In an effort to get the 1799 project up to a gameable state, all combatants require an influx of artillery pieces. For the French, four guns were mustered earlier (see French guns). Now, the Austrians receive a start to their arsenal.
For the Austrians' two guns, one horse gun and one Grenz foot gun move off from the painting desk. All figures are AB Miniatures from the FRW range. The guns are nicely detailed as one expects from AB and the Grenz artillerymen are exquisite. I can envision adding a casquet-topped Grenz artilleryman to a regular gun crew to represent line infantry assisting the crew. That might make for an interesting vignette.
The Austrian horse gun is the distinctive 6-pdr having the wurst seat upon which the crew may ride. Again, terrific model. Going into this project, my thought was to field Austrian guns from my other Napoleonic collection. The Austrian guns in my main Napoleonic collection are all Old Glory from years ago. These AB models are so nice, I lean towards fielding an exclusive AB arsenal. Another order to Eureka is certainly in order.
Sticking with the 1799 artillery theme, next off the workbench will be Russian artillery for the project. What will I use for early Russian gunners? Stay tuned.