Monday, July 2, 2007

More pictures from the brush of Rubenstein

Colonel Kelly himself, of the Ballyfoole Grenadiers.

The Duchess of Grand Thidwick, Catherine Zeta Figg-Newton, the Barefoot Duchess (for her penchant for going barefoot).

Advance scout. The first trooper of the Hasenpfeffer-Heisenberg Hussars reporting for duty. The rest of the unit, as well as their commander Colonel Oddkugel, should be arriving shortly.
(apparently the famous painter, Peter Paul Rubenstein, has some difficulties with depicting eyes...)


abdul666 said...

Nice uniform!
Already ideas for the sparrowtail standard and the glamorous dress of the trumpeter? Yellow boots for the unit commander, russian-fashion?
Anyway, very pleasant design!

Snickering Corpses said...

Some very nice designs. What's the origin of the figure used for the Duchess? Looks like something from a fantasy range, but I'm not sure.

Grand-duke Douglas of Noverre said...

Bordello Wine indeed, no wonder the duchess is shoe-less, I`m surprised she`s not legless.

Fitz-Badger said...

abdul - I need to do more research on the uniforms of the period (also the civilian dress and other aspects), but there don't seem to be many readily available books (which I prefer over web-based research; but I'm open to suggestions there, too).

s c - the Duchess is from and is from the Rebellion line (William Wallace, et al).

Grand-Duke - that's Bordelleaux, a region of Batrachia widely renowned for its red wines. :-)

abdul666 said...

I really like the contrast between the Hasenpfeffer-Heisenberg Hussars color and the green of the Ballyfoole Grenadiers.
As sources on Tricorn dress:
The classics are the Funcken(s) 'Lace Wars, and Mollo & McGregor 'Uniforms of the SYW' (Blandford Colour Series -1977!). Not easy to find in public libraries, I'm afraid. The Osprey are generally hyperspecialized & overpriced.

The web resources are scattered but free;
(The Vinkhuijzen collection of military uniforms : select a country & browse)

-in german, but a 'classic': with among other partial collections of "Deutsche Uniformen v. H. Knötel d.J. u. M. Lezius", "Knötels Uniformkunde", and "Les Uniformes de l'Armée française 1690 - 1900"

- a *lot* of uniform plates and under 'links' a list of links to other SYW Uniform Plates

- SYW (articles, some illos), links at

- the Mouillard plates ('planches' ) of the french army (Louis XV: flags & uniforms: somehow an historical precedent of what's going on in Hesse-Engelburg!) at
& also at (more 'fuzzy')

- in french but richely illustrated go to Uniformes et Drapeaux

-in french but illustrated (British & Hanovrian light troops)

-Army of Carl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, 1756 - 1763
-Army of Friedrich August II., Elector of Saxony
Uniform plates covering the Saxon Army of the Seven Years War

-in italian but richely illustrated (Uniforms & flags of Savoy during the 18°C)

-in french, pages by country, illustrated:

-in french, early 18°C

-earlier 18°C

-late 17° C but a lot of colorful uniforms, when they were chosen by the colonel rather than regulated nation-wide

As for women minis (Princess & otherwise) the interesting has an (outdated) review of Pirates under 'Colonel Marbles Miniatures Masterworks' : Pirates & Sea Dogs:
(4 pages in all) with a *lot* of Pirate Ladies, buy few are Princess-like (unless during a fencing lesson?). Foundry Miniatures under their Elves
have some Elfish (Helfish?) ladies that can pass for 18°C characters (pointed ears filed down if necessary, but generally not visible), but perhaps more for a 'the rewards of the winner' vignette (more bordello than bordelleaux, so to say). Otherwise I'm sure to have seen 18°C civilian vignettes -can't remember the manufacturer- but mainly male (court music group, tea party, painter at work???) . Anyway asking on the TMP 18° cent. forum and/or on the OSW & Socdaisy Yahoo groups would prompt a lot of expert answers, I'm sure.

Best regards,

Fitz-Badger said...

Thanks for the tips, Jean-Louis! I looked around a bit for the Funcken books (I have the three volumes of the Age of Chivalry from many years ago and really like them), but they seem to be very pricey (around $200).
I guess I'll have to settle with the on-line stuff for now (and printouts of key bits).

meadows boy said...

Really nicely painted, I like the foundry figs particularly the hussar, great pose!