Tag: Fusiliers

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.

 

 

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Fusiliers and Bigwigs

Fusiliers and Bigwigs

Through the post has come a number of figures to swell the ranks of Charnwood’s fledgling army! Quickly cleaned and primed, here they are:

Generals:

Two mounted officers arrived from Front Rank Figurines, the first I’ve purchased from this manufacturer. These personalities represent two British officers; the Marquis of Granby and another senior officer. For the Duchy of Charnwood, I think they may represent;

  • Left: Sir Arthur de Lisle – baronet and colonel of the 1st Charnwood Grenadiers. He is a flamboyant leader of men who doesn’t always take his duties completely seriously,  Sir de Lisle’s chief interests being the pursuit of both ladies and foxes (though, to his regret, never at the same time). His somewhat carefree attitude to soldiering has yet to cause any friction with the Duke hitherto. Both men get along famously and the baronet has always displayed astonishing degrees of both luck and skill on the battlefield.
  • Right: Captain Normanton-Turville, the 1st regiment’s adjutant. The captain is as serious and diligent a soldier as his colonel is an inattentive one. Consequently, the Captain is held in high regard by his grateful C.O.  The Normanton-Turvilles are a local family of strict Calvinists renown for their puritanical attitudes. In this regard, Henry is typical family member. His personal and moral austerity however are compromised by one shameful indulgence; a small hip flask of gin always secreted about his person (to keep out the cold, he assures himself).

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Swithland Fusiliers:

My other purchase is from Crusader Miniatures, suppliers of my first regiment in the Duchy of Charnwood project. The first regiment comprised grenadiers, but these new figures will go to make up the second regiment; the Swithland Fusiliers.

As a comparison, below is a grenadier and fusilier side by side. The grenadier is nicely sculpted as being slightly taller, an effect exaggerated by his taller grenadier cap. Grenadiers were intended to be big, imposing men in an elite unit; conversely, the fusiliers were smaller men with a speciality in skirmishing and marksmanship.

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I’ll reveal more about this 2nd regiment in a future post as they begin to get painted, but for now there’s the beginnings of a dedicated page available here.