The "300 Austrians" project has seen a lot of Line infantry battalions raised for the Kaiserlick cause, so it was time to paint up one of the Grenadier battalions.
Historically, each grenadier battalion was made up of 6 (or sometimes only 4) Grenadier companies, each regiment in the army contributing 2 companies, so most such battalions would have a mix of 3 different facing colors. Messy, messy, messy!
Therefore, my Grenadier battalions are ahistorically uniform in terms of facing and button colors... in this case, Pompadour.
. I used Delta Ceramcoat "Dusty Mauve for the facings, and they have the pewter buttons of I.R. # 53, Jellacic, recruited in Croatia.
Now, properly the battalion should be carrying a spare yellow Ordinarfahne of the senior regiment contributing companies to the battalion (these flags pretty much all look the same regardless of regiment anyway.) The only time the Grenadiers carried the white flags was briefly in 1805 during the Mack reforms, when the Grenadiers were returned to their parent regiments,
During that time, the infantry regiments were reorganized to have three,. 4 company battalions, with the Grenadiers being the first 2 companies of the Leib Battalion. Well, at least "the unfortunate General Mack" had one good idea! I have always liked the look of the Grenadiers (only) carrying the white flags, so history be damned! In this Kaiser's army, that's how it is done.
Whether you agree or disagree, the beautiful white Leibfahne seen here is by Adolfo Ramos.