I am at heart, a history buff, and my interest in history includes reading history, visiting battlefield sites, watching movies about historical subjects, and a strong focus on Frederick the Great of Prussia and the Seven Years War.
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.
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.
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.