Saturday, 30 October 2010

Test paint - Hanoverian Landwehr.

While I'm waiting for my French Hussars to arrive I thought I would try a simple conversion that I saw on the 'KippersMinis' blog (link at right, see March 2010 for the Hanoverian unit and a Dutch unit conversion)). Lots of good stuff on there and some nice conversions to Dutch & Belgian troops plus a unit of Hanoverian Landwehr, of which there were several at Waterloo in Halkett's 3rd Hanoverian Brigade. Perry plastics of course with the shako cut down, cleaned up and the cap top added from blue-tac. I'm not sure that mine have not turned out a little 'loaf' like, although they look much better in 28mm scale than blown up in the photograph I have to say! Anyway, I'm very pleased with them and will do a full battalion in the future no doubt.




7 comments:

Stryker said...

Hi Lee - they look smart but I'm curious about the blue-tac hats. How do you make the stuff go hard enough to resist knocks?

Ian

Matt said...

A neat little conversion.

Matt

Lee said...

Ian, plastic cement makes it go all gooey and gives a good bond when dry. Its only a small blob. A coat of white glue before painting seals it. Not ideal I know but good enough.

Matt, thanks. I may try to make the caps slightly smaller/flatter when I get round to the rest of the battalion.

Cheers,
Lee.

Matt said...

Instead of blu-tac, have you considered getting hold of some 'green stuff'? It's a two part modelling putty (a bit like milliput but much better). It keeps too.

Nice work on the Hanoverians!

Matt

Rafael Pardo said...

A curious and lovely unit
Regards
Rafa

Lee said...

'Green stuff'would be better no doubt but I've always tended to use little blobs of blu tac because its handy!

Rafa, I have to admit to having no strict historical reference for those caps, although I know that they were worn at Waterloo, but as to colour I'm not sure? They look nice though. Do you have any references on these cap colours?

Perry make metal 1815 landwehr in these caps but the figures are in a pose I'm not so keen on. The command pack is good though.

https://www.perry-miniatures.com/images/bh/bh-13.jpg

Cheers,
Lee.

Anonymous said...

The following is a translation of the document written by Captain Carl Müller of the Hanoverian General Staff, which is undated, but which undoubtedley is from early 1836, as the other documents in the folder are of this date. It reads:
2nd Division, 3rd Brigade – Colonel Halkett
Osnabrück Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a tapered design (spitz) [e.g. the old stovepipe design, of which no foul weather covers were known to exist]
Quakenbrück Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was black. The battalion wore shakos of a Portuguese design
Salzgitter Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a tapered [stovepipe] design.
Bremervörde Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a tapered [stovepipe] design.

3rd Division, 1st Brigade – Major-General Count von Kielmansegge
Lüneburg Light Infantry Batt: Green jackets with black facings and green pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was black. The battalion wore shackos of a Portugeuse design.
Duke of York Light Infantry Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a Portugeuse design.
Grunbenhagen Light Infantry Batt: Red jackets with dark green facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was black. The battalion wore shackos of a tapered [stovepipe] design.
Verden Light Infantry Batt: Red jackets with light green facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a Portugeuse design.
Bremen Light Infantry Batt: Red jackets with black facings and dark blue pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was black. The battalion wore shackos of a Portugeuse design.
Feldjägers (or Jägers): Green jackets with light gree facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was black. The Jägers wore shackos of a tapered [stovepipe] design.
5th Division, 5th Brigade – Major-General [sic] Vincke
Hameln Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with darl blue facings and either grey or white pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a tapered [stovepipe] design.
Giffhorn Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a tapered [stovepipe] design.
Hildesheim Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with light yellow [as opposed to dark yellow] facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a Portugeuse design.
Peine Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with light yellow facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shackos of a Portugeuse design.
Reserve, 4th Brigade – Colonel Best
Lüneburg Landwehr Batt: Red jackets with dark blue facings and grey pantaloons. All of the leather equipment was white. The battalion wore shacks of a tapered [stovepipe] design.
The above details are repeated for the Osterode, Verden and Münden Landwehr Battalions.
The following notes accompany the above report:

4. All of the shackos were black.

Like the blue tac idea!

Mervyn