There has been a bit of an Austrian start to the New Year. Firstly I watched well over half of The Sound of Music until just before the end I was ejected from the living room along with the dogs for making too much noise – now I’ll never know whether the Von Trapp family ever escaped the Nazis. Apparently it was Christopher Plummer’s least favourite film, clearly Waterloo and The Battle of Britain must have been much more fun to make.
Secondly and more importantly I’ve been working on a few of my own favourite things. I completed this test figure for an Austrian line battalion painted according to the Hinton Hunt instruction sheet as a member of Musketeer Regiment No 4 Hoch-Und Deutschmeister. The figure is AN.7 Musketeer, marching and is a reproduction figure rather than a vintage one as my supply of genuine HH Austrian figures is all but exhausted.
I’ve also got a couple of Austrian guns and a limber on the painting desk – there’s something very appealing about bright yellow artillery and of course the gunners in their brown uniforms will complement the guns perfectly. I'll be completing the limber with a four horse team (cream coloured ponies?) and I think I even have some limber horse riders somewhere.
Now, what did I do with my warm woollen mittens?