Kurmark landwehr casualties
Posted by Martin on January 26, 2008
OOBs for Borstell’s 5th brigade in 1813 show that its infantry elements included the battalions of the 2nd Kurmark landwehr regiment. At various times during the campaign between two and four battalions of this regiment were present. The 2nd and 4th battalions were at Gross Beeren, so that’s where I’ll be starting.
As a gentle easing in before Christmas, I applied the brushes to a couple of prone casualty figures. Here they are, still unvarnished and awaiting basing at some point in the future:
Kurmark landwehr infantry’s distinctive provincial colour was poppy red – so that’s the colour for cuffs, collars and cap bands. And this being the 2nd battalion of the regiment, the shoulder straps are red (colours for other battalions in a landwehr infantry regiment are: 1st = white, 3rd = yellow and 4th = light blue). I used my usual four layer recipe for the red: basecoat of hull red, first highlight (which almost totally covers the basecoat) = red, second highlight = scarlet and final highlight = orange red.
The other noteworthy thing about the painting here is that I’ve decided to depict these battalions very much in campaign conditions – which means plenty of mud. So there’s deliberate painting of mud around the bottom of trouser legs, on the knees and around the bottom of the litewka. Expect lots more mud as these battalions progress.
One of these casualties is destined to be a casualty marker on an octagonal base from Litko (more of that in weeks to come) while the other will grace one of the four bases that will comprise the 2nd battalion itself. And as a final bonus prize, here’s a shot of the original greens that Peter sculpted for these figures:
As you can see, there are four in the set; I’m saving the other two for the 4th battalion.