Napoleonic Austrian Army - 1/72 Scale Plastic (Hobby Post)
This is the third of my Napoleonic Army blog posts. Eventually there will be seven of them covering many of the major participants.
Regular readers may want to skip down to the pictures as the initial verbiage has been copied across from one post to another as it applies pretty much the same to all posts.
Originally I had planned to properly finish basing all units, add all flags and photograph the units nicely set out individually before doing this series of blog articles.
(ie Like how I did my 1/72 ACW armies: ACW Union & Confederate 1/72 scale armies )
However given the likely glacial pace that this would have occurred at I thought it best to show you them as they are now and maybe revamp things at a later date. So even whilst lacking close-up pics of individual units you may at least get some ideas on army composition, basing and storage until that revamp.
I house my armies mainly in plastic DIY storage boxes (see above) that I bought and converted many years ago. That involved breaking down multiple boxes into their components and reassembling them just using the larger draws. The smaller draws I sold off or kept for storing bits and pieces.
I haven't added many new figures released in the past few years to my armies hence the relative lack of Strelets units for example. But If I was starting from scratch now they would certainly feature much more heavily.
Many of the troops I had painted for me by Simon Bennison of Painted Napoleonic Armies. I also did a few myself and did all textured basing and conversions myself as well.
If you fancy having a go at painting your own figures you may be interested in another of my blog posts on Painting plastic figures
And if you need paints the ones used on the figures pictured below are Vallejo Game Color water based acrylics
Generally I do a lot more painting, converting and collecting than I do gaming due to time constraints mainly and hopefully this will change in the years to come. I used the excellent Fire & Fury rules for my ACW battles and based my Napoleonics in the same sort of fashion. Black Powder has since arrived on the scene and I may look at using those rules as well or instead.
My infantry and cavalry units are 6 stands strong with usually 6 infantry and 2 cavalry per stand. I use the excellent low profile Victrix 40mm square plastic bases for them and plastic card sheets cut to 60mm x 40mm for artillery.
I did try to limit myself to allowing only 2 storage boxes per army and more or less succeeded - apart from for these Austrians and the French (which I will blog about in due course). For the Austrians I wanted both shako and helmet wearing troops plus units of Landwehr & Grenz hence the extra storage box was required.
The aim was to try and keep the armies a manageable size on the tabletop and also even in this hobby you do have occasional moments of discipline / sanity where you try hard to keep yourself under control in terms of time, money and space.
The first batch of pictures below show my infantry units from storage box #1.
Above: Grenadiers. HaT figures mainly with some Italeri mounted officers. A few conversions in there too.
Above: Line Infantry in Shakos. HaT figures. Note the Airfix French disorder marker pressed into Austrian service in middle compartment.
Above: Grenz Infantry. HaT figures.
Above: Landwehr. HaT figures.
Above: Jaeger & Grenz troops to the left awaiting proper basing as skirmishers. A unit of Hungarian line infantry is to the right. HaT figures.
Above: Line infantry in helmets. Italeri figures with markers from HaT & Airfix as well.
Above: Box #2 Containing infantry overspill, cavalry and ammo wagons.
Above: Last of the infantry. More HaT in shakos. HaT have more Austrian releases scheduled so I shall take a keen interest in them when released. The Strelets Austrian sets are also well worth considering. Back when I was looking at assembling troops it was not so easy to get sets with just the poses you wanted - usually marching in my case - so I used to buy multiple boxes and auction off the rest on ebay.
Above: Cuirassiers & Chevauxleger. HaT figures.
Above: Uhlans. Zvezda figures. Like many of my troops they are still on their temporary card painting bases. The Victrix 40mm plastic bases in the central compartment of the tray await them when I get the chance.
Above: Hussars. Airfix British Hussar horses with Italeri French Hussar riders. These and the Uhlans need to be combined to fit into just one tray eventually.
Above: Various spares awaiting their fate.
Above: HaT artillery ammunition caissons. I bought these as part of a collection. Riders have converted heads some of which have come off and need repair.
Above: Storage box #3. Naughty really to have allowed myself to have 3 boxes of Austrians rather than the customary 2. But they were Napoleon's longest standing enemy and I rather like the 1/72 Austrian Army.
Above: Foot Artillery. Revell SYW guns, horses and limbers with HaT crews. Awaiting rebasing on the larger 60x40mm black plastic card pieces.
Above: More Foot Artillery. Revell SYW guns, horses and limbers with HaT crews. Note top left these are on the larger bases.
Above: Some horse artillery including some conversions I made top right and some I purchased on the triangles.
Above: Heavier Calibre Artillery. HaT crews.
Above: Various spares, ammo wagon and artillery drivers.
Above: Commanders awaiting rebasing and their orders.
Well that's about it for the Austrians. Next up are the Prussians so check back soon.
If you fancy having a go at building some of your own Napoleonic Austrian units here's a link to the relevant sets in my webstore: Napoleonic Austrians 1/72 scale
Thanks for taking an interest.
Rupert - Drum & Flag
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