One evening earlier in the week, I spent several hours carefully examining the Grand Duchy of Stollen collection . Here is a listing of everything that has been painted and glossed up to this point, excluding numerous civilians, the extensive pontoon and transport train, limbers and teams for the existing artillery, many command vignettes, and a couple of light infantry fomrations that rarely see the table.
There is also a unit of 30 metal Spencer Smith cavalry that I painted way back in 2007-2008, that does not really work with the rest of the collection as it has taken shape in the years since. Plus a couple of units of Holger Eriksson figures that featured in the Sittangbad refight long ago at the May 2006 Partizan show, which I managed to snag from painter John Preece back in 2016 or '17. But I digress. Here we go:
Ermland Garde (All line regiments consist of 60+ figures)
Württemberg Garde zu Fuß
Grenadiers (3 cos. Approximately 45 figures.)
Karlstädter-Lykaner Grenzer (1 co. 15+ figures)
Banal-Grenzinfanterieregiment Nr. 1 (1 co. 15+ figures)
Lauzun’s Legion Hussars (2 sqns Approx. 30 figures)
Batthyani Dragoons (3 sqns Approx. 45 figures)
Anhalt Cuirassiers (2 sqns)
Wurttemburg Leib Grenadiers a Cheval (2 sqns)
Five two-gun companies of artillery (six-figure crews with a mounted officer
Leib (Grand Duchess Sonja’s Own) Regiment
3rd Garrison Regt. (These belong to my son)
Hansastadtmilitär Provisional Regt.
Grenadiers (2 cos.)
Ansbach-Beyreuth Jaegers (1 co.)
Bosniaken (1 sqn)
Trakehner Dragoons (2 sqns)
Von Trumbach Dragoons (2 sqns)
Five two-gun companies of artillery
A company of Russian artillery (these belong to my son.)
In the next post, I'll provide a glimpse of what resides in the Drawer o' Lead to my immediate left and share the plans for what they'll eventually become on the painting table. Hint: there's still lots more to come. Whew!
Over on the tabletop, our game remains on hold. The Young Master, at almost 14, (predictably?) has his own activities that take precedence over playing with ol' Dad, and he has been noncommittal about continuing things since the three turns carried out last weekend. A shame since the late afternoon game was starting to become nicely interesting from a command and control perspective. The well-dressed front lines -- See what I did there? -- on both sides soon fell into disarray as they moved forward into musket range with each other.
It was satisfyingly in keeping with what Christopher Duffy, I believe, has written on the subject of order versus disorder once the shooting began in mid-18th century warfare. And our own disarray was not the result of morale checks either, but rather terrain features on the tabletop, which hindered the lengthy lines of miniatures. So, in that respect, our truncated game provided a nice bit of realism.
Hopefully, we'll be able to complete things before those two marauding felines, Gunnlaug and Onyx, intervene!