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2tes Battalion, 12te Reserveinfanterie (Brandenburg Infantrieregiement)

10 Dec

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.

12tes Preussisches Reserveinfanterie Regiment, Knötel Cigarette Card

12tes Preussisches Reserveinfanterie Regiment, Knötel Cigarette Card

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).

12te Reserveinfanterie (in line without skirmishers)

12te Reserveinfanterie (in line without skirmishers)

12te Reserveinfanterie (in line with skirmishers)

12te Reserveinfanterie (in line with skirmishers)

12te Reserveinfanterie (1st base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (1st base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (2nd base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (2nd base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (Command base - front view)

12te Reserveinfanterie (Command base – front view)

12te Reserveinfanterie (Command base - side view)

12te Reserveinfanterie (Command base – side view)

12te Reserveinfanterie (4th base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (4th base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (5th base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (5th base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (6th base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (6th base)

12te Reserveinfanterie (Skirmishers)

12te Reserveinfanterie (Skirmishers)

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! 😉

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20 Comments

Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Calpe, Nap.: Prussian, Napoleonic, Republic to Empire

 

20 responses to “2tes Battalion, 12te Reserveinfanterie (Brandenburg Infantrieregiement)

  1. Joe Schulze

    December 10, 2012 at 22:02

    Very nice….I should send you my stuff. Are Calpe the best line or are they close to Perry?

     
    • Burkhard

      December 11, 2012 at 08:42

      THX Joe!

      I think both Perry and Calpe are great minis, but I think Calpe would win any competition here. More attention to detail, better researched and more comprehensive. Plus lets face it… every 28mm Napoleonics player has lots of Perrys and they basically rehash the same poses for the rank and file. Given the different style of Calpe those are a nice change!

       
  2. Jason

    December 10, 2012 at 22:22

    They look fantastic Burkhard! I have to double check my planned OOB, but I think I might be painting these guys up someday. 🙂

     
    • Burkhard

      December 11, 2012 at 08:44

      Thank you Jason! They should have a place in every Prussian wargaming army if possible, since they offer a very welcome break IMHO.

       
      • Jason

        December 11, 2012 at 17:50

        I’m concentrating mainly on von Horn’s 7th Bde, but given the Prussian’s practice of creating ad hoc taskforces for the mission at hand, I will be rounding things out a bit with other units as I collect my army.

        One thing that has always confused me a bit is the difference between the Brandenburg Infantry Regiment (# 12) and the Reserve Infantry Regiment # 12 both found in the 8th Bde at Leipzig. I believe your unit above is the former. Are these both Reserve regiments at the time of Leipzig / Mockern, and the Brandenburg becomes the 12th Line Rgt? Or what?

         
        • Burkhard

          December 11, 2012 at 22:22

          Well, it can never hurt to add one unit to beef up your troops, if you like their looks.

          Regarding the 12th Reserve. This seems confusing even in contemporary Prussian accounts. I guess this comes from the fact that they became the 12th (Line) Regiment virtually instantly so the terminology became mixed up.

          In this sense they are most certainly the former.

           
  3. Ray

    December 10, 2012 at 22:58

    Beautiful looking figures!!

     
  4. Fireymonkeyboy

    December 10, 2012 at 23:27

    Nice work on the skin tones!

     
    • Burkhard

      December 11, 2012 at 08:56

      Thanks! Took me some time to get there, but these days it has become a two step process for me.

       
  5. vonpeterhimself

    December 10, 2012 at 23:39

    Nicely painted Calpe Prussians. What’s not to like?! A pretty choice for the standard. I gave the same one to same of my East Prussian landwehr.

    Another fine unit Burkhard.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      December 11, 2012 at 08:57

      Thank you vP. Liked that standard as well and felt it would fit the unit rather nicely with their light trousers!

       
  6. Rosbif

    December 10, 2012 at 23:54

    Lovely work, Burkhard! I especially like the muddy trousers.

     
    • Burkhard

      December 11, 2012 at 09:00

      Thanksa lot… it seems the mud has become my trademark on TMP. 😉

       
  7. Monty

    December 11, 2012 at 03:23

    Wonderful. You can’t rush perfection!

     
    • Burkhard

      December 11, 2012 at 09:01

      Thank you, Monty… you humble me!

       
  8. Phil

    December 11, 2012 at 18:42

    Wonderful looking figures, a great work!
    Phil.

     
  9. John Michael

    December 12, 2012 at 16:24

    great looking Prussians, they are the best really.

    John

     
    • Burkhard

      December 13, 2012 at 08:03

      Yes, most people find Prussians bleak, but it was not until I started researching Prussians that I realised how much detail there actually was to their uniforms!

       

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