Army Challenge: Seven Years War Prussians

This year, I fancied something a bit different. Whilst the guys are doing March to War, I didn’t fancy another Games Workshop army. I already have painted armies for the Raven Guard, Imperial Guard, Orks and Tyranids to 2000 points or more and, as cool as the miniatures are, I’m not a fan of the Age of Sigmar rules (don’t get me wrong, the figures are lovely!).

However, I still felt that I should join in with some kind of Hobby Challenge. The decision was actually made quite simple for me, as I have always wanted a Prussian army for the Seven Years War. Frederick the Great’s Prussia was my special subject in A-level History (all those years ago), the relationship between Britain and Prussia during the Seven Years War was my Dissertation subject at University and Fred even managed to sneak into a chapter of my MA Dissertation.

During that time I have collected ancient, medieval, Napoleonic, WW2, and numerous fantasy and sci-fi armies, but never a Seven Years War army.

A few years back, I bought some SYW French from Crusader Miniatures to fight against my dad’s Native American tribe in Muskets and Tomahawks.

Crusader Miniatures French Musketeers

I really like these miniatures and it was only by coincidence that, as I was looking for an army to do for this challenge, I flicked through the Crusader miniatures site. They were having a flash sale with another £5 off each of their regiment deals!

Wasting no time, my decision was made: Seven Years War Prussians. I bought virtually all the army in one go. That’s 120 Infantry, 36 Cavalry and 8 Gun Crew.

The Infantry were split between three unit types: Musketeers, Fusiliers and Grenadiers. As there were the most Musketeer regiments, I ordered three Musketeer units, two Fusiliers and one of Grenadiers:

Left to right: Musketeeers, Fusiliers, Grenadiers

For the Cavalry, I chose one unit each of Hussars, Dragoons and Cuirassiers:

Left to right: Cuirassier, Dragoon, Hussar

Whilst the Crusader range is very detailed and massively cost effective (I ended up paying less than £0.90 for a metal miniature at the time, and £2.10 for cavalry models- that’s less than plastics in some other ranges!), the variety isn’t massive. Therefore, to get some of the more exotic troop types, it would be necessary to look elsewhere.

The main suppliers of Seven Years War figures at 28mm appear to be, from my research, Wargames Foundry and Front Rank.

In the end, I imagine that I will end up purchasing from both, however for now it looked more cost effective to purchase from Foundry as I only wanted a few skirmishers, generals and cannon. I do rate Foundry, my Napoleonic Austrian and Russian forces are entirely Foundry models.

For bigger orders of infantry regiments of different kinds (definitely some Frei Korps) it will be cheaper to go to Front Rank. As all three manufacturers make gorgeous sculpts, I am basing this entirely on getting the most minis for my buck. Khorne cares not from where the lead flows…

I will be painting this army to a deadline, hopefully. Brush and Boltgun are attending a Doubles Tournament in April at Warhammer World and I have already finished my force.

I think if I go full steam ahead with this army, without March to War and Tournament painting getting in the way, I should be in with a shot at getting this finished in 6 months. Work may have other ideas, but the good army painter can work around this. Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing my Army tips, learned from years of painting to deadlines: how to save time and still get a decent result!

Step 1: Assembly coming soon!

Here come the Prussians!

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