Sunday, September 18, 2022

Granaderos a Caballo de Fernando VII


Or in English, they are the Horse Grenadiers of Fernando the 7th; much akin in name to Grenadiers a Cheval.  Despite the name, this was a Light Cavalry outfit. 


It was a volunteer unit raised September 8, 1808, by Count Fernan Nunez, with three squadrons and 540 men total.

These fine fellows are Perry figures. The unit initially wore bearskin colpacks, but is depicted in shakos by 1810.


It was converted into Hussars on May 1, 1811 (one of 4 Hussar units remaining at that time). They are then shown wearing a similar uniform, but with yellow breaches, and a green pelisse with black fur, laced white.


  The unit continued past the end of the Napoleonics Wars as the  Husares de Fernando VII, but was eventually disbanded in 1825.


Some sources show the borders of the shabraque in yellow instead of white, and some show the plate on the colpack to be brass as opposed to silver. In either case the plaque bore a F-VII monogram.  I have gone with the more standard interpretation. 
The trumpeter's uniform is somewhat speculative, but follows the usual pattern for Spanish Cavalry - red coats with facings as per the regiment. Yellow faced green would be the main other option for the trumpeter's uniform. 


The standard is unknown; I have used one for the Lusitania Dragoons, modified to replace the badge with a gold F VII monogram on a green field, almost certainly incorrect, but it works! I painted over the black cravat of the "Dragoons of Death" for the actual unit. 





Thursday, September 15, 2022

Hessians Arrive!

 A few days ago, a rather hefty parcel arrived from Germany, bearing the fruits of the Price of Crowns 3 Kickstarter. It wasn't half as weighty as the big box from the earlier Price of Crowns 2 (Wurttembeurg) Kickstarter , though!  :-)

 

Hessen-Darmstatdt Chevau-Legers w/ command. These guys were the biggest reason for backing this project. Coming to an 1809 battlefield soon! Lovely figures, really! 


Hessen-Darmstatdt infantry officer, Prince Emil of Hessen-Darmstatdt, Georg of Hessen Darmstatdt (L to R)


The Emperor himself; a free Kickstarter incentive for this project. The sculpting on the face is amazing! 


Hessen-Darmstatdt battery. The gun components are just press fit in this shot. 


Another view. The uniform is fairly distinctive with black facings piped red, and white button hole lace on the lapels and cuff flaps.


Icabod Crane on the march! The heads are supplied separately for these Hessian troops; the press fit example quickly demonstrated that this would allow a of head position variants when assembled!

Another view of the Line infantry figures. All digitally sculpted by Lucas Luber, Piano Games


The infantry all laid out. I will paint them as one unit ("brigade") for each of the three in the Hessian army, with 2 stands (6 figures) from each in the green coats of the fusilier (light infantry) battalions. One such stand will carry a flag, accounting for the 4th flag  This will also allow them to be fielded as 4 stand units, 3 line and 1 fusilier, with a couple of stands left over. Historically, the yellow faced  Gross und Erbprinz regiment, yellow faced, was sent to Spain and adopted the 6 company French organization, including shakos and Epaulettes for the elite companies. The Kickstarter included troops in the "Spanish" uniforms, too, but I passed on those. 


I also ordered one additional set of Wurttemburg Line infantry along with this KS, which arrived with the figures above, plus a second pack, I think meant to replace some of the broken bayonets from the earlier order. The Hessians have slightly more robust muskets, and that plus improved packing for their trans-Atlantic journey meant NO broken bayonets at all on any of these, and much less bending of the muskets as well. Good work!


The next project for Lucas is the Tyrolean revolt of 1809. He has been busy sculpting Tyrolians, Bavarians, Austrians, and who knows what else! I suspect it may be a while until the next Kickstarter launches, but it would be good for my budget if it is not until after the first of the year!



Monday, September 12, 2022

Olivenza Cazadores a Caballo

 The first unit of Spanish Cazadores a Caballo (literally "Hunters on Horseback", akin to French Chassuers a Cheval, or German Jagers zu Pferde) was raised in 1762.



In 1802, the green coated Cazadores were converted into Husares, and, amazingly, the 8 yellow coated Dragoon regiments were then converted into green coated Cazadores in 1803.! I wonder who had investments in the uniform production industry?!


  In 1805, those 8 regiments were then converted back into yellow coated dragoons, and the former Cazadores, the Voluntarios de Espana and the Olivenza converted back to Cazadores again! 
More money for uncle Roberto!


The Voluntarios had a similar uniform with sky blue collars, cuffs, and waistcoats, in place of  the red of the Olivecza regiment. A shako was also adopted (officially) at that time.

I have always loved the depiction of the Cazadores a Caballo in the Funken books of the 1970's.  I have thus  chosen to show the unit in their earlier Tarleton style helmets (properly part of the uniform of the 1802-1805 Dragoons!).


The figures used are in fact Perry British Light Dragoons in their earlier uniforms. The chest lace was painted on (easy enough to do), as the Perry's depicted these troopers in their every day uniforms, without the braid. 



The standard is that of the Numancia Dragoons. Even though the Cazadores likely didn't carry standards in the field, mine had to! I chose this flag chiefly because I was too cheap to pay for shipping for just 2 more of the otherwise excellent Adolfo Ramos flags. 


The flag above is taken from the excellent Little Wars site: http://littlewars.se/spanish/dragoons.html

Friday, September 9, 2022

Spanish Light Cavalry Officers

A bit of a teaser, as I am going to post the officer figures before their respective units for a change!


To the left of the picture is an officer of the Cazadores a Caballo. and top the Right belonging to the Brabaderos a Caballo de Fernando VII.  

There uniforms are similar to that of their men aside from the substitution of silver for white in the braiding, piping, and horse furniture.


These are Perry figures.  Their parent units will be coming soon! 


Growing up, my mother always had Morning Glories planted in the flowerboxes on our porch.


She passed on last November, a few months short of age 98. This year, I started a bunch from seed, and then planted them outside in various locations around the fencing that surrounds our pool. 


Their heart shaped leaves and the simple but evanescent beauty of their blooms reminds us that life can be sweet and beautiful, but even with a span of almost 98 years, yet still short in the scheme of things. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

ECW/Renaiisance Limbers

 


This is a small "catch up" post.


Just a pair of limbers for the ECW/TYW ear. although I suppose they could be stretched back as far as 1500 or so. 


I painted these some years ago, and rebased them last year, but they somehow never made it into the queue, so here they are now!


Limbers look great on the table, but they take up a lot of space (perhaps realistically)!


I also hate painting them up, so these will almost certainly be the only ones for the Pike and Shot era! 
However they can now officially pass into the "painted: tally! 


Sunday, September 4, 2022

2nd Quarter 2022 Statistics

 As usual the stats for the 2nd quarter are very late!


WotR Re-enactors at the Tewkesbury Festival; Wars of the Roses was certainly the theme for this quarter!

Expenses:

April 2022
Black Seas rules  PDF (to be used for Naval games in the Campaign) $16, Impetus 2 PDF $7.50, 

May 2022
Playing Card Deck (new Cards for use with TTS!) $105.94, Litko (base sale) $105.66

June 2022
Price of Crowns 3 Kickstarter (Hessians: 3 Line Infantry units, 1 Light Infantry 1 Battery/2 Guns, and Hessian Chevau-legers) $226.53, Pete's Flags (WotR flag sheets) $74.54, Staples ((Really Useful Boxes with discount coupon) $69.04, Castles of Burgundy Kickstarter $97


2nd Quarter Total:   $702.21  (above goal) 



Painting:

April 2022
Fitzalan Billmen (60 points), Plantagenet Archers (60), Northumberland Billmen (60)

May 2022
Spanish Walloon Guards (90 points), Spanish R.I. Leon (90), Audley Billmen (60), Exeter Archers (60), Grey Billmen (60), Tunstall Billmen (60)

June 2022 
Roos Archers (60 points), Spanish Grenadier companies (30), Berners Billmen (60), Neville Billmen (60), Neville Archers (60), Bills Bills (36 refurb = 90 points), Bill's Men at Arms (12 refurb = 30 points), Bill's Medieval Handgunners and more bills (24 refurb = 60 points)


2nd Quarter Total: 1050  points (about as much as I can do!)


Games:

April 2022
Austerlitz 1805 with Morschauser rules at the Gardiner Library (HMGS Next Gen)

May 2022
Pavia 1525 Playtest with To the Strongest!

June 2022
Heraclea Playtest with To the Strongest!


2d Quarter Totals: 3 games (all in person)