Thursday, 5 December 2013

Rossbach French Flags Project - Regiment Provence

First raised as a regular French unit in 1674, Provence had 2 battalions. It was at Hastenbeck and then Rossbach, where it was brigaded with Poitou Infantry and suffered heavy casualties, including its colonel seriously wounded. At Rossbach it was second in the centre (reserve) column behind Poitou. In 1758 it was at Krefeld but not engaged. In June 1759 a battalion of the regiment was attacked in its post at Erbefeld by troops of the Prince of Brunswick and driven back, with some men killed and wounded and 92 taken prisoner. However, it retreated in good order. In 1761 it was at the battle of Vellinghausen and fought well but suffered heavy casualties. Its final battlefield appearance of the war was at Wilhelmstahl in 1762. [Details from Kronoskaf and C. Duffy's Prussia's Glory.]



The flags as depicted were carried by this regiment from 1675 to 1780.

And this plate shows the uniform and flags in 1757:

7 comments:

Der Alte Fritz said...

I like your flags very much, but is there a way to tone down the dark gray shading? It is too strong, should be a more subtle transition from the basic white color.

David said...

Thanks for the comment. I'll do a post on this subject, as I think it's an important one and which has exercised me quite a lot. In short, yes, the grey can be changed.

Cheers,

David.

Ray Rousell said...

Great work once again! I've been thinking of painting this unit for the NYW, mainly because at the time they wore a brown coat instead of the usual white/grey.

David said...

Thanks, Ray. They sound interestingly different.

You might like to have a look at my latest post on shading white flags as I'd be keen to know what you think. Thanks!

Cheers,

David.

Jeroen72 said...

Sorry to ask this.. But why grey when the picture clearly shows black??

David said...

Hi Jeroen,

It's the effect of light on the silk of the flag - if it's shown simply black rather than dark grey and black then there's no shading effect and it looks very drab and unreal.

Cheers,

David.

Jeroen72 said...

ok, thanks :)