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I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Re-furbished Austrian artillery battery cir 1794

I'm posting this today sitting straight and very carefully in front of the computer with a well iffy back. The rest of the lads at the club are having a fun time playing out an AWI 28mm game while I am stuck here, not that I'm envious or anything but what a bunch of bastards!
Never mind let's make the best of a bad situation and post photographs of a battery of French Revolutionary period Austrian 4pdr guns that I have re-furbish lately. I needed to do this as basically I had bollocked the original modelling/painting job up a couple of years ago.

As you can see top picture the guns themselves are wrong, I didn't have the correct ones at the time so used whatever was lying around in my spares box, and though nicely painted (if I may say so myself) the limber riders should always have a much greyer uniform whatever part of the Napoleonic/Revolutionary period they are being portrayed as being from but also in the Rev part they had round brimmed hats and not the turned up type shown.
So, after receiving new artillery pieces from Eureka (along with a lot of other stuff, but more of that later), out with the modelling knife, the 'green stuff' and a watered down black wash and hey presto:

A fairly easy fix to be honest but enjoyable non the less. I am now mid way through painting up 16 Grenzers on skirmish stands so that the battalion in line can be 'broken down into that formation. May get them done next week, back permitting that is!


  1. The guns look great, but what happened to your back?

  2. They look great. I've got some rebasing to do with my Austrians as well, e.g. limber riders 🤨

    I share you pain with your bad back. Mine is always playing up 24/7 but I get used to it although it stops me doing too much.

  3. What happened was, pride that's what happened, me ignoring the fact that I'm 56. A 56 year old dumb ass, that's what! Yep those young guys are lifting stuff, they even said don't lift it boss but nooo not me, had to prove I could still do it. Like I said, dumb ass.

  4. Sorry to hear about the back, but excellent work on these!

  5. Great Looking artillery Dave. Hope the back is better soon

  6. Fine work on your Austrian artillery, especially the limber riders’ headgear. I hope your back is on the mend!

  7. Very nice refurbish, Dave. Good to see them getting some TLC.

  8. As others have posted, that refurbishment has worked very well. Nicely done!

  9. lovely mate,

    I do enjoy painting Austrians!