can see him on the round stand in front of the regiment. He is wearing his orange Order of the Eagle Sash across his left shoulder.

The figures are the Prussian infantry with the tighter Prussian cuffs (MP-001 and MP-002) and this is the first time that I have used the Prudent cuff figures in my Minden Prussian army. When Frank Hammond produced the original Prussian figures, they only came with the larger Swedish cuffs.

The flags are from GMB Designs, as is customary with me.

If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see a teaser photo of the first squadron of the CR2 Prinz von Preussen Cuirassier regiment. I will start painting the second 12-figure squadron this week. I'm awaiting flags from GMB to complete the presentation of the regiment's colours.



CR2 Prinz von Preussen cuirassier regiment. First squadron.


Friday, October 9, 2015

I Think I Need More Prussian Cavalry

My Minden Prussian Cuirassier Brigade (KR13 - Garde du Corps in front; KR1 Jung Krakow in the middle; and KR8 von Seydlitz in the back. (click pix to enlarge).

Last evening I was looking at my Austrian and Prussian armies, which are facing each other across my game table, and I realized that with the recent addition of some Saxon cavalry, my Prussians are going to be outnumbered. 

We we can't have that.  8-|

As of today, the Austrians have 3 Cuirassier regiments, 2 dragoon regiments, the equivalent of 1 converged Saxon cheveaulegers painted and based. My nephew Alex has just completed a commission for me that will add one more Cuirassier and one more dragoon regiment to the order of battle. I also have one more Cuirassier regiment coming via some bartering with another painter. So at the end of the day, the Austrians and allies have a combined 5 Cuirassier, 3 Dragoons and 1 Cheveauleger regiment, or 9 regiments.

My Minden Prussians currently have 2.5 Cuirassier regiments, 2 dragoon regiments, and 1 hussar regiment, or 5.5 regiments ( Garde du Corps counts as a half regiment). Regiments already painted:

My Minden Prussian Cuirassier, annotated in the picture. (click to enlarge)

KR1 Jung Krakow cuirassiers (24 figures)
KR8 von Seydlitz cuirassiers (24)
KR13  Garde du Corps (16)
DR5  Bayreuth Dragoons (48) - this was a 10-squadron regiment. I count this as two dragoon regiments.
HR5  von Reusch (Black Hussars) Hussars (32)

Clearly it is time to start painting Prussian Cuirassiers again. :D

I think  that I will start with the yellow coated KR2 Prinz von Preussen regiment. The Gensdarmes regiment - KR10 - was usually brigaded with KR13 Garde du Corps, and since I already have the latter regiment, then KR10 would be a logical addition as well.

This morning I cleaned and primed the first dozen Cuirassiers for the Prinz von Preussen regiment. I think that every collection of SYW Prussians probably includes this regiment because of their distinctive yellow coats. With a long three day weekend ahead of me, I ought to be able to make good progress on the painting front, so be sure to check back here over the weekend for painting updates.