IR20 Prussian Musketeer Battalion

IR20 Prussian Musketeer Battalion

Monday, October 28, 2013

Minden's Herd of 19 Horse Poses

Minden Horses (top three rows) and Fife & Drum Horses in Row 4. Click to enlarge view.

The combined Minden/Fife & Drum range currently has a total of 19 different horses. Actually it is 21 horses if we count the two limber horses. In addition, there are 6 new F&D horses that have yet to go into production, so the grand total will be 27 different horses in the range.

The new horse code numbers are listed below. These supercede any codes shown elsewhere in this blog (such as on the Horse page tab)

ROW 1 (left to right)

H1  Heavy Horse, Trotting
H2  Heavy Horse #2, Trotting
H3  Heavy Horse, Standing
H4  Heavy Horse, Walking
H5  Heavy Horse (variant of the H2 horse), head turned left
H6  Heavy Horse (variant of the H1 horse), trotting


H7  Medium Horse, Walking (officer's horse)
H8  Medium Horse, Standing
H9  Medium Horse, Walking (variant of H7 horse), head turned left
H10  Medium Horse, Standing (variant of the H8 horse)
H11  Heroic Horse (Medium)


H12  Light Horse, Galloping, Legs Bunched (for hussars)
H13  Light Horse, Galloping, Legs Stretched
H14  Light Horse, Galloping, Legs Stretched (variant of the H13 horse)
H15  Light Horse, Galloping, Legs Bunched (variant of the H12 horse)

H16  Light Hussar Horse, Standing (use for dismounted hussar sets)
H17  Wounded Horse, Laying on the ground

ROW 4 (Fife & Drum horses)

H18  Medium Horse, Head Turned (officers' horse)
H19  Light Horse, Standing


  1. Wow - that is awesome. Will we be able to choose horses for the riders? I suppose the heavy horses are for Cuirassiers and Dragoons only as the light horses are purely for Husars!? What about the medium horses? To which riders do they fit?

  2. All the riders fit all the horses so it's down to personal choice really. The Mediums were really intended for the mounted infantry officers, Generals and some of the Dragoons, but are close enough in size to fit in with the lights or the heavies. There's only really about a mm difference in height between each size, but the lights and heavies are noticeably different side by side. Different nations did have in theory different size requirements for horses, SYW Austrian Dragoons would be best on the heavies whereas AWI Continental Dragoons would be best on lights. One other thing to mention is the the British horses would have had docked tails, not practical to copy the entire range again with that option, but nothing that a pair of wirecutters wouldn't fix ;-)

  3. That should have read AWI Continental Dragoons would be best on mediums!

  4. Thanks for the explanation, Richard. Funny that it never occured to me to change horses and riders. It was the first thing I did when I came home tonight. They fit very well. You are absolutely right regarding the differences in height:

    The Austrians demanded at least 163 cm height for their Cuirassier-horses, 152 cm for the Dragoons and 148 for the Hussars. An exception would be some Dragoon-Regiments which were temporarily converted to Cheveauleger: they were equipped with light horses.

    Similar for the Prussians: 160 for Cuirassier-horses, 157 for the Dragoon-horses and smaller (there's no conrete number) for the Hussars.


  5. Thank you for the information Richard. I did not know how some of the horses are used.

    BTW, I just can't bring myself to dock the tails of any of my British cavalry as it seems a shame to cut them short. :)

  6. I've seen contemporary illustrations of both docked and undocked tails, so possibly it was a regimental decision. It certainly seems to be unique to the English, I can't remember seeing docked tails on other nations horses. Of course remounts acquired locally while on campaign wouldn't be docked either. There was no good reason for it and plenty against! It seems to be just something that was fashionable at the time.

  7. According to my information the tails were docked until 1764 (Funcken). After that they were left in their natural length until 1799, when they were docked again. There is no mention that this was limited to certain units. It seems that this was the custom for the British cavalry in general.

  8. Jim, this picture is a great help with ordering, thanks. Is it your intention to have the codes for all horses/figures etc. engraved onto the masters to identify castings?

    Chris Rees
    (Anonymous cos my Google A/C is playing SB's)

  9. V much like the idea of mixing the style of horses up in the same unit. This was always the benefit of a range such as Foremost and Connoisseur. Would you consider selling the riders without their horses?


  10. Great site well done. I study the seven years war and in particular the battle of Minden, as my Regiment was there the 12th foot Regiment. I'm visiting Minden next year to make a video. I paint model soldiers and would love to add a few here if possible.