2019's Iron ESR Army is... Austria
I figured I would take David's new forum out for a spin and document progress building my Austrian Army.
My Austrians are probably the oldest figures I own. Some going back to the early 1980's. They are based 1/60 scale for 'From Valmy to Waterloo'. Probably the most detailed set ever created. A nice set long out of print that you need to live so you can remember all the rules. Since I've finished my Prussian, Saxon, Bavarian and a large part of my French army, it's now time to start my Austrians.
FIGURES, BASING, ETC.
I use Heroics & ROS (H&R) 6mm figures for my Napoleonics. Now, if I was starting today I would be all over the ESR boxed sets. I've seen and gamed with them at Fall In 2018. My newer armies for other periods are mainly 10's but I just don't feel like getting rid of thousands of painted figures. I know that's not very wargamer like of me but so be it! 😀
My bases are pretty much standard ESR. 30mm x 20mm.
- Infantry are mainly 3 ranks of infantry figures at 24 figures per base/battalion.
- Cavalry are 5 figures per base. I usually build the required number of squadrons.
- Artillery are one cannon and 3 figures=3pdr (light) battery, 4 figures=6pdr (medium) battery, 4 figures & mounted officer=horse or fast foot battery & 5 figures=12pdr(heavy) battery.
Even though I'm starting with some already painted figures, the amount is really very small so most everything will be a new build.
Next, I'll post about how I go about deciding what & how much to build along with the current status of painting. Not sure if I'll post again until after Cold Wars so everyone have a safe trip to Lancaster and I'll be the one wearing the old California Golden Seals jersey on Friday.
Here's the layout for my Austrian Army. This will allow me to build at least 2+ Corps & 1 Reserve Division. I should be able to field a good size army for any 1809+ campaign.
I just finished a Curassier regiment and 13 reformation area last weekend. In the next day or two I'll post some pictures. I have the complete III Corps from early 1809 complete except for 6 hussar stands. (Patiently waiting for re-enforcements to arrive via USPS)
One last item, most of my German Line Infantry will be in shakos with only a few in helmets. I read someplace in the last 6 months that some recent research showed that more german infantry units wore shakos then is commonly thought of. Unfortunately I can't find that information anymore and don't remember the web site. Also, I play mainly 1812+ so that works for me.
If you have any questions, feel free to reply.
|Total units by type||1809||1813||1812||Total to Complete||Done|
|Sappers (Half Stands)||6|
|Infantry, German Line||45||48||2||60||24|
|Infantry, Hungarian Line||10||12|
|Infantry, Erzherzog Karl Legion||4||4||4|
|Infantry, Moravian Freiwilliger||2||2|
|Infantry, Grenadiers||12||8||2||12 or 16|
|Artillery, 3pdr foot||3||2||4||4|
|Artillery, 6pdr foot||20||13||3||27||27|
|Artillery, 6pdr Horse||6||6||10||10|
|Artillery, 12pdr Foot||5||6||10||10|