How to Paint A Prussian Musketeer 1812 - 1815
Those of you familiar with my You Tube channel will no doubt know I have started to paint the Prussians Mrs Simpkins got me for Christmas. As ever, starting to paint a new troop type, and one in an army of a nation you have never tried to paint before, is an exciting prospect. I hit the internet and my limited collection of books and soon discovered there was not the level of information readily available on the Prussian Musketeers in a format that I would be needing.
So I decided to ask via You Tube and was rewarded with a host of information on all aspects on how to paint a Prussian Musketeer Battalion. The Video at the bottom of this article goes through the result of my researches and colours in a basic, war-games standard, Prussian Musketeer. Obviously, for wargaming we tend not to have the high level of detail required of a display model, but the Calpe figures are so well researched, the miniature does give a high level of accuracy to the subject which does make painting them really straightforward if you know what colour goes where (which at the outset of this project I did not).
So it is my hope that if ever someone, like me a mere few weeks ago, is wanting to find information on how to paint a Musketeer to a reasonable level of accuracy, then combined with the links below to good sources of knowledge and this video, they should have an easier time of it.
You Tube offers a host of good and useful information, there a few great channels whose owners really did give me great advice, not just in my comments but via email and Skype.
To name but a handful:
- VonKetteringham: https://www.youtube.com/user/vonketteringham
- Paul Alba: https://www.youtube.com/user/provjaro
- Paul Alba also has a great Blog - http://napoleonicsinminiature.blogspot.co.uk
- 1809Project: https://www.youtube.com/user/1809Project
- MrSuperChippy74: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrSuperchippy74
If you look through the comments on my previous two videos on the subject you will find links and comments that will be really useful to your quest.
- The Prussians Are Coming video: https://youtu.be/xEIZpn8wsjc?list=UUvGR7Sy5TPiBnt_lkjXUmJA
- More Prussians: https://youtu.be/_gnS5tBTdV0?list=UUvGR7Sy5TPiBnt_lkjXUmJA
Additionally, Peter Fitzgerald (the man behind Calpe Miniatures ) on his Calpe Veterans store has a whole host of information about uniforms and colours and helped me out quite a bit. That's customer service for you! If you go to the Veteran site, choose a troop type and have a scroll about the page that arrives, he gives detailed information about the units listed on the page. Absolute gold in my view.
Since doing this video I have come across some further information, apparently sword scabbards would be a leather brown colour (same as the - what I now know is the musket sling around the greatcoat roll over the shoulder), rather than black. I think my kollets are a bit too blue, the jackets were a really dark blue, so I might not use the light blue all over in future, just as a fleck of highlight. The officer's sheath was of red leather, not black and I am still hunting out the colours of the epaulettes of the officers greatcoat as I am not certain if they were just grey or of the same colours as the regimental distinction (in this case white) or rank. I did not paint the NCO's collar or cuffs with the gold lace, not through ignorance, I was just being lazy.
I hope this article and video helps someone out, the Prussian army of 1812 - 1815 is a fantastic army to collect and paint, I am sure it and I will be companions on the painting table and games table for many years to come.