Saturday, 27 July 2013

Bavarians for 1809

Not there yet, just prepping


I have purchased some Bavarians for the 1809 campaign. This was a long time ago and I feel the need to get on with painting them. The rules will be Neil Thomas' Napoleonic Wargaming, or such an approximation as I can get together. The troops are from Hat.

First things first, have we got an army list? Well, we do now:


Bavarian 1809
 
Line infantry
2-4
(Close Order Infantry (Musket), Average)
 
Light infantry
 
1-2
(Light Infantry (Musket), Average)
Tyrolean Jaegers
 
0-1
(Light Infantry (Rifle), Elite)
Dragoons
0-1
(Heavy Cavalry, Elite)
 
Chevaux Legers
1-2
(Light Cavalry (Carbine), Average)
 
Artillery
 
0-1
 
Notes:
 
1.    Only the elite company of the light infantry had rifles so the whole unit is treated as musket armed.
2.    For the Tyrolean Jaegers I plan to use the Hat Austrian infantry in shakos in a suitable paint job. Strictly they are 1807 only but I couldn’t resist them.
3.    Dragoons are horse cavalry only, they do not have dismounted ability.
4.    I have no special rules for the Bavarians, although I am tempted to build in a Black Forest Gateaux moment as a command and control limit when Bavarians are fighting anyone other than fellow cake eaters, such as the Austrians!
 

And what colour do we paint them? Lets look up the book (Osprey 106 Napoleon's German Allies (4): Bavaria):


Bavarian Paint Chart 1
 
Infantry
Light infantry
Artillery
 
Coat
 
Light blue
Dark green
Dark blue
Facings (Collar, Cuffs, Lapels)
Red, yellow, poppy, green
 
Black piped red
Scarlet collar and cuffs, black lapels
Turnbacks
 
Red
Red
Scarlet
Bandoliers
 
White
White
White
Trousers
 
Grey
Grey
Dark blue
Gaiters
Black
Black
Black/yellow buttons
 
Musket sling
 
Red
Red
Red
Cartridge box
 
Black
Black
Black


Bavarian Paint Chart 2
 
Tyrolean Jaegers
Dragoons
(1st “Minucci”
Chevaux Legers
(2nd “Koenig”
Coat
 
Dark grey
White
Dark green
Facings (Collar, Cuffs, Lapels)
Light blue
 
Red collar; cuffs and lapels red.
 
Red
Turnbacks
 
Red
White piped red
Red
Bandoliers
 
Black
White
White
Trousers
 
Grey
Dark grey
White
Gaiters
Black
 
NA
NA
Musket sling
 
Red
Red
NA
Cartridge box
 
Black
Back
Black
Saddle furniture
 
Red , white/blue border
 
Grey, white edging
Sash
 
Red
Grey
 

And what colour is Bavarian blue? Some say it is a dark blue, some say the dark blue faded to a cornflower or grey blue, others say that the blue turned purple from the soldiers perspiration. Well, one guy says use Vallejo Andrea blue (841 (65)), another says do something different. hey ho, nobody knows! I'll have a look at Deep Sky Blue (844 (66)) and Sky Blue (961 (67)) as well.

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