Here is the military genius that was His Serene Highness, Frederick Michael, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Field Marshall of the Imperial Armies. I decided to do a model that reflected his gravitas, his cunning and his innate understanding of the ‘Arte of Warre’ – or failing that, that matched his own opinion of himself and so built a large base of him arriving in style on the battlefield to make a ‘telling manouvre’ (a la Bernadotte!).
I suppose the only thing that suggests the extent the range of his martial abilities is to compare him to his rivals for command of the Imperial Army, the stalwart Francis I, by the grace of God elected Holy Roman Emperor, forever August, King in Germany and of Jerusalem, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Lorraine, Bar, and Grand Duke of Tuscany, Duke of Calabria, in Silesia of Teschen, Prince of Charleville, Margrave of Pont-à-Mousson and Nomeny, Count of Provence, Vaudémont, Blâmont, Zütphen, Saarwerden, Salm, Falkenstein, etc. etc. An exceptionally well qualified man by dint of being married to Maria Theresa.
Or the indomitable Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, and Inhaber of I.R. ‘Hoch und Deutschmeister’), perhaps the greatest general to lead armies on the plans of Europe. Indeed many may argue that his Generalship was soly responsible for the rise of Frederick the Great.
It just goes to show that despite having a very competent army and any number very capable generals, the powers behind the throne managed to select these three buffoons (lovely word) to lead the Imperial Army, until desperation gave way to clarity and they appointed someone who knew what they were doing.