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Olaf 0312 Sep 2019 1:37 p.m. PST

It is my understanding that the Austrian infantry primarily wore the kittel in 1859, which did not have the facing colors on the collars or cuffs. Did they ever wear their waffenrock which did have the collars and cuffs in the facing colors in 1859 in Italy?

I bought some painted figures a few years back that were painted as if they were wearing the waffenrock (i.e. the cuffs and collars were painted a specific color, ex. red).

I am going to be painting up some additional units. If it was unusual for them to actually wear the waffenrock in 1859 then I will paint them without the colored cuffs and collars. Not opposed to this, as it will save some time :)

Curious how others have painted their austrian infantry for 1859, in kittels or in waffenrocks, or a combination of the two?

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 3:11 p.m. PST

The officers tended to wear the proper tunic but, the soldiers wore the Kittel, even the jagers. However, the Kittel did carry a small patch of the facing colour on the collar if you want a bit of variety.

randy51 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 3:18 p.m. PST

I painted all my 59 Austrians without colored cuffs or collars. I can't recall now why, or what research I based it on, but I'm always a stickler for historical accuracy. Mine were for the Italian 59 campaigns (Battle Honors & Mirliton).

Martin Rapier12 Sep 2019 11:02 p.m. PST

All my Austrians wear white jackets with coloured cuffs and collars, whether they are fighting in 1859 or 1866. I think they look nicer like that.

Olaf 0313 Sep 2019 7:41 a.m. PST

Thanks for the input from everyone.

I may do the next two units in the kittel for a little variety. Not as colorful but probably more accurate historically (plus a little quicker to paint).

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