Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Silesian 4th and 6th landwehr

Sorry for the lack of updates, seems to be the common line at the top of each new post and this 1 is no different.


Still I have plenty on the go . . .

I finally managed to get the 3rd and 4th battalions finished for the 4th Silesian landwehr regiment. 

They are a mix of landwehr and reserves figures from AB. I got the idea while reading Dr Stephen Summerfield book on landwehr. The 4th seemed to have moved over to a short coat in 1815. Just to give variation in the sea of traffic wardens I thought it would be a good idea to mix the reserve troops through as a transition in clothing, something like that.

I also popped in the odd casualty and character to make up the numbers.

As usual I try to put a character on each base, a chap cheering, a spare drummer etc as I feel it adds, well more character to the unit. 🤗

The figures were ordered from fighting 15's a good while ago. The reserve figures I have to say were disappointing. On a few of the poses there were flaws at the point the bayonets met the musket or on the inner bayonet. Also some of the legs were very fragile at the knees plus the odd problem with faces.  Thankfully I was able to hand around 40 in all to Ian of fighting 15's at Falkirk so he could see the specific poses himself. Also some of the landwehr figures seemed to have excess metal on the left of their faces, I tried to make this into a bandage where possible. I'm sure the moulds have been sorted out now that the problem was pointed out. It was reassuring to hear from Ian of fighting 15's that he appreciates people making him aware of any problems so they can be fixed and as he said, at the price the customer should get them in perfect condition. Also saved me sending them back in the post. In the past I have usually just given any problem figures to buddies who don't mind miscast figures or broken bayonets before painting.

The AB landwehr figures are some of the best in the range for variety and are nice to paint, almost to good to be landwehr.

I position any with weak bayonets in the centre of groups or near the flag like the chap with beard on the left.

So that's the 4th and 6th Silesian regiments of landwehr finished for my katzbach order of battle and I'm Glad to have them done!

I've been feeling recently that I'm drifting away from blogging, it's not that I don't really enjoy reading posts, there are thousands I want to read and that's the problem. I find it hard to keep track. I can't paint while reading or typing and it's just so much easier to listen while cleaning up troops or basing than searching online. I find it increasingly difficult to force myself to put a blog post together compared to shooting a quick video. I'll keep posting and hopefully the blogger app will be improved for Ipad? 

Anyway I've got a few more finished items to post up.

Happy Wargaming
all the best!


30 comments:

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Fantastic looking regiments Paul! Once again looking at your figures has me thinking about doing 15mm Naps.

Christopher

Jonathan Freitag said...

Paul, your Silesian Landwehr are terrific! The dark blue Litewka faced yellow is a handsome combination and one of my favorites. Well done!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Christopher, If I had the space I'd go in your direction with 28's. Love my 15's but 28's look so much better in the flesh plus the choice seems to be huge.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Jonathan, it's tough to paint constant yellow. Had to jump about a good deal before finishing them. Glad they are done now! Thanks for yer kind comment!

Sgt Steiner said...

Annoyingly superb as always

Phil said...

Well done Paul, once again a brilliant work!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Phil, I've got another Grenadier battalion finished and some commands to post up.

paulalba said...

Thanks Sgt Steiner!

Chasseur said...

Fantastic work Paul!

Stryker said...

We'll done with the traffic wardens Paul - keep 'em coming!

Rodger said...

Very well done indeed Paul!

Furphy said...

It's been a pleasure seeing these units grow Paul, great work marra .
Regards Gav .

Gonsalvo said...

Yep, almost too god to be Landwehr! :-)

Neil Moulden said...

That classic Silesian Landwher colour scheme is a winner. They look great on-mass and as individual figures.
Great stuff.

dmitri.prapor said...

So many and so brilliant painting! Very good.

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Dmitry!

paulalba said...

Thanks Neil, it's good to see them finished!

paulalba said...

Lol very proper looking landwehr.

paulalba said...

Thanks Gav, was good to get through them during our chats!

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Rodger, I'm glad to see them finished!

paulalba said...

Lol absolutely Ian, the fighting traffic wardens of the Katzbach!

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Chasseur!!!

Colbourne said...

amazing painting as always! i like the idea of nixing reserve and landwehr. don't give up the blogging though - your figures are an inspiration.

Dr Jeckyll said...

Wow!! fantastic looking units! I will have to copy the idea of mixing in the reserve infantry to make some diversity when I get to the Landwehr infantry.
Just started on the Pommeranian Landwejr cavalry and the 6th Uhlans ex-Lutzow Freikorps lancers for my Ligny/Waterloo oob using the AB figures. Your blog is very inspirational, and I must admit that I try my best to emulate your approach to building units and basing them. Thanks for sharing your work!!
Cheers!
Erik Salvador

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Colbourne, the reserve/landwehr mix was just for this regiment as I read in the summerfield book about the change to short coat in 1815. Did give me the chance to make more variation the the battalions.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Erik, glad you enjoy the blog. Sounds like interesting units. It's tough getting through the numbers, I'm always balancing up how much detail time put in to get a good quality but still a fast production. I only added the reserve through the landwehr on the 4th regiment down to the info in the summerfield books.

vonpeterhimself said...

Eight battalions of Silesian Landwehr goodness. Necessary units for a later war Prussian Army where many of their opponents are of similar military experience and also trying to learn their trade on the job. I'm impressed and not a little jealous! 8O)

Salute
von Peter himself

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Great stuff you really do those figures proud
Well done :)

You serve as an inspiration :)

paulalba said...

Thanks VP, that's how I see it there were as many Frenchmen and their allies learning on the job in 1813/14 as prussians

paulalba said...

Thanks Geordie, nice to see you!