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Raise high ze black flags my children! - The Prussian Army of 1813-1815

Raise high ze black flags my children! - The Prussian Army of 1813-1815

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1st Battalion of Prussian Reserve by Wargames Atlantic Complete

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1st Battalion of Prussian Reserve by Wargames Atlantic Complete

This is the first battalion of Prussian Reserve by Wargames Atlantic that I have completed and I’m very happy with the results.

In its current form (24 figures) this battalion is missing command figures which i’m currently working on using the metal Reserve Command from Perry Miniatures.

I’ll be following up with a more detailed post on the history and organisation of the reserve battalions/regiments. The red facings on these should allow them to be used for a range of regiments, im yet to decide on which at this point in time, worth noting is the reserve battalions were not issued flags (as far as i can tell) which makes these very flexible in terms of representing a wide range of regiments on the tabletop.

In terms of research these are very interesting, a wide range of uniforms were issued and changed over the course of the Napoleonic Wars, the provisional grey uniform being issued, alongside the standard prussian line uniform, british/portuguese uniforms and even salvaged french equipment in cases.

The reserves were later “converted” to full line regiments in 1815, by that point being issued the full Prussian Uniform but this hadn’t come into full effect by the 100 days campaign.

These figures are sculpted wearing the provisional grey uniform, in some cases this was dyed the more traditional prussian blue which I shall be doing for some battalions.

The miniatures as previously stated are fantastic, both in terms of sculpting and value. I’ve actually ordered a second box from my FLGS.

For this unit I took the “speed” painting approach using very simple techniques which I think has been very effective.

  1. Prime
    Scale 75 Instant Colours Primer Ice Charm (or Vallejo Gray Surface Primer)
  2. Boots, shakos, cap peaks, cartridge box
    Citadel Black Templar Contrast
  3. Trousers and Jackets
    Citadel Space Wolves Grey
  4. Packs – Mixed
    Citadel Black Templar Contrast
    Citadel Gore Grunta Fur Contrast
    Citadel Skeleton Horde Contrast
    Citadel Snakebite Leather Contrast
  5. Flesh
    Citadel Gulliman Flesh Contrast
  6. White Belts
    VallejoModel Colour Off-White
  7. Pack Belts
    Scale 75 Gobi Brown
  8. Coats and Rolls
    Vallejo London Grey, followed by a Wash of Citadel Nuln Oil
  9. Unit Facings (in this case Red)
    Vallejo Game Colour Gory Red
  10. Musket
    Citadel Wildwood Contrast
  11. Metalwork
    Scale 75 Thrash metal
  12. Buttons
    Citadel Retributor Armour
  13. Wash (All areas except flesh)
    2-1 of Army Painter Quickshade mixing medium / Army Painter Dark Tone

This is actually a pretty quick step by step painting guide, the final wash really ties the scheme together.

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