Many of my present plastic conversions are based on first hand testimony from the likes of painters such as Giovanni Fattori pictured below. This is a painting of Tuscan cavalry on patrol in the countryside of the region.Fattori is reliable as he was a stickler for detail
Above is one of his battle paintings of the war against Austria
Another good source for building scenary for the models of this period is finding and photographing dwellings of the period-the writing on this house says
"In June 1859 the allied army surprised the Austrian army creating this important glorious act"