A Prussian army rumbles towards the French... In Blucher the Prussian Army of 1813+ is characterized by "corps" of Line, Reserve and Landwehr infantry often supported by a light cavalry unit. The Reserve infantry presents a small issue-not made in 1/32. Fortunately Russian infantry is a good stand in for the Russo-german legion, ACTA British light infantry in blue uniforms looks like the 9th reserve regiment with their British supplied kit, and Line infantry in grey uniforms stand in for reserves (with an early issue of the shako). The dearth of allowable artillery means all but one battery are "attached", invisible, in this particular Prussian Army. This aligns well with the historical Prussian doctrine to subordinate cav and arty to the infantry. Advantages in this army include the Line infantry can be "avante guard" with attached arty/cav at the brigade level. Just to spice things up some of your landwehr can become pretty formidable in the assault. Finally you can pay for Blucher as a cinc which adds a lot of staying power to an otherwise ramshackle force. All in all it is a fun army to play-get everything right and it can crush a French corps. Get it wrong and you'll have plenty of time to enjoy everyone else's 1/32 army marching across the table!
Great army! Give us some closeup photos! On the other side I don't think so Prussians wore shakos like this Russians you used. You can easly make Prussian Reserve using Prussian Line bodies and Prussian Landwehr heads.
I saw some time ago on the old HaT 1/32 Blog conversion of Prussian Infantry with heads from Armies in Plastic Landwehr and they look great! You can be right that HaT Prussian Landwehr is a bit smaller.
Here are the French, supported by the Bavarians and Wurttembergers. Each "Corps" is 4 Bdes of infantry, a chausseur cavalry unit and artillery. Most are HaT (of course!) and while I am waiting for line infantry to be produced in 54mm I have filled the gap with ACTA french infantry- smaller than HaT I use them for Marie Louises. Artillery is AIP, cavalry are old Timpo on HaT horses.
Stunning Pinotnoir! Really cool and impressive to see! I also very much like your Wurtemberg and Bavarian troops! Now I really want to paint mine! I should also really paint some French Line infantry since I have so much elites!..Well one step at a time! Thanks for sharing! Motivating images and also some nice eye candy! Will you wargame with them or play a battle? :-)
Once or twice a year the Salem Oregon war-gamers travel (hour) to the vineyard and we do a scenario using Blucher rules. Did "almost" Hanau and "almost" On to Leipzig scenarios. At Hanau the Bavarians and their Austrian allies came close to an upset with the help of Prussians and Russians close behind the French. Napoleon's wiley veterans managed to push over the rivers just in time to eke out a victory. In the Leipzig scenario MacDonald waited a turn too long to request Napoleon's aid then failed several reinforcement request rolls (pretty bad when you can't roll a 5 using 2 dice!) His draftees and line infantry put up a decent fight but the veteran Prussians and Russians routed the French off the field before help arrived. Both games saw in excess of 800 54mm troops deployed. The trick to fielding so many troops is in not painting as beautifully as you do. They get the "good enough" paint job, a coat of floor wax and ink wash and sometimes a few highlights then- off to the wars...
Yes indeed..I somehow got into that..I will try after my batch of Chasseurs to find also quicker ways of painting as I did long time ago, and only paint the eye-catchers with buttons and all that...But that is hard to let go once taken that road..My Austrians are for example more simple though...And my dutch grenadiers :-) Btw is this your blog? I thought to recognize the billiard table schlagtan.blogspot.com/2016/ :-D I have been following it for many years already :-) And you have images of those big wargames? :-)
pinotnoir! Yes that would be nice! I have a different question to all 54mm collectors! I am on the lookout for 1/32 Flags! I have spotted your Prussian flags here so I'll first drop it here ;-) At the moment I am working on some Austrian/Hungarian grenadiers. I converted one figure into a standard-bearer. I was wondering in 1/32 how do you estimate the seizes of the flags or just by the bare eye? I have found some sites or pages on eBay were one can purchase flags but maybe someone knows a nice link or set or page?