35e Ligne

With all of the Austrians mustering out recently, the French were clamoring for reinforcements! This is the first of 4 new units of Line Infantry in the 1809 uniforms. All were part of Grenier’s Division of the Army of Italy in 1809.  

The 35e Ligne had its origins as the Aquitaine regiment of the Royal army, formed in 1625. It fought at Ulm in 1805 as part of the 2nd Corps under Marmont. These are Wargames Foundry figures purchased in December 2019, in the “loading” (reaching into their cartridge boxes) position, which I rather like for variety. 

As noted earlier, in 1809 the regiment was with the Army of Italy and fought at Raab and Wagram. 
I generally do my French line in groups of 4, with each unit having the Fusilier companies in one of the 4 company colors. For the first unit, same as the first company, that is green. 
During 812 campaign in Russia, the regiment fought at Smolensk and Borodino.
Using this system, purists could reshuffle the stands of the regiment so that each has one Fusilier stand each with green, sky blue, aurore, and violet pom poms. 

During1814, it was stationed with the Army of Italy once again. 
I really like the basic French Ligne uniform, but I have to admit that it is a pain to paint… red piped white, white piped red, dark blue piped red, and so on!

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WGD 1971: The Story of Wargames Digest


The list of original subscribers is especially interesting, including as many well known names as completely unfamiliar ones! 

Many oftheideas discussed in tjhese4 early years are still evident today!
Although this appeared first on the pages of WGD, Volume 7 #1 I placed it second in this post, as likely of lesser interest to most. 
Sadly, there were no further issues after this one!

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Eureka Gendarmes #2 – Herzog von Hessen

    This is the second unit of Gendarmes by Essex that I purchased as part of their 100 club 10+ years ago; there remains lead for 3 more such units! 

This unit is named for another fallen  wargames freind, Peter Hess.

Peter was an active promoter of Pike and Shot/Renaissance era miniature wargames, and usually could be found running one or more .large games from Renaissance history at every Historicon. 

I played in one of his games from the Swiss Burgundian Wars (I believe it was Morat, June 11, 1476), and enjoyed it immensely. 

Subsequently, Peter played in one of my Hussite Wars games using my Own Band of Brothers, 2nd edition rules. The back and forth battle over the Wagenburg was tense, and Peter said it was one of the most fun games he had ever played in. 
For Historicon 2009, Peter sponsored a series of game for the 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Agnadello, April 1509, subtitled “500 years of Obscurity”. The Battle was run with multiple times, each with a different set of rules; I ran the version played with Band of Brothers, 2nd edition. If I recall correctly, as happened historically, the French prevailed in every case. That year a group of 6 of us also ran 6 battles from the 1809 campaign Razyn, Teugen-Hausen, Eggmuhl, Aspern-Essling, Wagram, and Hof (in Saxony – Jerome’s Westphalians, etc vs various rebel factions supported by Kienmayer’s Austrians). 
I was shocked to learn of Peter’s passing less than a year later, he had no signs of ill health whatsoever in 2009. 

Peter used “Hessians@aol” as his email, so this flamboyant unit is named in honor of him. 

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WGD 1971: The Senegal Revolt, 1878

    This account is actually itself a reprint of an article that appeared in an earlier Scruby Miniatures house organ, “Miniature Parade” in 1968. I’ve enjoyed re-reading this account by the little known historian, Joachim von Srubanwitz, several times over the decades. It tells the tale of a Native rebellion in Senegal, on the “Dark Content” of Mafrica, against the Europeans of the Imperium, their trading companies, and their native surrogates. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Although I would not learn of it until many decades after I first read this, there is connection between my Maternal Grandfather and Africa!  I never had the privilege of knowing him, as he died suddenly under very mysterious circumstances when my mother was only 16 years old. He was born in Wales but emigrated to the US early in his life. He volunteered and served as sergeant in the US Marines during World War 2. By all accounts (perhaps biased, as my mother adored him, and he her!) he was a very intelligent man, and during the short time he was stationed in France, he taught himself French. Indeed, he taught himself French so well, that after the Great War, he was employed as an interpreter at the French embassy in Senegal for several years. 

His time in Senegal doubtless accounted for the Rhinoceros tusks mounted on a plaque that graced the wall in the guest room of my parent’s home.  As far as I know, they were lost in the rather hurried move of my parents from their home to a single level condominium in their late 80’s. Given today’s well justified wildlife conservation laws against the sale and possession of such things without proper documentation, perhaps that was for the best! It was accompanied by a late 1800’s rifle of the kind that the Imperium may have used at the battle related by von Scrubanwitz, current whereabouts also unknown!

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I.R #63 Bailet

 This is Infanterie Regiment #63, recruited in Galicia (previously Italy and the Low Countries). 

The regiment has light brown facings and brass buttons. It is in a “marching” pose, as compared to the advancing pose of IR Froon. 

I used Craftsmart Golden Brown for the facings. 

The Inhaber was Franz I’s son, Josef-Franz, Erzherzog von Osterreich from his birth in 1799, until his early death in 1807.

Subsequent Inhabers were Feldmarschalleutnant Ludwig, Graf Baillet de Latour, from 1807- 1811, and then Feldmarschalleutnant Federico, Freiherr Bianchi from 1811- 1855. Bianchi was given the title duca di Casalanza by King Fernando I, King of the Two Sicilies, for his victory at the Battle of Tolentino in1815.

The regiment formed part of the VII Coprs under Erzherzog Ferdinand d’Este, fighting in Poland throughout the 1809 campaign. Flag by Adolfo Ramos.

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