In this, the first substantive post of the new year, dear readers, we hearken back to a project I reported on in my last, pre-holiday post. This project was actually completed in the days before the Yule, so these units may henceforth be nicknamed my "Christmas Infantry." These round out my Hungarian Infantry contingent for my Chocolate Box Wars project: as a matter of fact, all I need now are some command figures and artillery and my Hungarians will be complete. In the meantime, here is a study of the painted figures.
As described in my previous post, this project involved the creation of three units. The 24th (White Cap) battalion (represented twice: one in kepi and one in fur cap), and the 9th (Red Cap) battalion. Images above of the 24th and 9th battalion uniforms are from the excellent Gyozo Smogyi Honved Army 1848-49 book (a must-have for anyone interested in the period). I commissioned these infantry in kepis and the officers advancing with sword, but the fur-capped figures were a pleasant surprise. Upon seeing them, I had to add these to the mix! In the below studies, you may clix pix for BIG PIX.
9th (Red Cap) BattalionOnce again, I lost track of how many different shades of brown (and tan) I used to keep the jackets, backpacks, rifles, and whatnot from looking like one big blob. I will say that Humbrol "Brown Yellow" is one of the greatest discoveries I've ever stumbled across (I can recommend it for highlighting darker browns).
24th (White Cap) Battalion in KepiOne item that I probably wasted too much time on was the red/green/white piping around the base of the kepi. It probably won't be so evident at playing distance on the table, but what the heck, it was an indulgence worth trying. I'll know it's there.
24th (White Cap) Battalion in Fur Cap
If I have to paint one more hungarian knot my head will explode!
The array of my Honved line infantry in its varied headgear and uniforms (and hungarian knots). It certainly makes for a colorful force (and adding the national guard, rifles, and grenzers will make it even more interesting).
I hope this post has proven interesting (and tempting) for those who have seen the recent releases from Steve Barber, and for those with an interest in gaming the continental wars of the mid century in general.