Monday, 14 November 2016

Newly Painted - Eagles of Empire Bavarians 1870-71

Kneeling trooper taking aim.
The orange cuffs indicates 12th IR.

As the heaviest snowfall in 100 years was recorded in Stockholm last week, I found myself for once with plenty of time at the painting table. Finally the Eagles of Empire Bavarian Infantry got some love from the brushes.

Bavarians heavily engaged against the famous Turcos
on the slopes at Woerth.

The boxed set of 16 minis includes an officer, drummer, ensign and 13 troopers all full of animation and Bavarian beards, prompted perhaps by a hearty consumption of Weißbier back in the South German kingdom.

No charge without a good tune!

I’m really happy with this set, and confess I have a weak spot for the cornflower-blue army. Having read H. M. Hozier’s account of the Bavarians’ storm on Bazeilles village during the Battle of Sedan, put them decidedly at the top of my sculpting list. 

Drink enough Bavarian beer,
and your facial hair will be just as prominent!

Before I serve a little background write-up on the Bavarians, let me just say that flags are coming to match this set. Hopefully released before Tactica! Now, here is a little history on the Bavarian Army of 1870-71.

"HALT"!
Decorated Bavarian Officer

The Royal Bavarian Army formed a central part of Bismarck’s German coalition force. The South German state was the largest contributor of manpower beside the Prussians. With legendary generals, like Von der Tann, and key roles in battles like Wissembourg, Woerth and Sedan, the cornflower blue Bavarians made their own unique mark in the annals of the Franco-Prussian War.

“Servus” and thanks for stopping by!

17 comments:

  1. I am fond of cornflower blue uniforms too! Great to see your fine brushwork on these handsome sculpts.

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    1. Hi Jon, and thx! They are a little big bigger than regular 28's, so that does play in when painting - they're about the size of the NorthStar range, so bigger than the Foundry range which many FPW collectors (incl myself)have in abundance.

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  2. Lovely paint jobs on these and good news about the flags too. Any chance you could do a Bavarian painting tutorial and post it on here?

    Rob

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    1. Cheers Rob, and yes - I have been planning a range of video blogs in 2017, with painting tutorials and demo of the coming rules. Will be sure to fit a Bavarian painting tutorial in there!

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    2. What paint did you use for the cornflower blue?

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    3. Hi Rob, its a mix of GW and Vallejo:
      1: Base Coat is GW Lothern Blue + Vall. 868 Dark Sea Green
      2: Mid tone: GW Lothern Blue
      3: High light: GW Lothenr Blue + Vallejo Sky Blue

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  3. Great job and great details for a splendid uniform!

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    1. Merci Phil! Soon there will be French hussars too - I'm doing all in my power to get you to convert to 28's ;0)

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    2. No more at my age, I fear!

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  4. Great figures and love the uniforms. As for the snowfall, no chance here as it is unseasonably mild:(

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    1. Thx, well the snow turned into +2 degrees and rain, so perhaps it was the shortest winter in history too...

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  5. They are really beautiful figures.

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    1. Thx Ray, I owe the sculpting to the talented Mr Ebob!

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  6. Good with some snow;)

    Stunning paintwork matey !

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    1. Thx Micke - yeah, it was nice while it lasted, but I'm guessing more will come soon!

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  7. Outstanding work on these lovely miniatures Sören! Really love your take on that cornflower blue.

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  8. Great looking Bavarians, I really like the period prints of the FPW and especially the Bavarians in them, not my period but the figures are very impressive.
    Best Iain

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