One small addition to the 1859 Risorgimento project makes it way off from the painting desk. This twelve figure battalion will be fielded as the 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment or Cacciatori delle Alpi or Garibaldini. Each of the alpine regiments fielded two battalions and were part of Garibaldi's famous Red Shirts. With the mustering of the 2 Rgt/1 Bn, three such battalions can now make their appearance on the table.
At the Battle of Varese on 26MAY1859, three regiments or six battalions of the Garibaldini faced off against the Austrians under Urban. The next day, another clash between these two forces occurred at the Battle of Fermo.
The Lead Pile underwent a slight reorganization last night specifically focused on the 1859 project. This activity not only included reorganizing the boxes of lead but also comparing the bits in boxes against the campaign OB. While the campaign did not witness a preponderance of cavalry, I did discover that the project could use more cavalry. Especially lacking are Austrian Uhlans. Of course, I have not begun to consider the French, yet!
Now, I am not particularly fond of Old Glory's cavalry for this period and many of the Austrian horsemen appear in the later 1866 uniforms so more Old Glory horse is unlikely. The Mirliton cavalry are quite nice and large while the Freikorps are smaller but still satisfactory. Based on a suggestion from another gamer, I may look into both Rank & File and Essex.
Another vendor of which I have seen no figures, is Lancashire Games. Lancashire offers a range for the 1859 campaign and I placed a small order to sample their wares. My order was shipped the day after ordering so the small package should be in my hands in about one week. Very quick turn-around and very friendly and helpful communications from the owner. Always exciting to receive figures from a new manufacturer, is it not? To me, certainly!
Digging through The Lead Pile prompted me to pull more figures for this project and queue them up. Besides a handful of artillery limbers, only a few foot battalions were added thus far in 2014. With this rummage through the lead, I feel motivated to return to the project. Opportunity knocks. Two battalions of Austrian infantry and three more Austrian limbers and teams are awaiting their turn at priming. With weather turning cold, I ought to begin thinking about laying in the primed lead for the winter. Cavalry should be in the queue too.