Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My Next Big Project: Kunersdorf

My Pomeranian Army, so far. Four of the 15 battalions have been painted.

For the rest of 2018, I plan on working on a new wargame project that is centered around the battle of Kunersdorf in 1759. The goal is to have the game ready for the 2019 SYW Association Convention at the end of March 2019.

The Kunersdorf Project (there, it is official now that it has a name) will require the building of a Prussian Pomeranian theater army and adding the Russian Observation Corps to my existing Russian army. Fortunately, Minden Miniatures has recently added the Observation Corps musketeers and grenadiers to its range of SYW Russians, so I have the correct figures to use for that part of the project.

The Prussians, on the otherhand, require a bit of an overhaul in order to field an army that is appropriate for the battles of Paltzig and Kunersdorf in 1759. The same army could also be used for Zieten's raid into Poland in 1760 and Platen's raid into Poland in 1761.

Prussian Army of Pomerania
This will be an entirely new army of Minden figures consisting of regiments that fought in the Kunersdorf campaign. It will allow me to use my new basing system of 32 figures for the Prussians. My existing Prussian army of 30-figure battalions will continue to fight the Austrians in Silesia. However, going forward, all new regiments of infantry will be based in the new manner. I can't pry the old figures off of their wood bases because I used cyanoacrylate (Super Glue/Krazy Glue) glue and metal to glue bonds just don't separate.

Front to back: IR46 von Bulow, next two battalions are IR35 Prinz Heinrich, GAR V  Jung Sydow.

My Prussian Pomeranian army will be comprised of the following:

Garrison Regt. V (Jung Sydow) - 2 btns
IR2  Kanitz (2 btns)
IR14  Lehwaldt  (2btns)
IR16  Dohna (2btns)
IR35  Prinz Heinrich Fusiliers (2 btns)
IR46  von Bulow Fusiliers (2 btns)
2/G-II Nesse Grenadier Battalion (1 btn)
Standing Grenadier Btn von Lossow (1 btn)
11/14 Bayer Grenadier Battalion (1 btn)

Total Battalions = 15

In general, the infantry will be divided into three brigades of 5 battalions each.

I do not have to change the basing for my Prussian cavalry (2 per stand and 6 stands per squadron) so there is no additional work involved in the cavalry component of the Pomeranian army.

Russian Army
I already have 12 battalions of Russians that I used in my Zorndorf game this year, so I am in fairly good shape with respect to the Russians I need for Paltzig and Kunersdorf. I need to paint at least four Observation Corps battalions, 3 Musketeers and 1 Grenadier.

New Basing Scheme
I will follow up in a future post about the new basing system that I am using for the Russians and Prussians. So stay tuned for later this week.


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    1. I just needed an excuse to paint more Prussians.

  2. Looking forward to following your progress

  3. Yak! Battles the Prussians LOST. Change history Alte Fritz!

  4. Jim, if you super glued your figures to metal, put the bases in the freezer overnight. The next morning use a fairly strong blade such as a pocket knife slide it under an edge of the figure and it should pop right off the base.

    1. Metal on plastic, metal on metal both work, but metal on wood can not come undone using the freezer method, at least from my experience.

  5. Interesting that Alt-Kreytzen didn't make your army list.

    Should be splendid to watch assemble.

    1. Oh yes, IR40 will have to make the roster too. They are too colorful to exclude.

    2. That is one of the benefits of the eastern front - lots of very colorful troops in the Prussian Army compared to other fronts.

      You have the White, Black and Yellow hussars, quite a few infantry regiments faced in pink, and some of the more colorful dragoon and cuirassier units.

  6. Very interesting. Look forward to seeing this develop.