Monday, 24 July 2017

The Austrian Army Of 1859 .


I've started on the last of my armies for the Unification of Italy - the others being Garibaldi's Red Shirts , the Neapolitan army , the Papal army and the Sardinia/ Piedmontese . This one is the Austro-Hungarian Army who fought the Sardinians and French  in 1859  . The figures are of course Irregular - not to everyone's taste but I think they have a certain style combine with an excellent coverage of the period , cheapness and a marvellous mail order system . 


They are the Infantry Regiment No. 41 'Keller' and will be the first of two battalions for this regiment . The Austrian force will be about the same size as my other armies in this project - six units of infantry , two guns and crews and a few cavalry ( cavalry didn't seem to play a large part in the battles in Italy) . I've always been interested in the Austrians - anyone who can wear white and get away with it has my admiration (if I was to wear white the first thing I would do would be to spill yogurt or burger relish on it !) , a unit of Grenzer are next and I've just found out that the Independent Border Battalion 'Titler' had light blue jackets with red facings - a wargamers dream come true so I'll be including them in the orbat .




12 comments:

  1. Excellent work! The Irregular Austrians in your photos look pretty good to me.

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    1. Don't compare to the modern Perrys type stuff but are definitely easier to paint

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  2. Tony, what scale are your Irregular Austrians? - I have no problem with Irregular castings except that they are a law unto themselves when it comes to scale vs size. Can you get these guys to match with other makes?

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    1. They are 28mm but a small 28mm I don't tend to mix them with other ranges probably match Old Glory not sure about the Perrys

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  3. What Mr Freitag said, Tony. They look very nice indeed.

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    1. Thank you, I like the Austrian colour scheme

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  4. Look great. Irregular are an excellent company, and to my eye better than Perry figures as they have a bit of character.

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    1. Yes Perry are nice but I like the 'toy soldier' look of the Irregular figures

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  5. The 1859 Austrian infantry uniform is one of my all time favourites. Excellent work!

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    1. Thanks , lots of colourful facings contrast with the white

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