Thursday, November 15, 2012

15mm 1859 Project Update

Good progress made on the 1859 project with both Austrian and Sardinian artillery, and Sardinian heavy cavalry being sent off the painting table.

First up, are six Austrian guns with crew.  Figures are Old Glory.  The headgear on the Old Glory artilleryman is different from both the Mirliton Austrian artillery uniform and the uniform information I have on the Austrian artillerymen in 1859.  I'm wondering if the Old Glory crew are wearing the 1866 style uniform?  Since the year (either 1859 or 1866) is unspecified on the Old Glory packaging, I'll claim these artillerymen are in the later 1866 style.   

Added to the Italians are two guns and crew

and twelve heavy cavalry from the Piedmonte Reale Regiment.

The Italian guns/crew and cavalry are Mirliton.  For horse and guns, I prefer the Mirliton figures over Old Glory but the Old Glory Italian infantry are quite nice and get the nod over Mirliton.  Now, I have only purchased the Mirliton advancing pose so my judgment may be premature.
  
Continuing the 1859 theme, two battalions (36 figures) of Old Glory Austrians are on the painting table.  These two battalions will muster out as IR59/3 and IR59/Grenadiers. The Old Glory Austrians range from good-to-excellent but some poses suffer from either an elongated neck or are prone to losing their heads.  Austrian officers are particularly susceptible to the latter affliction.

With refighting the battle of San Martino as a first goal for this project, time to take stock of my progress.  At San Martino, the Sardinians fielded, primarily, two divisions.  With the OB for the 2nd Division complete, one more division equivalent-sized force needs to be fielded.  Completing three more infantry regiments should be sufficient to field the complete Sardinian contingent.  Notice that I should have spent more thought on planning based on the San Martino OB before I began fielding painted units.  At San Martino, the 3rd and 5th divisions participated in the battle while I began by fielding the 2nd Division.

For the Austrians, I more closely followed the OB by concentrating on Benedek's 8th Corps.  The only remaining infantry units to field are three battalions from the 39th IR, two battalions of the 59th IR, and four, assorted 4th battalions.  Some of the Austrian regiments fielded less than their four battalions at the battle so I may have enough Austrians for the battle now.   

Each block represents either one battery, one squadron, or one battalion.      

1st Piedmontese DIV



4th Piedmontese DIV



1st BDE (Grantieri di Sardegna)



1st BDE (Regina)



1st Grenadier RGT




9th Line RGT




2nd Grenadier RGT




10th Line RGT




3rd Bersaglieri BN




7th Bersaglieri BN
















2nd BDE (Savoria)



2nd BDE (Savona)



1st Line RGT




15th Line RGT




2nd Line RGT




16th Line RGT




4th Bersaglieri BN




6th Bersaglieri BN
















8 lb Batteries




8 lb Batteries




16 lb Battery




Novara Light Horse




Alessandria Light Horse






















2nd Piedmontese DIV



5th Piedmontese DIV



1st BDE (Piedmonte)



1st BDE (Casale)



3rd Line RGT




11th Line RGT




4th Line RGT




12th Line RGT




9th Bersaglieri BN




8th Bersaglieri BN
















2nd BDE (Aosta)



2nd BDE (Acqui)



5th Line RGT




17th Line RGT




6th Line RGT




18th Line RGT




1st Bersaglieri BN




5th Bersaglieri BN
















8 lb Batteries




8 lb Batteries




16 lb Battery




16 lb Battery




Aosta Light Horse




Saluzzo Light Horse
















3rd Piedmontese DIV



Cavalry DIV




1st BDE (Cuneo)



1st BDE



7th Line RGT




Nizza Heavy Horse RGT




8th Line RGT




Savoia Heavy Horse RGT




10th Bersaglieri BN
















2nd BDE



2nd BDE (Pinerolo)



Piedmonte Reale Hv Horse




13th Line RGT




Genova Horse RGT




14th Line RGT










2nd Bersaglieri BN




8 lb Horse Batteries
















8 lb Batteries




Reserve Artillery




16 lb Battery




16 lb Batteries




Monferrato Light Horse




15cm Howitzer Battery




























Painted










Not Painted


































8th Corps: Benedek









1st DIV



2nd DIV



1st BDE




1st BDE




2nd BN, Kaiser Jager RGT




5th BN, Kaiser Jager RGT




7th Line IR




17th Line IR




6 lb Foot Battery




6 lb Foot Battery
















2nd BDE




2nd BDE




2nd BN, 4th Grenz RGT




3rd Jager BN




11th Line IR




39th Line IR




6 lb Horse Battery




6 lb Horse Battery
















Reserve Artillery




3rd BDE




1st Kaiser Hussar RGT




9th Jager BN










59th Line IR




Miscellaneous




6 lb Horse Battery




3rd Kaiser FJ Dragoon RGT










12th Haller Hussar RGT




4th BDE




1st Stadion Dragoon RGT




4th BN 9th IR




Artillery




4th BN 27th IR




37th Line RGT




4th BN 18th IR










4th BN 19th IR










6 lb Horse Battery

















2 comments:

  1. The cavalry are impressive. The long lances make them really stand out.

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    1. For these cavalry, I opted for piano wire over the soft metal lances that came with the Mirliton cavalry. I may try the Mirliton lances with a regiment of Austrian Uhlans that will be the next horse unit on the painting table. Appreciate the comment.

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