Finally finished the big push to get the other half of my Prussian army completed. It was 'over-the-holidays' project that, because of the flu, and well, the holidays, I could not complete. Actually I intended only to have enough to replay the Battle of Ligny, but as I was completing ALL the Landwehr (more anon) I went on and did the additional 4 elements of Bulow's Corps (which did not participate at Ligny) to do the whole lot.
In all I have done 160 Landwehr and then the 40 regulars of Bulow's, in addition to all the command figures for the army. The Landwehr are plastic Warlord which have a metal command of three with 9 sprues of 3 figures. For good or bad, the plastic figures have nothing to glue and are complete. Thus not much variation. Doing my usual "do-it-like-HenryFord" production technique and work in mass, I arranged the Landwehr in the three groups, each of about 45 in the same pose. Yes, a bit boring but much quicker. The more diverse command which included their pack of casualties which I bent to be more upright some of which became flag-bearers, I did as the final group.
The same pose Landwehr I completed mostly in the same color scheme but perhaps a third I did variation such as a different colored grey roll or canteen cover. Just enough to fool the eye to suggest greater variety for the poorly equipped militia.
Once all basically painted, I distributed the poses for each unit/element. That done, I could then paint the individual unit distinctions as the Landwehr had a different color of collar, cap band and sometimes the cuff for each province. The seniority was indicated by the shoulder strap.
|Bulow's Corps. One of the four corps of the Waterloo campaign. This was the last of the four which I have painted in the last six months or so.|
Some of the different units of Bulow's Corps:
|1st Neumark Landwehr|
|4th Silesian Landwehr (the flag bearer having a slightly odd pose as I made him more upright than his being shot would suggest!)|
|3rd Silesian (a rather more gruesome element as I put together all the obvious casualty figures including a dying Old Glory mounted officer on a wounded horse and a metal figure which was broken at the ankle)|
|The 18th IR (pretty in pink!)|
|1st Silesian ( the flag is from the Warlord box )|
|the 15th IR|
The local game store had another of its big sales awhile back and I found on sale a pack of Old Glory Prussian officers and another of Generals. But I debated. OG horses are basically horrible. And the sculpts are, at times, questionable. However, I bit the bullet knowing I had some spare horses which I could use.
The results are:
|Bulow's command stand. It seems he is ignoring the messenger with orders. He and Gneisenau (the Prussian Chief-of-Staff) did not like each other and this contributed to Bulow being late for the Battle of Ligny.|
|Pirch The other two figures in the Perry pack.|
|My Ziethen. Old Glory with Front Rank horses. Is he is wondering where to put the last of his reserves into the battle at Ligny?|
|my Thielemann. Again, Old Glory with Front Rank horses.|
Of course, now I have the Allied army to paint. Oh gawd, not more British red and lace to do......!