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Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion

14 Aug
Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion

So at long last, they are done. Well the minis have actually been done since the beginning of the month, but until yesterday I was still waiting for the flag to go with them. Grahame from GMB shipped them almost exactly two weeks ago… how long can it take to ship something airmail from the UK to Germany… thanks Royal Mail and Deutsche Post! 😉

Anyway, they are now complete. I really enjoyed painting them… well as much as I ever enjoy painting the first unit for any nationality in a historic setting, given all the looking up of details and eventually getting one or two wrong after all it involves. But the minis themselves were just great. Nice clean castings and lots of character on every single one of them. Having just finished a lot of my WWII Brits last month, it is amazing how Paul Hicks skills, especially at sculpting faces, have evolved in the last decade (actually far shorter, looking at the metal Romans he did for Warlord about six years ago).

So what do we have here. As many of you know, my interests lie with the late Napoleonic Wars period. So essentially the 1812 invasion of Russia, the subsequent Befreiungskriege and the 100 Days. For the former two, Poles are a must have in my opinion and so it the Duchy or Warsaw I am painting now. The biggest decision is whether I want some for Borodio or Leipzig first. Since I want to paint a lot of Russians next, it is clear that it had to be Borodino, or more specifically the 16th Div.. Most amazing to me is, how small this formation actually was. As I discussed with von Peter in private a few weeks ago, a lot of people just see the heavy toll the winter took and the Grand Armee on the retreat from Moscow, but few see the toll heat had already taken on it one the way there. But back to the size of 16th Div.. For example the 3rd Line Regiment (of which we have the 1st Battalion here, entered battle with just 1275 men of all ranks, decided into three battalions, so just over 400 men each. Not a lot and this about the biggest regiment in a Division that only fielded a Regiment or two per Brigade. But this will also allow a fast build-up of a substantial subunit of the Grand Armee. The only mood point is, that the 3rd did not fight at Leipzig, so they will other have to act as stand-ins or will not see use for that at all.

Anyway… enough ramblings… here are the minis:

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Voltigeurs)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Voltigeurs)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Voltigeurs)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (1st Fusilier stand)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (1st Fusilier stand)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (command stand)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (command stand)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (2nd Fusilier stand)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (2nd Fusilier stand)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Grenadiers)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Grenadiers)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion (Voltigeurs)

Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion

Before anyone points this out… yes I know the Voltigeurs and Grenadiers are on the wrong side of the formation… simply botched that up during photography! 😉

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20 responses to “Duchy of Warsaw 3rd Line Infantry, 1st Battalion

  1. Atelier-Robin

    August 14, 2014 at 10:25

    I love the mud effects you have going on there. What did you use?

    Oh and did you know that the grenadiers and v….

     
  2. Stefan

    August 14, 2014 at 11:03

    An excellent paintjob, Burkhard !

     
    • Burkhard

      August 14, 2014 at 11:04

      Thank you Stefan! Hope you made it fine through the rainstorms in Münster the other week!

       
  3. vonpeterhimself

    August 14, 2014 at 11:48

    A great unit Burkhard. Congratulations on a job VERY well done.

    I see you went with the white lacing on the fusilier headgear which certainly help the figures pop on the table I’m expecting.

    And … ummm …. errr …. aren’t the grenadiers and voltigeurs in their correct positions? The grenadiers on the right and the voltiguers on the left when viewed from the perspective of the unit (looking forward).

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      August 14, 2014 at 11:57

      Thanks vP. Yes, in the end I went with white lacing. I think with the white national discs this fleet more natural. Especially since the Poles did not seem to mix colors as much as the French did. Just look on how they kept the Pompoms and Epaluettes for the Voltigeurs a single colour each!

      Are they really in the right order… these things always drive me mad! If they are, my French are stored in the wrong order in the cabinet! :-/

       
      • vonpeterhimself

        August 14, 2014 at 12:03

        Hi Burkhard

        If my Poles ever get painted I may do some fusiliers with white trim … and some without just for the variety. But I suspect I won’t need to worry about that decision for a while. 8O(

        Re grenadiers and voltigeurs – yes I think that they are in the right order. I’d bet The son & heirs right arm on it … but not my own!! 8O)

        Salute
        von Peter himself

         
        • Burkhard

          August 14, 2014 at 19:11

          Well, I will have some in campaign gear and those will do without the trim as well.

          But I am happy the Voltigeurs and Grenadiers are based together… at least I will not have to rip anything from the bases to correct that mistake! 😉

           
  4. aslfan

    August 14, 2014 at 12:41

    These are just perfect. Makes me want to start my 6mm Poles

    Ian

     
    • Burkhard

      August 14, 2014 at 19:12

      Thank you, Ian… now go and slap some paint on those Poles! 😛

       
  5. Nysse

    August 14, 2014 at 12:46

    Brilliant paintjob! The GMB flag looks great, I’d reckon it was worth the wait? 🙂

    Makes me want to get back to my Napoleonic units again

     
    • Burkhard

      August 14, 2014 at 19:13

      thank you Samuli!

      IMHO GMB flags are always worth any wait… they are just so great!

       
  6. Phil

    August 14, 2014 at 13:00

    Excellent paint job (love the faces especially!) and great basement too!

     
    • Burkhard

      August 14, 2014 at 19:15

      Thank you, Phil.

      As I said in the post… the faces are just great and were a joy to paint. One of them even looks like an uncle of mine!

      Regarding the basing… one thing I forgot to mention in the post itself is that I went for the red and white flowers as a little extra homage to Poland. I am really glad that the clouds complemented the minis!

       
  7. Dean

    August 14, 2014 at 16:10

    Beautiful work on these, as always, Burkhard. I do like their tall plumes!

     
    • Burkhard

      August 14, 2014 at 19:15

      THX Dean! I really love the tall plumes as well. Something I like about the Victrix French, too!

       
  8. James Fisher

    August 15, 2014 at 17:52

    Great looking figures and unit. Beautifully photographed too!

     
    • Burkhard

      August 15, 2014 at 22:34

      Thanks a lot James!

       
      • Thorsten

        September 7, 2014 at 15:32

        Hello Burkhard, i am very impressed by these Minis. Can you tell me something about the little red and white flowers? I think i need them for my Bases 🙂 So where did you buy these Flowers?

         
        • Burkhard

          September 8, 2014 at 10:32

          Hi Thorsten,

          the flowers are by a German company called MiniNatur. They are also sold under the Silflor and Army Painter Brand names, but for higher prices (especially if you get the Mininatur Big Packs). The best and cheapest source i found was Battlefield Berlin here in Germany, which looking at your eMail should not be a problem for you! 😉

          Hope this helped!

           

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