Lieb Garde

Lieb Garde
The Leib Garde of Hesse Seewald

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Greetings From Hesse Seewald

The Elector Georg Ludwig II (self styled King of Hesse Seewald) and his family wish everyone a happy and prosperus New Year on 2017. The Elector regrets the lack of news reported from his country in 2016, but this is more a function of the Phony War that existed between Hesse Seewald and Saxony.
DR3 - the Hesse Seewald Corps of Guides travels through the town of Grunwald on its way to Trentonburg on Christmas Eve (the figures are Fife & Drum AWI British 16th Light Dragoon figures painted in HS livery).

The year ended with a victory over the Saxons at Trentonburg on Christmas Eve and represented the first blooding of the Hesse Seewald army, commanded by the Erbprinz Friedrich. A parade in his honor is being organized in the capital city of Gotha early in the New Year.

Georg Ludwig is planning an expansion of his army in 2017, notably the addition of more cavalry, and the increase of one company per regiment in the infantry. This will enable the army to detach the grenadier companies and converge them into two grenadier battalions, while maintaining the 30-figure complement in the musketeer regiments.

Concurrently, there are rumors that Saxony will rebuild its depleted army so that it no longer has to rely on the Austrians for infantry in its battles.

Stay tuned for more information postings in 2017 as the war between Hesse Seewald and Saxony heats up.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Battle of Trentonburg

Battle of Trentonburg Click Pix to enlarge.

Please check out the Battle of Trentonburg fought on Christmas Eve, posted on my Der Alte Fritz Journal blog.

Der Alte Fritz Journal Blog

This is the very first battle fought by the Hesse Seewald army and they won a moderate victory over the Saxons, who were in Winter quarters in the quiet little town of Trentonburg.

2017 will see the addition of Hesse Seewald cavalry which is needed to fend off the forces of evil Saxony.

CR1 Garde du Corps
CR2 Wittman Cuirassiers
CR3 Hammerstein Cuirassiers

DR1 Munchausen Dragoons
DR2 Buddenbrock Dragoons
DR3 Corps of Guides (Light Dragoons) - add a second squadron

HR1 von Hetzer Hussars

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AWI Hessians Have Arrived in Hesse Seewald

The new Fife & Drum American Revolution Hessians are arriving today from Griffin Moulds. The musketeers and grenadiers wear gaitors so they can conceivably be used for SYW Prussians, Brunswickers and Wurttemburg troops as well.

I will post pictures on my various blogs over the weekend.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Garrison Regiment von Beck Reporting For Duty

Garrison Regiment No. 1, von Beck

The first four companies of the Garrison Regiment No. 1 von Beck were completed over the weekend and partially based. I have to dry brush the stands with a light tan and then add Silfor Tufts and Static Grass to complete the basing.

The von Beck regiment is the seventh Hesse Seewald regiment that I have painted so far (eight, if I count the von Arnim regiment which is actually a Faux Russian regiment).

There will be an announcement soon about a treaty between Hesse Seewald and Hanover, in which the latter has agreed to provide several regiments of mercenaries to the Hesse Seewald army. There will be a stipulation that the Hanoverians may only serve in Hesse Seewald and may not be used in any territory outside of Hesse Seewald. As such, the Hanoverian mercenaries will be used primarily to provide protection for the Homeland while the regular army is out on campaign.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Garrison Regiment No. 1, von Beck, is now forming.

PRESS RELEASE:  from the Ministry of Defense

DATE:  15 April, 1750

SUBJECT: Formation of Garrison Regiment No. 1

(Gotha) The Ministry of Defense announces the formation of a new regiment that will provide for the town garrison of Gotha. The new regiment, titled Garrison Regiment Number One, will replace the ad hoc rotation of regular army companies detached from their parent units to serve as the garrison for the town of Gotha. It's numerical designation shall be "GR1" (or Garrison Regiment Number 1).

Uniforms, currently in production at the establishment of Herr Haberdasher of Savilestrasse, will be entirely of dark green wool cloth (coat, waistcoat, breeches) with red turnbacks and collars on the coats. The green lapels on the coats will be piped in red and provide a pleasant contrast to the dark Elven Green color.

The Grenadier company will have a similar uniform, save for their silver plate mitre caps with red bag and green base.

The regiment's flags are currently being stitched together by GMB Designs, Ltd., a very reputable firm in the Royal Kingdom of Britannia.

Quaratermaster General Ernst von Jung reports that two of the center companies are outfitted with all of their kit and that the grenadier company will be completed within another day. The reminder of the regiment should have its uniforms by the end of this week.

Sketch drawings will be posted in the Gotha Times in time for publication in its weekend edition.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HS Army Organization - Update

I have finished 30 Prinz Heinrich IR5 fusiliers for the HS army and only have to paint 6 grenadiers to complete the regiment, The grenadiers are permanently detached from the regiment and will be converged with the to-be-painted IR6, IR7, IR8 and Garrison Regiment 1 grenadiers to form the Uchlander Grenadiers.

I did a couple of test figures for proposed new regiments last night ( sorry, no pix) :

IR6 Royal Foresters - green coats, light green facings and waistcoat, buff breeches
IR7 von Arnim Musketeers - green coats, white facings, buff waistcoat and breeches

IR8 -name  to be determined
GR1 - Garrison Regiment No. 1 - von Beck: dark green coat, waistcoat and breeches, red facings or maybe dark green facings so that they are similar to Prussian Garrison Regiment uniforms, except in dark green rather than dark blue, with red turnbacks. I might use the tighter Prussian cuffs instead of the larger Swedish cuffs on the Garrison regiments to further differentiate them from the line regiments.

Once all of the above are completed, I will have 8 line regiments ( single battalion), 2 converged grenadier regiments, and 1 Guard regiment. I will probably add some Jagers to give me a twelfth regiment. That would make my Hesse Seewald infantry component the same size as my Prussian infantry establishment.

I'm really lacking in cavalry so far, having only done the Guides Light Dragoons regiment and 3 test Garde du Corps figures. I plan to "borrow" the Austrian de Ligne Dragoon regiment for use in the HS army, since they wear green coats. I'm thinking that a small nation would economize and have a minimal cavalry establishment of 1-2 heavy cavalry, 1 dragoons and 1 light cavalry regiment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Prinz Heinrich Fusiliers IR5 Are Now Recruiting

Prinz Heinrich Fusilier Regt. IR5 (click to enlarge)

PRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Defense

Subject: Recruitment of a new fusilier regiment for the Hesse Seewald Army.

(Gotha) The Ministry of Defense announced today the formation of a new regiment of fusiliers that will be placed on the establishment as IR5. Defense Minister Colonel Otto Bauer announced that His Grace, Prinz Heinrich von Hesse Seewald would be designated as the inhaber of the regiment.

"We are looking for young men, aged 16 to 25, who are of good spirit and fortitude to join the new regiment of fusiliers in the Hesse Seewald army. This will be the first time that the Army has employed fusiliers, so there is much opportunity for good men who seek employment in the service of His Highness, King Georg Ludwig II."

The new regiment of fusiliers is very smart looking with their traditional green coats with red facings, nicely offset by straw-colored waistcoats and breeches. The fusilier mitres have a red mitre bag trimmed in white piping. The rear base of the mitre is Hesse Seewald Green. All buttons and emblems are silver in color. Regimental musicians follow the convention of wearing reverse colors: i.e. red coats with green facings.

Colonel Bauer reports that the first three companies of fusiliers have completed their training and have been assigned to the Garrison of Gotha until the regiment is brought up to its full complement of 5 fusilier companies and 1 grenadier company.

Reporters for the Gotha Times noted that the new fusilier regiment will have a total of 6 companies, compared to the usual 5 companies of the other line infantry regiments in the Hesse Seewald Army.

Colonel Bauer informed our reporters that henceforth, all regiments will add a sixth company in order to bring the regiments up to a wartime footing. Accordingly, the standard organization of all line infantry regiments will be 5 companies of musketeers/fusiliers and 1 company of grenadiers. As our readers well know, the grenadier companies are hived off from the regiment and amalgamated into standing grenadier battalions of 4 companies.

At the present time, the grenadier companies from regiments IR1, IR2, IR3 and IR4 combine to form the Rochling Grenadier Battalion, listed as IR8 on the army rolls. A second standing grenadier battalion, to be commanded by Colonel Gerhard Uchlander, is now forming and will include the grenadier companies from IR5, IR6, IR7 and Garrison Regiment No. 1.