Monday, May 20, 2013

Hanoverian Verden Battalion, or, Why I like leftovers

I had purchased a few battalions worth of the Old Glory 2nd Edition in the pre-painted form a couple of years ago to jump start the British brigades of Pack, Kempt and Halkett.  The price and  the quality of the paint job were just really too good for me to pass up.

I did have a few leftover figures, and recently put those with the green facings to good use, as part of the Hanoverian field battalion Verden. Turns out the uniform detail and the facing color is 'close enough' at least for me, to have six shako'd OG mix in with 12 capped Hanoverian castings from the Perry line. I will keep the headgear separate by stand, but the unit is done in record time.  Here are a couple shots of the Filed Battalion Verden.

Here is most of the unit.....

And a close up......

The fellows in the caps are painted with a craft paint cardinal red, tube acrylic yellow for the hat band and sashes, a craft paint dark brown for the muskets, Vallejo for the flesh, brass and gunmetal. The white for the cross belts is also an artist acrylic tube paint, it really is a much crisper white in person.

Basing uses Litko bases, sand glued with PVA (Elmer's) washed over with burnt umber from lifelike and flocked with static grass.

The next unit will most likely be either the field battalion Bremen or the Luneberg Jager battalion. After that, the York field battalion will complete the Kielmansegge brigade. Lots to paint, the grass is in keen competition with the indoor projects!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Back to painting, or, TheTale of the Prodigal Jager

Just when I thought it was safe to mount the Hanoverian jager battalion ....., the realized that I was one casting short.  After some searching various places over two days, I found the AWOL soldier, and an officer who obviously was sent to find him, hiding out in amongst a bunch of unpainted Prussians.

Now that he is rejoined with his comrades, I can present to you the complete battalion of the Grubenhaben Jagers.  The figures are from the Perry miniatures line, Hanoverian Grubenhaben center and command  is the pack type.    Most of the colors were craft paints, from Ceramcoat or Blick Art brands, although the gunmetal is Vallejo and the yellow for the sashes is from an acrylic tube of cadmium yellow.

 The Grubenhaben as they are marching to Quatre Bras, perhaps?  I might have gone a little light on portions of the jacket, which is the same dark green as the British rifle units.

A second view, showing most of the battalion. 18 castings strong and ready to participate.  The Grubenhaben Jager battalion was one of two Jager (the other being the Luneberg) and three line battalions in Kielmansegge's brigade.  I hope to have one of the line battalions done this month.

It seems that I will be able to finish off the rest of the two brigades of allied foot this summer, as I now have almost all the castings I need for both Best's and Kielmansegge's brigades.

I hope to have a battle to fight in our imaginary campaign of an ersatz early 19th Century campaign.  More soon.