With a number of units for 28mm projects moving across the painting desk of late, time to mix it up by adding in two units of 18mm figures.To that end, two, thirteen figure battalions of Polish Legion infantry muster out from the painting desk. These 26 Poles are from AB Miniatures and are called up as the 1st Polish Legion. As expected, the AB Poles are finely sculpted. The blue faced yellow is a smart combination.
The 1st and 2nd Polish Legions saw action during the 1799 campaign and will add the proper troops if the Battle of Trebbia is tackled. At Trebbia the 1st Polish Legion is shown present with 2,800 men under arms (Duffy, Eagles Over the Alps) in Dabrowski's Division. The number of battalions is not specified but two battalions seems too few to count 2,800 muskets. Duffy lists the Poles as present at a few of the 1799 battles but not all. Perhaps, the Poles were used more for garrison or LoC duties? More research is needed on that end.Having cleared the game table of the many Montebello 1859 games, time to turn attention towards the planned Montebello 1800 game. While these Poles will not be needed for a planned recreation of Montebello, they will find much use in the project. After Montebello, fielding the troops for Trebbia is a good goal.