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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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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.

 

 

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.