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yarkshire gamer16 Apr 2022 1:03 a.m. PST

I've been working on my 28mm Italian Risorgimento Project for about 4 months now and it's starting to look a bit like an army now so I thought it would be an idea to put a progress report together.

I'm just under a third of the way through the build for my intended Battle of Mentana display game (hoping for October this year as a target). There's lots to do and lots of figures to find and painting to do, full details on the blog link above.

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

dr beard16 Apr 2022 3:51 a.m. PST

That's an incredible looking army Ken and only a third of the way through. Blimey it's truly going to be something when it's done.
All the best Andy Dr B

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2022 6:29 a.m. PST

That looks great! I like your Papal Zouaves there in the background.


Robert Burke16 Apr 2022 1:08 p.m. PST


The figures are beautiful. I'm also working on my Mentana scenario. As soons as I get some painted figures back from Philgreg I'll be ready to go. I plan on using The Men Who Would Be Kings. What about you? Are you planning a game or just a diorama?

Robert Burke16 Apr 2022 1:09 p.m. PST

I'd love to exchange OBs with you. You can contact me directly at Burker1 (at) aol (dot) com.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2022 2:22 p.m. PST

Simply wonderful looking figures!

Perris070716 Apr 2022 6:53 p.m. PST

That is impressive work! Nicely done sir.

yarkshire gamer16 Apr 2022 7:54 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone,

Hi Robert, I've not settled on a rule set yet, I'm still trying to get my hands on a couple of Italian language ones, namely Garibaldi all'attacco and another whose name escapes me at the moment.

I like really period specific rules but that's not going to be possible so I am going to get a set of Pickets Charge and see if they can be given the Garibaldi treatment.

Interesting choice with Men who would be Kings, from my limited knowledge they are skirmish Colonial rules, I'm looking at 850 to 1,000 28mm figures for the game would they cope ? Love to hear your thoughts on your choice.

I think we did send some emails last Autumn ? Correct me if I'm wrong, my email is

Great to see other interest in the period and the battle, my plan is to have a display game ready for the FIASCO show in October this year and to do a few shows in 2023, not sure if it will be ready though, terrain will be the issue, mostly because I don't enjoy working on it !

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

Costanzo117 Apr 2022 2:25 a.m. PST

Great work!

Frostie18 Apr 2022 1:03 a.m. PST

Ken, as usual outstanding collection!

paperbattles19 Apr 2022 4:49 a.m. PST

Hi Ken
very beautiful work and it is very astonishing for me (Italian ) to see a British/US wargamer being interested in Italian history, above all the Risorgimento Period.
I am facing the same period, but limited to the 1848 Campaign (still so similar to Napoleonic standards) even though – speaking about uniforms – all the period, untill 1870, gives a very good example for dashing style.

here my blog where you can have some info


like this for example


please go on with your project!

yarkshire gamer19 Apr 2022 11:32 a.m. PST

Many thanks Paper Battles, great blog.

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

yarkshire gamer19 Apr 2022 1:10 p.m. PST

I've added a video as well now

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

cplcampisi23 Apr 2022 11:29 p.m. PST

That's some very beautiful work! I'm too slow at painting, but one of these days I will finally get into this time period (I have a handful of old mirliton minis, but I don't think they will blend very well with the newer lines).

I also enjoyed the video, the information about the various units and manufacturers is most helpful!

paperbattles -- I live in the US, and I have been fascinated with Italian campaigns of the period, and especially Garibaldi's spedizione dei mille, since reading a biography of Garibaldi years ago.

I'm also a reenactor and last year I was finally able to put together the kit for something I've wanted to do a long time: Kingdom of Two Sicilies, 1860. It still needs some work (that's basically always true of all reenacting), but I think it turned out pretty well:

The 10th Line Infantry regiment (Abruzzo), had elements at Calatafimi, Palermo and the Volturno during the campaign.

paperbattles28 Apr 2022 1:41 a.m. PST

@cplcampisi good to know a US reenactor in love with ITalian history. As I am trying to show on my blog, the uniforms of that period were as beautiful as those of NApoleonic period.

You look really like a soldier of His Majesty Francesco II, aka "Franceschiello"

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