Two more Austrian infantry battalions for the 1799 Project muster out from the painting desk. These 2 x 13 figure battalions are called up as IR#16 Terzi. Seeing action during the 1799 campaign, these violet-faced battalions will add some color to The White Menace. Figures are AB Miniatures.
While a number of units are making their way through the painting queue for the 1799 project, I have been thinking about turning the project clock back two years and having the collection see action in the earlier Northern Italian campaigns of 1796-1797. At the top of my list of battles to refight is Rivoli in 1797.
Without the presence of Russians, more Austrians will need to find their way into the painting queue if Rivoli is, indeed, chosen. While I could field both French and Austrians in their 1809 uniforms to reduce the need to paint, that is not my nature. For a proper Rivoli, I want French in bicorne and most of the Austrians in casquet. Yeah, that is what I want!
My 2018 Project Plan included a major battle for this project in fourth quarter. That provides plenty of time to produce the needed figures for the Rivoli OB. With such a unique geographical situation, custom terrain would enhance the appearance of the game. Having always kept to the notion of using generic, modular, and multipurpose terrain, a one-off terrain piece may be more than I want to tackle. Recreating the steep and narrow Adige Valley and the Rivoli Plateau would be cool, though.