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Seven More Swithlands

Seven More Swithlands

The 2nd regiment in the Duke’s army are the Swithland Fusiliers. I completed the first batch earlier in the year and I’m very pleased to say that today 7 more have been added to the regiment, making a grand total of 15 painted and varnished.

Just a handful more will complete the regiment and I may even aim to do that before the end of the year.

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The officer and flag bearer are amongst the figures I’ve completed. Here’s the officer:

The flag I’ve chosen is from the Prinz Maximillian regiment. I’d used this regiment’s Leibfahne flag for the Charnwood Grenadiers as this is what the design of the uniform was based upon. The Swithland Fusiliers are based upon the Rochow Fusiliers, but not knowing what the Rochow’s flags were I’ve instead chosen the Prinz Maximillian’s Kompaniefahne instead. The flag has a green background (appropriately) with a rich yellow embroidery, a gold cipher on a stone pedestal surrounded by a dark green wreath and surmounted by a red and gold crown. You might be able to observe that I’ve added the word “Swithland” just below the wreath!

As the Duchy of Charnwood’s army grows, the coming of Christmas marks the 1st anniversary of this blog’s inaugural post! I always knew this would be a slow-burn project and I think steady progress has been made. Furthermore, Santa will be bringing some more figures for some more regiments. More on that in a future post!

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Guarding the Duke

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Guarding the Duke

In a recent post, it was announced that I would be developing a life guard for the Duke and his family – The Honourable Company of the Ducal Guard. I ordered a handful of figures from Redoubt Enterprises. Although fine enough with bags of character, on close inspection I didn’t feel that they quite had the ‘right stuff’ to be the Duke’s guard.

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Left: Redoubt Enterprises Grenadier. Right: Black Hussar Grenadier.

In the meantime, some other figures captured my attention, however. Black Hussar Miniatures are a German manufacturer based in Berlin. Their sculpting is excellent and the figures more slender and in proportion than many other manufacturers I’ve seen.

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Furthermore, I was attracted to their Prussian grenadier figures which unusually were depicted as standing to attention and presenting arms, aside from the more usual action and marching poses. Standing to attention seemed to me to be a far more appropriate pose for the Ducal Guard than any more active poses.

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So, here they are primed and ready for paint whenever I get around to that! Ten in total should be a nice quantity for now. Hopefully, with the Christmas break a matter of weeks away, I shall get some time to begin that process.

And Christmas in the Duchy is always an eagerly anticipated time of year…

Soldiers of Swithland

Soldiers of Swithland

At last! My first cohort of the Swithland Fusiliers have been painted. The figures, as with the Charnwood Grenadiers, are by the excellent Crusader Miniatures. Issued as being Prussian Fusiliers, I have painted them in the colours of a Saxon regiment known as the Rochow Fusiliers. During the Seven Years War, the Rochow Fusiliers were captured early on in the campaign by the Prussians and thereafter pressed into serving their army instead. Hopefully, the Swithland’s will have better luck!

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I like the colour combination of the green coats and red waistcoats. The whole makes for a nice contrast to the white-coated Charnwood Grenadiers.

There are another 13 figures still to paint before I complete this regiment, including four command figures (comprising a drummer, officer, NCO and flag bearer).

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After a review, it is reported that His Grace The Duke of Charnwood expressed himself most pleased with the first cohort of fusiliers to wear the new uniform. He is particularly pleased with the appearance of the fusilier caps which feature brass plates and black skull caps. Indeed, it is said that he declared “The Elector of Belvoir will be green with envy!”

Once again, I am impressed with the sculpting by Crusader Miniatures. I think their figures are amongst the best I’ve discovered so far on the internet for this particular scale and topic.

That said, I’ve only gone and ordered some more figures from another manufacturer… These are British grenadiers of the 7 Years War by Redoubt Enterprises. They will look a little different from Crusader in sculpting style and I’m intrigued to see how they paint up. I’ve only ordered a half-dozen and the intention is to nominate these as The Duke’s personal life guard, designated “The Honourable Company of the Ducal Guard”.

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When they arrive, I shall provide an update.

The Charnwood Grenadiers – Completed

Although I’ve been notably absent from updating this blog over the past – ahem – 7 months, I’m finding some time to finally get on with some more figures. Figuring that it’s long since time to finish off those Charnwood Grenadiers, I have finally completed them all and they are now fully ensconced in barracks, fully trained and equipped.

 

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The Duke reviews his Charnwood Grenadiers, accompanied by his nephews.

Finally, work is now beginning on those Swithland Fusiliers, the second regiment in the Duke’s of Charnwood’s army. Dressed in green coats with red breeches, this elite light infantry regiment is 2nd in seniority in the Duke’s army.

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Work begins on the Swithland Fusiliers…

Also planned for the future are some musketeer regiments, at last. These will be dressed in the Charnwoodian white coats of the infantry but with different facings for each as follows;

  • 3rd (The Beacons) Regiment of Foot – yellow facings
  • 4th (Lady Eleanor’s Own Bradgate) Regiment of Foot – red facings
  • 6th (Mountsorrel) Regiment of Foot – blue facings

Regarding the missing fifth regiment from the list above, it is His Grace the Duke of Charnwood’s intention for it to be some kind of specialist corps tentatively identified at present as the Prestwold Rangers (being what the Prussians over in the continent might call ‘jaeger’), perfect troops for skirmishing in the wooded hills of Charnwood!

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A Swithland Fusilier

Finally, it is also the Duke’s intention to raise one final regiment of infantry, or more likely just a company. These will act as a personal bodyguard for the Duke, his family, and their retinue. Names currently under consideration include “The Ducal Lifeguard”, “The Ducal Guards”, “The Honourable Company of the Ducal Guard” and “The Ducal Household Guard”.

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Making plans…

Her Grace, Augusta Gracedieu, overhearing her husband in conference at their home with Lord Ulverscroft and Lt. General Poultney expressed some dissatisfaction at the use of the term ‘Ducal’. “Francis,”, averred his wife, “I believe the servants will insist on pronouncing it as “Doo-cull”, which to my ear sounds altogether unsatisfactory”.

The Duke patiently explained that he did not, as a rule, make it his business to listen to the servants a great deal anyway and furthermore he did not intend to begin doing so any time soon. “Dew-cull”, he suggested, “is a fine term”. The Duke turned to his Chief of Staff and said “Poultney, could you arrange for my army to receive some instruction on its correct pronunciation? I will endeavour to ensure the same for all my household servants.” He then smiled at the Duchess, hoping to have mollified her somewhat.

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“Elocution lessons instead of musketry drill? Whatever next…” sighed Ulverscroft to himself.

 

 

Flying the Flag

His Grace the Duke of Charnwood cordially sends his greetings!

What’s this? A post after a 7 month hiatus? Well, I’ve said before that this will be a slow-burn project. In the interim, I’ve been very busy with this blog’s big brother “Suburban Militarism“. But I’ve finally taken some time out this week to at last finish off the last of the Charnwood Grenadiers. The remaining figures to paint include four grenadiers and a drummer.

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In progress: drummer of the Charnwood Grenadiers

These are progressing well, but there was something else that I’ve been meaning to get around to – creating the Charnwood Grenadiers flag! And here it is:

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The flag is based on the Saxon Prinz Maximilian Infantry Regiment’s Leibfahne (the colonel’s flag) from 1760, information found on the excellent Kronskaf 7 Years War website. You may notice that I’ve added the name Charnwood discretely at the bottom in a fancy French script!

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An update is intended soon (really!) once the remaining grenadiers are completed. Next up will be the Swithland Fusiliers or the 3rd Regiment of Foot (The Beacons).

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