Prussian Jaegers and Schuetzen

Line Jaegers and Schuetzen | Volunteer Jaegers | Officers

Prussian Jaegers and Schuetzen: Line Jaegers and Schuetzen

There were several important differences between the uniforms and equipment worn by these troops and those worn by the rest of the line infantry (musketeers, fusiliers, etc.). They were as follows:

The rest of the equipment and uniform items were standard issue:

Note: there are two variants for each code number. The first is for the East Prussian Jaegers. These figures have Swedish cuffs(round cuffs). The (b) variant of each figure is for the Silesian Schuetzen; these figures have Brandenburg cuffs (cuffs with a flap).

Code Description
PJ1Jaeger kneeling firing
PJ1bJaeger kneeling firing
PJ2Jaeger standing firing
PJ2bJaeger standing firing
PJ3Jaeger loading, taking round from pouch
PJ3bJaeger loading, taking round from pouch
PJ4Jaeger loading, ramming rifle
PJ4bJaeger loading, ramming rifle
PJ5Jaeger holding fire, leaning forward
PJ5bJaeger holding fire, leaning forward
PJ6Jaeger holding fire, leaning back
PJ6bJaeger holding fire, leaning back
PJ7Jaeger advancing, trail arms; right leg straight, left leg forward
PJ7bJaeger advancing, trail arms; right leg straight, left leg forward
PJ8Jaeger advancing, trail arms; left leg straight right leg back
PJ8bJaeger advancing, trail arms; left leg straight right leg back
PJ9Jaeger NCO, cradling rifle in left arm, directing with right (this figure has a casting runner on the butt of the rifle which needs to be clipped off)
PJ9bJaeger NCO, cradling rifle in left arm, directing with right (this figure has a casting runner on the butt of the rifle which needs to be clipped off)
PJ10Jaeger bugler (casting runner on bugle needs to be clipped). A note concerning this figure: I have several illustrations, they concur in showing the bugler holding a horn in the French style not a typical U-shaped Prussian horn, perhaps a distinction of these formations. Furthermore, none show any evidence of cords attached to the bugle; peculiar, but I have decided to go with the available evidence
PJ10bJaeger bugler (casting runner on bugle needs to be clipped). A note concerning this figure: I have several illustrations, they concur in showing the bugler holding a horn in the French style not a typical U-shaped Prussian horn, perhaps a distinction of these formations. Furthermore, none show any evidence of cords attached to the bugle; peculiar, but I have decided to go with the available evidence
PJ forage cap packVersions of PJ2 and PJ6 wearing forage caps
PJ forage cap pack bVersions of PJ2b and PJ6b wearing forage caps
PJ barehead packVersions of PJ4 (barehead), PJ5 (bandaged head) and PJ7 (bald)
PJ barehead pack bVersions of PJ4b (barehead), PJ5b (bandaged head) and PJ7b (bald)

Prussian Jaegers and Schuetzen: Volunteer Jaegers

These troops were all volunteer riflemen attached to line formations. Most regular line battalions had a company of these troops attached to them. They were generally young men from the professional or wealthy classes. As such, they were expected to provide their own equipment and uniform. The result of this was a proliferation of personalised equipment and uniform items that make these units particularly interesting. I have come across many illustrations of these troops, none bear a "standard uniform". Some of the uniform features might seem over ornate for an infantry soldier but these formations were considered to be training cadres for the line officers and NCOs of the future. The common features are as follows:

The principal differences were as follows:

I like to add a company or two of volunteers to each line regiment. When putting these together I use all the different styles within the company to reflect the personal uniform preferences of the men. The only unifying theme I maintain is whether the jackets have cuff flaps or not. This varied from company to company, even within the same regiment.

Note: as above, these figures have two variants. The ones with the (b) code have cuff flaps the others have round cuffs.

Code Description
PJ11Volunteer firing. Breeches tucked into boots. Belly pouch
PJ11bVolunteer firing. Breeches tucked into boots. Belly pouch
PJ12Volunteer holding fire. Breeches, boots, belly pouch
PJ12bVolunteer holding fire. Breeches, boots, belly pouch
PJ13Volunteer loading. Taking round from pouch. Trousers rolled up, belly pouch
PJ13bVolunteer loading. Taking round from pouch. Trousers rolled up, belly pouch
PJ14Volunteer loading. Ramming rifle. Long trousers
PJ14bVolunteer loading. Ramming rifle. Long trousers
PJ15Volunteer advancing, trail-arms. Trousers, belly pouch
PJ15bVolunteer advancing, trail-arms. Trousers, belly pouch
PJ16Volunteer running, high porte. Long trousers
PJ16bVolunteer running, high porte. Long trousers
PJ volunteer barehead packVersions of PJ12 (bandaged head), PJ13 (barehead) and PJ14 (bald)
PJ volunteer barehead pack bVersions of PJ12b (bandaged head), PJ13b (barehead) and PJ14b (bald)

Prussian Jaegers and Schuetzen: Officers

Initially I had no intention of making officers for this set of figures, as their uniform was identical in cut to that of the fusilier officers but in dark green. However, as this set of figures progressed I felt a couple of officers were required to complement the skirmish poses, so I made them! (as they stand, they can be used for fusilier officers if you paint their jackets Prussian blue and choose the variants with the cuff.

Code Description
PJ17Officer advancing, holding sword up
PJ17bOfficer advancing, holding sword up
PJ18Officer running, pointing with sword
PJ18bOfficer running, pointing with sword

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