I wanted my Austrians in white, and so I decided to capture the natty look of the 1850-59 Austrian army (above). These pictures are all from the New York Public Library Vinkhuijzen Collection of Military Uniforms (a resource that you must visit if you haven't already). Naturally, I couldn't just acquire Austrian infantry....
...Instead, I went back to the Perry British Intervention Force line of figures, specifically the BIF 7 and 8, British Line Infantry Marching in 1855 Shakos--which seem to me to be an excellent all purpose figure that could be used for any number of the mid-century forces. These figures fit in well with my other conversions, particularly the Austrian Grenadiers and the Honved Grenzers--the latter I will probably now switch over to Austrians, given that they are also Perrys. (Which means my Austrian Grenzers will move over to the Hungarians, since they are Steve Barber figs that will fit in with my Steve Barber Honved infantry). But back to the current topic, the Austrian infantry. They look the part of Austrians, to my eye.
I cannot take credit for anything other than the basing and a bit of touch up (finicky creatures that we all are). These figures I had painted for me by the superb Brush Too Far painting service, and a wonderful job they did, too! I'm very pleased at how they came out.
When I get a chance, I'll do a "pass in review" post for my Austrians, as I have for my Prussians and Danes. In other news, I've recently heard from Steve that more of the Hungarian/Honved figures will be coming out soon. With luck, I'll be able to complete my Honved force soon!
We now return to our normally scheduled programming. I have a game coming up this Friday, and if things don't get too involved, there should be some Napoleonic eye candy coming in the near future.