Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Guest post: Rob's Landwehr battalions

Once in a while you will see a guest post here from one of our club members. This time Rob who just finished three of his 3rd Silesian Landwehr battalions and a Jaeger company. Together with my Musketeers they represent the 15th Infantry brigade.

1st Battalion 3rd Silesian Landwehr

OK, over to Rob:

2nd Battalion 3rd Silesian Landwehr
In addition to the regular Prussian infantry units who can do without Landwehr??
This all started over a year ago when I was looking for some opponents for napoleonic French but I didn't want to paint up British... We had been looking at Calpe some time but never saw them in real.. I decided to have a go at them and made a list of things I wanted to order.. At that point Mike was in Madrid for business and could see the minis in the flesh and this confirmed us they were absolutely great and i made my purchase of Landwehr and some additional Jaegers..
After the figs arrived it took almost a year before I started painting on them and together we decided on the Corps/Regiments we would paint up for our games. For me this
became Major Von Thile's 3rd Silesian Landwehr with the attached Jaeger company.. Suitable to make a surprise appearance at our planned Waterloo game in the future.

Painting up three large battallions and also the additional Jaegers and staff officers was a large pile of minis to go through.. With the selection of the figures I have tried to keep
the variety in poses as diverse as possible in order to get a disorganised, un-military look in the units as Landwehr would be more loose and irregular than the Musketeers/Fusiliers.
After having done the build-up of the units last summer the painting started and, with some distractions on some WW-I and AWI paintjobs, I managed to stay focussed and have the
units painted and based (only some tufts needed) by early february.. Only a unit of Uhlans to go.. I must confess that i am a bit tired now of painting dark blue coats so will now make a start
with our next club project: ACW.. And you probably guessed it already.. Union in dark blue coats..
3rd Battalion 3rd Silesian Landwehr
1st Silesian Jaegers
Full gallery

Now get yourself an account Rob so you can comment on your own post :-)


  1. Very nice,
    Great figures, great painting.

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  3. Excellent work, Rob! Those Calpe look great all ranked up.

    ...and yes, get an account so you can leave comments!


    PS: and a photo of you in you natural habitat! :)