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28mm Swedes: Jönköpings Regiment. (28th Dec 2019)

My favourite Swedish regiment because of the impressive flags. Last post of 2019 so Happy New Year for 2020. ... Read More

28mm SYW Swedes: Kunglig Majestäts Livgarde till fot (18th Dec 2019)

Using Front Ranks's figures, here are some Swedes, the first of twelve foot regiments planned. Each regiment will have two grenadier companies and these can be converged away into their own elite battalions. Although most of the regiments will be the ... Read More

28mm SYW Austrian Grenadiers (8th Dec 2019)

Here are the grenadiers for the four regiments I recently painted. ... Read More

40mm SYW Austrians: Baranyai Hussars (3 squ) finished (3rd Dec 2019)

This regiment is now finished using the latest Sash & Saber offering. The officer is Colonel Franz Stephan von Pálasthy, who commanded from 1758 until his capture in 1761. I have based him singly as he will command the Vanguard. Officers of Hussars se ... Read More

28mm SYW Austrians: IR 19 Leopold Pálffy (1st Dec 2019)

This Hungarian regiment was raised in 1733 and, in both the WAS and SYW, was in the thick of it. It was present at the battles of Chotusitz, Prague, Moy, Breslau, Hochkirch, Kunersdorf and Liegnitz. It seems to have had a colour change from light blue to ... Read More

28mm SYW Austrians: IR42 Gaisruck (24th Nov 2019)

This is one of the few Austrian regiments (two in total, I think) that may well have had purple or violet facings. I say 'may have' because we cannot be absolutely sure due to colour die issues in the 18thcentury. Add red to blue and you get purp ... Read More

40mm SYW Austrians: One squadron of Baranyai Hussars (17th Nov 2019)

It was the beautiful illustration (at the bottom of this blog's pictures) that made this a 'have to have' unit in my 40mm army. Actually I plan 3 squadrons (each of 4 figures) but the colour scheme is a little complicated and a task to paint. ... Read More

28mm SYW Austrians: IR48 Luzzara (17th Nov 2019)

The regiment was originally a Spanish Habsburg unit raised at Zaragoza in 1705, during the War of the Spanish Succession, and placed under the command of Colonel Pertús. After his death, the regiment "Ciudad de Zaragoza" (Town of Zaragoza) was placed unde ... Read More

28mm SYW Austrians: IR36 Browne (formerly Liechtenstein) (10th Nov 2019)

Founded in 1683 this regiment participated in every major Austrian campaign. It fought the Turks in the Great Turkish War of the 1680s and, according to Kronoskaf, “During the War of the Spanish Succession, in 1701, two battalions of the regiment (1,000 m ... Read More

28mm SYW French: Royal-Nassau Hussars (30th Oct 2019)

Raised in 1756 by Guillaume Henri, Prince of Nassau-Saarbruck, it was initially named Volontaires de Nassau-Saarbruckand consisted of two squadrons. In 1758 it was increased in strength to 4 squadrons (about 600 men) and was placed on the official French ... Read More

28mm SYW French: IR59 Royal Comtois (30th Oct 2019)

This regiment was raised in 1674 by the Marquis de Listenois and it became a Royal regiment in 1685. Besides being involved in the capture of Minorca at the beginning of the SYW the regiment does not appear to have participated in any major battles. But d ... Read More

28mm SYW French: Swiss Regiment Eptingen (18th Oct 2019)

This Regiment, which appears to have been unnumbered (although IR122 seems appropriate), was raised in 1758 from the Basel area although most of the officers came from Alsace, perhaps by virtue of their bilingualism. The other thing that is unusual is the ... Read More

28mm SYW French: IR 3 Navarre (9th Oct 2019)

This was a 4 battalion regiment, formed in 1558 as Garde du Roi de Navarre, with an admirable service history which is available on Kronoskaf. ... Read More

28mm SYW French: IR 57 Cossé Brissac (29th Sep 2019)

Kronoskaf has a strange comment concerning this regiment: “In 1757, the regiment was considered as cheerful, noisy but otherwise well behaved.” I am not sure what this means – does it mean that it was reliable in battle or that it was somewhat rowdy? It c ... Read More

40mm WAS/SYW IR22 Roth 1st Battalion (5th Sep 2019)

In my previous post I said I was going to be painting an unusual Austrian Regiment and here it is.This is taken from Kronoskaf: “For the moment we have very few information on the uniform in 1756, at the outbreak of the war. Most of our references describ ... Read More

28mm SYW French: IR 42 Rouergue (5th Sep 2019)

This regiment had hard fights at both Minden and Warburg. At the latter, where it was initially kept in reserve behind the centre, it vainly tried to rescue the Bourbonnais regiment, losing about 800 men. Out of the 49 officers present, 33 were killed or ... Read More

40mm WAS/SYW Austrians: IR38 de Ligne, new flags and grenadiers (31st Aug 2019)

I have reworked the basing, given this regiment new flags and painted up the two grenadier companies. So 6 regiments (12 battalions) are finished. I am currently painting IR22 Roth, the only Austrian regiment with two-colour facings. ... Read More

28mm SYW French: La Couronne (29th Aug 2019)

One of the best regiments in the French army. ... Read More

40mm SYW IR31 Hungarian Regiment Haller (26th Aug 2019)

I am reworking these regiments and adding two grenadier companies which will be converged (in three pairs of two) to make grenadier battalions.The other thing that I have done is to enable the use of the Austrian army in both the WAS and SYW. In the forme ... Read More

28mm SYW French: IR 24.1 La Reine and IR84 La Marche (22nd Aug 2019)

La Reine, 1stbattalion (the second served in America) at the front and the single-battalion regiment La Marche at the back. Foundry figures ... Read More

SYW Hessian Landgrenadierregiment/AWI Regiment Rall (13th Aug 2019)

In 1760, when the new Landgrave Friedrich II reorganised his army, the three former militia regiments were reorganised into three "Garrison Battalions" of 4 companies each, and one standing battalion of "Garrison Grenadiers" of 4 companies. This is the la ... Read More

28mm SYW: Hanoverian mixed battery (13th Aug 2019)

One captured French 8pdr (gun from Minden) with two 24pdrs (Front Rank) – all with Hanoverian crew from Siege Work Studio. ... Read More

28mm SYW: Hanoverian 12pdr battery B (13th Aug 2019)

Siege Work Studios Hanoverian figures with Minden's 12 pdrs. ... Read More

28mm SYW: Hanoverian 12pdr battery A (13th Aug 2019)

Siege Work Studios Hanoverian figures with Minden's 12 pdrs. ... Read More

28mm SYW: Lippe battery B (13th Aug 2019)

These are manning Hanoverian 6pdrs (guns from Front Rank) ... Read More

28mm SYW: Lippe battery A (7th Aug 2019)

These are manning British 12pdrs (guns from the Elite range). ... Read More

28mm SYW: Hessian battery (7th Aug 2019)

This battery has 12pdr Prussian Brummers (guns from the Minden/Crann Tara ranges). ... Read More

28mm SYW: Three French batteries (26th Jul 2019)

A 12pdr, an 8pdr and a 4pdr battery for the French. Guns are from Minden and the crews a mix from Front Rank and Foundry. ... Read More

Franco-Prussian War Prussian 4pdr gun? (29th Jun 2019)

In my town in France there are two war memorials, one WW1 combined with WW2, Algeria etc and the older one, which is pictured here, and ,which is, I suspect, for the Franco-Prussian War. The statue looks like a Garde Mobile (in heroic pose) but the reason ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: 29/31 Grenadiers Östenreich (28th Jun 2019)

Grenadiers from regiments 29 and 31. Note that all silver-fronted mitres were not real silver but in fact a water-based paste applied over a brass base. This would often wear off in inclement weather so it would have to be reapplied. I asume that this cou ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: 28/32 Grenadiers Kreytzen (28th Jun 2019)

Prussian 28mm SYW: 28/32 Grenadiers Kreytzen ... Read More

British Napoleonics: 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment (27th Jun 2019)

And now for a complete change.............During the Napoleonic Wars, this regiment first fought in the Peninsular Warat the battles of Vimeiro and Corunna. It then took part in the disastrous Walcheren Campaign before returning to the Peninsula to fight ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: 21/27 Grenadiers Lengefeld (19th Jun 2019)

Grenadiers from regiments 21 and 27. My previous comments apply again and this regiment was temporarily converged with other converged grenadier battalions on at least three other occasions – after the battles of Moys, again in 1760 and 1761. ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: 5/20 Grenadiers Jung-Billerbeck (19th Jun 2019)

Grenadiers from regiments 5 and 20. Normally these convergences lasted the duration of the war but, on a number of occasions, strengths fell so low that they were converged with other grenadier battalions until their strengths were restored at which point ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR32 Tresckow (13th Jun 2019)

This regiment was raised in 1743 and drew it's recruits largely from newly-conquered Silesia. It was present at the battles of Prague, Moys (where its had very heavy losses, over 50%), Kay (50% losses), Kunersdorf and both battalions were captured whe ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR28 Hautcharmoy (6th Jun 2019)

This regiment was raised in 1723 as a fusilier regiment and converted to musketeers in 1741. It's colonel was killed at the battle of Prague and does not appear to have been held in high regard by Fredrick who assigned it to his brother's corps in ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR27 Alt Kleist (30th May 2019)

Another hard fighting Prussian Regiment although it is hard to find a regiment that had an easy time in the SYW. This one took part to the battle of Lobosit where it was assigned to the brigade of major-general Zastrow in Kleist's Division. During thi ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR21 Hülsen (23rd May 2019)

This regiment was raised in 1713 in Halberstadt. Prior to the battle of Kolin it seems to have had minor losses but at that battle, 11 officers were killed and 16 captured while 500 soldiers were killed, 200 wounded and 250 captured. Then on August 12 175 ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR31 Lestwitz (16th May 2019)

This was a very hard-fighting regiment and according to Kronoskaf: “In 1757, the regiment took part to the invasion of Bohemia. On May 6 1757, it was at the Battle of Prague where it was deployed in the first line in Hautcharmoy's Brigade. It suffered ... Read More

Whose makes these figures? (25th Apr 2019)

Does anybody know who is the manufacturer of these very nice Franco-Prussian War French?They look like 25/28mm and foolishly I saved the images without noting who sold them. ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR29 Wedell (24th Apr 2019)

This regiment had a somewhat checkered history as you will see from the Kronoskaf description: “In 1757, the regiment took part in the invasion of Bohemia. On May 6, it fought at the Battle of Prague where it was deployed in the first line in Hautcharmoy& ... Read More

WAS Piedmontese 28mm: 2nd Battalion of Kalbermatten (17th Apr 2019)

I found some more figures so have decided to add two battalions to my Piedmontese in anticipation of a game this summer. As I have already done 12 battalions and these were all 1st battalions, I have decided to add a second battalion to Regiments Kalberm ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR39 Jung Braunschweig (17th Apr 2019)

Just to warn you that this will be a very yellow week! This Prussian Fusilier regiment has an overkill of yellow and later this week I will post another WAS Piedmontese battalion with yellow facings. Yellow is a tricky colour to paint as it frequently nee ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR55 Hauss (10th Apr 2019)

This is probably a Prussian regiment you have never seem before because it was composed of captured Saxons, many of whom took the first opportunity to desert.In 1756 the Saxon army surrendered to the Prussians at Pirna. Frederick forcefully created 10 new ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR20 Stutterheim (6th Apr 2019)

Another fine Prussian Musketeer regiment with interesting flags although I wonder whether the shade of green is correct. Figures are again from Black Hussar. ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR5 Alt-Braunschweig  (27th Mar 2019)

This fine Prussian regiment had Ferdinand of Brunswick as it's Inhaber. Here are the two battalions of that regiment and it's grenadiers waiting patiently for grenadiers from IR20 regiment to converge with. There is some dispute as to whether the ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR49 Sers Fusiliers (20th Mar 2019)

I have wanted to paint this regiment for a long time as the dark orange vest and trousers works well against a dark blue coat.This regiment was raised in 1741 as a regiment of pioneers and had no grenadiers. In 1758 it became a Fusilier regiment. It serve ... Read More

Prussian 28mm SYW: IR41 Wied zu Neuwied Fusiliers (14th Mar 2019)

Here are two battalions of this regiment acquired, in 1741, from Wurttemberg. It is interesting to think that one could just buy an entire regiment from another state but Prussia's relationship with protestant Wurttemberg was quite close. The 12th Dra ... Read More