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25 Mar 2021 10:52 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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18CTEXAN25 Mar 2021 5:16 p.m. PST

What exactly is a"Timpanis Chariot of the Artillery Regiment" > It appears to be a decoration and not truly a "weapon" of war. If is a "decoration" with what Russian unit would it be assigned and was there more than one?

Morning Scout25 Mar 2021 5:40 p.m. PST

An ornate kettle drum carriage often flying the regiment's banner. Have seen it associated with the 1st Artillery Regiment. Used for parades and such.

18CTEXAN25 Mar 2021 8:32 p.m. PST

"Morning Scout" thank you very much! I saw one displayed behind a Russian battery. But was not sure as to its purpose!
Thanks again!

Stoppage26 Mar 2021 2:16 a.m. PST

Cool – drawn by four greys, marching at head of artillery train with trumpeter accompaniment:

Alamy – Kettle drum chariot – St Petersburg

According to this article (Paywalled):

Jstor – The Great Kettledrums of the Artillery – Henry George Farmer

The Swedes (17thC), Prussians, and British (1689) had these. The latter ones being museumed in 1759 following the break-up of the artillery train into brigades/batteries:

Apparently Handel would borrow them for his concerts.

clibinarium26 Mar 2021 3:01 a.m. PST


I knew I had seen it modelled somewhere before; altefritz (unsurprisingly!)

Stoppage26 Mar 2021 4:23 a.m. PST

Great recall!

Also this (From Altefritz blog):

Wars of Louis XIV – Reader help needed

Leads to this #WAG12 on page 15:

BattleGames – Minifigs catalogue

If you don't have one of these in your artillery train then: -1

If your opponent has one in their artillery train then: -2

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2021 6:19 a.m. PST

What was its purpose? Did it actually go into the field?

18CTEXAN26 Mar 2021 7:36 a.m. PST

THANKS Everyone! Great Info….now if I can get it in 6MM! LOL!

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Mar 2021 10:35 a.m. PST

Kettle drum wagons were not used in the field, but rather, for parades only.

The Russian version allegedly includes barrels from Prussian cannons that they captured at Kunersdorf.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2021 7:29 a.m. PST

Thanks. It looks like a "parade ground only" piece to me.

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