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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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About the Project

Building a 28mm Prussian Napoleonic army that can be used across a number of campaigns from 1813 upto the hurdred days and Waterloo.

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Progress has been made, updates incoming!

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The almost completed 3 battalions of the 6th Prussian Reserve Infantry RegimentThe almost completed 3 battalions of the 6th Prussian Reserve Infantry Regiment

Progress has been somewhat slow over the last month due to work being busier than normal.

I have however completed painting the 3 battalions of the 6th Prussian Reserve Infantry Regiment, basing is still required however I’m planning on doing this in bulk.

Alongside the Wargames Atlantic Plastics and Perry Metal Command figures I’ve also painted a mounted office by Calpe, a fantastic figure, mounted this fits in very well with the WA figures and the sculpting is fantastic, with no mold lines or cleanup required and a joy to paint

New set of paints to try, Vallejo Game Color Extra Opaque

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Vallejo Extra Opaque ColorsVallejo Extra Opaque Colors

Having experimented with airbrushing miniatures in their primary base colour I hit a problem of coverage. Some paints really don’t work well over the blue without a few layers, this usually wouldn’t be a huge problem, but when painting a large batch this quickly starts to double the painting time.

Culloden Painting Studio (a great youtube channel you should subscribe to) recently did a video that couldn’t have been better timed following the coloured prime idea. While my overall painting plan is a bit different he did use these “extra opaque” heavy game colour paints and I felt it would be worth a go.

Having found 3 or so colours I thought I’d like I quickly realised the cost put me off a bit, buying 3 paint generally ends up costing the same again in postage, so I decided to buy the full set of 16 for £33 off Amazon (I normally use a smaller store but in this case, I wanted to crack on).

So far I’ve been reasonably impressed, I’ve used several as base colours and all have covered well with one coat, I’ll be following up with another update once I’ve finished the Batallion and sharing some more thoughts on these paints but initial impressions are good and these look like a great timesaver.

Priming en Masse, and going slightly further with the airbrush

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I’ve now primed up the assembled 6th Reserve Regiment (minus some additional command).

I moved away from spray can’s to an airbrush for priming miniatures a few years ago and haven’t really looked back. Despite some early issues I’ve now got a pretty good system for priming my miniatures and it worked really well here.

As in the previous post, I assemble the miniatures and use blue-tac (poster tac) to stick them to tongue depressors (lolly sticks). Generally I try and get one sprue per stick, so six figures, in this case, this just provides a really simple way to check for duplicates when assembling.

Above are the three main stages I follow, these are:

  • Initial prime with Vallejo Surface Primer Black
  • Once this has dried (I usually give it a good hour) I follow this with a second prime of Vallejo Surface Primer Grey, this time with lighter passes and at a 45-degree angle, this leaves a good amount of back on the undersides and shadows.
  • Finally, I follow on with a very quick highlight of Liquitex White Ink, from almost vertical, with a quick pass on the front and back.

I struggled for quite a while when first using an airbrush with it clogging, while I still have some issues, I’ve managed to overcome these with a few actions.

  • Give it a good clean after use, I generally rinse the cup with water to remove any paint, then I run one or two cups (the bit you put the paint in) of clean water through it followed by around half a cup of airbrush cleaner.
  • For the Vallejo primers, I used them at first out of the bottle, I’ve found that adding in thinner and most importantly a few drops of flow improver helps this massively, I don’t know the exact ratios but I have not more than 1/3 thinner and flow improver, maybe as little as 1/4, i also give these a good stir in the airbrush cup.
Priming en Masse, and going slightly further with the airbrush

Wanting to stretch the bounds of my airbrush skills a bit I decided to basecoat the third battalion, who have a full blue uniform, using the airbrush.

I think the result looks very effective and really shows the benefit of zenithal priming. Hopefully, this will continue to look good as I start painting the miniatures.

 

Priming en Masse, and going slightly further with the airbrush

A small update: Start of the next wave, the Prussian 6th Reserve

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So many figures assembled and awaiting primingSo many figures assembled and awaiting priming

Progress on this project has slowed somewhat over the last month, alongside summer I also decided to do something a bit different and started a small War of the Roses project.

Over the weekend I managed to clip, clean mould lines and assemble enough Prussian Reservists from Wargames Atlantic for the 6th Prussian Reserve Regiment. I’m using Perry Miniatures Prussian Reserve Command, alongside a few Mounted officers from both the Perry’s and Calpe. I’m just waiting on some additional command figures from the Perrys to arrive to round out the regiment.

After painting several units as part of this project so far I wanted to narrow down my focus and work on a historical formation.

This is a pretty big chunk of miniatures, and quite ambitious trying to complete a full regiment in a go. I’m looking forward to the end result and I’m staying positive about the challenge of painting this many miniatures.

Excellent uniform plates by Peter BundeExcellent uniform plates by Peter Bunde

There are several somewhat unique elements to this regiment that resulted in me selecting it. I’d previously picked up several Uniform Plates by Peter Bunde as you can see earlier in this project, somewhat randomly. The low-resolution previews give you a rough outline but the physical plates are much clearer and include a very handy history sheet as well, with the 6th notably taking part in the Battle of Leipzig and stormed Plancenoit at Waterloo (by which time it was renamed the 18th Infantry Regiment).

It appears to be one of the few regiments to mostly wear variations of the reservist uniform, with all three battalions issued it. This handily means I can maximize the use of the Wargames Atlantic kits.

The 6th was an amalgamation of 2 west Prussian and a Silesian reserve battalion, hence the mixed facing colors of pink and yellow. All three battalions participated in engagements, there being no “depot” battalion as seen in other armies.

The 3rd battalion would be the fusilier/light battalion, in this case, distinguished by the full blue uniform, generally, these wore black belts but in this case, it’s the standard white.

From what I understand the cap was often quite quickly replaced with the shako in quite a few of the reserve units so this probably isn’t the most accurate but I think wearing all caps will give the regiment a somewhat unique feel on the tabletop.

If anyone knows where I can get some additional command figures in a size that roughly fit in with the wargames Atlantic/Perrys that would be amazing. I’m using Perry’s Prussian reserve command, and have one or two Calpe NCOs I may mix in that scale about the same.

I’d quite like a drummer wearing a cap in the reservist uniform, I’m also struggling for the hornist of the 3rd Battalion, I might have to fall back to a standard fusilier one.

Prussian Hussars

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Prussian Hussars

I showed a seek preview of these in progress a few weeks ago and completed them shortly afterward, having thoroughly enjoyed painted them much to my own surprise.

These can be used to represent a number of Prussian Hussar regiments, several wore the dark Prussian blue and had red facings. I’ve used the illustrations in Osprey Publishings Prussian Cavalry of the Napoleonic Wars (2) as a guide and imagine these being played mostly as one of the Brandenburg Hussar Regiments.

My love/hate relationship with Warlord “resin” continues, thankfully I picked this set up (and another) off eBay for about £15 each, which makes it much more palatable. At £27 RRP, these are getting too close to the price of metals for what I class as an inferior material.

Sculpting wise these are actually rather good once completed, the detail is quite defined, and although the riders are all single piece as a unit there’s enough variety to make it interesting.

The horses are still on the skinny side compared to the likes of the Perry’s but they don’t stand out too much and I’ll mainly be using this with other Warlord Prussian Cavalry until the Perry’s release the Plastic Dragoon kit!

I continued with my contrast method when painting the horses but changed over the paint triad system for the riders and I think it really shows.

Overall I think these are by far the best-painted miniatures I’ve done to date and it’s nice to look back and see the progress.

Prussian Hussars

Showcase Video of Wargames Atlantic Prussian Reserve

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Here’s a closer look at the Wargames Atlantic Prussian Reserve, I’ve now started the process of basing them up and it really brings the miniatures to life.

This is the second video I’ve edited up, now with glorious 60 frames a second after I found the right export setting. Think I’m finally getting back into the flow of video editing after many years away, I’m actually quite enjoying it. I’ve got a few more units lined up for these showcase style videos out of the Prussians that I’ve completed previously then I’m going to have to start painting things again :smiley:

New Youtube Channel with showcase of completed Artillery

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This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I finally cracked, got my camera gear out, picked up a greenstuff world photo booth and one of those cheap turntables.

The end result I think is pretty effective and a process I really enjoyed, despite spending the best part of the evening getting used to video editing again. Its also been a great chance to get some much better quality photos.

I’ll be using these videos to add something extra to the project posts but I’m also planning on adding other content to the channel as time allows.

As for the minature, this is the same as in previous updates but with the addition of basing, I’m really happy with the results and will have a full update in a future post on how I based this and other minis. Its a simple scheme that looks effective maybe one or two addtions will make their way in.

Updates are inbound

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This project’s been a bit quite over the last month but updates are inbound.

My main hobby update will be a completed unit of Prussian Hussars by Warlord Games, quite possibly the best looking unit ive yet painted and very enjoyable after a bit of a hobby break.

Alongside that I’ve started basing up the completed units, this was suprisingly quick and I think I’ve got a nice and simple process, minus drying times its pretty time efficient. I just need a few more finishing touches but its really tying the force together and gives them that finished look.

I’ve finally cracked out my camera gear and decided to take some good quality photos of the end results, I’ve even taken a few videos which will be going up onto youtube.

Here’s what I’ve got planned as project updates for the next few weeks (hopefully with time permitting)

  • A Wargames Guide to Prussian Reserve Infantry
    This will be similar to the previous guide to Landwehr Cavalry, its about 60% complete.
  • Warlord Games Prussian Hussars
    This unit is painted up and based, photos have been taken and im in the process of writing my process up.
  • A Wargames Guide to Prussian Hussars
    This thankfully is simplier than the previous guides and I hope to have this together quite quickly
  • Basing Update
    I’ve finally started looking at basing some of my painted units, I’m really happy with the results so far.

 

I’d also like to say a big thankyou for everyone who’s been following the project along, and the beasts of war team for both the Golden Button and the nomination for the spring clean tutorial. Its rewarding enough to share my hobby with others, its extremley satisfying to know that others are both intrested in it and have found it valuable, its a huge motivation to keep this project going.

Bit of a Hobby Break

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Been having a bit of a break from the hobby and the wider community for the last few weeks, actually probably last few months. Only really chiping in on OTT news articles and occasionally checking discord. Partly as I needed a break and also due to work, and that sun thing outdoors. I actually feel better for it in all honesty.

One of the things I did was this quick project, a wooden frame attached to side of concrete garage for storing bikes vertically to free up space. Made a bit more interesting and tricky as the concrete is impossible to drill so some clever use of existing holes was required.

Anyway I had last Thursday afternoon off and did a quick couple of hours hobby and after having that break I thoroughly enjoyed it for a change. A bit of an important reminder that is easy to get drawn into something too much and its good to sometimes take a step back.

Heres some work in progress Prussian HussarsHeres some work in progress Prussian Hussars

Random Ramblings - Hobby Test Stream

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Recently I thought I would give this streaming thing a go and did a short test stream over on twitch mainly to try the format out.

It was quite fun chatting away while doing some hobby enough so that I’ve got the bug. Area’s for improvement aplenty.

This includes’s quite a bit of rambling on about Prussians, and some comparisons of sprue’s and minatures from various manufacturers.

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.

A Wargamers Guide to Prussian Landwehr Cavalry

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2nd Squadrom Elbe Landwehr Cavalry Regiment (Warlord Games)2nd Squadrom Elbe Landwehr Cavalry Regiment (Warlord Games)

First off a disclaimer, the intention of this guide is to provide wargamers a point of reference when it comes to using Prussian Landwehr Cavalry in their games. While I’ve tried to research and be as accurate as possible the intention here is to provide enough information to guide and inform choices on the tabletop.

Formed in March 1813 the Landwehr Cavalry was a large mounted militia force raised in a similar way to the Landwehr Infantry and consisted of 30 regiments, raising to 34 in 1815.

A Regiment would consist of 4 squadrons of 72-100 men (the exact number varies depending on the source but generally falls into this ballpark) and the command staff. These squadrons would then be further split in 4 platoons.

Regiments were raised in each province of Prussia, the number of regiments varying in each, the most numerous being those from Kurmark, Silesia and East Prussia, probably the most recognisable to a wargamer from their red and yellow facings being common on artwork.

  • East Prussia – 5 regiments
  • West Prussia – 3
  • Pomerania – 3
  • Neumark – 2
  • Kurmark – 7
  • Silesia – 8
  • Westphalia – 1
  • Elbe – 1
  • Rhineland – none (3 regiments after November 1815)

They saw action throughout the 1813-1814 campaigns with some excellent engagements, which you can read more about in the sources, generally brave and reckless to abbadon they were undisciplined, poorly trained and equipped but enjoyed several successes.

During a charge, they were brave to the point of forgetting all obedience and order; during a retreat, on the contrary, after a charge that had been repulsed, only natural obstacles were, as a rule, able to stop them.

The battle of Leipzig gives a good example of how the Landwehr were deployed, with most infantry brigades seeing 1 or 2 squadrons attached and a Landwehr cavalry briage making up part of each crops cavalry reserve.

Allied order of battle at Leipzig

During the hundred days campaigns the Landwehr Cavalry made up 40% of the Prussians cavalry.

Uniforms and Equipment

Cavalrymen wore a dark blue Litewka (Long Coat) and were armed with a Lance and curved Sabre.

Belts and leatherwork would be black, buttons either white/yellow and collars and cuffs in provincial colours. Headwear was a covered shako with the white cross.

From a painting perspective these are very similar to the Landwehr infantry, the main distinctions being the addition of the lance pennon which varied across provinces and regiments and of course the horses.

The following table gives an overview of provincial colour diferences.

Province
# of Rgts
Collar/Cuffs
Buttons
Lance Pennons
East Prussia
5
Poppy Red
White
red/white
Kurmark/Neumark
2/7
Poppy Red
Yellow
white/black
West Prussia
3
Black *
White
yellow/crimson
Pomerania
2
White
Yellow
white/black
Silesia
8
Yellow
White
white/yellow
Westphalia
1
Green
White
orange?
Elbe
1
Light Blue
Yellow
blue/red
Rhineland
0/3
Madder Red
Yellow
white/crimson

The following plate gives an example of the uniform worn by the 4th Regiment of Kurmark Landwehr Cavalry. Note the white and black lance pennon. Epaulettes varied based on the squadron within the regiment, in this case white being the 1st squadron, the unit I’ve previously painted had red epaulettes and would represent the second squadron.

The following plates give examples of how the uniform varies based off regiment, these are all taken from the excellent resource http://centjours.mont-saint-jean.com/unitesPR.php

1st Squardron 4th Regiment of Kurmark Landwehr Cavalry1st Squardron 4th Regiment of Kurmark Landwehr Cavalry

In Games

In Black Powder Landwehr Cavalry are covered in  Albion Triumphant Volume 2 – The Hundred Days Campaign.

Two options are available for fielding based off The Prussian Army, 1815 List:

0-1 Small Landwehr Cavalry Regiments can be taken as  Brigade Support for Each Prussian Infantry Brigade.

This represents the role the Landwehr Cavalry played well, with the often being split into smaller formations and attached to Infantry to provide support, reconnaissance and scouting duties.

As a landwehr Cavalry Brigade (1 per two infantry brigades)

This formation allows you to field a brigade of Landwehr Cavalry consisting of 2 to 5 Regiments plus the option for Horse artillery support. This allows you to field a large mass of cavalry which represents the Cavalry Reserve of a Corps.

Sources

The following are a collection of sources I used in creating this guide, these may also be useful in your own research.

Prussian Landwehr Cavalry

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Prussian Landwehr Cavalry

Completed at last Prussian Landwehr Cavalry by Warlord Games. A paint in the ** to assemble but an joy to paint.

As I’ve enjoyed doing my research these would represent one of the regiments of the Province of Kurmark/Neumark and be the second squadron (i think).

If you want to button count then the red is closer to madder red than poppy red so would actually be closers to a regiment from Rhineland province, however the Lance Pennons are the white and black of Kurmark/Neumark. The button would be yellow in either case.

Also the prussian blue uniform is probably too bright but who cares, these are toy soldiers afterall. Still yet to decide on basing.

Im still undecided on warlord “resin”, its annoying to work with as its plasticly without being plastic. Sculpting wise these are actually pretty reasonable I think, the detail is quite good and they work great with contrast paints. The Assembly was a pain as the getting the riders onto the horses was nearly impossiable as they dont fit in the saddles, add to that you need to align the lance and the bases wont be flat until you glue them to something it becomes a pretty momumental challenge. One benefit of the resin is the lances are nearly impossible to break (I know this from dropping them from my desk and landing tip first) as are the horses ankles.

Overally I’m actually Quite happy with these,

More Research material has arrived

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More Research material has arrived

I decided to pick up a few of of Peter Bunde’s Brigade plates from Calpe Minatures. I somewhat randomly picked the 1st, 6th and combined 11th 12th Prussian Reserve regiment plates.

I’d found the Osprey Books a bit limiting when it comes to good quality imagery, there majority is black and white, the few colour plates are not the best print quality and given their range of content they only cover limited uniforms.

These are a bit pricey in all fairness but I really enjoy having a physical reference. The illustrations are very similar to those you find included with Perry Miniatures and are a great resource.
I found these particularly interesting as they cover in more depth a regiment and its battalions, In the case of the Prussian reserve regiments there was a huge variation in uniforms and these plates capture it well.

There’s also a very detailed page on the reverse with that units history and battles etc. which is equally useful as a guide when considering tying units into historical formations and actions.

 

Further Reading and Research has arrived

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Further Reading and Research has arrived

Following Napoleons retreat from Moscow in 1812 he was significantly weakened (but not out) in his power in europe. This saw Prussia, once a begrudging allly of France turn into an enemy along side an equally weakend Russia, while Napoleon rebuilt his forces. Several battles being fought with Napoleons freshly raised armies as part of the 1813 German Campaigns resulting in Austria which had been sitting on the sidelines finally joining the coalition forces.

Prussian Guns

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Prussian Guns

I’ve finished the first artillery piece for my Prussian Napoleonic Army for Warlord Games Black Powder, Prussian Foot Artillery running up 6pdr by Perry Miniatures. I’m really happy with the results and managed to mix in a load of different painting techniques.

For assembly I Fixed the Cannon to the base, while painting the crew invidually.

First a zenith prime using Black and Grey Primer from Vallejo.

The Cannon was then airbrused using Vallejo Prussian Blue before a drybrush of Vallejo Dark Blue Grey, Citadel Corvus Black was then used for the metal work followed by a all round wash in Citadel Nuln Oil, For the gun I used Citadel Retributor Armour followed by a wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade, a highlight of Vallejo Old Gold before a final light wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade watered down.

The gun crew received the same prime and the sculpts by the Perry’s are absolutely fantastic and a joy to work with.

Again a mix of techniques starting with the main jacket experimenting with colour triads, a base of Vallejo Dark Sea Blue, followed by Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue and finall Vallejo Prussian Blue.

Citadel Contrast Black Template for the boots, Shakos and Belts, the trousers Citadel Contrast Space Wolves Grey which works fantastic with the sculpting and the zenith priming.

The greatcoat was a Basecoat of Vallejo London Grey followed by a wash of Citadel Nuln Oil in addition to Scale 75 Gobi Brown followed by a wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade.

The flesh was again a mixture of techniques, Scale 75 Basic flesh, as wash of Citadel Rikeland Fleshshade, followed by highlights of Citadel Cadian Fleshtone and Citadel Kislev Flesh.

Based Using Vallejo Earth Texture, a brown wash followed by a drybrush of Vallejo German Camo Beige.

Wargames Atlantic Prussian Reserve (1813-1815)

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A fantastic value kit from Wargames Atlantic, with some excellent sculpts. Each figure is 2/3 pieces, being the main body, head and a rolled greatcoat on some figures.  You get a full range of head options, 6 shakos and 6 caps, so you can either have all of one or a mixture.

Minimal mould lines with some quick clean-up make these a joy to work with, detail is very well defined and they are a pleasure to paint up. My only critism would be that the eyes are pretty sunken and set back in the face.

Each box contains 60 Prussian Reservists, if your playing Black Powder and have battalions of the “standardish” size of 24 you have a few options on how you can create your units.

My recommendation would be to split the box into 3 groups of 20 and add a plastic Prussian command from the Perry’s, (£2 for 4 figrues). That gives you 3 Batallions worth for £31 (RRP and excluding postage costs) and uses every figure.

Rules wise Prussian Reserves are not covered in Black Powder, however Albion Trimuphant (vol 2) covers the Prussian army in 1815 for the 100 days campaign. By this point the reserve regiments had been converted into line regiments as such using these as regular Line would make the most sense, alternative you could class them as Landwehr.

Comparison with Perry Minatures Platics (2 left) and Perry Metal (1 Right)Comparison with Perry Minatures Platics (2 left) and Perry Metal (1 Right)
Same Comparison from the rearSame Comparison from the rear

As you can see these fits in almost perfectly with the Perry’s Prussian range, the sculpting style is different being digital but fit in scale and size well and dont look out of place.

I’ve got some more command figures on order from Front Rank and Calpe for some additional scale comparisons.

All round a fantastic kit from Wargames Atlantic, this leaves me hoping they will be doing more of these “Army Builder” Napoleonics.

A Review of Warlord Games Prussian Landwehr Regiment

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Prussian Landwehr regiment 1813-1815

Box ArtBox Art

I picked up a pack of the Warlord Prussian Landwehr for £13 after some bargain hunting.

Overall, not a great set but for the price I can’t complain that much and they are certainly quick to assemble and paint, You interestingly get 26 figures, 24 plastics and 2 metal command, which is a bit of a odd number given most Warlord kits are 24 strong battalions.

The kits not up to some of the more modern sculpting standards and the figures feel quite hunched on the shoulders. The faces are perhaps the worst part, the spectacle wearing head is shockingly bad, and there’s also bandaged up head, overall you end up having to use these quite often. Surprisingly, this kit was released in 2017! The detail is reasonable but not fantastic for plastic.

The biggest let down is the metals, there’s very little definition in the detail, particularly the officers face, there also quite a bit shorter though they fit in reasonably well with the thickness of their bases, I believe this might be from their initial Prussian Range. They paint up reasonably well but either the sculpting wasn’t quick upto modern metals or the moulds seen its better days.

Competition wise these are the only plastic kit out, if your after Landwehr your going with this kit or metals. Therefore value for money these are excellent, as their is no direct competion on cost.

You do get a reasonably detailed leaflet included, with a fair amount of background on the Landwehr units including the colours worn (more in a future post) and a good range of potential flags to be used (again more in a future post).

I would give this a reasonable 7/10

Assembled Figures

First Unit - Prussian Landwehr

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Prussian Landwehr from Kurmark and Neumark / Rhineland ProvincePrussian Landwehr from Kurmark and Neumark / Rhineland Province
First Unit - Prussian Landwehr

Project Goals

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Having recently got the Napoleonic bug and wanting a change from French I quickly decided I would like to start creating a Prussian force. Already having a few boxes of Prussians from Warlord Ga,es and a pre-order of Wargames Atlantics Prussian Reservists.
There’s two main choices for The Prussian Army of the Napoleonic Wars. The army of 1806 in all its splendour or the Army from the later 1813-15 campaigns (you could also count the force Prussia sent as part of the Grand Army’s invasion of Russia in 1812).
As I already have a few boxes of Landwehr and the Prussian Reservists I’ve already picked the later period, thankfully there’s a good selection of plastic kits too.

The Prussian Army upto 1806

Perry Minatures 1806 PrussiansPerry Minatures 1806 Prussians

Highly drilled and disciplined the Army at the start of the Napoleonic Wars was one of the most powerful and on paper skilled forces in Europe.

Unfortunately the Army of Fredrik the Great hadn’t really moved on, equipment was outdated and the same training and tactics from 40 years ago were still in use. Some early signs of this began to show at the Battle of Valmy and ultimately ended  in the Battle of Jena–Auerstedt  during the War of the Fourth Coalition where Davout’s III Corps (27,000) spectacularly beat the main Prussian force of (65,000) at Auerstedt while Napoleon was busy at Jena.

The resulting debacle and defeat left Prussian significantly weakened loosing land and becoming heavily indebted.

The reformed Army

Heavily shocked by this defeat reforms of state and of the army began, with Scharnhorst leading the military reforms. A reorganisation committee was formed and of 143 generals only two eventually remained, conscription was introduced and the officer corps was reopened to the middle class.
The Krümpersystem was introduced, seeing troops rotate from regular units into reserve formations allowing the Prussian Army to get around the limits enforce on them by the French following their defeat. Having a trained reserve provided the army with a more reliable backbone that could be called upon when needed, it being much easier to retrain a soldier that to train a soldier from scratch.
Prussian tactics also change moving away form the heavily drilled and displaced force into one emphasizing combined arms and the ability to march fast.
Following Napoleons retreat from Russia Prussian finally rejoined the war in 1813 as part of the Sixth Coalition, with the Army and reserves mobilising first in East Prussia, joined by the freshly raised Landwehr before this was replicated by the rest of the country.

Goals

I’ve a few goals I want to achieve with this Army build.

  • Painting
    • I want to experiment with some speed painting
    • I also want to try and up my skill level, particularly with the more detailed units and characters.
    • Try out some alternative painting methods, such as paint triads.
  • Research
    • Delve into the history of the Prussian Army of this period
    • Dig into some of the uniforms and try and follow these as practically as possible, but not button count or become overly concerned.
  • Build a Army
    • Build a army that “historically accurate”, to the extend that units existed and are somewhat historically correct as a bit of a drive for the above research
    • I don’t want to create an exact historical force
    • I want to create a flexible and reusable force, that could be used in the 1813 campaigns or be equally as happy at waterloo
  • Have a spring clear out of figures in boxes turning them into painted minis.

Perhaps most importantly of all I want to have fun along the way.

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