dinsdag 25 april 2017

Dutch infantry flags (2)

In 1752 the Dutch army was reorganised so that all infantry regiments, be it National, German, Scottish or Swiss, would have two battalions.
Afaik an exception was the Walloon regiment which remained until 1793/1794 at a strength of 3 battalions. After that, one battalion was made a stand alone battlion and the Walloon regimetns consitst of two battalions as other regiments.

Every battalion had 7 companies: 1 grenadier and 6 fusilier.
An exception to this rule were the Swiss regiments:
- the guard Swiss had 4 companies
- the Swiss line had 6 companies
Guard and Swiss line had the grenadiers included in the line companies so had no seperate  grenadier companies.
Existing regiments were combined into this new structure or disbanded.

Although I have found no definitive proof, I think that this reorganisation led to new flags for the regiments but it is possible that the regiment which existed and into another regiment was added, kept its old flag.
The new regiment now had two flags per battalion:
- the flag of the province who paid for the regiment (see underneath) and
- the flag of the colonel
The Swiss guards were again an exeption as they had a flag for each company (but I don't know if they were carried in the field)

Afaik up to this moment the flag of the province was "ecru" coloured (or an off-white colour) with the coat of arms of the province mostly on a field of throphies like flags, cannons etc with the banner of the provincial motto and various small extras as grenades in the corners of the flag or arms with swords coming out of the cloud.
Of most provinces, flags of the revolutionary period are known and I will shown them here in the near future.

The flags of the colonel/owner, probably coloured, are very rare (better-none exists anymore) as these flags were taken by the colonel as the regiment was disbanded or the regiment received a new propietor. Also no prints exists of Dutch flags (at least I don't know) of this period.

maandag 24 april 2017

Dutch infantry flags (1) Flag Dutch Guard (Hollandse Garde) 1792-1795

The Hollandse Garde received in 1788 their new flags.
In the Rijksmuseum there is only the white (ecru) flag but probably there was an orange one also.
See the underneath pictures.

The flag on the left is appr 1 meter x 1 meter and the same for both sides. The orange flag (on the right picture) is  not very clear but probably show an arm with sword coming out of a cloud within a green laural.
The picture on the right is by Hoynck van Papendrecht, underneath is the original painting by Tethart Haag dated 1788.
The grenadiers of the Hollandse Garde are shown in the bearskin with frontplate although a bearskin without plate was officially ordered.

Tethart Philipp Christian Haag

Trent additions

Trent has three additions to their Irish range; two characters (Josef Holt and Martin Dwyer) plus a set of cavalry with seperate heads and arms to make various poses.

New additions to Great War Miniatures Russians and Swedish

Although no pictures appeared on the North Star site yet, there are some more packs of Russians and Swedes of the Potemkin War range.
Line infantry in attacking poses for both countries are available together with command, for the Russians followed by Leib grenadiers and infantry in summer uniform.

Reiver castings new french revolutionary figures

Very quietly Reiver Castings brought out some new packs for the French Revolution.
There are four additions to the British 1792-1800 range and 2 packs of Vendean troops.
Pictures are on the Reiver Casting website and underneath starting with 2 packs of British artillery (foot and horse)

followed by the cavalry which has the troopers plus a pack of horse command

and at last two packs of Vendean troops; the first with muskets, the second with pitchforcks

All these figures looks nice and are welcome editions to the  Revolutionary range. Haven't seen them in the flesh yet but at leat the British will appear on the table someday.
Hopefully more additions will follow.
Suggestions (hint, hint) are of course artillery in round hats, licht cavalry, more active poses for the ligth infantry etc etc