Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Army of Brunswick (Hesse-Fedora)


Here's the plan. Using RSM figures, I want to build the entire army of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, usually known to English readers simply as "Brunswick."

I intend to use RSM SYW Prussian figures from Dayton Painting Consortium.

I want the figures to be dual-use: 24 figure battalions for our club SYW rules, and 60-figure "Big Battalion" rules a la Charge! and The Wargame, or the soon-to-be available rules from Bill Protz, Batailles de l'Ancien Régime 1740-1763, or BAR for short. I will use two battalions of our rules to form a single unit in BAR.

Here's the proposed structure:

Type

Brunswick name


Hesse-Fedora name


Figures


Infantry








IR Leib (2 bn)


Leib (Bogey’s Own)


60



IR von Imhoff (2 bn)


von Blaine


60



IR von Behr (2 bn)


von Spade


60



IR von Zastrow (2 bn)


von Earle


60



GB von Stammer (Leib/Imhoff)


von Dobbs


48



GB von Redecken (Behr/Zastrow)


von Parry


48



Jagerkorps (3 “brigades” of 85 jagers each)


??


24









Cavalry








Garde du Corps (1 company)


Les Noirs


12



Karabiniers


von Marlowe, Der Grossschlafen


24



Dragoons


von Gunn


24



Hussars


von Steele


24









Artillery








2 light companies (1 gun/reg)


von Leland, von McCloud


4 guns, 12 figures




Note this is draft, especially since I have not seen BAR yet!

My main source is R. D. Pengel 's German States in the Seven Years War 1740-1762: Supplement: Brunswick-Luneberg (Hanover), Hessen Cassel, Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Schaumberg-Lippe. This lists several other infantry formations, including a Leib-Grenadier-Garde, which I have not found elsewhere. Does anyone know if these are really different units, or just renamed previously existing ones? I know the book by Bill Biles considers at least some them to be renamed.

Either way, this is a serious amount of lead and will take a while to accumulate.

In the meantime, here's a pic of my armies in action at a club night.

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