This project began as a means to satisfy my curiosity to purchase and paint a few Austrian battalions from Eureka's 18mm range. My original intention was not to produce a gameable collection. In the past, I had painted and fielded two SYW armies in 15mm using Old Glory figures. During a desire to field 15mm Russians Napoleonics quickly, I traded the collection away in exchange for Russians. I know, I know; I should have kept the SYW figures since they were painted to a higher quality than those Russians I received. Also, I wouldn't need to begin again from scratch. That is another story, though.
In an attempt to qualify the stages of this project and provide a bit of history, I pulled data from the Painting Log and constructed the following graphic.
In 2006, I purchased a few regiments of Austrians to field a small, "sample" contingent. At that time, I had no plan to turn this into a full-fledged project. In 2007, I continued fielding more Austrians. At some point, the draw to paint Prussian opposition overcame my original goal and a few Prussians were purchased and painted. In 2008 and 2009, my thinking likely switched from the notion of fielding a "simple collection" to "hey, why not build two forces to game with!"
2010 saw the Austrians add allied foot support and an escalation of the cavalry and artillery arms for both Austrian and Prussia. Another high output year occurred in 2011 seeing many new infantry regiments mustering out from their billets. Productivity dropped in 2012 and 2013 as other "more pressing" projects came to the fore.
Current strengths of the project are,
Infantry 37 bn 28 bn
Cavalry 44 sqn 50 sqn
Artillery 13 guns 13 guns
Now, on to some photos of the collection.
|Prussian Infantry, artillery, command|
|Austrian Infantry, artillery, command|
|Austrian Infantry and artillery|