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Jan 24 16 3:21 PM

Lovely Craig, really, really nice!!! Brilliant collection!!!

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Jan 25 16 8:08 PM

Very nice work on this unit, Beresford! I especially like the 'realistic' draping of the flags (not cracking straight out as in a gale), so difficult to achieve in this scale.

Bryce Allen

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Feb 12 16 11:58 PM

Field Battalion Verden

Looking very much like a typical British line battalion is the next unit – Field Battalion Verden.  Starting out as Battalion Bremen-Verden in the resurrection of the Hanoverian Army in 1813, the battalion was split into two separate battalions Bremen, and Verden in 1814.  The battalion was organised in the usual Hanoverian model: 4 companies of approximately 160-200 men each.  There were cadre elements provided from the KGL.  The battalion was part of the British 3rd Division, and participated in the action at Quatre Bras, and at Waterloo, where they were stationed on the ridge behind La Haye Sainte.  The spent much of the afternoon in square, and were pounded badly by French guns that were brought up within 150 paces of the brigade position after the loss of La Haye Sainte.

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Stores from Britain were available, and Field Battalion Verden was fielded in red jackets, with green facings.  Belgic shako with white cords and plume.  White over yellow plume for officers.  Grey overalls for the rank and file.  Blue trousers and a yellow sash for officers.  You will note that I have selected to go for a darker unbleached linen colour than the usual lighter shades for British troops.  I like the earthier look it gives them (pardon the pun).

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The figures are from the Eureka 1815 range.  The flags are my own rough efforts to create Hanoverian colours on the cast flags the figures come with.  The white one is the Coat of Arms of George, Elector of Hanover.  The regimental colour is the Horse of Hanover on a red shield, on a green field.

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And there are some skirmisher bases, and a casualty figure.

 John Baxter did the scratch-built field, and the LHS model from Tiger Terrain is mine.  As ever, I look forward to receiving your feedback, queries, or comments.


Cheers,
Beresford

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Feb 17 16 9:00 AM

Lovely figures Craig, really nice additions and the flag looks very unique. A real stand out on the battlefield.

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Mar 4 16 11:44 PM

Light Battalion Grubenhagen

The next battalion, Light Battalion Grubenhagen also wore a green jacket with black facings, although with white worsted tufts on the shoulders, similar to British line battalion centre companies.  They also have black leather belts, and the stovepipe shako with black cockade, and green plume.  Other equipment is the linen haversack and blue-grey waterbottle.  Rank and file wear grey overalls, while officers wear sky-blue trousers with a yellow sash.

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This angle gives a better view of the drummer, and his red cuffed and winged jacket, as well as the officer.  The regimental flag bears the crest of the town of Grubenhagen, on a light green field, which seems reasonable given that the  facing colour of the original Grubenhagen battalion was pale green.  The Kings’ colour is the coat of arms of George, Elector of Hanover.

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I managed to do a casualty figure as well for this unit.  The battalion turned up in the afternoon at Quatre Bras after marching since pre-dawn.  they were then responsible for a series of attacks to drive away the French skirmishers that had occupied Gemioncourt farm, for which they received a notable mention by the Duke (Wellington, I think).  They took some casualties, and then backed up again a couple of days later at Waterloo, where they were part of the force holding the ridge in the centre behind La Haye Sainte.  The afternoon of the 18th was spent (as for many of the Anglo-Allied force) under bombardment, or cavalry attack by turns.

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The skirmishers were musket armed, although there may have been a smattering of rifle armed schutzen in each company, I find it easier to simply treat them as musket armed.  I have also included a couple of figures in the schirmutz field cap (thanks for doing the head swaps JB!) to provide some interest.  And of course some more of that tall wheat.

 I hope you have been enjoying the Hanoverians.  Next up will be the whole brigade, and its commander, GM von Kielmansegge.


Cheers,
Beresford

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Mar 14 16 2:57 AM

1st Hanoverian Brigade

Generalmajor Friedrich von Kielmansegge and 1st Hanoverian Brigade

 Thanks Carlo!  I’m glad that you are enjoying them.  And thank you Paul, John, Greystreak and Janner for your ongoing encouragement.  The 20 or so battalions of this brigade have taken some effort to assemble, paint, and then photograph.  Your positive feedback is warmly welcomed, and has helped to sustain my motivation over the last year or so I have been working on them.

The commander of the first Hanoverian brigade was General-Major Friedrich von Kielmansegge.  Son of a Ratzeberg chemist, his older brother was a senior officer in the Hanoverian military before him, and his younger brother became the Hanoverian Minister for War.  He started his career in the Brunswick military, and raised a battalion of light infantry for the Hanoverian army in 1813 (Kielmansegge’s Jager Corps).  He was appointed commander of the 1st Hanoverian Brigade in 1815.  After every other senior officer in the Division were either killed or wounded, he took command late in the day.  After the fall of La Haye Sainte, and exposure of several of his battalions to close range artillery bombardment by French guns, he re-aligned his forward battalions more prudently behind the crest.  Wellington sent an officer to arrest him for this transgression, but later apologised.  I have depicted him in the red jacket and distinctions of a British general officer, with two Hanoverian officers in their green tunics and sky blue trousers, and an infantryman from Field Battalion Bremen.

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Here is the brigade deployed in the advance.  I was imagining something of their approach to Gemioncourt Farm, but decided that 5 battalions in column of route would be decidedly uninteresting, so have preferred something that looks a little more active.  Grubenhagen and Luneberg are to the fore, with Bremen and Verden to the rear.  Osnabruck is off to the side out of view.

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I have also done skirmisher bases for each of the battalions, and have them deployed similarly.  You may notice some of my headswapped figures in the skirmish line.  I used Prussian reservists for the schirmutz, on the body of British line or light troops depending upon the battalion.

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And that is the Hanoverian 1st Brigade!

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Mar 19 16 2:22 AM

3rd Anglo-Hanoverian Division

3rd Anglo-Hanoverian Division

To complete the showcasing of my Division, I offer the Division Commander, Major-General (Count) Karl von Alten.  A career officer in the Hanoverian, and then British Army, he transferred to British Service in 1803, and assisted in the foundation and recruiting for the King’s German Regiment, which expanded into the King’s German Legion.  He started his career in the Hanoverian Guards prior to the Revolutionary Wars, in which he subsequently commanded a light infantry battalion.  He participated in the Hanoverian campaign in 1805, Copenhagen in 1807, and was with Moore in Sweden to assist the Swedes against the Danish in 1808.  He commanded the KGL brigade at Walcharen in 1809.  He commanded the KGL brigade again in Portugal in 1809, and at Albuera in 1811.  In 1812 he was appointed commander of the Light Division, which he led at Salamanca, Vitoria, the Pyrenees, the Nivelle, the Nive, Orthez and Toulouse.

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Alten commanded the Division from the commencement of the campaign, until he was wounded late in the day at Waterloo.  By that time, two of his brigade commanders had also been either killed (Ompteda) or wounded (Halkett), leaving Kielmansegge to command the Division.

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I have depicted him here in a blue Hanoverian frock coat and cocked hat, mostly to distinguish him from the other figures, and perhaps also to reinforce the point of his Hanoverian nationality.  It is reasonable to surmise that he would have been wearing a red jacket during the campaign.  Accompanying him are representatives form units in the Division, and nearby supports: A KGL Light infantryman and officer, an infantryman from Field Battalion Bremen, and an officer from 30th Foot.  The cavalryman is from 3rd KGL Hussars, which was posted nearby, and was part of my allocation for our Waterloo event.  I quite liked doing the hussar, and will do the whole regiment in the near future as part of Dornberg’s brigade.  I’ve not quite mastered photographing small groups in close up, but you get an idea of how they will look on the table.

I had imagined that I would conclude this thread by showcasing the whole Division in Review.  I did wonder about creating some kind of La Haye Sainte – Mont St Jean ridge diorama to show them in action, but that exceeds both my terrain collection (at this point) and my photographic ability to do such a large area as a broad subject.  Instead I have just gone for the more formulaic “here’s all my units lined up in column”, which has its own merits, even if it does seem just a trifle less imaginative than I would prefer.

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A better sense of the scale is made apparent by showing the brigades separately.  The first is the 1st Hanoverian Brigade.

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Then the 2nd KGL Brigade.

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And finally the 5th British Brigade.

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The Division finished the campaign with a distinguished record, having marched 10 hours or more to arrive in time to actively participate at Quatre Bras successfully defending Gemioncourt Farm from French attacks, despite 69th Foot having its square broken by cuirassiers (losing its King’s colour) and the 33rd being badly shaken by bombardment. It performed well again at Waterloo where Wellington entrusted them with the centre of the Anglo-Allied position.  They held this position, even after losing the forward post at La Haye Sainte (and 2 KGL LI), suffering losses from close range bombardment, and the loss of the Luneberg battalion (losing a colour) overrun by cuirassiers.

Thank you again for your kind words of encouragement.  That is now the complete 3rd Division from Waterloo.   It is quite satisfying to get the whole thing completed, and to have been able to share it with you over the last 12 months.  I still have a few more units to do for my part of our game (which has not yet happened!), which will include the KGL hussars and 16th Light Dragoons, and Merlen’s Netherlands Light Cavalry brigade.  I may post them here for continuity.  

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