Prussian Officers

21 Mar

So in my quest to catch up with the stuff I painted for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge… here are some Prussian officers. In a recent game we played, I had to use some British officers as stand-ins which resulted in some jokes that I needed more Prussian officers to prevent the Brits from stealing the glory. Plus I need a few more officers for my Möckern game anyway!

One is a pair of artillery officers representing Oberstleutnant Schmidt who commanded von Yorcke´s artillery reserve that day. Schmidt was the officer in charge of one of the Prussian 12pdr. batteries when they were amalgamated on the day. He was given charge of the combined battery (well rather the large 12pdr. battery and the large howitzer battery). Now under R2E you usually do not have brigadiers (or higher) for artillery. They are either attached to infantry or cavalry brigade and act under their orders or act as independent unit and you have to pay command points for each battery. They exceptions are grand batteries and instances were actual artillery formations were used. Since the 12pdr.s at Möckern fall into that later category and since the two 6pdr. batteries were acting independently anyway, I felt it was time for one of those rare artillery commanders here. The minis and their Horses are from Calpe. I really enjoyed their businesslike simplicity. Since I could not find any information where Schmitz and the other ranking officers from the batteries came from, I took some liberties in their colour choice, going for Silesian yellow and Brandenburg red. While it might not show on the photos, I enjoyed painting the reflection of the sky into the telescope lens. I felt this gave a great counterpoint to that simplicity and serves as a good eye catcher.

Prussian artillery officers

Prussian artillery officers

Prussian artillery officers

Prussian artillery officers

Prussian artillery officers

Prussian artillery officers

The other one is a Prussian officer (Perry) meant to represent the officer who commanded the second detachment of the avant-garde. Unfortunately his name is unknown, but this also gave me the opportunity to choose his facing colours. I went for Silesian yellow, since there a lot of units from Silesia in the force and it gave a nice contrast with the blue of the uniform and the red of the turnbacks. Also on the base are a French artillery casualty and broken gun from Offensive Miniatures as seen on yesterdays review. I feel that piece has lots of character and they both serve to distract from one another, therefore creating lots of action on the base. The only mood point is that I arranged them in a way that it looks like the Prussian officer is shouting to get that dead Frenchmen moving again.

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer

Prussian mounted infantry officer (top view)

Prussian mounted infantry officer (top view)


16 responses to “Prussian Officers

  1. Rosbif

    March 21, 2013 at 12:56

    Very nice work, Burkhard. I like the detail you put into these stands, like the roundshot half buried in the dirt. Great stuff!

    • Burkhard

      March 21, 2013 at 16:08

      Thank you!

      Although I have to admit, that the roundshot is part of the integral base of the smashed artillery piece. Although I am proud that I managed to blend them well enough that you missed the edge between said base and my groundwork! 😉

  2. Monty

    March 21, 2013 at 13:02

    Excellent work!
    Especially the two guys from Calpe look great!

    It always inspiring to come here.


    • Burkhard

      March 21, 2013 at 16:10

      Thank you, glad to inspire you (although I can only return that compliment)!

  3. Dalauppror

    March 21, 2013 at 13:07

    Great work !!!

    I especially like the Infantry officer with the broken artillery piece

    Best regards Michael

    • Burkhard

      March 21, 2013 at 16:11

      Thank you Michael… He is one of my favourites as well!

  4. The Angry Lurker

    March 21, 2013 at 19:37

    They are really beautifully done, very detailed work sir.

  5. Ray

    March 21, 2013 at 20:33

    Very nice, they’re very well painted!!!

    • Burkhard

      March 21, 2013 at 20:36

      Thank you Ray… the sportsman amongst us analogue painters! 😉

  6. briansmaller

    March 21, 2013 at 21:28

    I am really enjoying your blog. A lot of inspiration.

    • Burkhard

      March 21, 2013 at 22:03

      Thank you Brian… that is one great praise!

  7. Monty

    March 22, 2013 at 02:36

    Lovely work on your officers, Burkhard, and top notch basing! I especially love what you did with the spyglass and making it gleam! I spy with my little eye…one of our guns is down!

    • Burkhard

      March 22, 2013 at 08:09

      Thank you Monty!

      Having Prussian ancestors, I hope more than one French gun is down! B-)

  8. vonpeterhimself

    March 23, 2013 at 02:33

    Two lovely Prussian command stands Burkhard. My favourite is the Calpe Miniatures stand. Somehow the Perry officer seems like a boy to the Calpe men! But then I am a self confessed Calpe zealot. 8O)

    Oh, and I can imagine the jokes about the British stealing the glory. Very good. 8O))

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      March 24, 2013 at 18:44

      Thank you vP.

      While I usually prefer Calpe, the Perry mounted officers have lots of character, too. The only thing about them is… They strike me as quick sculpts since some of the detail seems a bit un-detailed. But otherwise it is a fairly good offering from Perry.


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