Wherein the cartoonist tries vainly to create a web site that will at last make him famous and beloved before the process drives him crazy. To hell with computers! To hell with the internet!
…and last but not least…
Private, Smaland Regiment, 1813 6” by 4” Soft body acrylic on canvas. … After the retreat from Moscow neutral Sweden jumped on the Allied bandwagon against Napoleon, even though the Crown Prince (and de facto king) of Sweden Bernadotte was formally a Marshal of France appointed by Napoleon himself! Such are the twists and turns of European monarchy. While he himself was a brave soldier Bernadotte avoided committing his troops to battle for fear of losing his crown, to the point the Swedish officers complained he made them look like cowards. His real goal was to annex Norway, at the time the possession of Napoleon’s ally Denmark, in which Wallmoden’s Corps played a part. Some of the “Swedish” regiments were actually made up of Germans as Pomerania was a sometimes Swedish possession.Sweden at this time was quite impoverished, much of it’s uniforms and equipment were from allied sources (particularly Russian) and captured French items. This uniform is almost purely Swedish with the odd round hat, unusual lancer style girdle and Hungarian knots of the ragged trousers.
Trooper, 1st Hussar regiment of the Russo-Prussian Legion 6” by 4” Soft body acrylic on canvas.
Much of Napoleons army that invaded Russia was made up of allied contingents from all over Europe who were more or less forced into contribut…ing forces. During the retreat from Moscow the lucky ones were those able to surrender to the Russian regular army before the cold, the Cossacks or partisans got them. Some German prisoners were formed into an all arms legion equipped and uniformed by the Russians. The Russo-Prussian Legion eventually was transferred to the Prussian army as the German Legion and fought at Waterloo still in their Russian uniforms as regular regiments of the Prussian army, although the hussars were by then converted into lancers. He wears the spectacular concave Russian 1812 shako.
Musketeer, Hanseatic League 6” by 4” Soft body acrylic on canvas.
The Hanseatic League began in the Middle Ages as a federation of German mercantile city-states along the Baltic Sea and the river trade routes into the interior. Once a …major power, by 1813 the Hanseatic League was a shadow of it’s former self, consisting of the of (still prosperous) cities states of Lubeck, Hamburg and Bremen. The French annexed the cities in 1806 so in 1813 volunteers rallied to restore their independence with a small all arms force. The initial uniform was improvised, a green litekwa, (a German “peasant” coat) and cap that were popular with Landwehr and nationalist volunteers Freikorps, although others changed into more regular uniforms as soon as they could or their original uniforms wore out. For example the Hanseatic forces would later dress in Russian uniforms, The equipment could be from many sources, Russian, German, captured French or even British imports.
Trooper, Royal Horse Artillery, Mounted Rocket Corps 6” by 4” Soft body acrylic on canvas.
The British contribution to Wallmoden’s Corps was the 73rd foot, a battalion of Scots, an all arms contingent from the King’s German Legion and a Rocket Detachment. The debate over the value of Congeve’s Rockets continues to this day. Based on Indian examples the rockets were essentially a large firework on a stick fired from a trough that could fitted with various warheads. Used mainly by the Royal Navy they were mobile but terribly erratic and inaccurate. The Duke of Wellington had no use for them, he considered them only fit to burn cities with, which was what the British essentially did to Copenhagen in 1807. On the other hand there are accounts of British rocket batteries having a devastating effect on enemy troops, for example at the battle of Leipzig, the noise and burns cause by a shrieking rocket bounding through a close order formation could demoralise any enemy unfortunate enough to be hit by one. One suspects that the RHA Rocket Batteries were sent to Germany to get them out of the way.
Megafauna Kickstarter! There are still a few more days to contribute to the Kickstater for Cloudscape Comics new graphic novel anthology, Mega Fauna! While we have attained our initial goal I would encourage you to join as the money from now on goes to the contributing artists! (Sample page from my story “Cat of Clay”.) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1932872469/mega-fauna?ref=card
Hanovarian Rifleman, Light Battalion Lueneberg 1813 6” by 4” Soft body acrylic on canvas
For decades the King of England was also the Elector of the German state of Hanover. Hanovarian troops fought beside British troops during the 7 Years War. During the wars with Napoleon Hanover was occupied and dismembered, parts annexed to France and the puppet state of Westphalia. Thousands of Hanovarians remained loyal and fled to England to form the elite King’s German Legion that fought in Spain and Waterloo. After the destruction of the French army in Russia volunteers organised and recreated the army of Hanover, scrambling for whatever arms and uniforms were available. This figure represents on of the light battalions formed in it’s second uniform, hand me downs from the light battalions of the Kings Germen Legion. The white horse of Hanover is displayed on a British 1812 shako and a rifle was carried by select sharpshooters in the battalion.
One of a series of 6 I’m doing on soldiers from Wallmoden’s Corps. Wallmoden was a Hanovarian general who commanded a mixed force of Prussians, Russians, Scots, Kings German Legion, Russo-Prussian Legion, Hanseatic Leaguers, Freikorps, Anhalters, Hanovarians, Swedes, Cossacks and yes, Mecklenburgers, in the Northern campaign in the German War of Liberation against Napoleon in 1813… okay, I know you don’t care but I am carrying on regardlessly! Mecklenburg was one of the small Northern German states forced to send troops to Spain and Russia by Napoleon until they changed sides when the tide turned against France. In many ways it was a genuine popular revolt against French arrogance and bullying, although channeled into acceptable forms by the authorities frightened by any form of “revolutionary” activity, even against their enemy! One result were the Landwehr, a militia of mostly trustworthy and prosperous lower middle class farmers. While some of the Prussian Landwehr eventually, through hard experience, became effective front line units, many Landwehr were simply intended to relieve the regular troops of the tedious business of besieging fortresses, garrisoning fortress, and guarding prisoners or lines of communication. In the early days there weren’t enough muskets to go around so the Landwehr were sometimes issued with pikes until proper firearms could be scrounged… although the issue of hand axes instead of short swords may be apocryphal. I have Wallmoden’s Corps in 15MM for wargaming almost done. This is the sort of thing I find fascinating… what’s it to you!?
Time is running out on the Mega Fauna Kickstarter!
I painted this “kitty” for a card deck which is one of the premiums for the latest Cloudscape graphic novel Kickstarter! This is my first painting using FW inks (with a bit of green stick pen marker) and I quite like them…
There’s some new Playmobil Special Plus packs that just came out. This one has me mystified. Okay, on the surface it’s simply a lumberjack splitting logs, no big deal. But look at the woodpile, see the cat? The black cat with the green …glowing eyes. It’s a man with an axe and his little furry pal the spawn of Satan who is no doubt sending psychic messages to his brain to murder his entire Playmobil family! This is a Stephen King novel in the making!