Today I had a small opportunity to modify some figures for my Austrian Charles Legion battalions, as part of I Corps at Wagram.
A simple mod with greenstuff, and hopefully pretty effective.
As you may know, my 15mm Austrians are all from the warrior miniatures range, which includes 3 basic types of uniforms - Shako, Helmet, and Corsehut.
What to do with the Charles Legion then ?
Some of them may have worn helmets on the day, but that is unlikely. Some battalions may have worn Corsehuts.
I would rather not use the Corsehut figures, since this particular battalion of Charles Legion that I am modelling at the moment is brigaded with a Jaeger battalion, which is dressed in Corsehuts. I would rather the Charles Legion guys really stood apart.
So then I found this image from the excellent 'ClashOfEmpires' blog Here
|28mm Foundry Figures of Austrian Charles Legion. (Erzhog Karl Legion)
Ah - now thats different ! The headwear is more like a Shako than a Corsehut, so thats what I will start with.
If I can just put a small brim on the existing Shakos using Austrian line infantry, I should be able to put together a half convincing unit of Charles Legion that stand out from the other Jaegers..
So here is how this experiment went :
|Repeat the process on the right hand side of the shako with another tiny roll of greenstuff. Remember that these are 'true' 15mm figures .. quite a bit smaller than ABs, but significantly bigger than 10mm's. still.
|Now carefully work around from the visor, all the way around, smoothing the new brim and making sure that it fully adheres to the original model.
|Before and after shot - warrior 15mm Austrian with shako (rear), and modified brim shako (front)
|View from the rear. The brim is a tiny modification, but the figure is recognisably different. Well worth 30minutes of work with the greenstuff.
|Front view - again, the tiny change to the Shako makes quite a visual difference to the figure. Ah well, I will get these Charles Legion battalions painted up this week with any luck, and lets see if the extra work was worth it :) I am very pleased with the result so far, and so I have a very special flag picked out for these guys (Many thanks to Peter, from http://blundersonthedanube.blogspot.com/ for the inspiration on the Austrian irregular flags.)