Prussian Feldjäger

31 May

So to follow-up yesterdays post, here are some Pictures of my Prussian Feldjäger. Now the Republic to Empire rules have a nice mechanic which only allows brigade orders to be changed if a divisional level officer or above gives them. He can either do so be being close enough or by sending a messenger. Now the later need not be represented on the tabletop, but I feel they should be. Since there are no base sizes given, I decided to go for somewhat larger bases here, to tell little scenes with my messengers.

In the modern German Bundeswehr a Feldjäger basically fulfills the role of military police. In Napoleonic times this was different. Back then they also served as messengers and Calpe has some very nice specimen.

Now the first two come from the PC7 set. I felt the horses had nice energetic poses and wanted to convey that feeling with the base itself. So these two are riding  through a small river or creek with the water splashing up around their hooves. The bank was build up using high density styrofoam. I then added the sand (fine sand for the riverbank and coarse sand for the riverbed). Next I applied something called “Easy Water” to the base. This is a paste for fine scale modelers, that can be applied to plexiglass to give it the look of water. But it can also be applied straight to the base, which I did here. The slashing water itself was build up in three layers until I was satisfied with the looks. The (non slashing) water looks a little milky in some spots, but this is due to the fact that the paste had not completely dried through, when I took the photos and will be clear once 100% dry. The reeds are fibers from the bark of a palm tree.

Feldjäger riding through creek

Feldjäger riding through creek

The second Feldjäger comes from set PC4. I did not just want him to be jumping some fence or wall… I wanted him to look like he was charging through an enemy patrol to deliver his message. To that end I converted a Victrix French fusilier. He is supposed to be in some kind of shock turning towards the enemy he had seen too late or never expected to attack. He is rather pleading to be spared, then actively defending himself, only to be cut down the next moment. Hope I captured that idea. The stonewall was build up using walkway gravel.

Feldjäger attacking Fusilier

Feldjäger attacking fusilier

Just a few last words… after combining yesterdays picture post with some musings, I decided to keep them separate today. So if you are interested in some comments regarding GMB flags and a history lesson about the place where I live… those can be found here.


3 responses to “Prussian Feldjäger

  1. Jim Pitts

    May 31, 2011 at 18:59

    Very nicely done vignettes. These will look outstanding on the battlefield.


  2. von Peter himself

    May 31, 2011 at 21:45

    Nicely posed active vignettes that tell a story. The water effect worked out well. Congratulations on two jobs well done.

    von Peter himself

  3. Burkhard

    June 1, 2011 at 07:28

    THX a lot guys!


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