Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Typisch Grenadier Battalion

As promised here is the second and final unit of Austrian grenadiers for my Napoleonic army.  

All lined up.
I still have my doubts about the accuracy of the uniform as depicted in these sculpts.
It looks more French grenadier to me.

But I am sure they will do the job.

All kited out.


  1. I hate to say this but they look like 1806-09 Saxons to me.

    1. That maybe, but here is the manufacturer's reference:

      Old Glory do have a different pack that looks more the thing:

      At least they are done now. My intention had been to use ABs, but I came into some of these figures second hand so wanted to make the most of them.

  2. Great painting as ever Mark.
    The uniform looks right to me, but its the above-the-knee gaiters that are strange. Paint them out and you'll change the look, I'd say.
    Regards, James

    1. Thanks James. Early war they seemed to be wearing their gaiters high based on my limited research, but look closely at the cut of the officers'uniforms. Also absence of oak leaves. And then there is the bag on the hats which seems a bit floppy.

    2. That's interesting/amusing timing. I have just begun to undercoat my early Austrians in kasketts (for the Italian campaign 1796–97, Austro-Turkish War 1788–1791 and likely, eventually earlier French revolutionary war period). I'd not begun to consider the uniform details until now and have noticed the knee-high gaiters, :).
      I'm not sure the oak-leaf (or other) would have been added/remained in place always, even though Rawkins states that "by 1795 it had become the fashion to wear the Feldzeichen at all times". Heaps of drawings and paintings, including those of Ottenfeld reproduced in Rawkins' book show head-gear without it and with the cockade only.
      I hadn't looked closely at the officer. He's a little difficult to make out (even wit the photo zoomed), but I think I can see what you are getting at; the epaulettes (what?!) and the waistcoat.
      Yes, the bearskin bag does look strange. Quite Saxon, as Drew mentions.
      Still, at the scale and with all their mates around no-one will notice!!