Saturday, December 31, 2016

Altes Jahr, neue österreichische Jäger

One last unit to march off the painting table for 2016, although there are a few others nearing completion. Here is the second of the two units of Austrian Jäger, This one just finished a few days ago. As the most senior, 1st battalion, they are perhaps the Meister Jägers!


When the Light Infantry battalions were disbanded in 1801, they were replaced by a regiment of Tyrolean Jägers. It was numbered #64, and designated as the Tiroler Jäger Regiment.The regiment's Inhaber was Marquis Chasteler, who was the military commander of the Tyrol region. When the Tyrol was lost after the debacle of 1805, it was re-designated the Jäger-Regiment Chasteler


The regiment initially was uniformed similarly to the earlier Light Infantry, wearing grey jackets and pants with green facings (collar cuffs, turnbacks, piping on shoulder straps), a helmet with  a green sausage roll crest, and black leather-work. They were armed at least partially with the 1798 pattern rifle.


In preparation with the anticipated renewal of hostilities with France, in 1808 the Jägers were reorganized into 9 divisions of 2 companies each, with each division to be expanded into a 6 company battalion when war approached. 


As far as I can tell, it was around 1806 that the familiar  Korsehut ( a round hat with a turned up brim) was adopted. This had a brass plate on the front bearing the battalion number, but evidently not all the hats were so equipped. Like the earlier unit, these are Old Glory figures; there are subtle differences between the previous unit and this one to make it easier to tell them apart -0 the basing, the color of the greatcoat rolls, etc. 


The uniform was again described as Pike Grey, which should probably be lighter and bluer than the shade that I have chosen, with the overcoats being a dark "mixed grey" color. Hornists had green shoulder wings with white edging and central medallions, and black mixed with yellow cords on the horn. Officer wore a cocked hat with a gold loop, which could be trimmed with gold lace as well. Officers were to be clean shaven, but mustaches were obligatory for the men. 

22 comments:

  1. Nay, not Meister Jagers, rather Jager Meisters!

    Can't believe you passed that pun up. ;-0

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    1. Well, I actually didn't, just made it more obliquely! :-)
      Have a Happy New Year, Joe!

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  2. Cracking job.One of my favourite troops. I will have to paint some for my project.

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    1. It is perhaps a bit amusing that we wargamers seem much more fond of the Jagers than the Austrian military was, judging by their small numbers!

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  3. Lovely work Peter, and they should pack a nice punch for the unwary.

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    1. Thanks, Lawrence. Yep, they be happy to sucker-punch some unsuspecting French!

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  4. Great looking jagers, very nicely finished, last of 2016 then?
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. Yes, last painted unit to be completed in 2016; a pair of British Hussar Regiments are about 2/3 done.

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  5. Happy New Year, Peter. Next to a big batch of light cavalry, the Austrian Jagers are my favorite figures.

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    1. Happy New Year, Tim. The Jagers are popular among wargamers it seems, despite their subdued uniforms!

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  6. Outstanding unit and historical overview as always. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Jake. Glad you enjoyed both!

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  7. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too.
    Best wishes for 2017,
    Jeremy

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  8. THese Austrian Jâgers are superb, congrats...and Happy New Year!

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    1. You are perhaps overly kind, Phil, but I was happy with how they came out!

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  9. The Tyrolean/chasteler jager make a nice unit to dd to an Austrian army. My own are Minifigs, but, having raised a 24-fgure unit, I subsequently acquired 18 more second hand. These became, with a darker grey uniform and red facings, one of the freiwilliger or freikorps jager outfits of 1809.

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    1. With these OG Jagers on board, I too nopw have some surplus old Minifigs Jagers, and my idea was the same, change the facings to red as a militia/volunteer outfit!

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