The Loamshire Volunteers (28mm Old Glory)

Many moons ago I acquired a bag of 28mm Old Glory Perthshire Volunteers (from their British in Egypt Range).  I had vague notions of using them for some militia unit for my War of 1812 Canadians. They sat in their bag, stashed in an old box until a few weeks ago when I dug them out again.  These are big Old Glory figures. Most are 28mm to the eyes and some 30mm. Great casting, good detail and with no backpacks – so nice to paint.

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They have been reborn as the Loamshire Volunteer Regiment of Foot, a unit that my exhaustive research has discovered was regularly brigaded with the South Essex (later the Prince of Wales Own Volunteers) and who fought at such famous battles as Talavera, Fuentes des Onoro and Salamanca.  Raised in 1806 as a patriotic gesture by their wealthy Colonel, Sir Edward Blimp, they are recruited solely from men of their home county, the green and pleasant Loamshire.

Unlike most regular British units the Loamshire Volunteers still wear the Tarleton helmet.  The grenadier and battalion companies have a red turban, while the light company sports the traditional green).  Another variation is that while they are a regiment of foot, their dress mirrors that of regular light infantry, with wings being worn by all companies.  Normal line infantry company plumes are affixed to their leather tarletons (green for lights, white for grenadiers and white-over-red for battalion companies).  The Colonel of the Loamshires, Colonel Sir Edward Blimp, dislikes drums so his musicians are all buglers.

The Loamshires carry two colours, a King’s Colour and Regimental Colour matching the blue facings of the regiment (flags are downloaded from http:www.warflag.com and modified a bit in MS Paint).   The Old Glory bag comes with only one standard bearer so the second officer in the set became an ensign.

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11 thoughts on “The Loamshire Volunteers (28mm Old Glory)”

    1. Redoubt sell flags for the South Essex by Brody’s Banners. They look quite neat with a big Imperial eagle on the regimental colour.

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  1. Weren’t they sent directly to the Iberian Peninsula from the West Indies, and therefore were denied the chance to re-outfit with stovepipes?

    If I recall correctly, wasn’t there also a minor scandal when one of the London papers reported that the Colonel had languished on his estate for five weeks with a case of gout and three cases of port, before deigning to re-join his regiment in Spain?

    Very nice indeed, and a definite talking point.

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    1. I have found vague reference to those stories about Col Blimp but it is hard to figure the fact from the fiction. I am pretty sure that the Loamshires never served in the West Indies, being a county militia regiment. You may be mistaking them for the 4th Foot and Mouth Fusiliers.

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