Tuesday, January 3, 2012

1st Line Battalion Brunswickers

In long shot, the black horde advances towards the garden

I've always had a soft spot for the Brunswickers and I knew I was going to have to get some for my Quatre Bras-Waterloo scenarios. These are SHQ figures painted by Simon Bennison and with a flag from Rofur.

The Colour Party, drummer, ensign and captain

I very rarely have flags with my units, but I didn't have an NCO figure so an ensign it was going to have to be. My second Brunswicker unit, not counting cavalry shall be made up of Hinton Hunt rankers with an SHQ colour party, but more of them anon.

The footsloggers sans colour party

The Brunwickers get a bit of a rough deal in Command & Colours Napoleonics. They're rated as Portuguese troops, though they retreat twice as far when hit. Though I think this may have more to do with rating them against the rest of the troops on the field rather than the Pork and Beans per se.

The last thing many Frenchmen ever see

Nevertheless, I am very fond of them and I hope that once my SHQ Grenadiers A Cheval arrive, I'll be able to play the last two scenarios in Command & Colours Napoleonics. I'm looking forward to it - I've even set aside in a special bottle of port (a gift from a very good friend of mine) in honour of the occasion.

The Twelve Days of Christmas rolls on...

2rd January - As requested, Cancer Aid UK.


  1. Looks good. Black on black on black is hard to do well.


  2. There is something about the Brunswickers that always appealed to me, too, even though I know little about them or the period. I don't know if it's the dark uniforms, or maybe it's the Braunschweiger sausage we used to get when I was a kid. lol

    nice troops!

  3. Very nice unit Conrad. I have a soft spot for the Brunswick troops too. I have done the whole corp in 20mm plastic.

  4. Hi CK,

    Back in the mid 1970s I added some Brunswick units to my plastic Allied 1815 army converted from the Airfix French infantryman - as well as some of those slouch hatted jagers from the old Airfix Confederate infantryman. They saw a lot of action but were nowhere near as dashing as your fellows!

    Very nice indeed and I agree that they have a raw deal in C and C Napoleonics.

    All the best,


  5. Thanks Dale, Simon did a good a job on them, didn't he?

  6. Fitz,

    Definately, I like to to think of them as being the ancestors of some German metal fans of my acquaintance. I think it may have something to do with the skulls on their hats.

  7. Rodger,

    If they're anything as nice as your Bavarians, they must be very dapper indeed.

  8. DC,

    I hope that these fellas will see as much action as your chaps. We shall see. If they do well, who knows, I may upgrade them.

  9. Happy New Year Mr Kinch!
    and fine fellows the Brunswickers are too. Like many, I have a soft spot for them, but I can no longer quite bring myself to "love" them since a few years ago I read of the runours that they captured and ate the regimental dog of the 95th Rifles! The black they wear becomes them!
    Best wishes for 2012, and keep the excellent blogging going.

  10. I don't know - they look like Baddies to me...

  11. Very nice painting, and a great flag too!

  12. Very nice unit indeed. From what I've read, the Braunschweiggers were very solid on the peninsula, but the raw recruits that filled out the Brunswick regiments for the hundred days campaign were inexperienced kids for the most part.
    For my Command & Colors: Napoleon home brew rules Waterloo and Quatrefoil Bras battles I've rated them as Militia.

    Good gaming!