Monday, June 8, 2009

First Completed Brunswickers and French

I have completed my first historical regiment for my western theater scenario. Pictured to the left is the Duchy of Brunswick Leib Regiment. The figures are Old Glory (OG) 15mm Prussian Infantry. Uniform colors were researched using William Biles booklet: Uniforms of the Seven Years War A Painter's Guide Volume 1: Prussia, England, Hanover, Hesse-Cassel & Brunswick. The flag is the pre-1760 version of the leib standard provided by

Second picture of the Leib Regiment with a better view of the standard. The bases are 3/4" x 1" metal bases by Wargames Accessories ordered through The bases were textured with Flocking Gel from

Final picture of the battalion. After the Flocking Gel is applied to the bases I finished them off with some static grass and model railroad flocking from purchased at my local craft store. I use generic craft paints that you can pick up at places like A.C. Moore.
For some unknown reason the musicians of the Leib Regiment wore yellow coats with red swallows nests trimmed white. I enjoyed painting this unit and especially the drummer. This is my first attempt at adding lace to the infantry uniforms and I think it turned out pretty good. Simple white lines down the lapels do the trick.

Another photo of the drummer. The drum is bordered with a striped pattern and is supposed to have the Brunswick coat of arms on the brass drums but even my maniacal detailing neurosis has it's limits. The finished battalion is four (4) stands totaling 16 figs. I have based the figures for the Fire and Fury rules Seven Years' War variant Age of Honor. Each figure represents approximately 80 men for a regimental strength of 1,280. Mr. Biles list the regimental strength of Brunswick units as two (2) battalions of 600 musketeers with 140 grenadiers per battalion or 1,480 troops. Close enough for my goals.

Next picture is of French Brigadier General Chevelas. Biles' pamphlet on the French uniforms states that French generals did not adhear to any specific dress-code and wore coats of red, white and blue. I decided Monsieur General Chevelas would were red. I really need the practice painting red not to mention everyone knows the old joke about "Bring me my red jacket!"
Rear view of General Chevelas. In my French army General Chevalas will be in command of Infantry Regiments (IR) Bourbonnois and Rouergue. I have seen several spellings of IR-Rouergue, if any one could give me a definitive spelling that would be fantastic.

Final picture is of a French Royal artillery crew sans cannon, I have not completed it yet. I like the figure who has decided to remove his coat, makes since to me. These are my first attempts at white gaiters. Not too bad but I think I can do better. Next on the workbench is IR-Bourbonnois.
In Cavenderian news, I will be gaming the Rescue of Dukas naval scenario using Warfare in the Age of Reason Volume II, naval rules that I picked up back in March and should be able to post the results soon in a battle report and Adriatic Campaign narrative.
As always you can click on any of the pictures for a very large picture.


Capt Bill said...

Very nicely done indeed. My best friend is Jeff Lista from Wargames Accessories. He makes an incredible array of stands and magnetic bases that hold as many medal stands as necessary for your units. It saves moving each stand and save a lot of time. All of my armies are mounted using Jeff's system. Jeff has his own website and accepts direct orders. Best regards...Bill

Bluebear Jeff said...

When I clicked on the first photos (before reading) I thought that you had some very nicely painted 28mm figures . . . but then I read that they were 15mm figs . . . VERY VERY NICE.

-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

Yeah, he "says" they're 15mm... lol
Excellent work on the painting and the basing!

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Having painted a fair few 15's myself for my WSS project I can only echo Jeff's comments - very, very nice indeed....

Prinz Geoffrey said...

Thanks for the compliments, I can not wait to get a bunch done to see a whole army on the table.

littlejohn said...

Wow those are really super 15s! Like Jeff, I thought they were 25s at first look.

Prinz Geoffrey said...

I swear 15mm, snickering corpses has teased me in past posts suggesting that they were really 28mm. I may have to post some side by side photos for posterity :)

A J said...

What amazing work for 15mm figures! I could swear they were 28mm. Thanks for sharing.