54mm French Voltigeurs from Victrix progress shot..

English: French voltigeurs from a Line regimen...
English: French voltigeurs from a Line regiment crossing the arm of the Danube before the battle of Wagram. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too tired to further the convention shenanigans but I do have some shots of the progress made twoards the 54mm skirmish program I’ve been working on.  Here is the squad of 54mm Frenchies, notably Voltigeurs from Victrix.

By Jove! THat’s striking!

95th Riflemen and a Light company due soon. I went over the design with Del at Historicon Friday night. It really comes together when you describe to someone else…

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  1. Hi, Walt, this looks like a great development. The 54mm figs looks fantastic, too. IIRC Pat Condray did some Historex 54mm figx way back when. Don’t know if those are still in his collection, but he would probably be a good resource to ask questions of.
    You got me pondering. If you needed some exotic locales, you might consider the Balkans area between the Austrian Empire and the Turkish.
    Engagements somewhere between Khyber Pass and the French and Indian War.
    Both sides in a raid situation, would be the same ethnicity, the big difference would be the Croats were Roman Catholic and used Gemanic lettering. The Serbs were Eastern Orthodox and used Cyrillic.
    The divisions from those centuries are still felt to this day. Only Marshal Tito managed to keep the differences under control.
    An interesting weapons choice, would be the amount of pistols both sides seem to have favored, and the Croatian Grenztruppen had sharpshooters. These carried rifles (longer than the Baker Rifle of the 95 th) and many had a special two barreled piece. The barrles were stacked and the top was a rifle and the bottom a musket.
    A docent at the Heeresgeschichtlekes Museeum in Vienna told me that this was developed to aid the skirmishers against the omnipresent Turkish light horse. These irregular cavalry (not unlike american plains Indians, cossacks, or most aggressive militia cavalry) were the same as hussars starting in the sixteenth century. The Austrians regularised them into light horse, but the Turks always had lots of irregulars who excelled in surprise and ambush. The musket barrel on the weapon could be reloaded much faster than the rifle, giving the skirmishers a better chance against a surpise attack by cavalry.

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