On the 18 November 2010 on his old no longer in existence website & blog – thank you for nothing Apple [mutter mutter] – von Peter himself proudly displayed a picture of the figures he had bought and with which he intended to model a shot up landwehr firing line. The figures safely secured via the mail were added to the unpigmented figure pile.
December 2011 and hope was raised in the battalion. The mostly Napoleonic forum la bricole was running another painting contest and von Peter himself had bravely entered. The hope and cunning plan was that participation in such a public forum would spur von Peter himself on to great deeds and the completion a unit. von Peter himself should have known better and was of course wrong. The history of the doomed endeavour is available for public scrutiny here.
Other s-l-o-w painting projects came along and the battalion effectively rejoined the unpigmented figure pile.
With the recent(ish) move to Neu Schloss von Peter various part complete painting projects were rediscovered. The two major items were both Napoleonic Prussian units – a 12 pounder battery and a unit of landwehr infantry. Possessing the guilty knowledge that his Napoleonic Prussian army had been neglected for too long von Peter himself made the command decision that these two units should linger unloved no more. Also the Waterloo 200 refight was looming and Prussian units were in demand.
The 12 pounder battery was completed in time for the Waterloo 200 refight … where it got caught in traffic on the road and never fired a shot! As can be seen in the accompanying photographs the landwehr battalion is now complete and war ready also.
Just in case any of The dear readers are not fully cognisant of the well entrenched habits of von Peter himself the figures are sourced from Calpe Miniatures. Why would one go elsewhere? von Peter himself remains a dedicated Calpe zealot. 😃
Not surprisingly the bulk of the figures were found in the “Prussian Landwehr Infantry: Firing Line” portion of the Calpe catalogue. The casualty figures were sourced from several of the landwehr pose groupings of figures, eg. Route March, most of which have their own casualty figure(s).
By way of explanation and to perhaps preempt confusion – when Calpe Miniatures launched their new (current) website many of the then existing figures were left in the old website now renamed to Calpe Veterans. All the landwehr – both foot and mounted – are listed on the Calpe Verterans site.
The Cape Miniature’s figures were not the only inspiration for the unit. Richard Knoetel’s drawing of a mixed – regulars and landwehr – firing line around the churchyard at Grossbeeren, August 1813 (below) also played its part. As an aside apparently the drawing shows all the steps of loading and firing a musket so have a good look.
The units was always going to be the 3rd battalion of the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Regiment. von Peter himself is s-l-o-w-l-y building the Prussian 3rd Brigade of Generalmajor Hessen-Homburg from the latter stages of the 1813 campaign which calls for four battalions of landwehr. Three battalions of landwehr down, one to go.
Well after starting the painting process von Peter himself decided to look up the regiment in Dr. Stephen Summerfield’s “Prussian Napoleonic Landwehr Infantry and Cavalry 1813-1815: Landsturm, Volunteer Cavalry and StreifKorps”. As with the rest of the series the book is chocked full of information. It was not in the possession of von Peter himself when he started painting the battalion which is important as it forms some sort of defence for the coming statement. The book states that the 4th East Prussian Landwehr Infantry Regiment had grey trousers and black belts. Oops. Too late. We’re moving on! Perhaps the 4th battalion will get it right. 😃
The battalion should not really have a standard but who can pass up the various designs on offer and anyway the other two battalions in von Peter’s collection both have two flags each. The flag is a creation of GMB Designs. The red heraldic Prussian eagle links this battalion with the other two who also fly versions of this eagle.
The modelling of a battalion of landwehr as a shot up firing line looks great when deployed in line. A small problem is that under the command of von Peter himself landwehr battalions tend to spend most of their time in column. A minor matter really! 😃
Happily von Peter himself can declare himself very pleased with this his latest Prussian battalion. The battalion is just very pleased to be complete.
Not only has von Peter himself been busy with a brush and pigments but so too has The son & heir. Standby for news on his pigmentation adventures shortly.
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Until we meet again …
von Peter himself