Kroonprins Von Prussien: Part 1
|Angus McBride's Prussian grenadier 1709 (left) and Prussian fifer Foot Guards 1704 as featured in Osprey's Marlborough's Army 1702-11 (Men-At-Arms 97)|
There's something exciting about creating one of the very first Prussian regiments - one of several highly professionalised units from the militarily reorganised state of Bradenburg/Prussia. It was the children and grandchildren of these men who forged that famous military reputation of army and state under Frederick the Great during the Seven Years War but it all starts here, alongside the Dutch.
By 1700 the regiment was reorganised along Dutch lines, leaders in military innovation amongst the Protestant nations, and thus my regiment will have 33 figures similar to my previous two Dutch regiments. Unlike them, this 'model' will be advancing to the front rather than representing platoon firing. My grenadier company will be advancing and lobbing grenades and my Finkenstein will be mounted.
|Before shot: Danish grenadier|
In spite of the growing range in figures for the War of the Spanish Succession, only one company appears to have made a Prussian grenadier. Unfortunately, Wargames Foundry only have one pose which I'm not overly excited about and they come in packs with more miniatures than I require. I have therefore bought Danish grenadiers from Front Rank being closest and with caps capable of conversion.
|Frontal before shot|
The front plate is broad, smooth and the right shape which I cut into and filed to achieve the scalloping effect. I cut away and filed the bag and will reconstruct a crown with tassel. I only need to do this three times - so no sweat ... well, sweat enough. I debated for some time about constructing a raised scalloped front flap but will paint it on instead. The back flap was scalloped similarly to the front. There were time when I thought it may have just been simpler to file the whole thing off and green stuff it from scratch. We shall see if I'm happy with the results.
|Ready for undercoating|