23 November 2014

My SYW Personality Commanding Generals

My latest paint job is 2 command stands that are once more going to represent historical generals and their escort. It is my latest work-in-progress. You'll have a first look at them while I'm busy doing the shading business of the horses. I'm getting quite excited about my new personality generals command stands, and that is the reason why I'll post images before they are all done. Will do that, of course, once the paint job is completed.
One will be John Manners, the marquis of Granby. Well, guess who it is. 
He is seen in company of colonel Richard Peirson of the 1st Foot Guards and lieutenant-general Granby's personal orderly.
I took the above oil painting as my template for general Granby. What a giant horse he is mounting. My figure is really a Prussian staff-officer, but he will be just fine. He is posing in such a great "com'on up Guards and at 'em" gesture.

Mr. Peirson will be dressed in the officers dress of the 1st Foot Guards. In May 1760, the man assumed the unloved post as general commissioner of the army. He was responsible to release the funds for "His Royal Britannic Majesty's Army in Germany" from the British Treasure. He did dis job quite well, is seems. Never before Ferdinand‘s war chest had been filled better. Unfortunately, with the arrival of his own battalion during August this year, Peirson found so much more pleasure spending most of the day at the head of his lads exercising all sorts of martial arts that he now couldn‘t find enough time anymore to deal with those wretched Warrants. Again now, Ferdinand‘s finances sank into disorder.
Being effectively the paymaster of it all, I think this man to be a highly important individual worth being represented with this command stand. I wonder who‘s loss Fredinand would regret more – Granby or Mr. Peirson? Well, for the moment all is fine. The first shot directed at Granby‘s command post missed the both but instead hit Granby‘s poor orderly. From my German uniform source Friedrich Schirmer, I learned the man was a Hessian and dressed in hussar style. Schirmer gives some essentials regarding his dress: blue pelisse (missing here with his ‘summers dress’), white dolman (seen), blue breeches, red Hungarian boots, and a fur hat. That‘s all. The remaining details I had to make up myself by employing naked guesswork.
The other will be the French general of cavalry Mr. le duc de Fitz-James. 

He will be in company of a trooper of his own regiment (Fitz-James Cavalerie) representing his garde d'honneur, and a trumpeter. To my personal taste, I came to believe trumpets always look smart in company of cavalry generals. This one of the Bercheny hussars will join another cavalry general to replace a trumpeter of the heavy cavalry in royal livery (see below image). The letter will then be commandeered to the staff of Fitz-James. Fitz-James will wear a blackened cuirasse ontop his blue generals coat. That's why I fetched the two men of the Gendarmerie as template for this paint job. 
These I have done many years ago, but they remain my single best painted suits of armour. I hope to get at least close to this again. I should note, neither figure comes with engraved or sculptured armour. I simply painted it over their dress. You can do that with flats pretty well.
Finally – 6 weeks later! – they are all done now. I suffered from a serious restraint of touching my brushes. 
Here they are now: That's mylord Granby and staff.
And here we have Mr. le duc de Fitz-James & staff. 

His suit of armour looks nice. I'm very pleased with the result. The morale of my French cavalerie will be at its best, now that it is commanded by such a smart looking general. I can hear the the troopers cheering and singing:
"Buvons un coup, buvons en deux
"A la santé des amoureux
"A la santé du Roi de France,
"Et merde pour le Roi d'Angleterre,
"Qui nous a déclaré la guerre.

01 October 2014

My SYW Workbench – British, Hannoverians, & Saxons

This initially 1 June published article has been updated 1 October.
I have added 3 more Saxon units newly painted below.

This years paintwork is becoming rather productive. After having done the French Aquitaine infantry, I did a composite battalion of Hannoverian Grenadiers. They are a set of really great looking figures. The miniatures are by Friedrich Schirmer, I believe, and nowadays available at Zinnfiguren aus Königswusterhausen foundry – link: www.zinnfiguren-kw.de
The units I've chosen to represent this composite battalion are the grenadiers from the regiments of Spörcken (2-A) and jeunne Zastrow (9-B).
A Hannoverian Grenadier battalion was made up of average 7 or 8 regimental grenadier corps all through 1761, but limiting it to two different painted uniform at my units strength of 16 figures has proven to be just fine, to my taste. Did that with Prussian and Austrian units before.
Along with them, I also did 3 command figures. His Royal Highness – or in French abbreviations: S.A.R. monseigneur le comte de Lusace et son entourage. I entitle him Prince Xavier or simply Lusace. All 3 miniatures are from Kieler Zinnfiguren – link: www.kieler-zinnfiguren.de

Voilà. Lusace (centre) is seen dressed as a French lieutenant-général, as per his French generals patent dating to 12 August 1758. The uniform is based on a pastels portrait by the French court painter Quentin de-la-Tour which should be dated at around 1758.
Lusace is seen with the badge and blue cordon of the Polish order of the White Eagle. His entourage are a staff officer of the Leibgrenadiergarde and a hussar officer of Lusace's raised Hussar Corps that seems to have served for staff duty's, only, rather then having been a regular combat force. Lusace was the vanguard of my first Saxon infantry units that were to follow.
Its the Saxon regiments Kurprinzessin – or French: Princesse Electeur Royale, as I chosed to lable all my units in French. I should note that I aimed to arrive at a neat looking band à la figurines of the famous Meissen porcelain series, giving the lads those neat rosé tan cheeks. It didn't work out really. My Princesse Electeur Royale lads look like alcoholics recruted from the Dresden butchers lane. Fine enough. It might give them an additional punch during game. Next is the regiment Frédéric-Auguste
Princesse Electeur Royale I have done in their 1756 uniform when it was a grenadier battalion. My figures are seen with their distinctive grenadier mitres, which they didn't have when serving with the French from 1758 on. The heck. This way they look so much better. Also mitres with white metal instead of my yellow are documented. My yellow is based on a contemporary manuscript that is now part of the Berlin Deutsches Historisches Museum Collection – The former Zeughaus / Arsenal.
My latest paint job are the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (IR 23) of which WIP images are to follow within short.
Voilà, my selected group of miniatures that will become the 23rd Foot Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Started painting them. In the background, you see my Hannoverian Foot Guards, that serve as my colour sample, just to get the red and blue shades adjusted to some degree. The colours should have been about the same, to my understanding. After all, its all king George's II. regts. 
Here see the progress, despite following the Football World Championships. I opted for a different flag bearer. The Welsh Fusiliers being honored with having a very rare Prussian grenadier flag bearer miniature from a mould that is no more. A very old design dating from the 1930's, I believe. A great figure, with its fluttering silk so much better suited then this dead calm wind situation flag of my initial choice. Once he is painted, You won't be able to tell he isn't real English or Welsh at all. 
 Nearly done now 19 June. Just a few bits here and there yet to do. They look great while at the same time England vs Uruguay isn't doing all that well.
Here they are all painted and based – ready for battle, so to say.
I'm not entirely sure whether I've got the uniform the right way. My Welch Fusiliers come with red breeches - they could have been blue, though. Also I did them with white gaiters besides black would have been right, for no white set was used by the British in Germany. But I do all my regular line units in white, throughout, except for my white coated Austrians and now also the Saxons. I think it looks better this way. Just grenadiers, Lights, and artillery I moreoften paint with black gaiters.

Later during summer I did 3 more Saxon units. I did a composite battalion of grenadiers. I've choosen the grenadier companies of Leibgrenadiergarde and Graf Brühl to represent them. The other regiments are the Gardes and Prince Antoine. All miniatures are old casts of Prussian Musketeers by Kieler Zinnfiguren. The mounted staff officer of the grenadiers is an Austrian character as well as the cheering officer of the Guard regiment. The Leibgrenadiergarde drummer is actually a French character, but serves well as a Saxon. I sart to become increasingly easy with bothering on cuff sizes and other fussy detail. God knows what tailors these men contracted. He should be just fine. He is from another foundry.

Below see my entire Saxon Corps completed.