Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Austrian Uhlans - Perry 28mm

Austrian 1st Uhlans. These models are another relatively new release from Perry Miniatures.

I love the Austrian 1st Uhlan uniform. The yellow Czapka is really distinctive and definitely one of my favourite uniforms.

Flag pennants from Aldopho Ramos, though I had to lighten up the yellow with highlights as it was quite dark.

The cords also had a very fine black hatching in real life, but given scale of figures and typical viewing difference (and consideration of my sanity!), I decided that trying to represent this detail effectively would be more time and trouble than it was worth.

Perry also released an Austrian Uhlan variant with falling plume that I didn't know existed. Great to see these ranges being filled out with these variations.

That's the last of the Austrian reinforcements for the moment but longer term more are planned. On to some Young Guard and some more French Allies next.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Austrian Jagers - Perry 28mm

More Austrians, some Jagers at last. A relatively recent release from Perry that I had been waiting for since starting the Austrians. Based up as skirmishers with three to a base, and will probably be used as two units most of the time.

These are great sculpts with plenty of action and variety. Six different rank and file, and six different command. Quite a dark uniform with the black webbing, but on the plus side that means it is quick to paint - not that this matters much when you need so few of them...

There seems to be some debate as to the shade of grey of the uniform, with a 'Pike Grey' mentioned. In plates and photos you see everything from quite a dark grey to a very light blue grey. I used a medium-light blue-grey. I thought afterwards I could have used something a bit more blue and a bit lighter. But my wife asked why they were blue when she saw them (having seen lots of white coats flowing off the desk with the Austrians), without me having said anything about them, which made up my mind that the grey was blue enough. :)

Edit: Thanks to someone on TMP who pointed out that the Officer sashes should be yellow rather than white, they have been corrected!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Austrian Hungarian Infantry - 28mm Perry

Reinforcements for the Austrians. Two regiments with 36 Hungarian infantry each. I think that up to about a quarter of Austrian Line was Hungarian at times, so about time I added a few!

These are Perry Miniatures Hungarians. Nice sculpts, though not the variety of pose some other packs have. There are six different head sculpts for the rank and file but same posture otherwise. A bit disappointing perhaps, though arms folded across the chest is actually pretty helpful in cutting down the amount of painting of straps and so on - I like this pose!

I added a mounted Hungarian Officer to this unit to provide a bit more variety, and the Hungarian Infantry command pack has six variants which add some further interest.

Once again, similar to the Grenz I complained about previously, I did battle with Hungarian trousers! However it went quicker this time. Painting a yellow clover, then with a toothpick dotting in the 3 black circles, and black lining. With fine braiding like this you need to do it in a way that is stylised to look good in 28mm. Thankfully the Perry castings are done with this braid in sharp relief to assist painting. 

I also used the toothpick black dot technique for the rosette on the shako, and realised I need to go back and do this to hundreds of previous line infantry at some stage.... at least it is a quick and easy to do technique!

And here's the next regiment, with pink facings.

Glad to have this lot done! Some Austrian Jager and Uhlans will be up over the next few days.