Now as some of you might have noticed from some of the little remarks of mine in previous posts, these guys have been bugging me for some month now. They are part of my Möckern (Völkerschlacht von Leipzig) project. When based for R2E this unit consists of 19 minis. So far so good, but I made the mistake to paint them all in one go and not in little batches like I usually do. While I love to play cavalry, I really forgot what a pain they can be to paint since a) you always paint two minis (rider and horse) instead of one and b) they are usually more elaborate when it comes to uniforms. The later also held true for the Prussians that most people usually see as a boring and bleak subject. As a result I always got bored by painting the piping, lace, buttons (I could go on forever) on so many minis in a row and either got sidetracked to other projects like the french command or simply did other things. But last weekend I finally applied the finishing touches to them and here they are.
Their 1813 uniforms were quite straight forward… covered shakos, Prussian Blue Kollet jackets with red collars and cuffs as well as a Kummerbund edged in red and red piping to their grey overall trousers. The “saddlecloth” was black wool skin with red edging. Now what caused me some problems were their shoulder boards. There is a Knötel and Lezius Sturm cigarette card depicting a trooper from the Brandenburg Uhlanen with red shoulder boards.
Now all other sources state the shoulder boards for the Uhlanen were coloured in order of seniority (just like the battalions within a regiment of Landwehr infantry). Now since the Brandenburg Uhlanen were the Third regiment in line, theirs would be yellow and in the end that is what I went for.
What else is there to say about the Regiment? The official title is “Uhlanen Regiment Kaiser Alexander II von Russland Nr. 3 (1. Brandenburgisches)”. It was created on 11th of May 1809 from those members of the first Hussar regiments Nr. 1 and Nr. 2 that did not go on campaign or remained behind as replacements. They were expanded to 4 squadrons in the process. Since the Hussar regiments Nr. 1 and Nr. 2 were the Leibhussaren, the nucleus for the regiment was formed by some of the best troopers Prussia could muster at that time. In 1812 they provided two squadrons for Napoleons campaign against Russia where they took part in eight battles including Borodino. During the 1813/14 campaign the complete regiment took part in a total of 21 actions beginning with the siege of Glogau and ending in Paris. Obviously they were also at Leipzig. They saw action once more in 1815 including Ligny and Waterloo, although by that time their uniforms had changed.
The minis themselves are Calpe Uhlanen on standing horses. As usual they were a joy to paint (from an artistic point of view not from the time they took me) and I have to say I am loving this range ever more! During the painting process I was not too sure, if it was such a good idea to paint such a large unit in standing poses, but in the end I am happy with them. You can just imagine them standing up on a hill waiting to charge down at the French. But now on to some photos (which are all thumbnailed to larger versions):
Now that they are finished, I turned my attention to something new. In this case it is the Régiment Joseph Napoléon also known as the Régiment Espagnol. Not sure when they will be done though. I got an early birthday present from my better half this week… Modern Warfare 3 and Assassins Creed: Revelations for the PS3. that might distract me a little in coming days. 😉