These troops were purchased ages ago. They were placed in the priority for painting box that got covered over with other priority for painting boxes, merged with other priority boxes until I could not find them. A week or so ago, while looking for another top priority painting subject I stumbled across them again.
These delightful figures are produced by Old John in what he describes as the Hinton Hunt style, as were the French guards painted further back in this blog. They are very well detailed and are a joy to paint with crisp well defined detail.
According to my sources the Sardinian contingent consisted of 15,000 men, of two divisions of four regiments each. There were reportedly five battalions of Bersagleri, all dressed in the distinctive broad brimmed hat, and were armed with rifles. Numerous contemporary pictures show the Bersagleri marching at double time with rifles at the trail - as depicted by these figures: