This month, the Army of the Month post will cover my “veteran” Rhine states. Commonly called the Confederation of the Rhine (CotR), this collection of minor state contingents has seen many a tabletop action…either en mass or as individual units for the major powers.
To the pictures….First up is a right flank view of the entire Rhine states collection. The army is ranked across the front with 1st & 2nd CotR regiments (Nassau-Usingen and Nassau-Weilburg) in foreground, then we have 3rd regt. (Frankfort a Main), 4th regt. (Saxon Duchies), and 5th regt. (Lippe & Anhalt) just before the road. Each “column” contains units of that minor state contingent / regimental group.
Left flank view showing the Mecklenburg group with the 8th CotR regiment, the 7th regt. (Würzburg) then the 6th regt. (Schwarzburg-Sondershausen & Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt) plus Reuss and Waldeck btn. on the road. Again each column contingent group contains additional units from those minor states. Behind the 6th regt….on the same road, is the Oldenburg btn. and two Hanseatic town “burgher” btns.
Closer view (r to l by column) shows the 1st Nassau regiment, the 2nd Nassau regiment, the Nassau chasseurs a cheval squadron. Next comes the Frankfurt a Main contingent; Frankfurt btn. in Spain, the CotR Frankfurt a Main “junior” regiment, a Frankfurt jager btn. and the Frankfurt “hussars”….sort of gendarmerie. Next column has the Saxon Duchies ….1st btn. has Saxon Gotha-Altenburg, 2nd btn. has Saxon Colburg-Saalfeld, Saxon-Meiningen and Saxon-Meiningen-Hildburghausen. Followed them is the Saxon Weimar jagers (1807 uniform) and Saxon Weimar carabiners (1812 uniform). The two cavalrymen are the Saxon Weimar “hussars” and mtd. jagers (1813). Each of these btns. have their freiwilligen jager detachment painted for those 1813-1814 battles. Lastly, the “yellow coat” miniature near the front is the famous Saxon Gotha-Altenburg Garde du Corps. How can you not paint up that “crack unit”.
Another view of the 3rd (Frankfurt a Main), 4th (Saxon Duchies) and 5th (Lippe, Anhalt) CotR regiments. The Saxon Gotha-Altenburg Garde du Corps makes another appearance.
Crossing the road we have the 6th CotR regiment (r to l). The 1st btn. has Schwarzburg-Sodershausen and Schwarzburg-Ruddolstadt. The 2nd btn. has Reuss and Waldeck contingent formed up. Further along the road can be viewed the Oldenburg btn. In the foreground, the 7th or Würzburg regiment is shown with three battalions and their artillery batteries.
The final contingent in WR’s Rhine states army is from Mecklenburg. The 8th CotR regiment consists of two battalions at right. Then the Mecklenburg artillery battery, two additional battalions of Mecklenberg-Schwerin then the two battalions of Mecklenburg-Strelitz infantry. Got that straight? Behind the battery is the Mecklenburg-Schwerin Garde btn. and the Mecklenburg hussars with freiwillgen jager (1813) detachment. French players remember them well for their charge at Mockern 1813. Leading as skirmishers we have the 1813 volunteer jagers detachment.
The Würzburg chevau-legers ride behind the Würzburg converged grenadiers. Some Dutch battalions (2nd and 4th regiments in Spain) front the woods edge. Pictured here since they station themselves in the Rhine states box. Always fun in Peninsular games with their light blue and pink facings.
Last few units…..featured in the rear ranks (at top) we have Saxon Weimar carabiners, Saxon Weimar hussars and mtd. jagers at top, the Oldenburg btn., Hanseatic city “burghers” from Lübeck and Bremen (on road). The Isembourg-Hohenzollen btn. and Saxon Thuringen march btn. of 1813 (near trees) round out the army. Scattered about are various commanders and ADC’s to round out the army.
Final view as the CotR marches forward to join the French or perhaps the Allied coalition.
WR’s Rhine states army was painted in the late 70s for a local group campaign. After painting several units…WR finished off all the Rhine states just in case the French call for “reinforcements”. Still waiting for that call….but meanwhile, the Rhine states fill in odd units to create visual effect and support on the tabletop. Their flexibility lends them to all campaigns during the 1806-1813 period.
Visit WR’s Napoleonic Game Rules: Videos & Files section tab for additional information on this army, including uniforms plates and army organization.
If you have odd unpainted miniatures in your collection….the Rhine states are always recruiting new players to their cause. They are a colorful brunch with lots of character. Check them out.