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Pvt Snuffy02 Dec 2018 8:50 p.m. PST

The Piemontese uniforms look more like Austrian than French, to my eyes.

Checking out the Old Glory 15s and Pendraken, the Italians and Austrians still have the high kepi / low shako while the French are using a kepi that looks like an ACW one.

The Old Glory 15s have Italian Infantry, but they don't have guns or cavalry.

I'm wondering if I should get French or Austrian cavalry as substitutes.

Anyone have any thoughts on that?

I don't have any uniform books, yet. I am tempted to get the Ospreys on Italians, Austrians, Germans and French, and the one on Italian Unification, also, as I'd like to dabble in 1859, 1866 and 1870!

But the Freikorps booklet on 1859 is complete, I'm told. Unfortunately, the other wars are OOP.

Any guidance on good guides to paint these guys?


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2018 9:16 p.m. PST

TMP link (Uniforms)

link (Good list of books)

GurKhan03 Dec 2018 1:23 a.m. PST

The Old Glory 15s have Italian Infantry, but they don't have guns or cavalry.
I'm wondering if I should get French or Austrian cavalry as substitutes.

Mirliton do cavalry and artillery – link

Legio Heroica have artillery, but not cavalry, and aimed at 1848 – don't know how much the uniforms differed from'59: link

Buckeye AKA Darryl03 Dec 2018 8:22 a.m. PST

Alas, the Legio figures are discontinued, and they are 20mm.

JonFreitag03 Dec 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

The Mirliton 15mm Sardinian cavalry and artillery are first rate sculpts. I like them a lot. Mirliton's 15mm cavalry for this period are my favorites for both Sardinians and Austrians.

A good painting guide with good color plates for Sardinian/Piedmontese cavalry is:

Pvt Snuffy03 Dec 2018 7:08 p.m. PST

Hey John, the first thing I thought when I saw the link was "those are the lancer from Palouse WJ!"

JonFreitag04 Dec 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

I have painted a few of the lancers, for sure!
Revisit the PWJ for samples of my painted figures for this period. I have gathered a lot of uniform reference materials over the years. If there is something specific you are looking for, let me. I could send a few Mirliton samples too. I think you will like the Mirliton cavalry and artillery a lot.

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