Monday, June 17, 2019

New Minden Greens: Bosniaken Lancers

Bosniaken uhlans - Richard Knotel

Bosniaken (L-R) officer, musician and lancer.
Sculpted by Richard Ansell

We have the greens for 16 new figures that will be added to the Minden Miniatures figure range shortly. The figures are handsomely sculpted by Richard Ansell as most of my blog readers already know. Today's post features the Bosniaken, but I will post pictures of the other figures later in the week. Click on the link below to the Kronoskaf page that provides a history of the Bosniaken. The regiment was usually brigaded with the Black Hussars (H5-von Reusch):

The reverse view of the first picture.

Christopher Duffy uses the term "comical" in his description of the Bosniaken in his book, "The Army of Frederick the Great". Comical and uhlan lancers - what's not to like about this cavalry regiment. Besides, they add a bit of color to the Prussian army.

The latest batch of figures includes the French Gendarmerie de France, who fought at the battle of Minden, so you can guess why I had Richard sculpt these figures. I will show more pictures of the Gendarmerie de France in a post later this week, but for now, here is a teaser:

A preview of the Gendarmerie de France

We are also adding the Prussian Guards from the 2nd and 3rd battalions of the IR15 guard regiment. The first battalion was the parade ground group with the fancy uniforms. Since they only fought in one battle of the Seven Years War (Kolin in 1757) they have not been added to the range at this time. Again, I will post pictures of the guard later this week.

And finally, we have a Hanoverian infantry officer carrying a musket instead of a pole arm. One of my long-time customers kept asking me to add this figure, over a number of years in fact, so I finally had an open place in one of the moulds to add this figure.

Hanoverian musketeer officer carrying a musket instead of pole arm.

Reverse view of the Hanoverian officer.

If you are interested in getting an early and more detailed preview of all new figures, as they come through the door, then why not consider joining the Fife and Drum Miniatures Forum. I usually post pictures of the greens in the forum before I post them on my blog.

You will have to sign up for the forum the first time that you enter, but it is easy to do and there are no obligations to be a contributor or to chat. Lurkers are always welcome!

The greens will be sent off to Griffin Moulds within the next several days. There, master and production moulds will be made and then the figures can be cast. The whole process from start to having castings in my inventory, here in the States, takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks.


  1. Top class work as always, bet they will be popular.

  2. Jim, these are brilliant! i can feel another jab in the hip pocket nerve!! ;-) Cheers, Rohan.

  3. The Expression of the faces are impressive. I really much enjoy the Hanoverian officer, although the pocket flaps are obviously on the back of the coat, which is completely wrong and which is technically impossible for a tailor.
    A very high Standard of Detail nevertheless.


    1. Thank you for spotting this. We are going to fix the pocket position.👍