Carrying on the theme of my last post, the Pendraken Austrian cuirassiers pack (NPA24) came with the usual officer, standard bearer, trumpeter, and two trooper variants. I’d got into the habit of not homing in on the full detail of figures until painting them. That’s to say, not scrutinising figures too much during the deflashing stage. Hence, the cuirassier officer’s moustache eluding me. But the moustache was a minor blip. I was more than surprised after deflashing and spraying two regiments of Pendraken Austrian cuirassiers to discover as I began applying the first licks of paint that the figures had been sculpted not only with breastplates but also back plates – back plates that historically Austrian cuirassiers never had. Consequently, of course, this meant the Pendraken cuirassiers didn’t
“Courage, tenacity and strength were well matched, but the defensive arms were unequal, for the Austrian cuirasses only covered them in front, and gave no protection to the back in a crowd. In this way, the French troopers who, having double cuirasses and no fear of being wounded from behind had only to think of thrusting, were able to give point to the enemy’s backs, and slew a great many of them with small loss to themselves... This fight settled a question which had long been debated, as to the necessity of double cuirasses, for the proportion of Austrians wounded and killed amounted respectively to eight and thirteen for one Frenchman.” Marbot, Volume I

Much Too Heavy Cuirassiers

sport the distinctive cross straps of their breastplates across their backs. Rather, they had rather stiff backs that had to painted looking unrealistic- ally stout and barrel-like. This sculpting slip-up seemed even more surprising because it is so well documented that the Austrian cuirassiers of the Napoleonic Wars did not have
back plates. It had proved a distinct disadvantage when fighting French cuirassiers, who did have back plates. The shortcoming was brutally demonstrated in a clash of cuirassiers at Eggmühl in April 1809 when 13 Austrians were killed for every Frenchman, as related by Antoine de Marbot in his memoirs.
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