The other weekend I finished my first Prussian infantry unit in the form of the 3rd Btln. 13th Silesian Landwehr. Last year I wrote a review of Warlord Games Plastic Prussians for Martin Kellys Befreiungskriege Blog. In it, I mentioned, that I felt these could be mixed with Calpe Miniatures. So I wanted to put my money where my mouth is and decided to paint these up as a mixed unit.
Let me say this… they do not stand out too much when mixed within the unit (they are the last three rows on the pictures below). BUT… when painting them you really feel the difference. As I mentioned in my review the level of detail on the back is poor. So I recut some of that when I cleaned them up. But still the general flatness makes it hard to paint them properly, even on the front side. Plus there are a few things that do not make sense, like crossbelts being cast under the backpack straps on a minis chest and over them on their back. After a lot of quite pittoresque cursing while painting them, I decided that these would be the last 6 I would ever paint and sold the rest off. By comparison the Calpe minis were a joy to paint. Nice detail, clean casts… everything one can ask for. Which probably made my suffering even bigger.
What else can I say about these. The command base is a bit stuffed. This comes from the fact, that I originally planned this unit out at 1:30 ration, where it would have ended up with an odd number of minis. So I went for a mounted officer. Unfortunately, when I decided to go for 1:20 after all they ended up at 20 minis (easily divided by 4) and I had to find a way to put 3 men and one horsemounted officer (who easily takes up the space of two men) onto one base. I made the base 5mm wider, but still it is a bit tight, although I do not feel it looks bad.
Im quite happy, that the other two Landwehr Btln.´s I will need for Möckern will a 2nd and 4th Btln.. Painting yellow shoulderboards in addition to yellow facings can get a bit boring.
The skirmishers are not done yet. Those will be done when I tackle the 2/14th Schilesian Landwehr. For one, that unit will only be 14 minis and they are in firing line anyway, so I do not have to get my mind around firing and marching poses in one session! 😉