Austrian Grenzers (Pandours)

Baccus 1:220 Scale Figure Review

6. (Varazdin) St. Georger Regiment, Grenz-Infanterie

Grenzers of the 6. (Varaždin) St. Georger Regiment. These 1:220 scale miniatures are mounted on a 38 × 38 mm battalion stand, compatible with the Volley & Bayonet game system, which represents a battalion of 500 men in skirmish order. Two or three of these stands are needed to field a Grenz-Regiment on campaign.

Baccus6mm Pandours are 8 mm tall, and they are sold in bags of 48 figures. Small scale miniatures like these are perfect for wargames, and mass scenes in historical dioramas.

Contents

  • 48 Figures in 2 Poses – 8 mm equal 176 cm Height
    • Grenzer (Pandour), firing
    • Grenzer (Pandour), loading

Evaluation

Excellent choice of subject. Baccus Grenzers may be painted as Austrian, Russian, or Prussian irregulars of the period. The miniatures are sculpted with round cuffs, making them most suitable as Pandours of the Austrian 5th to 9th Grenz-Regiment.

Suitable poses. The firing and loading figures are beautifully sculpted, despite their small size, and they look very realistic when painted. The Grenzers carry a water bottle and ammunition pouch, but they seem to have dropped their pack and rolled cloak prior to battle.

Good casting quality, the figures are practically free of flash. Only a mould line across the shako top needs to be removed prior to paintng.

Many wargamers use 1:220 scale figures to fight large battles on a small playing surface. Others maintain the suggested base sizes of a particular rule set, but mount smaller figures on them to achieve the more realistic look of massed formations.

Compatible with buildings, terrain, and model railroad accessories in Z scale.

Incompatible with the noticeably smaller 1:300 scale Croat Grenzers available from Heroics & Ros, although they may be deployed in the same army if used in different regiments.

Irregular troops need to be available in many different skirmishing poses, including kneeling, observing, commanding, advancing, and running figures, to appear less uniform when mounted on skirmish bases.

The cavalry sabre carried by these figures is too short, and it does not seem to be curved at all.

Historical Employment

  • 5. and 6. (Varaždin) Grenz-Regiment
  • 7. to 9. (Slavonski) Grenz-Regiment

Possible Conversions

  • 1. to 4. (Karlovac) Grenz-Regiment (Croats), with pointed cuffs
  • 10. and 11. (Banat) Grenz-Regiment, with pointed cuffs
  • Pandurs von der Trenck
  • Green Croats of the Prussian Freikorps von Kleist
  • Russian Pandurs

Baccus6mm Grenzers are prefect for 18th Century simulation games. Figures in 1:220 scale require less space, and they are easy to paint en masse.

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