Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Polish Uhlan Facing tables, the 16th Uhlan regiment, and a very short but sweet Murawski sale!

First off, the sale notice as it runs out in a few days, From their FB page:
I'd just like to thank everyone for supporting us at Salute. We've never been before but we had a great show.
There were some great deals on our figures there and as a thank-you for all your support I am going to offer all my regular customers the same deals we had on offer for one week only!
The following deals are available until the 22nd April 2016. (Extended to April 24th)
20% off all Baden unit and battalion packs
10% off all Polish infantry and artillery unit packs
10% off all Polish infantry and artillery battalion deals
10% off all Polish cavalry and mounted command packs.
5% off all Polish cavalry unit deals
Free shipping on all orders anywhere in the world over £100 ( after discount ).
Again, thanks for all your support.

So, if you were thinking about ordering some of their excellent figures, especially those Badeners (and especially from outside the UK due the free shipping), do it TODAY!  :-)

I mean, I need them to make the Baden Light Dragoons and Artillery, right? So *I* need you guys to buy lots of Badeners to convince them to do the whole army!  The Baden Jagers are already in the planning stages, and they have a glorious and distinctive uniform. I already have that unit from the defunct Pontoonier figures myself, though (see the Baden label on the side bar).  

This is the 16th Uhlan regiment of the Duchy of Warsaw.


"Pretty in Pink", or rather Polish Crimson. This color is depicted anywhere from a dark, purplish red to the lighter shade I have chosen here. I used Delta CC Dusty Mauve darkened with a bit of Americana Deep Burgundy (which would itself work well for the darker interpretation of "Crimson". 


This unit had dark blue lapels piped white, collar, cuffs, and turnbacks crimson piped white, and crimson piping on the seams of the jacket and the trousers. Crimson piping on the sheepskins, and crimson over white lance pennons. The sheepskins should perhaps be the other way around, though - back for troopers, white for the trumpeters. I changed my mind on this unit half way through, changing from the 12th to the 16th. Regardless, I think their uniform is quite spectacular!


According to Rawkin's excellent "Uniforms of the Duchy of Warsaw", this regiment had white epaulets for the elite company instead f the usual red, and crimson plume an epauletes for the trumpeter as regimental idiosyncrasies. 

A (? white Polish) eagle's eye view of the 12th Uhlans from above!


Table of Uhlan regimental distinctions Per Rawkins:

Regt
Lapels
Collar
Cuffs
Turnbacks
Piping
2nd
Dark Blue piped yellow
Scarlet piped white
Scarlet piped white
Scarlet piped yellow
Yellow
3rd
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson piped white  
Crimson piped white
White  
6th
Crimson piped white
White piped crimson
Crimson piped white
Dark Blue piped crimson
Crimson
7th
Yellow piped scarlet
Yellow piped scarlet
Yellow piped scarlet
Yellow piped scarlet
Scarlet
8th
Dark blue piped scarlet
Scarlet
Yellow piped scarlet
Scarlet
Scarlet
9th
Dark blue piped white
Scarlet piped dark blue
Dark blue piped white
Dark blue piped white
Scarlet
11th
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white
Dark blue piped white
Dark Blue piped white
White
12th
Dark blue piped white
White piped dark blue
Dark blue piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson
15th
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson
16th
Dark blue piped white
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson piped white  
Crimson
17th
Crimson piped white  
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson
18th
Dark blue piped white
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white
Crimson piped white  
Crimson
19th
Dark blue piped lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
20th
Lemon Yellow
Lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
Lemon yellow
21st
Deep Yellow
Deep yellow
Deep yellow
Deep yellow
Deep yellow

Note that the short lived 17th - 21st regiments were raised in Lithuania in 1812, and had pretty much ceased to exist by 1813. 

In 1812  the 6th Regiment is shown with dark blue lapels piped white and all other facings and piping white.  The 7th and 9th regiments are likewise with dark blue lapels and all facings yellow and scarlet respectively.   

With regard to breeches, Rawkins says: 
"From 1808 dark blue, tight fitting, overall trousers were issued for all regiments with a wide double stripe on the outer seam of the regimental piping colour.  The exceptions to this rule were the 2nd, 3rd and 7th Regiments who had yellow stripes.  For campaign wear and fatigue duties the tight fitting overalls were replaced with heavier loose fitting trousers of dark blue with black leather inserts and cuffs and a single narrow stripe on the outer seam with a row of small brass buttons on the stripe.   By 1812 most campaign wear overall trousers were dark grey with black or brown leather inserts but no stripe or buttons."  Rawkins also has extensive details on variations in lance pennon colors, epaulets, Elite company and trumpeter dress by regiment, even sometimes by year. If you are going to paint the Poles, BUY HIS BOOK!


On the other hand, Per Nafziger's "Poles and Saxons of the Napoleonic Wars, we have:

Regt
Collar
Piping
Turnbacks
Piping
Cuffs
Piping
2nd
Red
White
Dk Blue
Yellow
Red
White
3rd
Crimson
White
Dk Blue
White
Crimson
White
6th
White
Crimson
Dk Blue
Crimson
Dk Blue
Crimson
7th
Yellow
Red
Dk Blue
Red
Yellow
Red
8th
Red
Dk Blue
Dk Blue
red
Red
Dk Blue
9th
Red
Dk Blue
Dk Blue
White
Dk Blue
Red
11th
Crimson
Dk Blue
Crimson
White
Dk Blue
Crimson
12th
Crimson
White
Dk Blue
White
Dk Blue
White
15th
Crimson
White
Crimson
White
Crimson
White
16th
Crimson
White
Dk Blue
Crimson
Crimson
White
17th
Crimson
Dk Blue
Dk Blue
Crimson
Crimson
Dk Blue
18th
Crimson
Dk Blue
Crimson
White
Crimson
Dk Blue
19th
Yellow
Dk Blue
Dk Blue
Yellow
Yellow
Dk Blue
20th
Crimson
Dk Blue
Yellow
Dk Blue
Yellow
Dk Blue
21st
Orange

Orange

Orange



Regiment
Pants - Double stripe
Piping
2nd
Yellow
White
3rd
Yellow
White
6th
Crimson
White
7th
Yellow
Red
8th
Red
Red
9th
Red
White
11th
Crimson
White
12th
Crimson
White
15th
Crimson
White
16th
Crimson
White
17th
Crimson
White
18th
Crimson
White
19th
Yellow
Whte
20th
Yellow
White
21st
Orange ?


Exceptions: 6th regt wore it’s old uniform with white facings through 1810. 11th regiment white facings piped crimson, white side stripes on pants. 4 the regiment (converted from Chasseurs May 1813) Dark blue uniform with Crimson collar, cuffs, and turnbacks, The collar at least was piped yellow, Breeches Crimson with a double dark blue stripe.  Yellow epaulets, yellow aigrette on right shoulder. Czapska top crimson piped yellow, yellow cords and lace.

Nafziger also shows some trumpeters in reverse c0lors, probably incorrect, but I went with it on my earlier Minifigs Uhlan regiments of the Duchy of Warsaw.

Phew, that was a lot of material to cover! See my earlier post on the 6th regiment for additional details of the dress of the Uhlan regiments, or better yet, buy the Rawkins ebook for abut $6!

28 comments:

  1. that army just gets bigger and bigger!

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  2. LOL, so it does, John! I am pretty much done with the oles. Hey, you know, I need a Polish Horse Artillery Battery...

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  3. Great reference material, Peter. Like your uhlans too! Are you planning another Murawski order during the sale to pick off anything you missed the first time?

    As for sheepskin color, my rule of thumb has always been white for troopers and black for musicians. The musician's black sheepskin then contrasts nicely with the white/gray mount.

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    1. I agree with you re: sheepskin colors, but evidently the reverse was the case for the Poles, with many exceptions.

      No new Murawski order for me at present, but when they make the Light Dragoons and Artillery...

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  4. Great post! with lots of info on the Poles. lovely painted Murawski Miniatures - Lancers!

    I agree with Jon, white sheepskins for Troopers and black/brown for musicians and perhaps officers too?

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks, Phil. Glad you enjoyed both!

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  5. Dark blue kurtkas with Crimson facings...that takes me back a few years....

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    1. Oh yes; I think the Murawski are almost as big as your famed 30mm Scruby Chevauleger Lanciers de la Garde, Joe!

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  6. Nice post and fantastic figures Peter!

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  7. Thank you as always for the wonderful resources!

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  8. Great looking uhlans and a useful resource for reference ,it's a lovely colour combination nicely executed
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you, Iain. Glad you liked them!

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  9. Great work Peter! You deserve respect for painting that many Uhlans; I love them but the buggers are a lot of work! ;-)

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    1. They were among the most time consuming figures to paint that I have done in a while, in part due to all the little uniform details. I tink the end result was worth it, though.

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  10. I'm also stealing them for our facebook page

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    1. Feel free. They certainly aren't up to the standards of the pro painters, but I think they give a pretty idea of what the rest of us are likely to be capable of! :-)

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  11. Love the thrusting pose of those figures

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    1. It is a great pose, isn't it. I did the other regiment with the lances held upright. There were more than enough spare arms to do all of them in either pose, but the sculpting best suits the leaning forward, thrusting as seen on these guys.

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  12. Great stuff, thanks again Peter!

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    1. Thanks, and you're most welcome, Mark!

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  13. Great work Peter. I received the email from Roger as well - I have more than enough to be getting on with, but am still very tempted to add another unit or two to the pile...

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence. In my case it would be the Polish Horse Artillery (I now have SIX units of Polish cavalry, and they need artillery support, eh?), but to be worthwhile, I'd have to get up to the 100 pound mark for the free shipping. You, on the other hand, my freind, are doubtless in need of Badeners...

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    2. I was and scooped some up in the last sale Peter - just enough for Talavera.

      I dared not add any more, as I have already overreached in terms of my capacity to simultaneously complete the three Portuguese cavalry regiments on the painting table at the moment. Now, if I were ten years younger...

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    3. Having already partaken of Badener goodness, you are absolved of the requirement to buy more, Lawrence! At least until they have some new Baden releases, that is! :-)

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  14. Another lovely looking unit Peter.
    With uniforms changing, according to regulations, between 1807-09 and 1810-13, you can bet that there were many mixtures of the two worn over the period--that's not even accounting for preferences of the colonel or men, the rigours of campaign, fading colours, improvisation and the like. Opens the way for many wargamer's interpretations, I reckon!

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    1. THanks, and yes, I agree fully about the many possible uniform variations from the "regulations"!

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