Saturday, 16 April 2022

28mm Italian Risorgimento Project

 

Running multiple social media platforms can get a bit confusing and for reasons discussed before I've not been doing blog posts as frequently as a few years ago. There was a time when most new units would have their own posts, something which I now tend to do on Facebook, the outcome of this is that I've hardly covered my 28mm Italian Risorgimento Project on here.


Above is a picture of the Project to date 6 units of 24 Garibaldi, 1 unit of 16, a battery of 3 guns and a Command Stand plus a unit of 36 Papal Troops. The end goal is both sides for the Battle of Mentana which is just over 30 units so I'm about one third of the way through.


The majority of the figures are from Gringo 40s who do a good range of Garibaldi Infantry (along with Piedmont and Neopolitan troops which I'm not using), the figures have great detail and provide a great base to build a project around. A link to the range is below,


Outside of that range Shako 64 in Italy do a decent range and some English language uniform guides, worries around delivery from Italy has limited my Shako 64 purchases to date, the Garibaldi Artillery are from that range.


One of the challenges of the period is sourcing figures and their has some fun improvisation along the way, these Perry Miniatures British Intervention Force figures have doubled up as a unit of the Dunne Battalion, its reminded me of the old days of wargaming in many ways !

Look out for some more wierd and wonderful figure use over the coming months. Half of the Papal Army were French and I am currently waiting for the Perrys to release their Franco Prussian French plastic box set, if that doesn't happen in the next couple of months (I'm looking at doing this as a display game at FIASCO in October) then I will need to get some from another company.

My favourite unit so far is definitely my Papal Zouaves, a mixture of Perry Miniatures plastic ACW Zouaves and metal, kepi heads from Steve Barber Models and 36 figures strong to me it looks the business, I have another unit the same size to do along with Skirmish bases and a Commander to form a Zouave Brigade which I am really looking forward to getting on the table.

I will try and keep the blog updated a little bit more with this project as it goes along, I'm still not sure what rules I'm going to use as I've struggled to get anything specific for the period yet. I'm going to pick up a copy of Pickets Charge and see if I can Italian Risorgimento them !

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  1. They look superb, looking forward to seeing more

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    1. Thanks Neil, working on a new unit this weekend πŸ‘

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  2. Fantastic and colourful display Ken.


    Willz.

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  3. I really like the colours you've used for these units Ken. They're colourful but very natural and slightly subdued which gives a really nice overall look to the army. It's brilliant work.

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    1. Thanks very much, I always try and get a "lived in" look on my figures, so that's good to hear πŸ˜€

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  4. Stunning work there Ken. I much prefer Blog poststo Facebook ones or Podcasts, but that's just me!

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    1. Thanks Steve, Yarkshire Gamer Podcast excepted obviously πŸ˜†

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  5. This is great! What rules are you using?

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    1. No idea yet πŸ˜† I'm on the look out, there is an Italian language set called Garibaldi all’attacco that I'm trying to get my hands on, other than that I'm going to look at Picketts Charge with added Italian sprinkles πŸ‘

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  6. Beautiful work. A real feast for the eyes.

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  7. Very nice Ken. I have the beginnings of this one in 15mm.

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    1. Great to see the period getting some interest πŸ‘

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  8. I've enjoyed seeing this come together over the past few months. Nice to see a group post.

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    1. Cheers mate, a unit a week keeps the Dr away πŸ˜†

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  9. Excellent looking display!

    I put in my first order for Shako64 and they arrived today, as promised, after 4 days via UPS. I have placed another order tonight (plus some Gringo goodies). I plan on using the old Crusader "Rank & File" rules as they are easy to pick up and give a fun game.

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    1. Cheers Matt, good to see Shako 64 landing in the UK πŸ‘ If I expand my Project beyond Mentana I may well come back to them for some figures πŸ‘

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