Battleline Miniatures is the only miniature company in New Zealand that focuses on pre-modern historical miniatures with a comprehensive 15mm ancients range, but also a good selection of Napoleonic, American Civil War, Medieval and even New Zealand Wars miniatures. Slightly hidden away under the label 18th century they also sell a range of Seven Years War miniatures, namely French and British.
In 2012 I got a prize voucher through one of the BattleCry tournaments Battleline Miniatures kindly sponsors and decided to give the French Seven Years War line a go. This review focuses on the late French line infantry in turnbacks with command.
I present the miniatures in bare metal, primed and finally painted up as the regiment Royal Roussillon, complete with a list of colours used. I will also compare them size-wise with the Eureka Seven Years War line.
Continue reading Battleline Miniatures Late Seven Years War French Infantry in Turnbacks – A review
While a plethora of enthusiasts, may they be reenactors or gamers, engage with all aspects of the Napoleonic Wars, more and more gamers find also interest in a comparatively unknown conflict that preceded the changes in strategy and tactics brought by Napoleon: The Seven Years War. Often called the first “World War” this conflict did not only envelope Europe in war, but in equal measure made the struggling power’s colonial possessions a theatre of the war.
I got interested in this period realising that the region in Germany I originally come from, the Palatinate, provided contingents to the Reichsarmee, which fought at Rossbach alongside the French, (almost) on their own at Zinna and finally with the Austrians in the battle of Korbitz amongst others. Thus there is not only a regional connection, but also a number of interesting battles and allies a force of the Reichsarmee could be based on.
In this article I will focus on the battle of Zinna and the regiments of the Reichsarmee involved, including contemporary or reconstructed depictions of the uniforms and some ideas of how to model these contingents.
Continue reading Carolus Theodorus Dei Gratia Comes Palatinus Rheni – Gaming the Reichsarmee during the Seven Years War
During a visit to Australia (conference in Melbourne) I had the pleasure to visit Eureka miniatures. I intended to get some 15mm Hoplites for my Carthaginians, but ended up leaving with some very nice Seven Years War Grenzer miniatures (18mm). I would like to use them with the Ganesha Games skirmish rules Song of Drums and Shakos, slightly modified to match the context of the Seven Years War. All I need now are some Jägers or other light troops and off we go.
Continue reading Eureka Miniatures Grenzers – review and painted examples