In this age of plenty there are still the occasional units that are badly catered for in 1/72. The Lutzow Freikorps is one such. While the Fusilier battalion wore a conventional line uniform, the two musketeer battalions were dressed in black - not dissimilar from the Peninsular Brunswickers, who by 1815 had dispensed with their litewkas.
The only plastic firm to make some Lutzows is Hat, and it's only half a set with four rather limited poses.
Why does this matter? We are now building the row of houses on the high road at the southern end of Plancenoit. If anywhere was the inspiration for Adolf North's famous painting of the battle it is here:
Close up images of the Siborne model (courtesy of the National Army Museum) mean that it is easy enough to plot out the buildings:
Plotting them out is one thing, but building them was an all together greater challenge and my father has done an heroic job in constructing so many. Not only has he perfected his building technique, he has now added electrically initiated smoke and light. Because this will be the edge of the diorama, we have built a slimmer strip of scenery to accommodate this road:
Down this road will come the Lutzow Freikorps.
So what figures could be used to create this unit? I've ordered some of these and will get going with the necessary head swaps.
This could take a while!