Work on the 1859 project continues. After a number of French line regiments marching off from the painting desk, a battalion of chasseurs are called up for action. This two stand unit of sixteen Old Glory figures musters out as the 10th Chasseur battalion.Examining the OBs for the short, 1859 campaign, often only the first brigade of each infantry division contained light troops. Seems odd that all light troops would be contained wholly within one of the two brigades in each division.
With a paper strength of 800 men per battalion, I mount them in two stands of eight figures each. Each stand or "half battalion" has the capability to operate either unified as one unit or independently as two units. Operating as two independent units, these tough, light troops will be helpful in taking or holding built up areas or rough terrain.
A second battalion of chasseurs is in work.