Saturday 30 November 2013

Monrovian Army - Second Kurassier brigade and Jagers

Three more units reworked for the Monrovian army, basically complete re-paints apart from the horses, these all sporting Hesse Kassel SYW style uniforms.

The second heavy cavalry brigade (Kurassier)
  • K1 Prinz Wilhelm (at the back)
  • K4 Pruschenk
The Jagers on manouvers......
Nearing the end of my work on the Monrovian army, with two units left to do; a hussar unit to re-paint and a brand new lead for the Garde de Corps.

Tuesday 26 November 2013

Wittenberg - the King has a brief discussion and partakes in a musical soiree ....

The King is in discussion with Count Hermann and the Field Marshal....

The latest information on the Monrovian army's re-organisation is discussed;  the situation in the south-west in the Hoflandt although now stable warrants further troops to bolster General Waldebeck's command - it was agreed to send two more regiments of infantry to the region. The King approves new uniforms for the Leib-Garde, Kurprinzessen grenadiers and the Wittenland fusiliers


A little later the King joins the Queen, accompanied by Herr Beiderbecke on the harpsichord, to sing some of their favourite duets for the enjoyment of the members of the court....

Sunday 24 November 2013

Monrovian Army - 3rd Infantry Brigade and Artillery

The last of the Monrovian infantry, three units in WSS style uniforms, some work done on each. Also the artillery has been done as well....

3rd Infantry brigade:
  • von Wartensleben -cuffs to dark blue, trouser red and new flags
  • von Stuckrad - cuffs to yellow ochre and new flags
  • Grenadier Regiment - complete repaint and new flags
Artillery - complete repaint of crew and cannon.


Well on with the review,  Monrovian staff check all is ready for inspection ...
Grenadier Regiment and heavy artillery battery
Infantry regiments von Wartensleben (at back) and von Stuckrad (middle) with field battery in front

Saturday 16 November 2013

Monrovian Army - 2nd Infantry Brigade

More Monrovian infantry, three units in WSS style uniforms, some work done on each
  • Prinz Wilhelm (at the back), cuffs changed to white and new flags.
  • Leib Regiment (in the middle), lapels painted over; general touch in and new flags
  • Erbprinz (at the front), coats repainted dark blue, new mounted officer and new flags
 (Source of HK WSS uniform info taken from Wilkes Brigade at Blenheim and d'Herleville's Brigade at Blenheim ).

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Monrovian Army - Freikorps Von Kladni

After looking through my Monrovian army storage boxes I found three units which were suitable to form into a Freikorps with a small amount of work, the units are:
  • Grenadiers - I repainted a unit (only cuffs, waistcoat & turnbacks) and put the whole lot on new bases, adding a small flag. The uniform is based on that of Freikorps Schony's grenadiers.
  • Hussars - a touch in job only
  • Jagers - uniform in the French style, no work done on this unit
  • Artillery - a spare gun and a couple of crew painted up in a made up uniform.

The grenadier battalion...

 A couple of views of the whole Friekrops ...

Sunday 10 November 2013

Monrovian Army - 1st Infantry Brigade

Still going - have now run out of flags - will have to print some more :) ....

I had three units of infantry already in SYW Hesse-Kassel uniforms, so these have been provided with new flags,
  • No 3: F├╝silier-Regiment v. Gilsa (at the back)
  • No.6  Grenadier-Regiment (in the middle)
  • von Wurmb, historically a militia unit (at the front), The figures used  have also had the cuffs and pom-pom changed from red to yellow ochre.
This is the last of the initial group of posts on the Monrovian Army - more to follow but I have quite a bit of rework/repainting to do on the rest of the units. Next post will be the Friekorps.

Monrovian Army: Cavalry - Kurassiers and Dragoons

Onto the cavalry, four regiments upgraded with new flags; a little touch-in also needed for some figures. These were already painted as Hesse-Kassel units. By the time of the SYW the Kurassiers no longer wore the cuirass .

First heavy cavalry brigade
  • K2  Leib-Regiment (at the back)
  • K3  Miltitz
brigade of Dragoons
  • D6 Prinz Friedrich-Dragoner (at the back)
  • D7 Leib-Dragoner
I have two regiments of cavalry to re-paint as Kuriassier and a new regiment to paint as the Garde De Corps .

Saturday 9 November 2013

Monrovian Army: allies and foreign volunteers

As the work on the Monrovian army has begun (see the previous post)  - so the first of the posts on the Monrovian Army, this one is for allied contingents and foreign volunteers.
Shown above are:
1. Artillery Battery - from Hesse-Limburger
2. Infantry from back to the front :
  • Volontaires de Noverre (white coats)
  • Wilde Geese Irish (red coats)
  • Principality of Munkasse (blue coats)
All units are unchanged apart from the battalion from Munkasse which has had some headgear swaps (half the battlion - new tricorne heads to replace grenadier heads) and new flags (using some for a Wurtemburg infantry regiment).

Monrovia - Army re-organisation - work begins

The work has started on the Monrovian army re-organisation, first job I've done is to swap some grenadier heads for tricorne ones (a battalion with half gren/half tricorne didn't look right), so
I'll swap some figures around on bases to mix the swapped head chaps amongst the rest.

So what will the King of Monrovia get for the money he is spending on his army, being parsimonious he has set a tight budget; amongst the changes to the army
  • new standards for all main line infantry and cavalry regiments
  • new uniforms issued to most infantry regiments (cuff/lapel colours etc)
  • disbandment of some units
  • raising a Friekorps
  • a new Garde De Corps cavalry regiment

I'm going to try and get back to my original plan for the Monrovian Army - it will be based on that of Hesse-Kassel. The cavalry will be to SYW pattern unform,  with the infantry a mix of SYW pattern uniforms and WSS uniforms (so I'll be re-using as many of my current figures as possible).

So a number of posts to follow to show the newly re-organized Monrovian army, each post to indicate what has been done to the units etc

Thursday 7 November 2013

Monrovia: army to be re-organised and re-equipped....

King Francis I of Monrovia has been reviewing proposals for the re-structuring and re-equipping of the army; after some deliberation ...

King: Count Malpurgo Belladona, I have reviewed your proposals and find them satisfactory, you may proceeed with the necessary expenditure on the army
Count: Yes sire ...