Sunday, July 29, 2007

Unit Profile: Garde du Corps Prinzessin Gertrude

Garde du Corps Prinzessin Gertrude
Inhaber: Prinzessin (Princess) Gertrude Blauerwolf
Commander: Oberstleutnant (Lt. Colonel) Milheiser
Depot: Engelburg
Battle honors:

Regimental standardMusketeer uniform

Grenadier uniformHussar uniform

When the decision to raise an army for Hesse-Engelburg was made, the very first to put personal finances behind the raising of a regiment was none other than Princess Getrude herself, eldest daughter of the Fürst and Fürstin. As is typical of royally maintained regiments, the Princess is herself the Inhaber of the regiment, but it is commanded in the field by Oberstleutnant Milheiser, formerly the second in command of the garrison of Schloß Blauerwolf itself. An unusual formation, its composition dictated by the Princess herself, the Garde du Corps Prinzessin Gertrude will field a mixed legion of infantry and cavalry of as yet uncertain size. Its depot is at Engelburg and its recruits mostly hail from Engelburg, Karlsdorf, and other towns and villages along the Schlafwasser river valley.


Bluebear Jeff said...

My dear lady wife very much approves of the color palette that Princess Gertrude has chosen.

While not my favorite colors, they do, in fact, look very good together. Very nice work . . . and the standard is quite striking too.

-- Jeff

Snickering Corpses said...

Give your lady wife my warm regards for her praise! And thank you, as well. It's honestly been an interesting challenge doing the Hesse-Engelburg uniforms, because I bought one set of paints and I set a goal of making all the colors chosen be those of the paints I had on hand.

The two exceptions are:
1) Pink. I just had to have the pink coats, even though I have no pink paint. This is where making that index card of the formula used will be important.
2) The Fuchshöhle Hussars busby. That's one challenge I don't relish undertaking anytime soon. The intention is to find a color mixture that will properly simulate fox-fur.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Hmmmm, for the fox fur, you might try a basecoat with a different color (or two) very lightly drybrushed over it . . . that might work.

-- Jeff

Les Princes du Lichtenbourg said...

Fox Fur...

Not easy

dark brown base

dry-brush with a mix of brown/red ?

meadows boy said...

Can't wait to see some painted troops!

Snickering Corpses said...

Painted troops will still be a long time coming yet, but hopefully eventually. My first objective is to actually finish a company of the Lintzer regiment.

So far, I have faces and hands and gray coats and trousers on 5 figures of the necessary 7 (6 musketeers, 1 officer with spontoon).

Frank said...

Go for it and get some paint on your first figures. You will never get going until you do this and all the time spent designing the uniforms is just delaying the start of painting.

I was in the same boat for a while, mulling over colour schemes etc and then just started painting without a pre-defined uniform and it came together quite nicely, with a plausible uniform colour for my first unit.

All the best