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1 / Brandenburgisches Infanterieregiement

03 May

So as announced yesterday… here is the latest addition to my Prussian forces for Möckern, the first Battalion of the Brandenburgisches Infanterieregiment.

The Regiment has quiet an interesting history. It was founded on the 7th of June 1808. What is amazing about them is that they had to let go of two of their Battalions during their history, with those Battalions becoming part of the Leibgrenadiere (their Fusilier Battalion in June 1813 [when then also received their numbering as Infanterieregiement 8] and the Grenadiers Battalion in October 1814), which has to say something about their quality. And they saw action at virtually ever major battle of the Befreiungskriege period. In 1813 alone at Groß Görschen, Lindenau, Colditz., Königswartha, Bautzen, Hörselberg, Löwenberg, an der Katzbach, Bunzlau, Hochkirch, Bischoffswerda, Wartenburg, Möckern, Gohlis, Freiburg a. d. U. and Hörselberg bei Eisenach. After numerous battles in France, they ended their march in Paris. When called to fight once more in 1815 they did so at Ligny, Wavre, St. Germain and Chatillon. At Möckern they were commanded by an officer named von Zeppelin, a name which would make an impression on history later on for the airships the family invented.

Unfortunately there is no Knötel drawing for them, so you will have to make do with my minis here. As usual they are from Calpe and based for Republic to Empire.

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment

All the minis are depicted in trail arms position, the standard position for Prussian troops moving into contact with the enemy. While most armies went for positions where the musket is across the chest, the Prussians wanted the soldiers to control their short swords with one hand to make sure it did not tangle up between their legs and made them stumble.

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (Command base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (Command base)

At von Peter request they received tassels to their flag. Still not sure what colour they should be, so I went for black and white the Prussian National colours.

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (2nd Coy base with NCO)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (2nd Coy base with NCO)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (2nd Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (2nd Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (3rd Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (3rd Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (another 3rd Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (another 3rd Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (4th Coy base)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (4th Coy base)

This is the first unit where I actually mixed a Freiwilliger Jäger in with the rest of the troops. I had initially planned not to do that, but had to find out I had ordered one mini short of needs and was in no mood to order one single mini to make up that error!

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (skirmishers)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (skirmishers)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (skirmishers deployed)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (skirmishers deployed)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (casualty marker)

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment (casualty marker)

Now this is my first casualty marker I actually painted. In R2E you only start removing stands once a unit has received 50+% casualties, under the reasoning that until this point units would spread out upon receiving casualties to retain their frontage. Obviously you need a way to keep track of that, so I mounted the mini on an octagonal base, numbered one through eight.

Casualty marker depicting Rout command state

Casualty marker depicting Rout command state

As those apt at mathematics will recognize has 26 minis and eight does not cover everything up to 50% casualties. Now my idea is to place the marker either at the left edge of the unit if they are in a Retreat moral state or on the right if in Rout state. If the number of casualties becomes larger than eight, the marker will simply be moved one base closer to the centre  and rolled back to the beginning. So if the marker is placed behind the second base and shows a three, the unit has sustained eleven casualties (eight for the first base it was or would have been placed behind, plus the three shown on the marker). Hope this works out as planned!

 

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13 responses to “1 / Brandenburgisches Infanterieregiement

  1. Dalauppror

    May 3, 2013 at 22:19

    Stunning unit !!!

     
  2. Monty

    May 4, 2013 at 03:06

    These fine lads look like they’re going to put the hurt on some French. All of your extra flourishes really make them shine! From Tau to Napoleonics…you are all over the painting map.

     
    • Burkhard

      May 4, 2013 at 08:43

      Thank you, Monty!

      Right now I actually enjoy painting something completely different from time to time. After a year of painting virtually only Napoleonics, this helps instil some new drive. Right now I am in the process of building some dedicated river boards besides painting the next unit.

       
  3. briansmaller

    May 4, 2013 at 06:49

    I really like these guys. Prussians are another on my long term to do list. I think the casualty marker idea has a lot going for it. I might steal the idea – thanks.

     
    • Burkhard

      May 4, 2013 at 08:45

      While most people find Prussians bleak, I really enjoy painting them. There are some any detail that do not meet the eye at first that really make them great!

      Regarding the casualty marker… I am hereby giving you a copy, so you do not have to steal! 😀

       
  4. rosbif

    May 4, 2013 at 11:58

    Another brilliant looking unit, Burkhard!

     
  5. Mad Dr Mark

    May 5, 2013 at 01:09

    They look fantastic. I had to keep reminding myself that they were 25mm and not much larger…

     
    • Burkhard

      May 5, 2013 at 18:17

      Thank you, Mark… Great praise!

       
  6. vonpeterhimself

    May 5, 2013 at 13:16

    Another fine addition to the forces of good. Excellent. 8O)

    I wonder if the flag tassels would be in the Prussian silver flecked black style. Annoyingly I checked several sources who give lots of details of the flags, the pole colours and the finial but not a mention of the tassels … though they showed pictures of standard bearers carrying a standard with tassels .

    Anyway another top effort Burkhard.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      May 5, 2013 at 18:18

      Thank you vP!

      Regarding the tassles… This is just the problem I have had so far. Positive thing is, I guess I shall be quiet safe from those people who know better!

       
  7. Paul

    May 10, 2013 at 01:07

    More Cracking Prussians!!!

     

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