Monday, 9 December 2013

Welcome, IR4 Grenzer Regt Banater, and IR23 Toscana

Welcome to my new Blog. It has taken a while to start this as I've been concentrating on getting some figures painted so that there is something to show on here, but now I'm ready to get the blog up and running.

I've had an interest in Napoleonic wargaming for many years and have started quite a few armies, but never completed that many. I've had French, Russians, Prussian, British, and Austrian, all from a range of manufacturers including Minifigs, Essex, Old Glory.

The newer and larger miniatures from companies like AB, Warmodelling, Blue Moon etc, where you also get a few poses rather than a single pose like we had way back, have reignited my interest. So during the summer holidays I put aside my 15mm scifi project and my 28mm World of the Greeks project, and started a new army - a 15mm Austrian army for the Battle of Marengo, 1800.

I was lucky to spot a Order of Battle for Marengo in a back issue of Wargames Illustrated. The OB was for the General de Brigade rules, and I'm not sure how accurate it was, but it was a good basis for making a start.

My first battalion to be completed was the Banat Regiment of Grenzers. Although I'd had some Austrians from Minifigs many years ago, I never had any Grenzers, so I decided to try something different from the usual white uniformed troops that make up the majority of an Austrian army.

Here is my first completed battalion;
The Banater Grenz IR#4.

The figures are from Warmodelling (previously Fantassin).

Next up was my first line infantry battalion. I was lucky enough to pick up a bundle of figures from eBay that was composed of exactly how many figures I needed for a battalion, so this was the next unit, a German line unit. The IR23 Toscana comprised three battalions, this represents the first of the three;
Toscana Regiment IR#23/1

The figures are from Old Glory (currently available from Timecast).

I'll post more figures as I complete the units, with more line infantry, artillery, jagers, and generals all almost ready for the table.


paulalba said...

Nicely done Colin, I just swaped my buddy a battalion of AB grenz for a future project. Look forward to watching your army grow!

Colin said...

Thanks Paul. These are nowhere near your standard, or the standard I could achieve a few years ago, but its the best my eyes can manage. New specs in a week or two, so who knows what I'll be able to see.