Saturday, 14 September 2013

WSS Danish - Regiment Prince George

I'm not the fastest (or most accurate) painter in the world but here is my first War of the Spanish Succession period Danish regiment, Prince George, which took me about two weeks to do.  These 15mm fgures are from Blue Moon (click to enlarge the pictures) and my aim is initially to recreate the two Danish brigades that were at Blenheim under Scholten.
WSS Danish - Prince George
I've put them on 30x30mm bases (from Warbases) and each regiment comprises a combination of the following packs:15 MBN 101 - Infantry Command;15 MBN 102 - Infantry Tricorn; 15 MBN 104 - Grenadiers Mitre. I liked the idea of having a couple of grenadiers on the right flank for each regiment.
WSS Danish - Prince George
Authorities differ on the shade of light grey the Danish coats should be but I thought that darker rather than lighter would be more appropriate, particularly as I wanted to make sure that they could be clearly differentiated from any French that happened to be on the table.  Purists will note that they are not wearing double breasted coats as they should be, but that option wasn't available from Blue Moon.

The Prince Geroge regiment has rather striking orange facings which colour I arrived at by mixing some artist's acrylic Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow in equal amounts (painted over a red 'shade' layer).  Uniform details came initially from Charles S Grant's books (in this case Vol 1) as well as the recently received booklet The Danish Army 1699-1715 by CA Sapherson (from Caliver books), as well as some other on-line sources.
Orange is not the only fruit (nor, for that matter, the only facing colour used by the Danes)
As you can possibly see I tried, for the first time in 15mm, to achieve some sort of shading techniques, which can be a bit tricky on these small figures.  Basing was a variation on my usual method which involved using rough shelly East Lothian sand, painted earth brown this time and dry brushed, followed by adding some static grass.  Note that I've also not got around to putting the flags on yet.  Ray Rousell from the famous Don't Throw a One blog very kindly sent me some flags, and once I get around to printing these out and fitting them I will have finally finshed my first Danish regiment (though the next one is already started!).

10 comments:

Andrew Saunders said...

Nice work especially at this scale, what rules do you plan to use for the period

The Wishful Wargamer said...

Thanks Andrew - as I said it's the first time I've actually tried the shading technique on 15mm figures. I think I need to be bolder with the contrasts though.

Regarding rules we were thinking Piquet Field of Battle (hence the 4 stand regiment) but I'm still partial to WRG 1685-1845, and of course there is Black Powder to consider. Plenty of choice! Cheers WW

Ray Rousell said...

They look excellent, so what's the next regt your painting up?

The Wishful Wargamer said...

Next up will be the Livgarde til fods, with their legendary (and probably highly flammable) 'straw' coats. I think you know the ones I mean Ray!

scotty said...

Great work on these

Grimsby Mariner said...

Great work. I went for a steely grey on my Danes to stop them looking like the French or Dutch. Danish forces are a nice start.

Cameronian said...

Nice work indeed.

Phil said...

Beautiful work, they look excellent!

Timothy said...

Do you know a supplier of blue moon in the UK?

The Wishful Wargamer said...

Timothy - I'm in the UK (for now at least) and I sourced the Blue Moon figures from the Old Glory Minatures UK website: http://www.oldgloryuk.com/