Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hesse Seewald Army - Work In Progress

The Erprinz Friedrich of Hesse Seewald welcomes you to his review of the troops. (click all pix to enlarge)

The long three day Labor Day weekend has given me the opportunity to paint some more units for my growing Hesse Seewald Army, so I thought that I would post a few pictures to bring everyone up to date. Even though the HS Army is Germanic in location and character, I have based its uniform colors on those of the Russian army circa 1805. The basic infantry uniform is a green coat with differing facings colors for each regiment. Small clothes are either white waistcoat and breeches or straw colored. The artillery arm is clothed in red, circa the Russian army of the SYW. The cut of the cloth is Minden Prussian, by nature.

Why Green? I want them to look sort of Russian, but also sort of Prussian. I like the uniform distinctions of the 1805 Russian infantry and I figured that if I followed Russian SYW-early Napoleonic color schemes, that the HS could do double duty as a Russian army of the SYW

The army currently has three battalions completed and I added a pair of 3-pound battalion guns and a field battery of 6-pounders painted in the artillery livery of red coats and waistcoats, black facings and white breeches.

Field battery using Minden Prussian crew and Pioneers as the laborers.

Another view of the battery: note the Front Rank ammo wagon and the Minden civilian vignette carrying a wooden case, filling in as ammo runners to the battery.

The Charlottenburg Musketeer Regiment 

The Grenadier Company of the Holstein Musketeer Regiment

Overhead view of some of the army. Here you can see one of the 3-pound battalion guns in front of the Charlottenburg Regiment. At the far left, you can see one company of the Von Glasenap Musketeer Regiment (Green coat with red facings) and the Leibgarde Regiment in red coats. King Georg Ludwig II is seen on his horse, waving his hat.

King Georg Ludwig II (left) and the Erbprinz Friedrich (right)

More later, I am on a painting roll of late.


  1. Glad to see you've been hard at work at the painting table! They look wonderful as usual. Green is a good choice as is the red for the artillery crews.

    Best Regards,


  2. A grand review! I like the look of them. That reminds me... I should do the same for the army of the Grand Electorate of Freedonia!

  3. Very nice! I'm partial to greencoats myself. :-)

  4. Very nice. Love the Holsteiners, the green coats look sharp.

  5. Coming along nicely, nice little parade

  6. C'mon Jim. You know we want you to do a Russian kickstarter :)

  7. Of course I want to do a Russian Kickstarter! :)

    This will tide me over until then. I want to get the first of the Hessians made before launching another KS campaign.


  8. A fine start, really like mounted officers...Bill

  9. Beautiful work, Jim. I notice that Hesse Seewald is raising some light dragoons!? Or are these just visiting military observers? Cheers, Rohan.

  10. A beautiful and precious army for Hesse-Seewald. I like the composition of colors. Great idea!