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Prussian Grenadiers 1806

Posted by FredG on 09 Oct 2018, 19:53

I've put aside the rest of the Austrians for now and make a start on the Prussians. I have enough of the Hat 1806 sets to keep me occupied for a while and have made a start with the Grenadiers. Information on the uniforms for this period is not that easy to find but I have enough to use the colours I want. Post Jena- Auerstedt is much easier to find.
The figures are in a very soft plastic so after the first two figures I decided to leave any mould lines as removing them was tending to look worse than the lines did. Luckily the rest of the sprues were well mouded and as clean as I have seen.

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I doubt that I'll use every figure as there's an abundance of Officers although the spares , if there are any after the Elites, Musketeers and Fuseliers, look like they'll fit into an Austrian uniform quite nicely.

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For those concerned about his welfare, the Revell zombie is just out of shot on the right.

The marchers are now undercoated and ready to colour up.
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Posted by FredG on 10 Oct 2018, 12:29

A useful resource for the facings of sixty Prussian regiments of 1806.

http://www.napoleon-series.org/military/organization/Prussia/infantry/Schema/c_Schema1.html
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Posted by FredG on 16 Oct 2018, 20:14

Progress is being made.

The Regiments have not yet been chosen so I don't know as yet the type of cuff or the facing colours.
I'll probably just choose two regiments to make up a Grenadier Battalion

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The trouser colour will change a little after the washes. The colour of the tent pegs was one I didn't expect to have to take.

" Sorry lads, we're not going to give you any greatcoats but every five or six of you can share a tent. That of coarse means that each of you will have to carry a tent axe and a number of tent pegs strapped to your back" :shock:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 16 Oct 2018, 22:13

A wise choice FredG leaving those mold lines. I tried to melt it away on some of mine years ago only to find i`d replaced one line,but ended up with two. Those Prussians are really striding it out on that set of figures. I like that pose as i do the French infantry HAT produced years ago.
Nice to see your work in progress again. BB
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Posted by FredG on 25 Oct 2018, 20:45

Regimental facings have been applied. They still require a little touching up here and there but at least we have them started. I was slowed down a little when I realised I'd applied the cuffs back to front so they had to be overpainted and corrected.
I've chosen IR Nr.4 Kalckreuth and IR Nr.54 Natzmer as these two would make up the Grenadier Battalion under Oberstlieutenant von Vieregg (IR Nr. 54) ( He may well appear at a later date)

IR4 Kalckreuth
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IR54 Natzmer
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Still a lot to do with straps, buttons, washes etc.

I was disappointed with the muskets. There's little detail to be found but they shoul;d be OK en masse.

Onwards
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Posted by Beano Boy on 26 Oct 2018, 13:59

Really nice clean work on these FredG. :thumbup:
On mass yes that`s cool. Mine rotted away. ;-) BB
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Posted by FredG on 08 Nov 2018, 20:57

Well I had another break in the scottish house so only been back painting this week :-D .

These are definitely not the easiest figures I've ever painted.

The situation at present is

IR4

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IR54

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I'll be glad when I can start with washes and hopefully get a little more life into them
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Posted by Peter on 08 Nov 2018, 21:19

Great looking figures so far Fred! :thumbup:

I thought I painted these to! Must have a look at it! :eh:
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Posted by Peter on 08 Nov 2018, 21:29

Found it! This was from the days a lot of people voted on the duels!

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=13404&p=154718&hilit=prussian+grenadiers#p154718

PS: my opponent in this duel is getting married, I saw on FB! ;-)
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Posted by FredG on 08 Nov 2018, 21:51

Having the current experience of these figures, you were robbed Peter. :P
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Posted by Peter on 08 Nov 2018, 22:00

FredG wrote:Having the current experience of these figures, you were robbed Peter. :P

One sprue? When I see what you are painting here, I ask myself: "Who is robbed here?" :mrgreen:
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Posted by FredG on 11 Nov 2018, 20:52

The first set are now completed and based. I think they look much better than I was expecting in the begining.

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Why so many photos from the back? That's where the detail is ;-)

I haven't based the officer yet as he's waiting for a mate from IR54, his boss and a few others.

This one is IR4

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Vorwarts meine kinder
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Posted by FredG on 11 Nov 2018, 21:20

Now we're onto the advancing grenadiers and a couple of officers one for IR54 and another for which ever this regiment turns out to be.

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I've already noticed that there's a bit more detail sculpted into these. That can't be bad :yeah: :-D
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Posted by Susofrick on 12 Nov 2018, 08:26

They look much better when you have painted them, than before.
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Posted by FredG on 17 Nov 2018, 22:30

IR No.46 Thile in advance are now awaiting buttons and washes.

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The Officers of IR46 Thile and IR54 Natzmer are in the same situation.

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In case you're wondering, the facings for IR46 are black :-D
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Posted by FredG on 18 Nov 2018, 12:20

IR46 are drying off their bottoms , errrr bases in the flock so more preparation.

Here's the firing line ready for priming.

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I'm now left with a few spares. 4 officers, 7 NCOs and 8 pipers ( fifers).

Why there are so many NCO's in a pose you can only use with stationary troops is an odd one.

The pipers were one to a regiment ( two to a Grenadier Battalion) so they'll make a colourfull show when combined with the drummers from the Elites set ( the same soft plastic as the Grenadiers) to give the massed fifes and drums. At least the sleeve chevrons are very well defined on the fifers, that will help greatly, although MrsG may need to wear some ear protection when I get round to them.

Vorwarts!
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Posted by Peter on 20 Nov 2018, 22:20

Vorwarts! Aren't they finished yet? :eh: :-D :thumbup:
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Posted by FredG on 20 Nov 2018, 23:16

Oh there's still one or two to paint yet Peter ;-)
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Posted by FredG on 27 Nov 2018, 19:45

The firing line is now complete. It consists of IR10 Wedel and IR41 Lettow which formed the Grenadier Battalion under Major von Borstel (IR10)
Such a pity thet this soft plastic prevented me from trimming the spare plastic from the figures loading, they could have looked so much better individually. This Grenadier set is very much like the Curate's egg. There are some very good parts and some " not so good". As a whole they do make a positive impression.

Here they are in the flocking tray.

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There are also a couple of NCOs and five Grenadier Officers one each from the regiments so far.

Next up from this set are the Fifers.

These look pretty clean not a lot to do to these except paint them. Which, looking at these uniforms, may take quite a while as they are quite intricate.

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According to my references each Grenadier regiment only had one fifer so these will have to represent eight regiments. (Unless you know differently, in which case, say so now or forever hold your peace)

Vorwarts, with a jaunty little tune.
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