Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Lt-General Carl Romer

Commanded the Austrian cavalry on the left wing at Mollwitz. Today, I made a figure to represent Romer. I decided to have him in his regimental uniform, DR 37, Romer Dragoons. When painted the figure will be in a blue coat, with red lapels, cuffs, vest etc. His Aide, still to be made, will be in the uniform of DR 1, Althann Dragoons, green coat and vest with red cuffs and lapels etc. Should be a colourful two-piece.
John
 
 
 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Big Guns 2

Finished the basing of those Austrian batteries. Most pleased with the outcome. Four guns and 10 gunners looks OK.
John
 
 
 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Mollwitz

Today I paraded the centre stands for the 11 Prussian infantry regiments that will march to Mollwitz. This excludes the grenadier battalions.
 
Fortunately I have a reasonably large collection of Prussian infantry regiments, so for most battles I can muster up many of those present on the day.
 
So for Mollwitz all these regiments were present. From left to right followed by those in the background.
 
Front ....IR 1, 7, 10, 13, 15, 23.
Rear......IR 25, 27, 26, 18, 40.
 
I am really looking forward to taking this battle to the table.
John
 
 
 
 

Big Guns

Back to those Austrian 'Minden' Guns.
 
Sometime ago I decided to move away from the hobby norm of 4/5 gunners to each gun, to two guns on a base with only 5 gunners. These are classified as batteries and as such can represent any amount of guns on the table. I think the concept works with action type figures, not sure it would work with conventional poses.
 
I made 30 different figures:
 
10 Russian
10 Austrian (shown in photos)
10 Prussian (still to be painted)
 
John
 
 
 
 

Friday, 23 September 2016

At Last!

Just completed the prepping of the last cavalry regiment for Mollwitz. Dragoon regiment Liechtenstein, 26 figures.
I have to admit I have found prepping all these recent Austrian cavalry somewhat of a chore!
 
At least I now on the final lap, I only have the two command vignettes to make to complete the Austrian army.
I still have to base the Austrian 'big guns' that arrived a few months back but fortunately these will not be required for Mollwitz.
John
 
 
 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mollwitz gets Closer

I have mentioned on numerous posts over the last 18 months my ambition to stage Mollwitz 10th April 1741. Fuelled by those black and white photographs in The War Game by Charles Grant and more recently by Charles S Grant, Refighting History Volume 2, which is partially devoted to the battle.
I am now only two Austrian cavalry regiments away from being able to set up this engagement between Austria and Prussia.
Using a scale of 1:30 allows the flexibility for me to use my 42 figure infantry units and 26 figure cavalry units. 
I still may tweak the numbers a little but this is what I have come up with so far:
 
Austrian Army:
8 Infantry units
8 Heavy cavalry units
2 Hussar units
 
Prussia:
11 Infantry units
 4 Grenadier battalions of 24 figures each
 4 Heavy cavalry units
 1 Hussar unit
 
That is a total of 1284 figures without command figures and vignettes, so circa 1400 figures in total.
 
The photographs below show the latest Austrian cuirassier regiment.
John