Since I had them half ready at hand, I thought to finish off some Prussian cavalry for a change – yes, I know, I supposed to start the French Cuirassiers and Dragoons but the Prussian models are better and nicer to paint.
Landwehr cavalry and Landwehr was Prussian response to the French imposed limitations and territorial concessions in the Treaty of Tilsit (1807). Continental blockade ruined the state finances and de facto bankruptcy of the Prussian state followed. No wonder French were not particularly liked in Prussia and Landwehr swelled by volunteers. Unlike Landwehr infantry, cavalry arm was much more reliable and closer to regular troops.
Prussian Dragoons were excellent fighting force and probably most heavily utilized all around force of Prussian army. Surely I have to include at least two regiments of such fine troopers to the army (unfortunately original order had some missing, and therefore only one is present, until missing cavalrymen arrive).
Prussian Hussars – one of them (Totenkopf-husaren) very famous, and not present because I was thinking something else when I painted the four regiments. Ridiculous as it sounds – to identical colors. I will have to remedy that by repainting some of the pelisse in correct colors, albeit the light blue dolman and pelisse is correct at least for two regiments. One benefit of 6mm – one cannot easily see the cords and buttons.
Last but not least, I did paint Prussian Cuirassiers in campaign outfit – hence the blue litewka instead of white kollet. Not as good idea as it sounded, and not only because the blue turned too bright. Would I have painted litewka in right color, Cuirassiers, instead of standing out, would blend in with the rest of the rabble.