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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Westphalian Army Project circa 1812

I stress this is just my version of the Westphalian Army.
It is not just the units that marched into Russia in 1812 but the whole army and a little be more.

Last updated 11 March 2015 (I have not done anything with this army for most of this year, have been in a painting slump), this slump continues, Feb 2016.

When I was a young wargamer (are the good old days when men were men and their toys were made of lead) I painted a number of Westphalian units using Minifigs.  These I sold off in the early 80's and I missed them (the guy that purchased them has not been to the club for at least 20 years). Now I have started painting (among other projects, 16th C Italian Wars, ECW and ACW, plus the painting I do for two friends and hold down a full time job, plus entertain the grandchildren) a new Napoleonic Westphalian corps mostly in Perry 28mm plastics, Victrix 28mm hard plastics with some metals, (some Minifigs & Perry) the generals, guns and a couple of artillery crews (later to add Perry gun crews).

My plan is to have a corps of 3 infantry divisions (30 battalions) two small cavalry divisions (8 regiments) and about 3 horse and 4 foot batteries (25 guns & howitzers).  I have most of the figures.  I just need some gun crews, command figures and some generals.

I have now (27 May 2012) finished the 1st Division of this corps.  The units saw action at the May club meeting as a formation for the first time. The 2nd/1st Line was shot up and routed, the 1st/1st Line suffered a little loss from some Prussian Jaegers, the cavalry did well as did the horse battery.

Upgrading all line battalions from 20 to 24 figures (April 2014).
Decreasing the size of the cavalry from 18 to 12 figures (6 bases is enough) - (June 2014)
I will also increase the Garde battalions from 16 to 24 (from 4 to 6 bases of 4 per bases except the skirmish units will be 8 x 3 figures per base) - (June 2014).

We have decided to rebase our armies in the Blackpowder style, I like this idea. (April 2014.)
The re-basing has progressed very well, I will update the photos later of the units on their new bases (June 2014). Many other rule sets use similar base styles (Fog of War, General de brigade etc)

Purchased some Warlords Games, Blackpowder Late French Line Infantry. They are nice figures. I will probably use more of these guys as well as the other WG BP French. (1 Sept 2014)

The Line brigade and corps horse battery & the 2nd Kuirassiers into the flank of Prussian Dragoons

I have decided to redo my old Minifgs French lancer regiment as the Westphalian Garde Lancers (eventually).

VIII Corps-Général de division Dominique-Joseph-René Vandamme (painted)
Corps Artillery-Général de division Allix de Vaux
1 Company Foot Artillery (12pdr) -3 guns & 1 howitzer. (painted)
1 Company Garde Horse Artillery (6pdr) -2 guns & 1 howitzer. (painted)

1st DivisionGénéral de division Elector of Hesse, Adam Ludwig Baron von Ochs (Painted)
1st Brigade: Général de brigade Graf Wellingerode (painted)
Grenadier Garde Battalion, (painted)
Jager/Chasseur-Garde Battalion, (painted)
Jager Carabinier-Garde Battalion (painted)
Fusilier-Garde Regiment (1st & 2nd Battalions) (1st painted)

2nd Brigade: Général de brigade Legras (painted)
1st, 2nd & 3rd Battalions-2nd Line Regiment (painted)
1st & 2nd Battalions-4th Line Regiment
1 Company of Line Foot Artillery (6pdr) -3 guns & 1 howitzer. (painted)

2nd Division: Général de division Jean-Victor Tharreau
1st Brigade: Général de brigade von Borstel Damas
1st & 2nd Battalions-1st Line Regiment (painted)
1st & 2nd Battalions-3rd Line Regiment (painted)
1st Light Battalion

2nd Brigade: Général de brigade von Zurwesten
1st & 2nd Battalions-5th Line Regiment
1st & 2nd Battalions-7th Line Regiment,
2nd Light Battalion
1 Company of Line Foot Artillery (6pdr) -3 guns & 1 howitzer.

3rd Division: Général de division Baron Pierre Bonnemains
1st Brigade: Général de brigade von Borstel
1st & 2nd Battalions-6th Line Regiment
1st & 2nd Battalions-8th Line Regiment
3rd Light Battalion

2nd Brigade: Général de brigade Pierre de Riel de Beurnonville
1st, 2nd & 3rd Battalions-9th Line Regiment
1st & 2nd Battalions-Regiment Westphalia
Rifle Battalion Confederation of the Rhine
1 Company of Line Foot Artillery (6pdr) -3 guns & 1 howitzer.

1st Cavalry Division: Général de division Théodore Chabert (painted)
Garde Cavalry Brigade: Général de brigade Wolff (painted)
Garde du Corps Kuirassiers (painted),
Garde Chevau leger Lanciers
Garde Hussars (painted)
Kuirassier Brigade: Général de brigade von Lepel (painted)
1st Kuirassiers
2nd Kuirassiers. (painted)
1 Company of Horse Artillery (6pdr) -2 guns & 1 howitzer.

2nd Cavalry Division: Général de division Baron Charles-Louis-Joseph-Olivier Guéhéneuc
French Dragoon Brigade: Général de brigade Baron Claude Dallemagne
9th Dragoons (painted)
22nd Dragoons
Light Cavalry Brigade: Général de brigade Baron von Hammerstein
1st Hussars
2nd Hussars.
1 Company of Horse Artillery (6pdr) -2 guns & 1 howitzer.

This corps is now taking part in the club 1812 Peninsula Campaign (to start in 2014 unfortunately it did not start in 2012 due to a number of reasons or 2013).

The Grenadier Garde, Chasseur Garde, Jager-Carabinier Garde & Fusilier Garde have all come from the Victrix French Old Guard Grenadier set with a few Perry French thrown in to make up the numbers.

My 1st battalions of the line will be in a almost full dress style using Perry French and the 2nd and 3rd battalions will be Perry in greatcoats/campaign dress.

I have completed 4 of the 5 Garde battalions, 7 Line Battalions, 1 Kuirassier Regt, Garde du Corps, 2 horse artillery companies 2 foot artillery companies (I am gluing the gunners to the gun bases even though this is not a WRG thing, will just die to indicate losses) and 5 generals (not much but a beginning) I have to find somewhere to store it all to await battle.  I was thinking of a large cabinet with glass doors, mmmmmm might be a go on that.

The Garde Grenadier Battalion

The Garde Grenadier Battalion

Uniform of Westphalian Grenadier Guard Battalion.
Head wear
Black bearskin - red  cords, red plume & red top patch (with a yellow grenade within a yellow circle)
Yellow plate with eagle
Coat
White, facing colour red on collar, cuffs, lapels & turnbacks with yellow button lace
Yellow buttons & red epaulettes
Breeches
White with knee high white gaiters with white buttons
Sword knot - Grenadiers red.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch (brass diamond plate with four grenades)

Garde Chasseurs Battalion

Garde Chasseurs Battalion

Garde Chasseurs Battalion

Uniform of Westphalian Garde Jager-Chasseur Battalion.
Head wear - Shako
Company colour pompon (light blue-white-yellow-green), white cords & green plume with yellow tip,
White eagle plate.
Coat
Dark green, with yellow collar, cuffs, turnbacks & yellow piping to lapels with white button lace
Yellow buttons, Green epaulettes.
Breeches
Green with white Hungarian thigh knots & side strip, black short gaiters (white pipping to top & tasselwith black buttons, Sword knot - Green.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch & white bugle badge
Musket armed.


Garde Jager-Carabinier Battalion

Garde Jager-Carabinier Battalion

Uniform of Westphalian Garde Jager-Carabinier Battalion.
Head wear - Shako
Company colour pompon (light blue-white-yellow-green), red cords & green plume with red tip
Yellow eagle plate
Coat
Dark green, with red pipping on green collar, cuffs, turnbacks lapels with white button lace
Yellow buttons, Green epauletts with red half moon
Breeches
Green with red Hungarian thigh knots & side strip, black short gaiters (red pipping to topwith black buttons
Sword knot - Green.
Belts
Black with a black cartridge pouch & white bugle badge
Rifle armed


Garde Fusilier Regiment-1st Battalion

Garde Fusilier Regiment-1st Battalion

Garde Fusilier Regiment-1st Battalion

Garde Fusilier Regiment-1st Battalion

Uniform of Westphalian Garde Fusilier Regiment.
Head wear - Shako
Company colour pompon (light blue-white-yellow-green), white cords
Yellow lozenge plate with eagle, Blue Plume.
Coat
White, facing colour dark blue on collar, cuffs, lapels & turnbacks with white button lace
White buttons, blue epaulet's with white half moon
Breeches
White with knee high white gaiters with white buttons
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch, Sword knot - white.

1st Line Regiment-1st Battalion

1st Line Regiment-1st Battalion

1st Line Regiment-1st Battalion

1st Line Regiment-2nd Battalion

1st Line Regiment-2nd Battalion

1st Line Regiment-1st & 2nd Battalions

1st Line Regiment-1st & 2nd Battalions


Uniform of Westphalian 1st Line Regiment.
(the second battalion in blue greatcoats)
Head wear - Shako
Grenadier - red pompon, red  cords, red plume
Voltigeur - green pompon, green cords, green with yellow tip plume
Fusilier - company colour pompon (light blue-white-yellow-green), white cords
Yellow lozenge plate with eagle over black regimental number.
Coat
White, facing colour dark blue on collar, cuffs, lapels & turnbacks. Yellow buttons.
Grenadier - red epauletts
Voltigeur - green epauletts (could have yellow half moon)
Fusiliers - white shoulder strap piped in dark blue (in 1812 dark blue epauletts with white half moon)
Breeches
White with knee high black gaiters with black buttons
Sword knot - Grenadiers red, Voltigeurs green & Fusiliers white.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch

2nd Line Regiment-1st Battalion

2nd Line Regiment-1st Battalion

2nd battalion, 2nd Regiment (the corps commander looking on)
2nd Line Regiment-3rd Battalion

Uniform of Westphalian 2nd Line Regiment.
This regiment had 3 battalions.
(The second battalion in blue greatcoats and the third battalion in grey greatcoats)
Head wear - Shako
Grenadier - red pompon, red  cords, red plume
Voltigeur - green pompon, green cords, green with yellow tip plume
Fusilier - company colour pompon (light blue-white-yellow-green), white cords
Yellow lozenge plate with eagle over black regimental number.
Coat
White, facing colour dark blue on collar (white lapels piped blue), cuffs, lapels & turnbacks
Yellow buttons
Grenadier - red epauletts
Voltigeur - green epauletts
Fusiliers - white shoulder strap piped in dark blue (in 1812 dark blue epauletts with white half moon)
Breeches
White with knee high black gaiters with black buttons
Sword knot - Grenadiers red, Voltigeurs green & Fusiliers white.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch

Garde du Corps

Garde du Corps

Garde du Corps
Uniform of Westphalian Garde du Corps.
Head wear - Helmet
French cuirassier pattern with black carabinier type crest and brown fur turban 
Coat
For full dress White with blue facings on campaign blue with red facings.
French pattern Steel kuirass (front & back plates) from 1810 with a sunburst on the front.
Trumpeters were blue coats with white facings, no kuirass.
Service dress: Coat Blue, facing colour orange on collar, cuffs, turnbacks & white pipping
White buttons, red epauletts
Breeches
White with black high jacked boots
Sword knot - white.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch
Saddle cloth
Blue piped yellow.

Garde Hussars

Garde Hussars

Garde Hussars

Uniform of Westphalian Garde Hussars.
Shako
Red, white plumes, yellow plate, white cords.
Coat
Red dolman with yellow lace and buttons.
Facings red piped yellow.
Blue pelisse with yellow lace and buttons.
Trumpeters white coats with red facing yellow lace.
Breeches
Blue (light blue or mid-blue, uncertain) with yellow thigh knots and side stripes.
Yellow lace to top of boots.
Sword knot - white.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch
Saddle cloth
White sheepskin with red edging.

2nd Cuirassiers

2nd Cuirassiers

2nd Cuirassiers
Uniform of Westphalian 2nd Kuirassier Regiment.
Helmet
French cuirassier pattern with black carabinier type crest and brown fur turban Coat Blue, facing colour orange on collar, cuffs, turnbacks & white pipping
White buttons, red epauletts
French pattern Steel kuirass (front & back plates) from 1810
Breeches
White with black high jacked boots
Sword knot - white.
Belts
White with a black cartridge pouch

Someone may look at these guys (kuirassiers above) and think the colour of the saddle furniture is the wrong colour that it should be blue not red.  For my second regiment I have painted the saddle furniture in the earlier red of the 1st Regt.  My story is that the 1st Kuirassiers have been issued with the new blue and the old red saddle furniture has been passed onto the 2nd Kuirassiers until they get the new blue (it will never happen).  This will help on the battlefield/taptop to establish them as the 2nd Kuirassiers regiment and different from the 1st Kuirassiers (will have white coats) and the Garde du Corps Kuirassiers (campaign blue coats).

Guard Artillery

Guard Artillery


Westphalian Guards Artillery.

These are Perry crew and guns and a Minifigs howitzer
October 2014
A French uniform with Westphalian national cockade.




















3 comments:

  1. lovely work on your Westphalian's - I'm currently working on my Saxons 1812 (elite miniatures) once finished I have a brigade of Westphalian Infantry to work on...

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks for that Phil. Things have slowed of late on the painting front, I spend more time with the Grand kids than painting.
      What Saxons are you working on. The Saxon army is another nice army that can have everything represented in miniature like the Westphalian, Wurttemberg, Italian, Neapolitan and Danish with having too much.

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