These minis have gone a real long way. I started with these in late September just before a started the new job and for that very job they took me into November to finish. Now due to said job and the remodelling of the kitchen (which turned from a simple “we are going to put some fresh paint onto the walls” into a major renovation) it took me almost another month to base them. But here they are.
Now on to the history part. In the words of Peter F. from Calpe Miniatures (who sculpted these fine minis by the way):
“The 12th line is the closest you can get to a crack reserve regiment. As reserve battalions of the Leib infantry regiment, the two musketeer battalions of this regiment had already seen action before the 1813 armistice. With the removal of the Guard from the line, these two battalions, together with a reserve battalion from the First West Prussian regiment, were the first of the reserve battalions to attain line status. They were then present at every major engagement in which the Prussian army was involved during the 1813-15 period.“
Most interesting are their uniforms.Most of the men in the 2nd Battalion wore regulation uniform, but with white linen trousers and (mostly) without gaiters. The rest of the men wore the same uniforms as the men from the 1st Battalion. And those wore Black single breasted reservists jackets with poppy-red collar patches. No tails or shoulder straps were worn. Buttons were of white metal, though some sources state these were covered in the same material as the jacket. No matter the jacket, they all wore white cross-belts and a wide mix of canvas and regulation backpacks. The officers wore regulation uniforms. The nice thing about them is… they retained these uniforms even after they became part of the line, so these minis will be really versatile.
As usual, these minis are based for Republic to Empire. At Möckern they were 530 men strong, which translates into 26 minis plus two skirmishers. Obviously 26 does not properly divide by four, so one base has six minis instead of the usual four. When it comes to the painting front… I decided I wanted a slightly faded look for the black jackets, but did not want for the grey most people use in these cases. So I went for an iron oxide black base, which is a very dark brown and highlighted that with grey. Hope this meets everyone’s approval. What else is there to say… well the flag is by GMB and I tried something slightly different when it comes to the basing for the skirmishers (but more on that in another post).
What is next… well I started painting the 1st Battalion for the 37émè Legére last weekend and they should actually be finished soonish… lets see ow long they actually take! 😉