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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sardinian 1st Grenadier Regiment

In the May replay of the Battle of San Martino (see Battle San Martino Game 1), the battle scenario was expanded to bring into play the action to the west of San Martino.  In the battle expansion, the Sardinians attempted to put pressure on Benedek's Austrian Corps with an outflanking maneuver.  This western flanking action included maneuver and attack by Durando's 1st Sardinian Division.  Durando's division contained three brigades including two, four-battalion regiments of grenadiers.  Not having the full complement of eight grenadier battalions, two battalions of Garabaldi's Redshirts were pressed into service.  With Game 2 of the San Martino battle, all eight battalions of grenadiers will be present under arms.
Just in time for a second replay, two grenadier battalions answer the call to arms.  These two battalions will relieve the two battalions of Redshirts.  Each grenadier battalion is a dozen figures in strength and produced by Lancashire Games.  One battalion is in advancing pose while the second is in a pose I would classify as "march attack." 
The 1859 project continues to see activity on the painting desk.  In work are three Sardinian guns and crew, two battalions of Bersaglieri, and six mounted officers.  While the Bersaglieri are ready for duty (but not yet photographed), they are not needed for this battle.  The other reinforcements will not make it to the table in time for an appearance in a planned Game 2 but will come to the colors soon.

43 comments:

  1. Excellent work and just under the wire. Looking forward to the game.

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  2. The blue coated command really stand out and look rather wonderful.

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    1. The contrast between the blue officers' tunics and the light blue-grey greatcoat is pleasing.

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  3. Very nice work Jonathan - your steady output continues to amaze me!

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    1. Thanks, Keith! My output cannot stand-up to your buddy, Mark's output.

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  4. Great work Jonathan, and the flags really set the battalions off nicely.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence! The flags might be a little oversized but I can live with that.

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  5. Lovely looking Sardinians! Great looking command stand and flags!
    Best Iain

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  6. Two very nice poses by Lancashire Games. The need to paint ‘for the next battle’ is a good motivator.

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    1. The need to field troops for an upcoming game is a painting motivator, for sure! Thanks for the comment, Norm.

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  7. Great looking troops, Jonathan. I'm really digging the period: post-Napoleonic/19th C. era.

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    1. Thanks, Dean! It is a favorite period of mine too.

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  8. Lovely toys Jonathan...
    I am looking forward to seeing them in action.

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks, Aly! I look forward to seeing them action too.

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  9. Impressive. I’m not familiar with the 1859 Italian forces. Is there some distinguishing uniform feature for grenadiers?

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    1. The only distinction when wearing the greatcoat is the Pom-Pom color.

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  10. Great looking unit again Jonathan. What is the overall count of Sardinians now?

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    1. Thanks, Mark! Sardinian count to date is:
      Infantry: 624
      Cavalry: 84
      Artillery: 16 guns

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  11. Well done Jonathan, great looking addition!

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  12. Nothing like a dead line to produce results on the painting desk. Not that you need it with your amazingly steady output of painted units.
    Nice job on these guys😀

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    1. Thanks, Stew! Quite right. A gaming deadline is a good painting motivator. Even if my production continues at the same pace, game requirements provide a little more focus on finishing specific units.

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  13. A fine looking regiment Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  14. Tiny island to produce enough men for full regiments!

    Great work as ever sir.

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    1. Thanks! The Kingdom of Sardinia included much of Northern Italy too.

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  15. Great looking troops; on to the battlefield with them!

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  16. Great looking unit Johnathon,

    It reminds me of a old Austrian friend now passed, who had a beautiful painted Sardinian army for 1848. He had all of the figures sculpted, moulded and cast for his project, I must of painted several hundred for him. I wonder what happened to the molds.

    Cheers
    Matt
    French Wargame Holidays
    Mayenne, Pays de la Loire
    France
    "Walk the battlefield in the morning. Wargame it in the afternoon"©

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    1. Thanks, Matt!

      It would be interesting to find out what happened to the molds from the 1848 Sardinian army. Do you have any photos of them?

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