Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Austrian Expansions

My Austrians haven't been keeping pace with expansions to the Grande Armee, so it's time to rectify that disparity.

First up, I've painted eight more artillery for the Austrians. Six line 6 pounders and two 12 pounders bringing the total number of Austrian guns to 26. 


Bit of a closer look. Here's four 12 pounders, guns are Front Rank, crew are Perry.

Three of the six Cavalry or "Wurst" (sausage) guns. Perry figures. Four 6 pounders, two 7 inch howitzers.

Four of the sixteen line artillery. There's fourteen 6 pounders and two 7 inch howitzers. Crew are mostly Perry but a Front Rank Officer in each battery too.

500 more Austrian Line are also planned. Going with Victrix for these as there's a bit more variety  to keep things interesting and also options to make some skirmishers. 7 boxes worth! I've just finished assembling and spray undercoating the first 150 figures (almost 3 boxes worth)...

37 comments:

  1. Mark, I admire. You have a formidable army!

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  2. Very impressive collection of Austrian artillery Mark - beautifully painted too - I look forward to seeing how the guys in the last pic look when they have had their white uniforms applied!

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    1. Many thanks Ross, yes looking forward to the Victrix reinforcements being done too! :)

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  3. Wow! That is an awesome force Mark.

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    1. Cheers Rodger, it's getting there! :)

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  4. Good God, man! Fielding 26 Austrian guns in 28mm boggles my mind. Great work, as always, but how do you plan to field so many at one time? Your gaming table must be HUGE!

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    1. Cheers Jonathan, have 6 x 20 foot table or bigger planned :)

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  5. Looking good, Mark! It's nice to see such good looking figures in such quantity!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, and yes good to have quantity!

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  6. Now THAT is a boatload f Artillery, Mark. Donner und Blitzen indeed!
    150 more Austrian "White Menace' infantry is no small undertaking either, although I love the variety of facing colors in the Austrian Army.

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    1. Thank you Peter, yes will take while to get through the next lot!

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  7. Mark that's going to be one big table hope your back holds up leaning in and pushing the troops about
    How many cannon to a battery for you ??? As that's a lot of Austrian artilleryZ what rules are you mainly gearing up to?
    Did you undercoat in black or as the colour looks unusual in pic ???
    I'm interested in your painting white Austrians method
    I try to simplify cut up series and apart black and white as appropriate . Then army painter soft tone wash and white highlight cross belting etc then glue on black sections hats heads backpacks etc . I'm not sure it saves time but it feels somewhat easier and I emphasise the word somewhat ��������
    Peter

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    1. Thanks Peter! I use 2 cannons or 3-4 cannons per battery depending on size of game. Also 2 cannons to represent 2-4 batteries in brigade level gaming.

      See here for my own Austrian technique:
      http://chasseuracheval.blogspot.co.nz/2014/11/why-i-undercoat-austrians-black.html?fref=gc&dti=247145792126789

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  8. amazing work. I have some Austrian artillery in 15mm to do

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    1. Thank you and good luck with your own artillery!

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  9. Wow Mark - the White Menace continues to have ambitions on the French upstarts in the land of the long white cloud. Great to see!

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    1. Yes the forces of the Hapsburg Empire grow more confident, cheers :)

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  10. Gosh, you don't do things by half! Great looking artillery and I always like your austrian infantry. Out of interest as I will need to base my Napoleonic Artillery what sizes are your bases as they look a good size?
    Best Iain

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    1. Cheers Paul, the bases are 50mmx75mm. :)

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  11. Great work Mark, that is turning into a massive army. Will this next lot about do it for you, or might there be even more in the future?

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    1. Cheers Larence and we'll see! :) Might be a case for another expansion after this, though this will already let me do a lot of scenarios :)

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  12. Looking forward to seeing them in action shots from your tabletop! HUZZAH!

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  13. That is a massive expansion Mark. It will be a truly spectacular sight to see.

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    1. Thanks Mark, yes looking forward to it! :)

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