Another great old Knoetel illustration, detailing soldiers from a few of Frederick's free infantry formations.
Not much happening in the way of toy soldiering the last several weeks, but that does not mean I have been completely idle either. Just busy thinking, as we are wont to do, about what might be next in the painting queue.
For a long time, I have intended to assemble a small -- semi-fictitious -- Freicorps of troops comprised of various arms. Strike while the iron is hot say I! Or at least still warm. Ok, tepid. But in the wake of considerable summertime painting and tabletop activity, it seemed like an opportune time to do that in the interest of keeping The Grand Duchy of Stollen project moving forward with a fall and winter painting challenge.
After a few evenings down here in Zum Stollenkeller having a look through the leadpile, here's what I'm considering. Besides a squadron of recently purchased Minden Uhlans (14 figures and horses), I have dug out:
1) Enough Prussian musketeers with Swedish cuffs to form a two-company battalion of Frei Infantry (33 figures).
2) There are also enough figures to assemble a two-gun battery of Russian uniformed artillery (13 figures, guns, and a horse). . .
3) A company of Croats (15 figures). . .
4) A mounted general vignette of two or three figures and horses.
A nice little clutch of figures to keep busy with as the days grow shorter and through the dark days of winter yet to come. When there is not enough snow to be outside cross-country skiing of course. As a very rough time frame, I think October 1st to April 1st, more or less, seems reasonable. And if I manage to finish everything before that, so much the better.