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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 was killed leadin the assault up the Schellenberg
Van Goor was killed leadin the assault up the Schellenberg

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.



Dutch 14th Regiment of Foot - Van Goor/d'Yvoy
Dutch 14th Regiment of Foot - Van Goor/d'Yvoy

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).


d'Yvoy's regimental flag
d'Yvoy's regimental flag

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.


My painted version of the flag
My painted version of the flag

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).


Van Goor's Dutch and Sturler's Swiss
Van Goor's Dutch and Sturler's Swiss

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.


Grenadiers on the right
Grenadiers on the right

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.






By smacdowall, Jun 29 2012 03:48PM

I have for some time had a hankering to play a game based on the Duke of Marlborough’s storming of the Schellenberg 2 July 1704. A combination of things came together a few days ago to make this a reality. First was reclaiming my games room from son’s sofa in storage and girlfriend’s art exhibition, second a revamping of my terrain (see earlier blog entry) and finally a fortuitous visit by Dave Allen to the wilds of Suffolk where I now hide out. I had to do a few troop substitutions but by and large I had most of the figures I needed.


The game finally gave me an opportunity to deploy a star fort I purchased many years ago but which has not yet seen action. Here it is masquerading as the walls of Donauwörth.


I took on the Bavarians and French, deploying a thin line along the top of the Schellenberg. A few battalions were in the town and reinforcements could be called in from the rear off table.



The Imperial forces under the Markgraf von Baden deployed on the Allied right they did not do much in the game other than fix the Franco-Bavarian left.


Assault columns of converged English and Imperial grenadiers and Dutch guards spearhead Marlborough’s attack on the Schellenberg. To their right (left of picture) are the columns of English and Dutch line battalions advancing on the centre, supported by Col Blood’s artillery.


Scottish Foot in Dutch pay advance in support of the Grenadiers


The Bavarian guns open up on the advancing allies as the Foot prepare to receive the enemy


I will publish the second part on 2 July, the anniversary of the Battle.




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