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Monday, August 12, 2019

1859 Sardinian Artillery

When the current San Martino battle was expanded to include the western approaches, Durando's Sardinian Division was forced to press two French batteries into service.  Following the first battle session, three Sardinian batteries hit the painting desk to alleviate the situation.  The plan was to paint and field these guns before the second gaming session to replace the French guns.  With the second session still on hold until schedules align, the Sardinian guns roll off the painting desk in time to see service.     
Off the painting desk today are three Sardinian guns and crew from Mirliton Miniatures.  For artillery for the 1859 project, Mirliton guns and crew are my favorites.  While Mirliton make artillery for the Sardinian and Austrian armies, no such artillery is provided for the French. In fact, no French are present in Mirliton's 15mm line up for this range.  Perhaps one day, Mirliton will add French to their excellent 15mm Italian War of Independence range?

33 comments:

  1. Three good looking artillery units, and it is always nice to not having to press gang other units into games.

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    1. Thank you! It is good to have the correct units but I let the few French batteries continue in the second part of the San Martino fight since pulling them out mid-battle seemed unfair...

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  2. Lovely units and interesting to see as Bruce Weigle will be running San Martino at Colours wargames show this year:)

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    1. Thank you, Steve! Do take photos of Weigle's game if you get the opportunity. His 6mm battles are truly works of art.

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  3. I like the ‘campaign’ look of the gun barrels.

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    1. Simply done by black undercoat, bronze, and then dip!

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  4. Not a period I've gamed, but I share your fondness for Mirilton figures, they always are top notch.

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    1. Mirliton's 15mm cavalry for the Italian War of Independence are my favorites.

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  5. Lovely looking artillery battery! Always nice to have the correct unit!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain! Yes, having the correct figure is always preferred.

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  6. Nice work Jonathan! They look great 👍🏻

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  7. Very nice work, and Mirliton is another manufacturer I have yet to sample.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence! Mirliton has early Romans and Etruscans in 15mm that might interest you.

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    2. Thanks Jonathan, I'll head on over for a proper look.

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  8. Nice work. I missed the impressed French gun batteries amidst the grey wave of figures flowing at me across the board.

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    1. Thank you! One of the French batteries was on the road the Sardinian right deployed near the lake. You sent them packing by charging those guns.

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  9. Going Great Guns Jonathan!!! Literally!!!

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  10. Very nice artillery units Jonathan. I have a few 25mm Mirlton figures for War of 1812......mounted British rocket troopers. Very nice range of figures....I have several times considered buying one or other of their group scenarios ...Medieval banquet etc.

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    1. Thanks, Keith! Mirliton offer many good ranges of figures. While they offer French for the Franco-Austrian War in 28mm, no French are available for their 15mm Franco-Austrian War. I would really enjoy seeing French cavalry for this conflict.

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  11. No major formation is complete until you add the artillery; nicely done!

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    1. Hi Ed. The Sardinians already fielded a dozen guns but needed three more for this battle. They are set now!

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  12. A very businesslike battery Jonathan...
    Mirliton are not a company I really look at that often... I must pop over and check things out...

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks, Aly! I like the Mirliton figures for this range especially. Give them a look!

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  13. Yes they are great looking but should they really replace some battle tested and true French guns? Newly painted miniatures are notorious for rolling poorly, you might be endangering chances for victory. Perhaps a roll off is in order? Which can score the most hits is the winner. 😀

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    1. In part two of the San Martino battle, the French guns did not serve me well. One battery narrowly avoided being overrun in an infantry assault. I will take my chances with this trio of Sardinian batteries next time.

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    1. Thank you, Sir! Have you recovered from Historicon?

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