Friday 18 November 2011

Austrian 7th Jagers, Wagram 1809

Regiment of the Day

Today we look at the incredible 7th Jaeger regiment, that fought as part of the Nordman's Advanced Guard Division at Wagram, 1809.

Another quick one today - 1 base of Austrian Jaegers, plus skirmisher stand. Figures by warrior 15mm, as per the rest of my Austrians. Pretty much identical to my 1st Jaegers battalion, even down to using a tree on the skirmisher stand for ease of picking the piece up and moving it. Major difference is that this unit has a flag of their own. On one side is a speculative pattern - green background on canvas, with a large Edelweiss flower.  No historical references for this, but it is plausibly Austrian, and plausible for a non-official flag.

A combination of different figures used for this one ...

This shot shows a good view of the other side of the flag - a standard type of Austrian flag with the Madonna and child surrounded by a glowing blue halo. Perhaps some readers can enlighten me on the origins of this often used ikon in the Austrian armies of the time.

An uncharacteristically plain base on the underside of these ... except for a little gold trim in the corner for good luck :)  Thats pretty much all of the easy Austrian light infantry done now ... a few more challenging units of light infantry coming up, as I attempt to tackle Grenzers and some 'FeldJaeger' from Brigade Hardegg using only the existing range of warrior miniatures. Wont be long with those ....

1 comment:

  1. What, no hunting horns on the underside of the base, Steve? :-)

    The Jagers almost certainly had no flags, but of course I have no objection to them carrying them in your own miniature version, and I like the Edelweiss idea. The Madonna, which appeared only on the white Liebfahnen, is pretty simple. It is exactly what it seems, a religious icon of Catholic Austria (etc) - the ex Holy Roman Empire and all that. Sort of a pictorial blessing or "Gott mit uns", if you will. The landwehr flags of the province of Styria commonly had local saints on one side in place of the Madonna.

    Of course it could also be the canvas that you use to paint your flags on, making the feminine image a sort of "Material Girl", LOL! (ducks)