There’s Nothing Like a Dane!

With deepest apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein, of course….

I have some Danes already and thought this would be the year of completing my Danish continent for Ramillies.  Haven’t done much on that.  I have a couple of cuirassier regiments in progress but did manage to knock off these two generals:

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The above chap is supposed to be someone called Schwerzel.  I wish I had more info on him.  According to the order of battle I’m working from, he was a brigadier commanding three battalions: the 1st of Prinz Karl (coincidentally also referred to as Schwerzel), Fynske, and the Wurttemberg Oels foot.  If anyone knows anything more about him, I’d love to learn.

The following chap is supposed to represent someone called Donep.

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Donep in my order of battle was commanding a couple of Danish battalions in his brigade: the 2nd battalion of Prinz Karl, and the 1st battalion of Sjaellandske (coincidentally also called Donep).   Again, any additional info on this chap would be much appreciated.

Speaking of the Danish regiment Prinz Karl with 2 battalions at Ramillies, I have them painted also.  Sadly I don’t have flags for them, although I think I may have a way to produce them fairly easily soon.

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And with a couple of close-ups.

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The Danish contingent at Ramillies would be a nice bit to complete and I had hoped to do that this year.  It’s till possible I could do most of it.  It consists of 7 battalions of foot.  You can see two of them are complete, except for the flags.  There are also 16 squadrons of cuirassiers.  I have 4 done and 4 under construction.  So completing 5 more battalions of foot and 8 more squadrons of cuirassiers is very doable.  The only problem is that there are 5 squadrons of dragoons that I’m not sure what to do about.  They have double-breasted coats and FR doesn’t make figures for them.  I wouldn’t really expect that.  I’m wondering whether to just paint up regular dragoons or try to kit-bash them into something with double-breasted coats.  The latter doesn’t sound like fun to me.

Dopf Dragoons on their horses now!

It took me a little while to find time to add the flags to the mounted stands, but here they are:

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The Dopf dragoons were 4 squadrons strong at Ramillies.  Now I have them both mounted and dismounted.  I’m not sure I’ll do dismounts for all the dragoons that were present.  I guess that would be an ideal.  On the French side I have all the dismounts for the squadrons that counterrattacked towards Taviers (and none of the mounted versions – but hopefully I’ll rectify that soon).

Here’s a picture that shows the Quindia/League of Augsburg flag better.  It’s always interesting what photography does to the appearance of things.   The photo shows way more contrast in the flag than there actually appears to be when looking at it normally.  Clarence of Quindia is producing some really nice flags.  My next units of Dutch cav will all be done around the flags he has available already.

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The photo also shows up pretty well the hazards of being careless with varnish.  You can see the varnish residue on the hat of one of the riders.  Happens when you put it on too thick.  I hate that.  And I think I’m pretty careful in putting it on, but still sometimes I find I’ve got some artefacts like that.  I’ll touch that up with a little black paint next time I have the figures out.