Thursday, 12 January 2017

From PeterD 28mm Hanovarian Engineer (10 pts)


Greetings from the Frozen Canadian North.  Today has what my wife and I refer to as a Maximum SF (Snot Freeze) Factor - meaning that snot freezes instantaneously on contact with outside air.  Windchill be damned the SF is the true measure of cold!


Today's forecast.  Note the carrot dangling temperatures of later this week...it'll never happen.


Moi sporting the "ears and noses are fashion statements" look.



Just a single figure for this post.  There hopefully will be a second and slightly larger post later today, if  the basing gods are favourable.  This is a mounted 28mm Hanoverian Engineer office for my Seven Years War Sharp Practice project.  I wanted to give my British force a selection of support options and an engineer was an obvious one with many scenario uses.

The figure comes from a Perry AWI Hessian mounted commanders pack and is labelled as the Stirn figure.  There's not much info on Herr Stirn, but commanded a brigade in the Brandywine Campaign.  Based on the sculpt I'd say he was a frequent visitor to the Schnitzel Haus and Ratskeller as he packs a girth.  It is a very nice mini with lots of character, which I will ensure makes its way on table in my SP games.

I've painted him in the uniform of a Hanoverian Engineers officer, based on this rather charming folk art representation.  
Gotta love the lace wars!

The "British" army in Western German was mostly Hanoverian with Hessian,  Brunswick and British (from 1759) contingents.  The commander was a Brunswick Duke and a Prussian General on loan from Freddy the Great.  There's plenty of opportunity to get the different national contingents intermingled, possibly with language issues occurring.  Based on what I can figure, Hanover had a decent engineering corps while I can't find much on British Engineers in Germany.  Plus the light blue was too good to pass up and avoids confusion with French Engineers (who like the Brits wore dark blue with red facings). 

Really an engineer should be on foot, but this guy looks too self important to get off of his prize German Warmblood horse and get his hands dirty.  He's quite happy to direct and delegate - I plan to have some pioneers for him to boss around later in the campaign.

So that's one 28mm mount figure = 10 points.
Now that is a healthy Engineer! I am uncertain if he is sniffing with disdain for the work the troops performed, or if he is sniffing out the cooking fires from the field kitchen. ;)
That is a nice powder blue and a lucky find in the folk art. I look forward to seeing his engineer troops making an appearance in the Challenge!

37 comments:

  1. Great one, Peter. He looks like he enjoys bossing his men around. He is a very nice addition to your force. As for the weather chart - pretty much the same here, but it is getting warmer - honest. Wish I had an airbrush - no more primer spraying during the challenge with these temperatures, unfortunately.

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    1. Cheers Jonathon. I hear you on the priming. I'm starting to run out of the ready primed figs.

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  2. Great job he looks excellent. Maybe he rides a horse because He's more of an intelligence officer like Major Hogan from the Sharps series. Nice to see representatives of Britain's German allies

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    1. Thanks Adam. I think he uses intelligence like Trump does, maybe he's a Von Drumpf?

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  3. He he looks very much the period senior officer! Very nice Peter

    PS Its been 30-40deg C here all week in Sydney - very high snot melting (SM) factor.

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    1. Cheers Paul, between the two of us we'd break even!

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  4. A fine looking officer of engineers Peter :)

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  5. Thanks for the comments Dave - he's probably sniffing for both reasons.

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  6. Great work Pete.

    I think your comment above clinches it, 'Drumpf of the Engineers'. Seen here overseeing the digging of a latrine for the Hanoverian Grenadier Guards - only the best, only the best.

    'What I have built here is the best latrine ever. It is an AMAZING edifice. It will start a movement. A GREAT MOVEMENT!'

    (I think that's under 140 characters...)

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    1. Thanks Curt. And the French will pay for the construction!

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    2. Indeed! But with what? I'm afraid to ask.

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    3. But where is his trusty assistant Corporal Millsy ..

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    4. I'll get working on that one!

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    5. He could have a snow shovel...

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  7. We should swap weather for a day - we've had some shockers here in Sydney (Australia, NOT Nova Scotia). 38C at my workbench the other day!
    : (

    At least your paint isn't freezing! Well done, Peter!

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    1. Cripes Ev, don't you folks have air conditioning?

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  8. Great work Peter - your painting is getting stronger all the time.

    And I fully agree with the perspective on the "later this week" temps - they never arrive, it's all BS cooked up by enviro-guess Canada...

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    1. Thanks Greg, I am enjoying the lace wars sculpts. They seem to be in my sweet spot.

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  9. Lovely looking lace wars officer,he looks terribly self satisfied in his delightful pale blue coat!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, the figure needed a degree of fashion.

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  10. Thats cool ...

    Ok I will get my coat

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    1. Better yet go outside without your coat - you might learn something!

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  11. Great work Peter!

    Proper winter temperatures are always fun! Luckily here in Finland we are back to around -5C now. Last weeks -27 with strong winds wasn't that fun at times. Having got a dog that's a Canadian breed that little bugger didn't seem to mind though. Always fun to take him for a one and a half hour walk when your nose seems like it's ready to fall of from the cold...

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    1. Glad you like the figure Samuli. We are supposed to be due for warming today. if I recall you have a Nova Scotia Duck Toller, wonderful dogs.

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  12. SF made me snigger.
    The dark nights would be killing me though.

    However The figure is a triumph. Bravo sir.

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    1. Thanks Clint. I think you'll find that most of England is North of the inhabited parts of Canada though so you nights may be longer than ours.

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  13. Nice work Peter. Very colorful and much to enjoy.

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  14. Grand looking officer! You've managed to make him really look like a complete pompous ars*. Love it.

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    1. Thanks. Normally I just manage to make myself look like a complete pompous arse so this is an improvement!

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  15. I'm *almost* jealous of the "cool". +45C here are my place yesterday. Yes we have aircon but it can only do so much and we do have to go outside for work...

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    1. Yuk. I'll take being cold than hot anyday.

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    1. Fortunately the long term forecast was surprisingly accurate, and we're in much balmier climes now.

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