The latest: Steve Barber Polish Legion Advancing (and Officer)
This brief post, dear readers, is a delayed update on the recent completion of a contingent in my Hungarian Revolt forces: the Polish Legion (infantry). These fellows actually marched onto the table with the Hungarian flanking force in the Battle of Hatvan game, but did not see any action.
Earlier Polish Legion (Converted Murawski Napoleonic Poles)
...except for the splendid low-form red czapka, of course, which makes the unit really stand out on the table. After much research, I decided to not embellish the czapka top with the usual crossed white lines. References indicate that the artillerists had a black "box" on the czapka top, but there are no specific references to any embellishment of the infantry czapka. From what I gleaned from images, none of which explicitly detail the top of the headgear, there is little or no indication of anything that would stand out. So I decided that the plain caps work well with the overall look of the uniform, with the unadorned red rectangular shape still giving quite an impression.
The early Polish Legion White Uniform (Figure at left)
Polish Legion in Later Blue Uniform from The Honved Army 1848-49 Gyozo Smogyi
In response to such appearances, someone in our group will usually quip, "They look pretty, but can they fight?" I think the below excerpts about facing the Poles from Scenes Of The Civil War in Hungary in 1848 and 1849: Personal Adventures of an Austrian Officer answer that question: