|Austrian Horse Grenadiers: drummer (left) and officer (right)
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So here are the pictures for Part II of the announcement of the new additions to the Minden Miniatures Seven Years War figure range. The greens have been sent on to Griffin Moulds so that the master moulds and production moulds can be made. After that, we start spinning metal and getting the castings into production and ready for sale. I am going to estimate that I will have the new figures in stock in about four weeks.
First we have the Austrian Horse Grenadiers:
|Reverse view of the Austrian Horse Grenadier officer (left) and drummer (right).
|Austrian Horse Grenadiers: Standard Bearer (left) and Reiter (right).
|Reverse view of the Austrian Horse Grenadiers: Reiter (left) and Standard Bearer (right)
Each Austrian Dragoon regiment had five squadrons of dragoons and one elite squadron of horse grenadiers. Typically, the horse grenadier squadrons from several dragoon regiments would be converged into one or more elite cavalry units prior to the start of the battle. After the battle, the horse grenadiers would return to their respective regiments.
I am really excited to see the Austrian Horse Grenadiers added to the Minden range. This fills an obvious hole that was in the Austrian cavalry lineup and I know that I will be busy painting them once the new year rolls around. I paint a regiment of Austrian dragoons and then add on a squadron of the horse grenadiers. Once I have painted several dragoon regiments, then I can hive off the grenadiers from the parent regiment and create a horse grenadier regiment comprised of the grenadiers from dragoon regiments in my own army.
Next we have the French Cavalrie wearing bearskin hats:
|French Cavalrie in bearskins: Trumpeter (left) and Officer (right).
|Reverse view of the previous picture above.
|French Cavalrie in bearskins: Standard Bearer (left) and trooper (right).
|Reverse view of the previous picture: trooper (left) and standard bearer (right)
All of the "foreign" cavalry regiments in French service during the WAS and SYW wore bearskin hats. So the Fitzjames (Scottish) and the German regiments wore bearskin hats throughout the war. Of course, the French Cuirassiers du Roi also wore bearskins, but that regiment already has figures available in the Minden range of figures.