With about 6 inches of snow outside, these somewhat wintry pictures seemed appropriate to post.
Austrian cavalry Battery, 1809 - Perry Figures, 28mm
The assembly of the long, leather covered seat that the Kanoniers rode upon was difficult to figure out - in the end I did one right and one wrong!
It is surprising how few manufacturers do these iconic Austrian guns in 25/28mm.
Unlike most other nations, there were no uniform distinction for the gunners of the cavalry batteries as opposed to the "Foot" batteries"; of course, unlike other nations, the Austrians rode the long seats rather than being mounted on horses.
Top down view. The turned up Korsehut was worn by the artillery from about 1790 to 1798, and then again from 1803 - 1806., and officially again in 1811, changing in style with each iteration. The Bicorn, as worn by these troops, was in use from 1806, and from a practical standpoint, by most Austrian artillerymen until the end of the Napoleonic Wars
View from the back of the house yesterday AM; Let it snow!
I had these guys ready for the Austerlitz game (was it only 2 weeks ago?), but the cannons themselves were not quite completed. Here are the crew in "summertime".
Perry only sell their guns with their crew figures, which I find annoying. The Osprey shows 1800 gunners in a helmet with red crests and the brass plate bearing a cannon badge. Evidently this was worn from 1798 - 1803, if not universally. I don't think I have ever seen those figures done... so probably they are due to roll off Jon's painting table tomorrow, like the 1798 Jagers just did LOL!
I painted up the 2 extra figures as the members of the unskilled "Handlanger"Corps, with their attractive light blue facings. They will be assigned to assist the engineering and sapper department.
Note the famed "bricoles", ropes and leather parts used for dragging the artillery when unlimbered.