Two AWI postings in a row might bore some readers, though it's my main interest these days, and I'm on a roll obviously. So, without further ado, here come the Hessian line infantry, the Mirbach musketeers!
The Mirbach regiment arrived as early as 1776 in America as part of the Hessen-Kassel subsidiary corps. Although taking part in many major engagements, the unit didn't play an active role in most of them. The attack on Fort Mercer (October 22, 1777) was to become their ordeal - since the assault, conducted exclusively by Hessian contingents under the inspired, but somewhat unfortunate command of Col. Carl von Donop, was ignominiously repelled. After this incident the Mirbach regiment was assigned garrison duty in Philadelphia and New York afterwards - a fate shared with many other Hessian regiments.
In 1780 the regiment changed its name to (Jung) von Lossberg. That's also why it is easily and quite often confused with another Hessian regiment called (Alt) von Lossberg. The latter was composed of fusiliers, and therefore the Mirbach troopers in Stephen Walsh's illustration for the Osprey volume on the Philadelphia campaign are erroneously depicted wearing small mitre caps. Furthermore, GMB sold the Mirbach flag sheet as "(Alt-)Lossburg" (maybe they've changed it meanwhile). Thus only thanks to Giles Allison's great help and advice an epic fail has been avoided here.
For a change this time I've arranged the figures differently. You will notice the two drummers on the unit's flanks - that's to resemble the "Rangierung" (order) adopted by Prussian battalions right before the actual fighting commenced. Drummers formed their own bodies to either side of the line, while the standards and the commanding officers went to the centre. As the Prussian regulations were introduced to Hessen-Kassel military in 1767, I thought that fit to further distinguish British troops from their auxiliaries. In addition, I've finally found a use for those drummer figures which become often supernumeraries given my style of basing.
Paintingwise I tried to limit the 'rugged' campaign look a bit. Once again my main reference for the uniform was the Von Donop website; there the Mirbach officer is seemingly sporting red pompons, whereas the private has blue ones. Maybe simply the artist erred here, but I've painted the soldiers' headware accordingly. For the flags, poles and tassels I chose this very helpful PDF as a guide. Finally, two caveats regarding the ensign models for those wondering: One of them is (by mistake?) equipped with an ammunition box, don't be confused! Moreover, both ensigns wear small (officers'?) sticks, stuck under their armpit - it took me a while to figure that out...
I also refused to varnish the figures, until I'll find something that's easy enough to handle for me, so not to spoil my paint job. Hints are welcome!
With Mirbach painted I've solved another task from my New Year's Resolution. Towards the end of 2010 I'll probably do the odd supplementary base for my existing resp. new regiments. Also, the rebels need a bit of care now. Maybe I will let you decide by opening a poll. Until then...
Painted July/August 2010. Models by Perry Miniatures, flags by GMB, tassels by Front Rank.