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On the Benno’s Figures Forum website, I recently entered the monthly figure painting ‘duel’ against the mysterious Mr X.  The aim is that we both paint exactly the same figure, take two photos of it, let the ‘referee’ post our pics, and then put it to members of the forum to vote for the best.

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My painted Zvezda Black Hussar of Frederick the Great’s era

The figure we elected to tackle was one of Zvezda’s Black Hussars of Frederick the Great. Mr X didn’t have the figure in question to hand so I sent him one of mine via a go-between in Holland (to retain his anonymity).

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Another view of my hussar.

Mr X is an undoubtedly talented artist and has deservedly won many of the duels this year. His figure was first class and as the votes came in we were virtually neck and neck until the final day of the week’s voting.

And the winner was…

…yours truly, by a mere two votes. Hurrah! A famous victory for the troops of Suburban Militarism!

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“Charge! For Suburban Militarism and glory!”
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To battle! My hussar of the 7 years war era.

Featured Figures: Frederick the Great’s Musketeers

…and continuing with my 7 Years War era Prussian infantry showcase, the final two regiments are the Kalckstein and the Braunschwieg (or Brunswick to anglicise it) Regiments. Being musketeers, these are all sporting the tricorne hat (the third option of headgear that came with the HaT sets). Again, all uniform and flag information came from the excellent 7 Years War Project website.

Firstly: the Brunswick Regiment:-

 

…and the Kalckstein Regiment:-

 

Featured Figures: Frederick the Great’s Grenadiers

Whilst making good process of putting together my Victorian artillery battery, I’ve had the wind taken out of my sails by a mild seasonal cold. Somewhat enervated, I felt unable to pick up the brush and do justice to any figures, so instead thought I might give some exposure to some finished figures hitherto overlooked on the blog.

In 2014, I spent the better part of six months painting figures from HaT’s then newly released Prussian Infantry range. I did post at the conclusion of this project in November 2014, but the photos were inadequate and I kept meaning to produce better ones. The HaT figures came with a choice of headgear: tall grenadier caps, fusilier mitres or musketeer tricornes. Naturally, I thought I’d paint all three! In fact, making use of five boxes, I created four regiments of nearly fifty figures each.

Some trivia: Never mind those lofty grenadier caps, Frederick the Great’s father was obsessed by having the tallest grenadiers, apparently cherry-picking the very tallest soldiers from other regiments for his Grenadier Guard, regardless of their soldierly qualities…

Next post in this series of Frederick the Great’s 7 Years War infantry regiments – The Munchow Fusiliers.

But here is the first regiment, the prestigious Grenadier Guards with their spectacular gold caps.

Featured Figures: Austrian Dragoons (Seven Years War)

While I’m finishing off the latest set of Prussian hussars for the Nappy Cavalry Project, I thought that it might be time for a “Featured Figures” post. And, I have to confess, it’s yet more cavalry…

Last year, I dedicated a good portion of my time to tackling four regiments (nearly 200 figures) of Frederick the Great’s Prussian Infantry of the 7 Years War. Once I these were complete, I considered that it was maybe time to paint some adversaries too, so I tackled Revell’s Austrian 7 Years War Dragoons set.

They are a nice looking set, delicately sculpted in the familiar style of Revell figures. They are perhaps just a little too delicate for my personal taste. I do like a little more distinct detail to hang my paint on, but painted with care there’s no doubt they make a very reasonable cavalry set.

The Austrian dragoons of this period were blessed with an astonishing array of brightly coloured uniforms, each regiment being different from the others. I chose to depict the Prinz Savoyen Dragoons regiment which wore an all red uniform with black trim. I decided to mount them all on greys for some reason or other! There is another set of these figures waiting somewhere in my collection ready for me to depict another Austrian dragoon regiment, whenever I get around to it…

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Oh dear, it looks like a little paint has flaked off his tricorn…!

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Prussian 7 Years War Infantry Project Complete!

Three regiments of Prussian Infantry. Top: Grenadier Garde. Middle: Brunswick Infantry (musketeers). Bottom: Munchow Regt (Fusiliers)
Three regiments of Prussian Infantry. Top: Grenadier Garde. Middle: Brunswick Infantry (musketeers). Bottom: Munchow Regt (Fusiliers)

Yesterday, I finally managed to complete the painting of 4 regiments of Prussian Infantry. This was indeed a significant moment for me as I first began these figures at the start of the year in January. An intensive period of painting large numbers of the same figure is something I’d never attempted before. In general, I prefer to paint a sprue and move on to something else, keeping my interest by exploring different sets. The Crimean War sets by Strelets are a good example whereby I will keep painting different figures from the large range available, occasionally returning to do another sprue from a set I’ve painted previously.

The 7 Years War Prussians were different. The regiments are made up of figures taken from HaT’s 7 Years War range. The sets allow the choice of three types of headgear; Grenadier cap, Musketeer tricorn, or Fusilier cap. Inspired by this choice of headgear, I decided to pick four regiments to depict, taking my information from the excellent Seven Years War Project website. The sets available are “Prussian Infantry Marching“, “Prussian Infantry in Action” and “Prussian Command“. In total, I’ve made about 180 figures split equally between the four regiments.  and using the 7YW Project as a guide chose the following;

Prussian Grenadier Garde officers and men.
Prussian Grenadier Garde officers and men.

I had essentially completed all these figures by June this year with the sole exception of two mounted officers for the Kalckstein musketeer and Muchow fusilier regiments. These two remained stubbornly unpainted and unfinished until this week when I finally got on with it. I’ve just been applying a coat of my wonderful new matt varnish and if I can manage to take some decent pics I’ll add more.

Men of the Prussian Grenadier Garde of Frederick the Great
Men of the Prussian Grenadier Garde of Frederick the Great

I’m looking forward to HaT releasing the next in the 7 Years War series which appears to be Prussian Artillery with the possibility of Austrian Infantry to follow. This appears to be some way off in the future at time of writing, however. In the meantime, therefore, I’ve been expanding my 7 Years War troops by painting up some Revell Austrian Dragoons of Prinz Savoyen’s regiment. Hopefully, the complete box of these will be completed some time over the next week!

Brunswick Regt. Frederick the Great's Prussian army c 7YW.
Brunswick Regt. Frederick the Great’s Prussian army c 7YW.
Brunswick Regt. Frederick the Great's Prussian army c 7YW.
Brunswick Regt. Frederick the Great’s Prussian army c 7YW.
Munchow Fusilier Regt. Frederick the Great's Prussian army c 7YW.
Munchow Fusilier Regt. Frederick the Great’s Prussian army c 7YW.
Munchow Fusilier Regt. Frederick the Great's Prussian army c 7YW.
Munchow Fusilier Regt. Frederick the Great’s Prussian army c 7YW.
Kalckstein Regt (musketeers) of Frederick the Great's Prussian army c 7YW.
Kalckstein Regt (musketeers) of Frederick the Great’s Prussian army c 7YW.
Kalckstein Regt (musketeers) of Frederick the Great's Prussian army c 7YW.
Kalckstein Regt (musketeers) of Frederick the Great’s Prussian army c 7YW.