Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Hessian SYW K1 Erbprinz Cuirassiers

I have feilded these as cuirassiers in their post-1760 uniform. Although they were converted to cuirassiers the actual cuirasse does not appear to have been issued until after the end of the SYW. But I wanted to use the latest offerings from Black Hussar and so these are actual cuirassiers. If you want Prussian (or lesser smaller states') Cuirassiers then these are the best you can buy in 28mm. Each figure comes with a variety of sword arms you can chose from.

Hessian SYW 7/9 Mirbach Grenadiers

These are slightly different, in composition, from the original converged grenadier battalion which was grenadiers from regiments 7 and 11. These are from regiments 7 and 9 which I am fielding. I love these Black Hussar figures.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Hessian Leib Regiment

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am slightly obsessed with 18th century Hessians. This blog focused on Hessians in the early SYW but these new posts will concentrate on the late war. What I like about them is that they are a Prussian looking army but much smaller and feasible given that I have to paint both sides if I embark on a project. Add to that the fact that my second favourite army of this bewigged century is the French. Who could possible manufacture both sides? Well I am teasing you because my favourite manufacturer is Black Hussar who, incidentally, produce both Prussians and French for the SYW. The imminent arrival of Prussian Cuirassiers is most welcome too.

So here is the start of a small project (Hessians v French) for late SYW. When I say small, I mean similar sized to the WAS in Italy project which consists of about 12 battalions and 12 squadrons each side.

The other thing I like about Hessians are their bewilderingly colourful AWI flags. In 1760 the old Landgraf passed away and his son Friedrich II came to the throne. He was a Prussian General and inhaber of a Prussian Infantry regiment too. Already quite Prussian in it's look, he tinkered with the organisation and flags to make the army a mini-replica of his big neighbour to the East. The early flags, prior to 1760, I find a little bit dull. The post 1760 flags are much more Prussian in look but many details of what they looked like are unknown. With the AWI you would have thought that the fog of what the flags looked like might have lifted but sadly not. Many of the articles on the AWI flags captured are inconsistent with Prussian practice. A good article is here at

So what I am doing is a late SYW Hessian army with AWI flags. Some are conjectural as the Hessians only sent single battalions to North America whereas I will field double battalion regiments. Some questions remain as to what exactly was the colour combination of the Leibfahne and what was the colour combination of the Regimentfahne? I will try to follow the logic of the Prussian system but I admit there are many opposing views so this is just my interpretation. But you also have to just love the vibrant colour of the flags which came from
Iain there is a great chap and he has resized the flags slightly for me so that they fit on the Black Hussar flagpoles. I think the artwork is even better than GMB's, which is saying something.

In terms of the uniforms, most will be based on the SYW late version but with this first regiment, I have gone with the AWI uniform. The late SYW version had pink facings which looked wrong with these flags whereas the sand/mustard yellow facings compliment the flags. And in the unlikely event that I ever do armies for the AWI, then these two battalions can be combined into one, less one set of flags.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Selling figures

Dear Friends,

I have decided to sell off this collection. I just don't have the time to dedicate to it any more and my other blog takes up any free-time I have.

I will sell these figures on eBay if I don't get any interest here but meanwhile I have painted all these units you can see here:

5 battalions of 28 figures each.
5 companies of their grenadiers (each 4 figures)
4 extra 'dead/wounded' figures based individually.
One mounted c-in-c base.
One mounted officer
8 Horse in two squadrons.

I can add (but they are currently unpainted) two further battalions and 2 companies.
Some artillery.

Obviously I'd prefer that they all went to one home but I'm relaxed about sending them in different directions.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested at nigbil at
I'm looking at about GBP5 a figure.


PS. I'll probably leave the blog in place without any further postings.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Major-General Burkhard Wilhelm von Fürstenberg

Here is the first of the Brigade commanders - a Front Rank figure. He is pictured
leading his brigade of three battalions IR1, IR2 and his own regiment, IR3.

This is what I have said about him previously: "This is the first time we come across a general for my Hessian Generalkommando and, strangely enough, he was not even Hessian. Major-General Burkhard Wilhelm von Fuerstenberg was given this regiment in 1753 and he had been in Palatinate service previously (his probable nationality). In 1751 he was offered sevice in the Hessian army and promotion. His stay though did not last long and in 1758 he re-entered Palatinate service. I imagine that he knew he was going to be put in a somewhat embarrassing position as the Palatine Army was in service with the French and therefore on the other side. On his return home he was given a regiment and you can find details on the Kronoskaf website. He died in 1766."

Monday, 23 March 2015


Here is the Commander in Chief of the Hessian Army – the Erbprince (Crown prince),  assisted by Lieutenant-General Prince Christian Ludwig of Isenburg-Birstein. On the base is also a Calvinist pastor reading the Scriptures to his bored looking congregation. The Erbprinz has converted to Catholicism and so is perhaps less than attentive and Prince Christian just looks thoughtful.

Prince Frederick, the Erbprinz and future Landgrave Frederick II, converted to Catholicism in 1749 and this army is designed for the mid 1750s and this caused something of a difficulty in the Calvinist state (see my early post on this blog titled Landgrave William VIII). Frederick is in his early 30s age-wise.

His companion is, on the other hand, a seasoned old military salt probably sent by the Erbprinz’s father to keep an eye on his son and make sure he does not do anything foolish with the Landgraviate’s major money-spinning asset – it’s army. Christian Ludwig von Isenburg-Birstein was born on October 10 1710 in Birnstein. He was the son of Prince Wolfgang Ernst I of Isenburg and Budingen and Princess Friederike Elisabeth von Leiningen-Dagsburg. In January 1741, he was appointed Chef of the Reiter Regiment von Diemar (K4). In 1746, he was apppointed major-general and in 1750 lieutenant-general and Kommandeur of the Hessian Corps in the Low Countries and, later, of the 8,000 strong Hessian Corps stationed in England during 1756. A close friend of the Landgrave, he left the army in 1757 and was awarded “Ritter des Deutschen Orden”. His younger brother (who was killed at the battle of Bergen in the SYW), commands the Grenadier brigade.

Finally, uniforms. The Erbprinz wears the colonel’s uniform of his own Infantry Regiment (IR7) and Prince Christian wears the colonel’s uniform of the 4th Horse Regiment mentioned above. Two of the portraits show the Erbprinz post 1760 when he has become Landgrave of Hessen Kassel. The third portrait shows a much younger Erbprinz in his Prussian Infantry uniform but I don’t think he would have worn this uniform when he was on the field commanding Hessian soldiers.