Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DR3 von Meinicke Prussian Dragoons


DR3 von Meinicke Dragoon Regiment (click to enlarge all pix)

I am particularly pleased with the way the musician's horse turned out. The flag is from GMB Designs.

With the 3-day holiday weekend, I was able to put together enough painting time to knock out a 12-figure squadron of the DR3 Dragoon Regiment in the Prussian army of the Seven Years War. I have another 12 figures to paint before completing the regiment and I hope to do that over the course of the next week.

I decided that my Prussian cavalry contingent was heavily weighted towards cuirassiers, having 3.5 regiments of those and one regiment of Bayreuth Dragoons (which I count as two regiments because it is twice the size of a normal Prussian cavalry regiment at 10 squadrons rather than 5.

The Meinicke Dragoon Regiment is one of those units that probably finds a place in every Prussian wargame army. It has the unique Rose colored facings (cuffs, lapels and collars) and horse furniture that make it a very colorful addition to the otherwise drab looking Prussian dragoon uniforms.





Once the final 12 figures are painted, I will consider my Prussian heavy cavalry arm more or less completed, although I will need to add more hussars in the future. This new addition gives me plenty of cavalry to game Reichenberg, Prague and Kolin in the 1757 Campaign, which I will feature in my convention games at this year's SYWA convention in South Bend, IN at the end of March this year.

18 comments:

  1. Nicely done, another great unit for your collection

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  2. You're right about everyone having this unit in their Prussian army. I have it in 15mm myself. Excellent paint job.

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    1. I also see some IR40 fusiliers in my future too.

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  3. Lovely and picturesquely presented also.
    Bill P.

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  4. Lovely as always.

    The same horse with 1 head variant works surprisingly well too. Subtle. :)

    Cheers

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    1. The standing horse with the head turned to the left is one of the Fife & Drum AWI horses.

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    2. I'll have to check if that's one of those I licensed from you. :)

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  5. You can never have too much cavalry.

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    1. That's what Frederick said too. :) I've had to subcontract some of the painting of Austrians to build up forces for the SYWA convention game and my Austrian painter is cranking out the cavalry at a rapid clip. I had to play catch up.

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  6. I like the musician's mount too! Nice work all around. Great addition to your collection.

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    1. I got tired of painting grey horses for musicians and have started using Reaper Oiled Leather for dragoon musicians' horses. I mix in a drop of cream color to make the highlight color. It contrasts nicely with the black mane .

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    2. Very effective and still allows the musician's mount to be easily identified on the battlefield.

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