As has been well documented in this here blog that Garage Gaming Terry and his mad schemes for bigger and bigger battles resulted in the Wagram and Wagram II games earlier this year. The need for figures seemed all but insatiable and paint brushes were flying both locally and in off-shore paint shops.
The efforts of von Peter himself amounted to …
- rearranging the paint queue for Nigel F. – the official painter of figures Napoleonic Austrian to von Peter himself
- painting any required horses for any mounted Austrians that Nigel F. might paint
- basing the newly recruited Austrians.
Please see below for a photographic record of those Austrian troops newly raised for the game. And please remember that you can click the images for a larger and clearer view.
The figures for the Austrian Commander in Chief base have been in the unpigmented pile for literally decades. But no longer!
As has been mentioned in a prior post the trooper in blue behind his betters is from the Stabs-Dragoner. They along with the dismounted Stabs-Infanterie constituted the Stabs-Truppen. Their duties included protection and escort details for the general headquarters & staff and acting as headquarters gendarmes in the field. A disinterested greener walks by in the background.
The two single figures are for use as ADCs should there ever be a need. Otherwise they can stand in as commanders or just look pretty amongst the carnage on the simulated battlefield. One is an Adjutant, the other an officer from the Hessen-Homburg Hussars.
The additional units mean that the infantry portion of the reserve troops for von Peter’s Austrians is now in existence. Two battalions of grenadiers, a 12pdr position battery and of course their dashing and hopefully brave commander …
The reserve infantry commander looks the part trying to urge on the men. He has with him …
- his trusty adjutant
- a dismounted grenadier officer to aid the 1 to 1 scale humans in understanding that this commander commands the grenadiers
- a blue coated member of the Stabs-Infanterie. See the Army commander stand above for a description of their role. Even in 1813 he get to wear one of the old helmets.
Only one of the grenadier battalions is new. The first pictured has been around a while but since it was photographed along with the rest of the infantry of the reserve it seemed a shame not to include it. This battalion has a mounted general leading it.
The second battalion of grenadiers was new for the Wagram games. There is plenty of information available on the parent line units for each grenadier battalion and therefore what colour facings should be present. Somehow von Peter himself totally got the facings wrong for this battalion in his instructions to Nigel F. Mind boggling really. Fifty lashes for that man! What’s done is done. Sob! Not that it shows very well in the photograph but there are two different greens for the facings in the battalion.
Never go anywhere without your 12 pounder artillery … and now von Peter’s Austrians don’t need to. Like von Peter’s Prussian 12pdr battery a mounted officer overseas the workings of the heavy metal.
The efforts of von Peter himself in increasing his Napoleonic Austrian collection were very modest compared to some. But there was more. Nearly all of the in situ Austrian units were tidied up and refurbished. Thankfully little painting of figures was required but replacement flags were ordered and raised and the basing brought up to current standards.
Additionally additional Saxons were painted though not all were required in the end. They may have been in the later uniform but they were actual Saxons! 😃
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself