A few months back I saw this picture on my Facebook feed. I immediately thought that was a Wow! unit. Bonaparte’s sister Elisa was Grand Duchess of Tuscany and something-or-another of Lucca and Piombino (Princess I think). She authorised the raising of a bodyguard regiment from her Luccan and Piombonese subjects and given the uniform I am guessing she and her ladies-in-waiting had some hand in the design. I am not sure that the unit was ever raised in it’s entirety before she had to abdicate and retire to private life. But I knew that I wanted to try to paint it.
However I did not want to buy any new figures so decided to do this unit as a ‘What If’. What if it were raised and Napoleon, with his need for manpower had called it to duty. To that end I decided to model this regiment on campaign. I have half a dozen boxes of Perry French plastic infantry and the spare Carabinier heads from the Perry Cuirassier/Carabinier box set. I needed some more heads and I got these from TMPer Virtualscratchbuilder who posted them to me from Denton, Texas. A couple of weeks later I have got them as finished as I ever get anything.
I have modelled them as a French Infantry Battalion with a Grenadier and Light Company. Also a couple of separately mounted voltigeurs and a custom casualty base for the unit. The flag was too complicated for me to bother with so I went with a simple tricolour in the colours of Lucca and Piombino. Oh yeah – and I gave them an Eagle – why not I say. There is also a solitary Victrix officer in there.
They will be joining some of the other fictional and almost fictional units in my Napoleonic armies in the cabinet. Hope you like them.
Well, not really a mystery. Just my interpretation of a unit that never saw action as far as I am aware. A guard unit. I am working on the assumption that if they got called to serve in Spain or somewhere, they would have lost some of their spit and polish and taken on a more campaign worn look. They are doing my head in a bit. To think that I thought British infantry were annoying to paint.
My ‘inside the house’ painting desk. I have another one in the Woolshed but I am working over at the casa today. Along the top a unit of Hinchliffe and Connoisseur Hussars that I have not managed to get finished since I brought the minis in the 1980s. One day.
This is a unit of uniformed Spanish Militia. I am sort of building units in my Spanish for the Battle of Medina del Rio Seco. I say sort of because in reality I tend to paint what I feel like painting and fit them into some order of battle at a later stage. So saying that, this is a ‘generic’ Spanish militia battalion. it could be the Salamanca, Mondenendo or de Tuy militias. I have given them Spanish brown coats. Some members of the this battalion have not received full uniforms so have gone to battle in fatigue caps and jackets. Once again I have given them two flags because they look prettier with two flags.
Figures are all Elite Miniatures from Elite Miniatures Australia.
Some old Minifigs British and a Highland battalion. I was seriously thinking of re-basing these guys to see how they look alongside my newer Old Glory, Front Rank, Perry and Victrix units. Maybe a little day project over the Christmas break.
Anyway, here they are in all their glossy, enamel paint goodness.
In my last order of Elite Miniatures from Elite Miniatures Australia I got two packs of “Skirmish Pack – loading and firing”. No picture on the website and I was not sure what the miniatures were but decided to get them anyway. Turned out to be two standing and two kneeling firing poses. I was wondering what to do with these and decided to paint them as Light Infantry. I also based them on 25mm rounds – had thoughts of using these for Sharpe Practice. In the pics below you will see I have also tried them out in some of my Zulu Wars sabot bases – and they don’t look too bad either. They can double up as a small unit of infantry for Black Powder games. To the eight figures I added a colonel and a couple of march attack fusiliers I had left over. That particular base can be used as a brigade commander or as part of a ‘unit” of light infantry depending on the game requirements.
When I was taking the pics I had some interested onlookers.
I thought I might get out what I have painted so far. I am quite pleased at how this army is coming together. Not so pleased with how long it is taking me. Mind you, I have done a British Peninsular army, some pirates, fantasy figures and Anglo-Zulu War armies in the middle of it so perhaps I shouldn’t be beating myself up too much.
The bulk of the figures are Elite Miniatures. I get mine from Nathan Vinson at Elite Miniatures Australia. Having a supplier so close and who is such a great guy to deal with is a god-send. I have been getting good use out of the standard Spanish March Attack figures – they are being used as line infantry, guard units and marine infantry. On the workbench at the moment is one being painted as brown coated militia.
The rest of the figures are Front Rank and some Perry. I have used Perry Carlist War figures for some of my Spanish Militia Battalions. Almost forgot – there is a single battalion of Brigade games Spanish Militia as well. Also a single Eureka figure and some East Ridign Miniatures Monks.
I really like the Spanish Army of the ‘early period’ up to about 1811. The myriad of uniforms and strange little units will keep me busy for some time to come I suspect.
Elite and Perry Plastic Cavalry
Front Rank, Elite and Perry
Brigade Games Militia
Some East Riding Miniatures Monks based with Perry Carlist War monks
Front Rank staff and Elite Line.
A brigade Games Teresa figure
A Eureka monk
Brigade Games Militia
Front Rank Guerrillas
Elite Artiller – huge guns
Two Line battalins and a militia battalion
Rock n Roll – New Zealand Style. We live up to our moniker of The Shaky Isles. To borrow an old Kiwi expression – it Rattled our Dags somewhat.
We got hit with a 7.5 quake last night and a whole night of aftershocks up into the 6s. Stacks of five pointers. So far a few reported deaths which is tragic – but also lucky. Our construction techniques here generally limit human damage. Same quakes in other countries cause massive casualties.
Have not been over to the Woolshed to check if anything came off shelves – a few things here at the house fell off shelves and the pool tried to empty itself.
To all my fellow Kiwi gamers – hope you are all safe and that your armies stayed in their cabinets and any disorder tokens are removed next turn.
If you counted the actual time I spent painting then this unit was knocked out relatively quickly. If you add procrastination time, about three months. These are Elite Miniatures Spanish 1808 infantry (from Elite Miniatures Australia). I have used them for just about all my Spanish Line Infantry and they will be also used for my Spanish ‘foreign’ regiments when I get around to doing them.
At least in the initial stages of the Peninsular War the marine infantry were one of the better formations in the Spanish army. For Black Powder I am going to rate them better than normal Spanish Line – by dropping the Wavering and Unreliable special rules.
They wore the same basic infantry uniform except in blue with red turnback, cuffs and collars. Technically the red plumes shouldn’t be there. Likewise this battalion is carrying two colours, when they should probably only have one. But you all know how much I adhere to a strict historical interpretation when it comes to my miniature armies. I have completely run out of finials for the flagpoles and I keep forgetting to order any whenever I do an order from overseas. One day I will get a stock in and finish the half dozen battalions I have that lack them – in the meantime they will serve without finials.
Next unit is an early war militia battalion in a mix of brown coats and stable jackets.
The Marines will see action in a game this weekend.
These have been lurking a long time in boxes and at the very back of the model cabinet. Old Minifigs. I am pretty sure that they are British infantry painted as Portuguese but they may in fact be actual Minifigs Portuguese miniatures – I am just not sure. I was thinking of rebasing these to my current basing system and using them next game. Anyway, enjoy some Old School Naps.
For comparison – these are my latest Portuguese infantry.