Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Piedmontese Infantry - 1799

Staying with the 1799 focus, two battalions of Piedmontese infantry depart the painting desk.  During the 1799 campaign, two regiments or demi-brigades of Piedmontese saw service with the French.  The two battalions fielded in this tranche of figures are from the 1st Piedmontese.
Like the French 11th Hussars fielded immediately prior to these Piedmontese, these figures are Eureka Miniatures' 18mm 1806 Saxons pressed into service as Piedmontese for the 1799 campaign.  Fine looking sculpts, no?
Under the House of Savoy, the Piedmontese fought unsuccessfully against the French for four years (1792-1796).  Finally capitulating, the Piedmontese entered into a confederation with the French and fought alongside them in 1799.  The Piedmontese army was either parceled among the various French divisions for active operations or relegated to garrison duties.  When present, orders of battle typically show no more than one battalion of Piedmontese per French division.
Having produced several units for the 1799 project, the workbench will see something new in the painting blocks.

29 comments:

  1. They look like nice figures Jonathan, cracking painting!

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    1. Very pretty uniform colours as well as the painting!

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  2. Great additions, Jon. I am enjoying the growth of your 1799 project a lot. Is it just mu imagination, or do the features of the mounted officer faintly suggest those of Le Petit Caporal?

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    1. I am enjoying adding to the project too! One day, perhaps they will even see action on the table? As for the facial features of the the mounted officer, I had not noticed that but it certainly may be possible.

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  3. Fine Piedmontese battalions!

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  4. Useful addition - they can be used for both sides depending on which campaign you are looking at.

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    1. Useful indeed! These lads can fight from either side of the fence.

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  5. Great looking bicorne wearers, lovely paint job.
    Best Iain

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  6. A nice period and a beautiful painting Jonathan!

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  7. Productive as always Jonathan and well done as well!

    Christopher

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  8. Finally some time to catch up! Excellent work Jon.

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    1. Thanks, Jake! Glad you found time to stop by for a visit.

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    2. I had to take a slow train to Suwon. Plenty of time to catch up.

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    1. Mark, your support is always appreciated!

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  10. Great looking troops, Jonathan. Your collection for this period is growing very large.

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    1. Thank you, Dean! You are quite right. The project is growing but does it ever grow as fast as one wishes?

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  11. Outstanding work, Jonathan!! (are the Caçadores on the way...? ;) ) Cheers!

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    1. Thanks! No new Cacadores yet although I have one battalion already painted from years ago. Perhaps, you would like to see that one?

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