|Prussian Jager zu Pferde delivering message. |
A private commission from a Minden customer.
Last week I received a batch of 16 new Minden figures from sculptor Richard Ansell and I think that you will enjoy the goodies that are headed towards the production pipeline.
The new additions to the Minden Miniatures figure range includes French Cavalrie in bearskin hats, French foot grenadiers in bearskin hats, a French kettle drummer, Austrian horse grenadiers and finally, two French personality figures: Marshal de Broglie and Lt. General Chevert. It's a tough day if you are a bear, but a very exciting day here at Minden/Fife & Drum headquarters.
The new greens fill in some major holes in the SYW French range of figures and include some personality figures to command your French armies. I think that Broglie was one of the best French marshals during the SYW and showed competance and professionalism in all of his campaigns. The Battle of Bergen was probably his signature victory over Ferdinand of Brunswick. I also like Chevert as he seemed to display "outside the box thinking", notably at Hastenbeck where his attack on the flank and rear of the Hanoverian army led to a French victory.
|Marshal de Broglie (left) and Lt. General Chevert (right - pointing)|
|Chevert (left) and Broglie (right)|
The Minden French cavalry needed a kettle drummer and so we have added one to the Minden range:
|French kettle drummer (left) and Prussian Jager zu Pferde (right)|
|An earlier version of the Jager, before a mail pouch was added to his right side. |
The other side of the French kettle drummer is on the right.
|French grenadiers wearing bearskin hats. Bearskins were worn by the Swiss and German troops in the French army and after 1759 they became widespread among the French line regiments, often on the whim of the regiment's colonel.|
|Rear view of the French Grenadiers|
I will post pictures of the French cavalrie in bearskins and the Austrian horse grenadiers within another day or two as this post is getting rather picture heavy.
The greens are being sent to Griffin Moulds this week and the normal turn-around time for making moulds and spinning new production castings takes approximately 4 weeks. Alas, probably not in time for Christmas purchases, but you will certainly be able to start off the new year with some French and Austrian heavy cavalry, etc.