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I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Loads of Austrians and French horse artillery.

Another battalion of 28mm Austrian foot (Elite) painted up for the French Rev stuff. As mentioned previously 48 figures take a bit of getting through, but their done so I thought I'd get the pics on the blog. You can see that I took photographs of both battalions (though one was painted last year) just to prove that I didn't just re-photograph one battalion twice! as they have the same facings!

This battalion (along with the forthcoming Austrian foot artillery battery) should give them a reasonable force to deal with the French in battles to come.

The following are photographs of French horse artillery 1794-5, the drivers of which I've done in uniform and not in civilian dress as seems to be the general conclusion in this discussion on TMP here .I am of the opinion that as an Elite formation with an excellent reputation throughout these wars that these troops (especially given the fact that they pushed forward to engage the enemy) would not have dared rely on civilian contractors to get them out of tight situations at the last minute. The figures are from the Old Glory 'Napoleon in Egypt' range with the drivers given head swaps to fit in.
Eureka have just released these figures here with civilian drivers so if anyone wants these then here they are. Beautiful sculpting but rather expensive as I've discussed here before (didn't stop me buying a cavalry rgt) but if it's what you want then go for it.
The figures shown here were painted about a year ago before Eureka released theirs but even though the Eureka castings are much better, I still think I'd go for the Old Glory just because of the cost. Oh for a lottery win!
Enough rambling, here are the pictures:

As mentioned Austrian artillery next.
Cheers, Dave.


  1. Dave,
    These are beautiful figures, and its a shame the early campaigns arent given a better coverage by wargamers.
    Well done, Robbie

  2. Thanks Robbie, I agree but think the coverage of this period is getting better. However I think that most periods you can think of come under that category, seems a long time ago when we all had to convert the old Airfix figures to what we needed.
    I remember seeing the film Zulu and buying the Tarzan set for some native figures to represent Zulus and fighting them against British Napoleonics! Now people whinge if the buttons are painted the wrong color.

  3. Really very nice. May I ask, are the Austrians from the 30mm Elite Miniatures range?
    Best regards,

  4. Those are quite spiffy. Nice work!


  5. Great paintjob.
    Very nice!


  6. Dave I agree with your point re French Artillery drivers- French Train troops did exist under the Ancient Regeme. . As you say Horse Gunners were the elite of the Artillery - less affected by the Revolution in terms of quality decline than other branches.

    Oh Nice toys by the way Soon be time for another bash.

  7. Great looking Austrian lines of infantry, a wonderful work!!

  8. Cheers lads, yes the Austrians are Elite 30mm, fine for the infantry but their cavalry do stand out when put beside 'smaller' 28mm figures.
    P.S. My sons and I visited Prague about two years ago, it had just snowed and (even given that there was still a bit of work to be done after the communists went) was a beautiful city, well worth a visit.

  9. Very impressive, a superb collection.

  10. Thanks Pat, that Franco Prussian War game you participated in was the business!

  11. Youe paintjob was great and the fihures look awesome. But did an Austrian battalion carry both the yellow AND white flag?