Monday, May 11, 2015

"Lancastrian" Prussian Landwehr

Here's the rest of the Lancashire Games 28mm Prussian Landwehr; I finished them just before the Waterloo event, and they made the trip to Manchester, but the Corps box they were got misplaced until after we'd already scrounged Greg's troop box for some Saxon proxies. Thus their first tabletop appearance will probably be at Historicon for the battle of Ligny.

This unit is painted as the 7th Silesian Landwehr; photos taken outside on a cool Spring morning!

A break in the clouds casts a shadow over the new guys.

I used CC Deep Yellow for their facings.


The improbable but gorgeous and evocative standard was a free download form Westfalia games site - it may not be available any longer

As discussed previously, despite the storage/transportation issues, I do like some of my Infantry units in a "Firing" pose.

A unit of Westphalian Landwehr.

I used CC Jubilee Green for their facings.

The nice, fun if unlikely flag is once again from the Wetsphalia Miniatures site.

Ragged but determined looking troops!  The Rhine may be fine but a cold stein for mine...

A rump of a Brandenburg Landwehr unit.

I figured the extra standard bearer would serve as a pikeman!

This unit's flag is from the Warflag/Napflag site. 

The white shoulder straps suggest that these men form part of the 1st Brandenburg Landwehr Regiment.

23 comments:

  1. More fine Prussian landwehr keep marching off your painting desk. The flags are really terrific and add an interesting sense of whimsy.

    Having painted a goodly number of the Lancashire Prussians now, what is your assessment of them vis-a-vis Old Glory?

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    1. Well, about 80 Lancashire Landwehr have passed under my brush now, with at least as many OG in the past (and with another chunk of OG Landwehr to paint in the next 2 moths as well). Mostly, they're different. Shall I count the ways? :-)

      1) Size Lancashire are very large and tend to be chunky - Front Rank is closest. OG are smaller 28's, not chunky.

      2) Sculpting - the OG sculpting on the whole is better (finer), I'd say. However, the nicely sculpted "Landwehr Cross: at the front of the schirmutze is a real plus for the Lancashire, plus the fact that they're wearing the Litewka, which for some reason the OG do not.

      3) Cost - In the US, Old Glory wins by a mile, esp wit the Army card; with the volume discounts, in the UK, Lancashire wins by a mile... in both cases due to the high costs of overseas shipping. Both are better than average values in their respective countries of origin.

      4) Variety of poses/equipment - a toss up - this is a big positive feature of both ranges (even with a "Hey, Steve!" or two, LOL)

      5) Ease of Painting - edge to Lancashire.

      Bottom line is that I am happy to have troops from both in my army. The Landwehr contingent will be very large by July, and even with the variety of uniforms and facings possible, the different manufacturers are another way to have readily identifiable units on the tabletop. Indeed, I enjoy having a wide variety of manufacturers in my tabletop armies - call me a casting butterfly! :-)

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    2. That is a very comprehensive comparison, Peter. Thank for that!

      In some of my projects I enjoy trying to field as many different manufacturers as possible. It becomes somewhat of a personal challenge. In others, I try to stick to one or maybe two manufacturers.

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    3. Both approaches have their merits... and their places!

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  2. Very nice work, Peter. Glad to see you can paint Teuton as well.

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    1. Thanks, Joe. Ich kann Preussiches Soldaten noch anstgreichen!

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  3. They certainly are attractive looking units and I love the flags of course. Is a "Hey Steve!" pose one where the figure is pointing?

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    1. More the pose, often used for NCO's, where the soldier has his hand up *almost* like waving. I personally don't mind them at all. I am working on 80 OG Prussian Line at present, and when they get posted later this month you'll see a few of the poses in question!

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    2. I always identified the Old Glory "Hey Steve" pose as a foot soldier firing his weapon as he is yelling with his head turned away from the weapon. Clearly, he is not watching what he is doing. The dialog would be something like, "Hey Steve, watch me pop that Prussian fella that I've got the drop on!"

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    3. Ha ha Lucky I was alone. I laughed pretty loudly when I read your descriptions. I have both a Confederate and Union figure like that. If they ever end up facing each other I'll loose it!

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    4. there are poses like that but not sure I've seen one who was actually *fitring*, LOL!

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    5. Mine are the waving type and there will definitely be a "Hey Steve" caption in their first battle report.

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    6. Look forward to it, Stephen! :-)

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  4. Ah, the famous Westphalian Bierstubefahne! Nice work!

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    1. Yep, probably toasting the departure of King Jerome! Ein, Zwei, Drei... Gesuffa!

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  5. Nice looking units Peter, and I especially like one with the Westfalia Miniatures flag. Just the sort of unit I would join if forced to enlist. How many landwehr units will that be in total by July?

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    1. Yep, the Legion of Grosse Bierstein would be my choice to serve in - or even better the Trock Reisling Raiders!

      Projected totals =- 16 Ladwehr, 8 Reserve, 13 Line

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    1. Thanks, Mark. The flags are fun and dramatic!

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  7. Nice paint job on the Prussian Landwehr...and these flags are a amazing, great looking units!

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    1. Thanks, Phil; glad you enjoyed them!

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  8. They look great Peter. You seem to send a lot of your units into battle sans chaussures!

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    1. Thanks, James.

      I only send Prussians into battle shoe-less, LOL!
      (that doesn't count those whose Zapatos are hidden by flock)

      Although it was probably pretty common for many Frenchmen during the leaner years of the Revolution!

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