After seeing few new recruits for the 1799 project muster off the desk since mid-summer and with thoughts of gaming Montebello in my head, painting returns to the 1799 project. Off the painting desk, this time, are 26 18mm AB figures to muster two battalions.
Having examined Orders of Battle for the Battle of Montebello in 1800, I found Austrian light infantry and grenz were needed. So, what do I put into the painting queue? Two battalions of French Ligne infantry destined for the 100th Demi-Brigade (regiment). Yeah, I know.
While I could have pulled Austrian grenz and light infantry from my 1809 Napoleonic project, I really wanted to field the early light infantry and grenz. A bit picky but I did want the earlier uniform representation and AB figures. Anyway, one can always use more French ligne, right? I thought so.
With the 1800 battle of Montebello delayed until I can field the missing links, progress is being made on the 1859 version of the battle. The terrain has been placed to cover the scope of both the 1800 and 1859 battles. While both battles included the town of Montebello, the 1800 battle featured Montebello as a western French objective and the 1859 battle featured Montebello as an eastern French objective. The battlefield expansion to include both battles, opens up the scope of each. Possibly confusing now but all will be made more clear when the battlefield is displayed.
For now, back to the painting desk. A few units are in queue and awaiting their turn in the photo booth too.