Sunday, September 26, 2021

A bold General of Cuirassiers and an obscure Brandenburg Markgraf

The Brigadier of my new cavalry brigade, Generaloberst Von Ahlenfeldt. Born in 1670, von Ahlenfeldt learned his warriors' trade in the Turkish Wars, served under Prinz Eugen and Ludwig von Baden and some Englander named Marlborough against the French and latterly with the Russians against the Swedes and Saxons before retiring to Alzheim in the middle 1720s. A moderately famous and relatively competent cavalry commander, he has revived the declining Alzheim Horse and become known - only half in jest - as the "König der Kürassiere".
A dashing Holger Ericsson Cavalryman indeed.
And a stolid King of Prussia by HE as well.

And here we have the rather obscure Friedrich Wilhelm, Margrave of the Mark of Brandenburg, This place is known to history as a flat and sandy desolation garnished with a few gloomy pines. Little more than a Swedish highway during the Thirty Years War Brandenburg is second in lack of significance to Mecklenburg.


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Beautifully done figures, Greg! Glad to see you back in the 18th century. As skilled as your brushwork is in other eras, I've always felt this period was your true métier.

Best Regards,


Der Alte Fritz said...

I love the elegance of those HE figures.

David said...

Very nicely done - and as DAF says, very elegant figures.



Bloggerator said...

Thanks Stokes; always happy to return to the period! :)

Jim, David, they really are my beau ideal for figures, especially HE's equine models. Look at the high, arched neck of the Frederick IIs horse. Such superior work. People remark on Gilders' ability with the figure in motion; HE captured the man and the rider as a fluid unity and really is in a class of his own. I think it really comes over that he knew horses in the flesh.