Saturday, March 14, 2015

Austrian Staff Vignette

Hungarian Grenadiers march past General von Loudon and Prince Charles of Lorraine (click picture to enlarge the view)

I thought that I would post one of my favorite pictures of my Austrian army. It is a vignette in which a converged battalion of Hungarian grenadiers are marching past generals von Loudon and Charles of Lorraine. A few Croats roam about the woods on piquet duty.

The senior Austrian generals and vignettes were painted for me by Leuthen Studios, AKA Ioannis M. and the grenadies and Croats were painted by me. Herb Gundt made the house and the stands of trees. The terrain mat comes from The Terrain Guy (who sadly, is no longer in business).

I finally have gotten back to painting figures at a liesurely pace. My current project is to add more Hesse Seewald infantry to my Imaginations army. You can check out the progress of the IR4 Birkebeil Regiment over on my "Kingom of Hesse Seewald" blog.

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The Birkebeil regiment has three of the five companies painted so far. I hope to get the remaining 12 figures completed over the current weekend. In case you were wondering, Birkebeil is an old family name of my ancestors, who immigrated from southern Germany in the mid 1700s and settled in Lancaster and York counties in Pennsylvania. They would have been called "Pennsylvania Dutch". The term "Dutchman" was used to denote German immigrants for some reason, even though there was nothing Dutch about them.

I am getting ready for the upcoming Seven Years War Association convention in South Bend, Indiana March 26 to 29th. Most of my inventory has been bagged and I have my game scenarios pretty well practiced and defined. So I think that I'm ready to go. I hope to see a few of my readers at the convention.



  1. Jim,

    First, an excellent diorama-ish setting.

    Second, the "Dutch" appellation comes from the German word for German - Deutsch - which sounds like Dutch.


  2. This picture is amazing, great job!

  3. An impressive collection beautifully arranged in this picture - wish you a nice convention in Indiana!

  4. Yes, from Deutsch. In those days English-speakers seem to have made no distinction between Flemish/Dutch/Friesian-speakers and German-speakers; understandable in a way as national identities (e.g. Germany) hadn't formed and the numerous dialects blended into each other more than they do now.

    I'm not sure when in the 19thC we started using 'Dutch' just for the Netherlands.

    Given that many of the German migrants were from the Rhineland, they could have called them 'Rhenish', but they seemed to have used that word just for the wine.

    Thanks for the excellent picture; always good to see the Hungarian uniforms.

  5. Sorry folks,
    (Weisenheimer-mode ON)
    I'm afraid I have to clarify a widely spreat legend in the US: "Dutch" means "Nederlands" and is the language spoken in The Netherlands (aka Holland) , Belgium, Suriname, South Africa, and the Netherlands Antilles. The German word for German is "Deutsch" (or older "Teutsch"). The Dutch word for "German" is "Duits". Dutch is similar to German: it is a Germanian language, like German and English. Its grammar is more English but the vocabulary is definitely more German. I should know - I am German ;-) (Weisenheimer-mode OFF)

    A very nice picture.