I'd like to share my latest skratch built gun model to be added to my SYW Saxon corps serving alongside my French SYW troops. Eventually, I did a model of this rather eccentric Saxon 1756 fielded 6-pdr ‘Quick Firer’ battalion gun, based on my earlier research. Please see my initial article under "Saxon SYW Artillery" in my Blog. It has the entire story to it, so I won't bother to repeat it all here. I LOVE IT. Its my master piece. Let's simply have a look at the result of it all.
Here it is in ‘firing position’ with the barrel locked in this distinctive iron machine case. Next comes My Model with unlocked or released barrel in ‘loading position’.
Now, isn't that smart looking?. Below are some more shots.
With its released barrel, it really looks like some sort of ‘too early’ AA gun – possibly meant to fight those Vatican sent worrisome ‘Spy Pigeons’.
I should note that all of these guns became the booty of the Prussians
with the surrender of the Saxon army at Pirna in 1756. None were
fielded later on. The Saxons instead fielded the French ‘Swedish type’
4-pounder model. But I don't care. This piece is just too special to be ignored. My Saxons in French servive will continue to field their own invented so special guns.
My model isn't entirely skratch built, really. It should be more rightly called a conversion. I used a very nice cast 28mm range model fom Foundry Miniatures. They trade it as a SYW Russian ‘medium gun’ (SYWR009).This model really makes a rather smart match.
It is very well done. Great details, and really a great model to represent much more than just Russian ordnance. I'd make it also my Hannoverian guns. Fine enough, and so much better than using Prussian or Austrian models.
I converted this Foundry model with the help of my Proxxon micro driller and some wire, nails, sheet brass, and a left over copper chain that came with an old Hinchliffe gun model I purchased back in the 1980's. Really, with my new Saxon gun model I arrive at full circle, as I have loved the dress and this self confident pose of this Saxon Cannonier I know so well from my very first book on uniforms when I was a teenager and only started collecting miniatures.
I always loved the pose of this Saxon Cannonier. The gun model is done now. Next will follow the gunners. They have already been selected, and primed. Can't wait to see them serving the piece in my next game.