Sunday, 10 January 2021

The Prussians are coming

The see-saw nature of the battle for Plancenoit makes it quite hard to determine which Prussian units were involved and at what time.

I've decided to show them as follows:  15th Reserve Regiment attacking the church; 1st and 2nd Silesian Landwehr the south end of the village; the 18th Reserve Regiment north end of the village; and the 3rd and 4th Silesian Landwehr north of the village.  

Given that each Prussian Regiment is the size of a French brigade, this is quite a few figures to fit in. Fortunately, the painting consortium is producing Prussian figures at a prodigious rate, leaving me to focus on the French, with a bit of help there too from some of the team.

I have been fixing the Fusilier battalion of the 15th Reserve regiment to the model and the results are below.  There are no officers, drummers or other supernumeraries yet, but the battalion is shaping up, with the lead companies breaking into the charge and the other companies moving in column through the village:

Quite a lot of disguising of stands still to do.

General Duhesme falls wounded

The priest on the steps of his church

French flee the village

The Duvalier farm


  1. This just gets better and better with each new part added. Simply amazing.

    Best Regards,


  2. Thanks Stokes, these are just early test shots - all the stands need to be hidden and toned in. It's interesting how little space there was in the village for manoeuvre.

  3. Setting out the figures must give you a real insight into how much ground each unit really covered, fascinating and spectacular work!

  4. Thanks Stryker! Andrew Field, the historian, has told me that he believes that the French kept the bulk of their troops outside the village, feeding them in by platoons which would make sense given the constrained nature of the ground. Either way, it must have been pretty chaotic with casualties piling up after each successive attack.

  5. Magnificent. This is coming along brilliantly with each update.
    Regards, James