Remember the arrival of Fife & Drum Kickstarter from nearly two years ago (see Fife & Drum Kickstarter Delivers!)? Well, a battalion of 32 (!) Prussian musketeers starting from this pile of lead finally made it into the painting queue,
and mustered out as this,
With rose facings, this battalion takes the field as the 18th Musketeer Regiment, battalion #1. As seen from the photo of raw lead, I still have work to do. Enough figures remain to field the second Battalion of the 18th as well as a grenadier battalion.
The Minden's are very handsome figures with crisp detailing. Ok, really the figures are brilliant! The realistic proportions yielded more than a few broken bayonets on the slender muskets but acceptable losses.
What are my plans for these fine fellows? Having a large SYW collection in 18mm already in work, producing enough figures for a SYW project in 28mm is unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. I am well aware of the twists, turns, and pitfalls leading down that path.
For now, this has been an interesting diversion and prompts me to put a few more of these "orphan" units into the painting queue. Another possible inclusion into the painting queue is an "orphan" Eureka French Revolutionary War Austrian Fusilier battalion.