Van Goor's Dutch fresh from the painting table
By smacdowall, Feb 18 2018 07:39PM
There are a few more units I want to paint up for the second part of our Battle of Oudenarde game in May. Mostly I need to flush out my French army and I have painted up a few more battalions which I may post pics of later. Taking a break from the French I have turned my attention to some missing Allied units.
Foremost amongst these is Van Goor’s Dutch battalion. This unit was part of the contingent sent to the upper Rhine valley to reinforce the Imperialists in 1703 and went on to fight at the Schellenberg and Blenheim. I have been slowly building Baden-Baden’s Imperialist army for campaigns on the Rhine led by Johan Winjand van Goor was sent to reinforce the Imperial Army of the Markgraf Ludwig von Baden-Baden. A previous semi-historical scenario involving them can be found here.
Van Goor died leading the first assault on the Schellenberg in 1704 after which command passed to Frederik Thomas van Hangest-Genlis d’ Yvoy. At Oudenarde the unit (regiment of foot number 14) was known as Regiment d’Yvoy following the usual practice of the time when units were known by their Colonel’s name.
The regiment’s uniform of light grey coats with red cuffs, waistcoat and breaches if fairly well attested to. It took me some time to find a source for a possible flag. I found it in the excellent CD of the uniforms and flags of the Dutch army available from Baccus (in German but with plenty of illustrations and regimental lists which need no translation).
The flag illustrated is for d’Yvoy which would be correct for Oudenarde but possibly not for earlier under Van Goor’s command in 1703/4. The phoenix rising from the fire and the motto “Ex Cinere Revivo” (more or less rising from the ashes) may refer to the regiment being re-recruited back up to strength after the heavy casualties of the 1704 campaign. I decided that if I took off the ‘Y’ monograms, which presumably were personal to d’Yvon, then it could also pass for van Goor even if the motto and image seem to suggest otherwise.
I find painted flags look so much better than printed ones. I copied the image from the Baccus guide and painted it with acrylics on paper, simplifying it a little to make it easier. The motto was the hardest part and you can just about make out the writing. I was very happy with the result once the two sides were glued together around the flag pole (using white glue).
The miniatures are all Minifigs 15mm with the exception of the officer on the left of the line who is Dixon. Supporting them in a rear line is Sturler’s regiment of Swiss in Dutch service. These two regiments fought together in the same brigade at Schellenberg, Blenheim. Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.
Minifigs do not make a marching Dutch grenadier. In order to keep the ranks consistent I chopped the tricorn head off a Bavarian in march-attack and replaced it with a Dutch grenadier’s head from another miniature.
what regiment is that in the first pic in red with grenadier caps?
They are converged English grenadiers drawn together from several regimments hence the different facing colours and headgear. Models mostly Dixon Grenadier storming party set with a few conversions and a few Minifigs mixed in. 15mm scale.
thanks for the reply,
question, for French regiment building were do you get sources for uniforms and so forth and do you know of any info on French grenadier caps, sorry if the question appeared so what random.
One of the best references for the French is the Osprey Armies of Louis XIV by René Chartrand. The French grenadiers wore tricorns not grenadier caps. They were distinguised by ribbon on their shoulders.
thanks for the reply, I have this book and have read it many times as of resent, according to the book grenadiers did infact were caps but most did not. Here are some images of grenadier wearing caps
I just did not know that much on it and was wondering if you could help, read the last link
Some of those pics are from a later period (the drummer for example). The grenadier pictured throwing a grenade is wearing an undress forage cap that was often worn as 'undress' by French soldiers in the seven years war. All contemporary illustrations of French soldiers in the War of Spanish Succession show tricorns even when relaxing in camp. Mounted horse grenadiers of the Maison du Roi wore a fur cap but apart trom that it was tricorns for all foot grenadiers with the distinction of ribbons on the shoulders.