During the recently completed long series of Montebello 1859, I discovered a shortage of Austrian Grenz in the collection. To help remedy that shortfall, off the painting desk is the second battalion of the Austrian Grenz Regiment, Liccaner.In 1859, the kittel of Liccaner was identified by two yellow tabs on the collar. No cuff facing in the more informal and loose fitting kittel. Unlike the line regiments, the grenz regiments maintained black webbing vs white for the line.
Figures are Old Glory sculpts produced and sold through 19th Century Miniatures. While the Old Glory figures from their Franco-Austrian War range, are nicely sculpted, the figures have a tendency towards weak neck joins and under-poured swords. Fortunately, neither situation was an issue for these light infantry. No one lost his head during fielding and with luck, no one will.
In line at the painting desk are a number of 28mm units including an elephant stand for the Punic Wars project, two crossbow stands for the Reconquista project, and four stands of Assyrian missile troops. With weather getting very pleasant, more time has been spent out on the bike (yes!) and in the yard performing routine maintenance (meh). Will the good weather slow painting? Perhaps a little.