Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Austrian Grenz Liccaner, 1859

During the recently completed long series of Montebello 1859, I discovered a shortage of Austrian Grenz in the collection.  To help remedy that shortfall, off the painting desk is the second battalion of the Austrian Grenz Regiment, Liccaner.  
In 1859, the kittel of Liccaner was identified by two yellow tabs on the collar.  No cuff facing in the more informal and loose fitting kittel.  Unlike the line regiments, the grenz regiments maintained black webbing vs white for the line. 
Figures are Old Glory sculpts produced and sold through 19th Century Miniatures.  While the Old Glory figures from their Franco-Austrian War range, are nicely sculpted, the figures have a tendency towards weak neck joins and under-poured swords.  Fortunately, neither situation was an issue for these light infantry.  No one lost his head during fielding and with luck, no one will.
In line at the painting desk are a number of 28mm units including an elephant stand for the Punic Wars project, two crossbow stands for the Reconquista project, and four stands of Assyrian missile troops.  With weather getting very pleasant, more time has been spent out on the bike (yes!) and in the yard performing routine maintenance (meh).  Will the good weather slow painting?  Perhaps a little.  

23 comments:

  1. Nice animation, enough to look right.

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    1. Thanks, Norm. If you are familiar with Old Glory figures, variety and animated posing is de rigueur.

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  2. nice job........hot and sunny here too and conflicting priorities abound !

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    1. Thank you! Looks like fair weather has finally arrived, at least for now. Always enjoy putting in the miles on the bike when the weather is decent.

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  3. Very nicely done, waiting for Assyrian missile troops now!

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    1. Much appreciated, Phil! A few units are ahead of the Assyrian in the painting queue but they will muster out soon. No interest in seeing the elephant?

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  4. Always liked the look of the Austrian army of 1859, and these deliver: nicely done!

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    1. Ed, I am fond of Austrian armies through time too. The army of 1859 is no different. Glad you like them!

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  5. Another nice addition to your growing white menace. I am interested to see how the elephant turns out.

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    1. Thanks! The White Menace has not been very menacing on the battlefield of late. I need to work on that.

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    2. As I said before, the Austrians are the Chicago Cubs of history. You really root for them, but know that victory might not be in the cards. It makes their wins all the sweeter.

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  6. Lovely Austrians! I want to see the elephant!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you, Iain! Elephant plodding off the painting desk soon.

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  7. I have often been heard to say that "you can never have enough Austrians and Russians". Great job Jonathan. No chance of good weather delaying painting here - varying between cold and fine and cold and wet...perfect weather to huddle around a painting lamp.

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    1. Having recently played a Mexican-American War game, "Mexicans" should be added to your list of "you can never have enough" troops. Still awaiting a victory by the Mexicans after years of trying...

      Inclement weather is an ideal excuse for spending long painting sessions at the workbench.

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  8. I do love me some Grenz, and these are mighty fine, Jon!

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