Friday, June 21, 2019

Baden Dragoons

I have long waited for a manufacturer to do the Baden (Light) Dragoons in 28 mm, and Murawski finally obliged last year.The regiment was originally raised as Dragoons circa 1803 - 1804, but was soon converted to light cavalry, or Light Dragoons. The official title of the regiment remained "Dragoner" (Dragoons) throughout the era, however. The regiment had a theoretical strength of a little over 500 men, in 4 squadrons. A second regiment was raised in 1813, and a 5th and 6th (depot) squadron was added to both regiments in 1814.



Here is the regiment in all of its Azure glory. Although, perhaps regrettably, sculpted in Campaign Dress, I have painted them in their full dress uniforms.


For the coats, I used Delta Ceramcoat "Azure Blue", washed with Delta Ceramcoat "Opaque Blue", a medium dark blue hue.


The officers had silver epaulettes, azure blue saddle cloths with silver borders, and the silver interwoven with gold and red sash common to all Badener officers, and wore white breeches.


The trumpeters wore essentially the same uniform as the troopers, but with red plumes, and in dress uniform, had red, white, and  yellow lace on the lapels and cuffs. The trumpet cords were either plain red, or red mixed with yellow, as shown here. Trumpeters also had black sheepskins on their saddles instead of the white used by the rest of the regiment.


The Regiment in Line


Just a bit of the officer's shabraque can be seen. 


Note the encumbrances of troops on campaign hanging from the saddles. 


Charge!  The Baden Dragoons fought at Ebelsberg, Aspern, Wagram, and Znaim in 1809.


    Throughout the era the jackets of the regiment(s) were Azure blue in color. The headgear was a black bicorn with a white pom pom until 1806, when a black leather Raupenhelm, reminiscent of the Bavarian version,  with white metal decorations was adopted.


Baden Dragoons, Coat details
Years
Collars,
cuffs,
turnbacks
Lapels
Shoulder
straps
Buttons
Special
1803 - 1808
Scarlet
Scarlet
Azure, left only
White
White buttonhole lace
on cuffs and lapels
1809 - 1810
Scarlet
Scarlet
Azure piped
Scarlet
White
White aigrettes, ?
1804 - 1809
1811 - 1813
Scarlet
None
Azure piped
Scarlet
White
N/A
1813 - 1815
Scarlet
None
Azure piped
Scarlet
White
White aigrettes Rgt #1
Yellow aigrettes Rgt #2


Baden Dragoons, Breeches
Years
Breeches
1803 - 1804
Buff
1805 - 1806
White
1807
Light grey, brown leather inserts piped scarlet
1808 - 1813
Azure blue w/ double scarlet stripe down seam, black leather inserts
1814 -1815
Dark grey w/ brown leather inserts and cuffs


(The above information is all condensed from "The Army of the Grand Duchy of Baden, 1806 - 1814", by W. J. Rawkins, the only decent source on the army of Baden in English that I am aware of)

22 comments:

  1. Nicely done. Glad to see some German stuff.

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    1. I was happy with how they came out. There will be a few more Badeners to come...

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  2. lovely looking figures and painting - well done Peter!

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  3. Excellent glad to see you have these ready at last, and very nice they look too Peter! :)

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    1. Thank you, Mark. A bit different in style from your own excellent version, but still a unique splash of color on the tabletop!

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  4. Nice job Peter. I must admit I am warming more toward figures in campaign dress, whereas ten years ago I would have avoided them.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence. I don't mind some figures in campaign dress, but a whole army of French in overcoats? Why bother! :-)

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  5. Lovely sculpts and delightful painting,a great combo of colours! My preference is for full dress but some campaign dress is alright,a whole army in greatcoats? Is that a Russian Crimean army?
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. We obviously have the same feelings. I have one French "Division" in overcoats for variety (also they can be used to depict Militia or raw troops), and of course some Russian infantry as well, but they are a very decided minority of my troops.

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  6. Sculpts look good and painting great, Peter! I found the infantry very slight in stature,. How do the cavalry compare with, say, Old Glory?

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    1. I would agree with you on the Infantry. The sculpts are quite good, but they are rather slight. Partly that is to be consistent with the style of Paul Hicks, who sculpted the Poles. They still paint up well. Overall, for the infantry, I prefer the *very* short lived Pontoonier Baden infantry, which I have never seen anywhere aside from my own. I also prefer the sculpting on the helmet on those figures, which show the unique red and yellow enameled crest. The overall quality of the sculpting is otherwise better on the Murawski figures, though, and the Pontoonier figures were only available for a year or less.

      These cavalry are a different matter completely. I wish they had sculpted the Raupenhelm taller, as seen in most illustrations, but they may have had access to more primary information from Karlsruhe, as I know they researched these figures quite thoroughly. The Murawski horse are notably larger than Old Glory ones, on a par with Perry and Brigade games, and are excellent sculpts. The riders are definitely bigger than Old Glory, on a par with Foundry (or bigger), and a bit smaller than Perry, I would say.

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    2. Thanks for the figure details! Sounds like they "might" fit in with Front Rank cavalry?

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    3. They would be a little smaller and less stocky then Front Rank.

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  7. Great looking troops Peter! That shade of blue really sets them off beautifully.
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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    1. Thanks, Jason! It is a rather unique uniform , which is why these troops have been ion my "wish list" for a long time~!

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  8. Awesome blue and beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks, Garry. As I said, I have been waiting a long time to do these guys!

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  10. What color/technique are you using for the dun horses? It looks really nice.

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    1. In my scheme, I believe these are "Light Bay" horses. The recipe comes from an old online series, Mr. Tin's workshop, painting tips,, parts 7 and 9, ""A Primer on Painting Ponies". I can no longer find the site (the last time I found a copy of it on the Wayback machine, I think). Anyway, it gives instructions for painting 10 different horse colors.Anyway, here's the one for Lifght Bay:

      Primary Coat Color: Ral Partha Khakim (I used Michael's Craftsmrt Khakhi)
      Coat Stain: 50/50 mix of Delta CC Toffee Brown and Spice brown (about 3 parts water with color float, to 1 part paint).
      Coat Wash: Delta CC Brown Velvet (about 6 to 8 parts thinner to 1 paint)
      Cannon/Muzzle: Block painted CC Spice Brown, stained pure black
      Mane/Tail: Blocked Hippo Grey, and stained Delta CC Charcoal.

      I do have the pages printed out for constant reference for all my horse painting needs!

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