Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sardinian Bersaglieri for 1859 Project

Despite a few distractions, I made a conscious attempt to focus on the 15mm Risorgimento project following the 28mm Napoleonic blitz in the first quarter.

To continue that focus, up next is a twelve figure battalion of Sardinian Bersaglieri from Lancashire Games.  Great figures with nice detailing.  I quite like them!  For my rules, a light infantry battalion can operate in two, independent BMUs unlike the line infantry battalions which are based on a single stand and operate as one BMU.

 For 15's, these are big guys.  Compared to the Mirliton Bersaglieri, the Lancashire figures dwarf them.  If rating the figures on the Barrett Scale, I would say the Mirliton are 16M and the Lancashire are 17H.  The Lancashire Bersagilieri are large and chunky.  Still, on the gaming table, these differences will disappear and a welcome addition to the skirmishing capabilities of the Sardinian Army.

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  1. Nice! Your Sardinian Bersaglieri look very smart in appearance - I don't suppose this unit is your certain respects to the ACW Union "Iron Brigade" ;oP

    cheers,

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    1. The Bersaglieri were considered veteran formations with good training but tended to operate as light infantry formations and not as close-order infantry.

      Thanks for your comments!

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  2. Those look top notch. I have some Waterloo 1815 plastics that keep crying out for a paintbrush. What rules do you intend to use?

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    1. Thanks!
      I have only managed to get one game with the project in thus far. Given that, the rules used in that first game was a home-spun set based on the notions of Combat Effectiveness which was heavily influenced by Whitehouse's
      Old Trousers/Ironsides rules.

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  3. Looking good! It seems the Lancashire 15's run as (comparatively) large as their 28's!

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    1. Thanks!

      Most of the Lancashire figures have matched well with Old Glory and Mirliton. The Lancashire Bersagieri are, however, giants.

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  4. They look nice, no doubt...and I love this hat!

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  5. Nice work again, Jonathan. Always liked their feathered hats.

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    1. Thank you, Dean. Nothing says "sharp-dressed man" like a feathered hat!

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  6. These brave soon to be Italians are not the only ones with growing pains - what used to be 25s grew and became 28s - and in many cases those are nearing 30 mm now. I'm starting to be rather optimistic about actually painting "miniatures" when I'm 85 and blind as a bat :0) All joking aside, great addition to your project - I love this period as you know!

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    1. Thank you for insightful comments!

      Scale creep I can contend with but I do expect all figures within on manufacturers' range to be in the same scale and compatible with their range mates. These Bersglieri appear much larger than other Italian Wars figures within the same range. As I point more of the Lancashire miniatures, I will get a few more data points regarding scale creep,.

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  7. Really nice work yet again Jonathan.

    Christopher

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    1. I always appreciate your support, Christopher!

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