Friday, June 11, 2021

Victrix Austrian (& Hungarian) Grenadiers - WIP

Although I don't intend to build up an actual Napoleonic Austrian army, I always liked the look of their grenadiers - particularly their odd-shaped bearskins and also the Hungarians in their sky-blue breeches with yellow/black piping. Couldn't pass up a box of the Victrix plastics and was able to break them down into two 24-man battalions - one each German and Hungarian - with a few spare figures for skirmishing. The set also comes with two mounted officers as well; quite a bargain box, IMO. Here they are with a fresh coat of Minwax stain.

The bearskins are nicely sculpted, as are their ammo pouches' brass emblems. I used a hobby knife to convert the round German cuffs to pointed ones and scraping away the gaiters as well for the Hungarians.
They were base coated white and then block painted. I did add a quick dry-brush to highlight the bearskins, and gaiters on the Germans.
The "knots" on the Hungarians' breeches were painted for effect rather than accuracy. Also, the stripes on the sides of the breeches are only yellow - instead of the actual yellow and black. I thought the two colors would look too "busy" - and also didn't want to go to too much trouble.
I initially thought of using these grenadiers in a small game based upon them facing the the Young Guard led by General Rapp at Essling. However, they could also be used as part of the Grande Armée or allied with the Russians in the 1813 Campaign.

Anyway, just waiting for my buddy to let me know when his Imjin War ships are ready so we can get a game in. I also signed up for our annual convention, Enfilade. It's usually held during Memorial Day weekend, but was rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. Well, so much for now - thanks for stopping by and wishing you all the best.

24 comments:

  1. Impressive and super Austrians/Hungarians Dean!

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    1. Thank you very much, Phil! Warmest regards, Dean

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  2. Wooooow! That's looking great Dean!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michal. Kindest regards, Dean

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  3. Great work Dean ! They look great so far.
    Greetings

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    1. Thanks, Mario! The down and dirty Minwax stain really speeds up the process. Kindest regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Mike! Best regards, Dean

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  5. A major and worthwhile effort Dean - they look very smart. Well, two battalions down - you might as well keep going.

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    1. Thanks! Lol! Yes, the Austrians did have a big battalions! Best regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Alexey! I plan only to highlight their flesh and the facings - maybe go over the cross straps with white too. Warmest regards, Dean

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  7. Lovely as ever ….. and in good numbers too.

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    1. Thanks, Norm. I really like the amount of figures in Victrix Napoleonic boxes - enough for two 24-man units. Warmest regards, Dean

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  8. Brilliant as ever Dean. Particularly impressed with those bearskin bags.
    Regards, James

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    1. Thanks so much, James. The bags have raised sculpting so helped with the painting - although I have some sources which have the white lines zigzagging. Warmest regards, Dean

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  9. Nice work on these Austrian grenadiers Dean...look forward to seeing them finished and based.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Keith. I was happy to see the stain worked well enough on the white base coating - sped up the process a lot. Warmest regards, Dean

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  10. Loving those Dean, yet to pick up Victrix Austrians but on the list that is for sure!

    cheers
    Matt

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    1. Thanks a lot, Matt. Great figures as expected. The plastic seems a lot sturdier than the earlier French and British sets. Warmest regards ,Dean

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  11. Great looking Austrian grenadiers ! I've got a box of them to do in amongst my white horde!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. A great set by Victrix. Kindest regards, Dean

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  12. Great job, wonderful miniatures!

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    1. Thanks, Sergey! Appreciate the visit and kind comments. Warmest regards, Dean

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