von Peter himself

Napoleonic Austrians

Throughout the French Revolutionary Wars and the following Napoleonic Wars the Austrians were to prove a relentless foe of the French. Their efforts came at a heavy cost before ultmately ending the wars on the winning side. It is therefore fitting that the Austrian army of von Peter himself was one of the first started.

And still they're not finished! Well to be fair the original plans for the Austrians have been completed. Currently outstanding is a battalion of jager which don't really fit into the historic order of battle, casualty stands and a few vignettes.

Nigel Fun-nel is the official painter of Austrian figures for von Peter himself. Horses, cannons, basing etc by von Peter himself.  With the exception of a few Wargames Foundry casualty figures Front Rank Figurines have provisioned the little metal models. Flags from GMB Designs.

Reserve

Any self respecting army keeps a reserve when fighting a battle. The major nations would often formalise this arrangement by having their elte units organised together into Reserve or Guard brigades, divisions or even Corps. The reserves for von Peter's Austrians are an amalgam of units from the Army Abteilung Reserve.

Reserve Infantry: Command

Because he commanded the brigade from which von Peter himself has pulled his grenadier battalions Generalmajor Furstenwarther has been given his name to the commander of the infantry of the Reserve.

On his base the Generalmajor gets a mounted adjutant to help him out, a dismounted grenadier officer to assist the humans with a visual cue that this is the command for the grenadiers. The final figure is a blue coated member of the Stabs-Infanterie who gets to wear the old helmet - even in 1813.  Their duties included protection and escort details for the general headquarters & staff and acting as headquarters gendarmes in the field.

12pdr Position Battery

Who you gonna call when the enemy presses hard or when you want to press the enemy hard? Why the twelve pounder position batteries of the Army Abteilung Reserve of course.

While we are observing the heaviest of the Austrian field artillery perhaps it is a good time to explain why some of the gunners have red facings and some blue. Those with red are the trained artillerists while the blue was warn by the Handlanger of the Artillerie-Handlanger-Korps who provided for the muscle and less skilled aspects of working the artillery.

High Command - 1st Army Corps

Because the core of the Austrian order of battle is made up of troops from the 1st Army Abteilung it seemed appropriate to have the commander of that Corps - FZM Graf H. Colloredo - to control all the Austrians of von Peter himself.

The trooper in blue behind his betters is from the Stabs-Dragoner. They along with the dismounted Stabs-Infanterie constituted the Stabs-Truppen. Their duties included protection and escort details for the general headquarters & staff and acting as headquarters gendarmes in the field. An infantryman from a Grenz unit is disdainfully walking by at the back of the stand.


The two single figures perform the role of ADCs - an adjutant wearing a bicorne and an officer from the Hessen-Homburg Hussar Regiment.


All of these figures languished in the unpigmented pile for probably decades - literally!! - victims of the policy of buying figures that will be required whenever possible, ie. birthdays, Christmases and Fathers Days. It's just that once purchased they never quite made it to the top of the painting queue. Their big chance finally came with Garage Gaming Terry organising his L-A-R-G-E Wagram refights. Many were the Austrians - infantry, cavalry, artillery and commanders - required for this undertaking.

The Reserve

Any self respecting army keeps a reserve when fighting a battle. The major nations would often formalise this arrangement by having their elte units organised together into Reserve or Guard brigades, divisions or even Corps. The reserves for von Peter's Austrians are an amalgam of units from the Army Abteilung Reserve.

Currently the infantry of the Reserve consists of two battalions of grenadiers and a 12 pounder battery. The figures are in hand for a jager battalion and should they ever get pigmented then they will likely be added to the reserve. An unhistoric organisational aberration! There have also been idle thoughts of adding a couple of battalions of Hungarian infantry but there has been no action on this except for the aforementioned occasional thought.

The cavalry of the Reserve are a brigade of two regiments of kuirassieres. That should do for now!

Reserve Infantry: Grenadiers

Two battalions of grenadiers currently constitute the infantry of the Reserve. Not even a full brigade of them as they were actually fielded in 1813. But then the rest of von Peter's Austrians amount to five line and two grenzer battalions so all things in proportion please.

The Austrian grenadier battalions were composite battalions, That is that each battalion was made up of the grenadiers from usually three and occasionally two line regiments. Therefore each grenadier battalion contained three or occasionally two different uniforms as the grenadiers wore the uniform of their parent regiment. Very colourful.

There is plenty of information available on each grenadier battalion and the line regiments that provided their grenadiers. Somehow in his instructions to Nigel F. for the painting of the battalions von Peter himself screwed up. The first battalion below is not too badly out of whack with what it should be but the second battalion is totally messed up. von Peter himself has no idea how he could've got it so wrong as it's not difficult! They are what they are now and life will go on. It doesn't show up so well in the photograph but there are two different greens in the facings of the second grenadier battalion below.

The first battalion below has a mounted general figure leading them. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Reserve Cavalry: Command

<coming ... soonish?>

1st Division, Brigade Generalmajor Raigencourt

Generalmajor Raigencourt's brigade is the only brigade in the 1st Division. In earlier times of the Napoleonic Wars it would have been labelled as the Advanced Guard as it contains a mix of light troops and cavalry.

Command

The brigade commander Generalmajor Raigencourt encourages the men by waving them on with his hat while his adjutant with telescope looks on.

The mounted elements of the brigade ...

Mounted Command

To command the mounted elements of Generalmajor Raigencourt's brigade - and to get a "General of Hungarian cavalry" figure included in the army! - a command stand has been procured. Long stored away memories suggest that the hussar trumpeter is meant to have been requisitioned from the Kaiser Franz Hussars.

Cavalry

Two cavalry regiments were included in Generalmajor Raigencourt's brigade - the Hessen-Homburg Hussars and the Reische Dragoons.

The Hessen-Homburg Hussars are your typical gaudy hussars. But one cannot complain considering the number of times they have fought for one.

The Reische Dragoons offer a heavier option to the hussars.

Cavalry Battery

Unlike most armies of the period the Austrians did not have Horse Artillery - where all the gunners rode horses. But they were not insensible to the potential benefits of artillery that could move at an enhanced rate across the battlefield. The Austrian solution was the Cavalry Battery where some of the gunners rode astride the gun carriage on the ‘Wurst’, or sausage-seat. This was a removable leather covered padded seat.

Generalmajor Raigencourt's brigade has been assigned a 6pdr Cavalry Battery. The "Wurst" is still in place on the gun carriage ...

Infantry

The infantry of Generalmajor Raigencourt's brigade were provided by the Deutsch-Banat Grenz Regiment.

Further details and photographs to come!

3rd Division, Brigade Generalmajor Quasdannovic

Generalmajor Quasdannovic's brigade was one of two in Feldmarschal-leutnant Greth's 3rd Division. It provides the line infantry for von Peter's Austrians.

Command

To come!!!