The second unit I finished this week was some artillery support for my budding Portuguese brigade. The gunners are all Elite Miniatures purchased from Elite Miniatures Australia. The guns are plastic Victrix British artillery. I picked the set up cheaply – mostly for the guns rather than the gunner figures. I am sure I will find a use for them at some stage though.
I think that this year’s NapCon will have a Peninsular War theme, so I want to get as many unit completed before hand as I can. Still to do for my Allied forces – three regiments of Spanish Cavalry (Line, Dragoon and Hussar) and another British Light Dragoon regiment, several Spanish regiments and some other odds and sods stuff.
My army is themed around 1808-1811 so all my Portuguese are in the barrentina shako.
My first completed Napoleonic unit since January last year. I actually had these guys undercoated and the first dabs of colour on them at that time but fell into a depressive funk and they sat on the painting table until last week. I actually feel as if I have my Napoleonic mojo back – a good thing as I have three regiments of British and Spanish Cavalry staring at me at the moment.
I painted these guys with no real reference material so was pleasantly to find that according to my copy of Military Dress of the Peninsular War there was indeed a regiment with white cuffs, blue collars and red piping.
2nd (Lagos) Infantry. 28mm Elite Miniatures models supplied by Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia.
My first regiment of Portuguese for my Anglo-Portuguese Army. This is the 1st Battalion, 23rd (2nd Almeida) Regiment. I have the 2nd Battalion of the same regiment on the painting blocks now. These are nice animated Elite Miniatures cast up by Nathan Vinson at Elite Miniatures Australia. The flag is from Warflags and is probably wrong but as usual – I don’t care.
And here is Our Nellie keeping watch over the troops.
And of course Jasper is King of All he Surveys.
The good news at the Woolshed is that we have had some rain. The ground is still very dry but if we get another three days of even this light rain the grass will take off again.
You know when you order a bunch of stuff and then paint it over a period of time you always end up with odds and sods that you don’t remember ordering – or at least it seems that way with me. I had these two officer figures that I do not remember ordering but must have had a reason for doing so – whatever that reason was.
First off, a Royal Horse Artillery Officer.
And a Rifles Officer. He is shown leading some Perry Miniatures 60th Rifles.
The last of the cavalry that I got last year from Nathan Vinson of Elite Miniatures Australia. This time a regiment of British Dragoons in the old uniform. I really liked these guys in their bicornes. They have brass chin-scales to keep them on in the charge but these guys have theirs tied up, so I imagine two seconds after these photos the hats would be all over the field of battle. There were a couple of models with broken swords so I removed them and inserted a piece of wire.
My next painting binge will be on the rest of the Spanish and English cavalry that Nathan has just posted – Two regiments of Spanish Line cavalry/Dragoons (not sure what I will do them as yet), a regiment of Spanish Hussars and one of British Hussars.
Once again Nathan gave me a baker’s dozen of figures. I had an extra casting. Waste not, want not – he is now based as an individual figure for use as a Colonel, or for skirmish gaming.
I have had a quiet painting week and have only just got these Command bases finished. All Elite Miniatures but there is a guest appearance by a solitary Connoisseur Spanish Grenadier. I have a few more command bases to do but they can wait for another day.
First off is a group of consisting of a British general, his cavalry brigade commander, a staff officer and their Spanish Liaison Officer.
A Spanish Colonel rides past two of his Grenadiers. The chap in front is a Connoisseur Miniatures figure (from Bicorne Miniatures). I like him a lot. All he needs is a cigar.
Finally a shot of all the Anglo-Spanish staff and generals I have painted so far.
I have two regiments of Elite Miniatures early-mid Peninsular War British cavalry to get painted. A heavy and a light dragoon regiment. These Lights are the the first to be painted. Got them done over the lat three days, which has to be a record for me. Painted as the 16th Light Dragoons (scarlet facings and white lace). Not that I let that bother me too much. These Elite figures are really nice. Highly animated and looking just right for a British cavalry regiment that will “Gallop at Anything”.
I ordered these in a larger order last year from Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia. He included an extra model in the package that I have painted and based separately. I may use him as a cavalry commander or as a ‘Big Man’ in Sharpe Practice games.
My second unit completed. Two so far this month. This time it is a battery of Elite Miniatures British Foot Artillery. I got these models from Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia. I brought three guns and crews. There were five crewmen per gun. After I had painted all fifteen crew I decided to only use four per base so mounted the remaining three miniatures on separate round bases. Being Elite miniatures a lot of the guys are looking at something up in the sky. I am not sure why they are sculpted that way but it is certainly a way of identifying Elites.
The extra crew. They will either be decoration on the table top or used as gunners in skirmish games.
Decided to do something a little different with one gun. So here we have the crew replacing a damaged wheel.
The battery in action.
The second of the Spanish battalions I finished – the Valencia Regiment. Once again Elite Miniatures with a few Front Rank command figures thrown in.
The Front Rank figures work well with the Elite figures I think.
I really like the Spanish Grenadiers with the beehive shaped bearskins and decorative bags hanging down at the back. I just do some weird hieroglyphs on a background of the unit facing colour. No idea if it is right or wrong but seems to work. The Elite figures are in a mixture of gaiters and ‘rustic’ footwear.
The completed Spanish Brigade – well sort of. Once more white coated battalion to do, then the Real Compania Irlandesa will move into a Guards Brigade.
I have not posted anything I have painted for while so am about to rectify that. Since my last post I have completed three battalions. The first is a fictional battalion from the book Sharpe’s Battle and the TV episode of the same name. I was getting a little sick of painting Spanish white uniforms so thought – why not. They wear a green jacket with red facings, and a white plume on their bicorne.
In the book the Real Compania Irlandesa is described as a battalion, but in the TV series there about thirty guys who manage to be the entire unit, despite the casualties and desertions the battalion suffers in the course of the story. Figures are Elite Miniatures with a Front Rank sapper and a solitary Connoisseur Spanish infantryman from Bicorne Miniatures. I added a Grenadier company in bearskins. The TV episode showed some grenadiers in bicornes but I figured my version would have traditionally attired grenadiers.
You may notice a Front Rank Spanish Sapper included. Roly (from Dressing the Lines) gave me a bunch of odds and sods leftovers from his Peninsular project and this is the first figure I have used from that lot. The Connoisseur Spaniard is the infantryman next to the sapper in the picture below.
The Real Compania Irlandesa in Attack Column.
Flags are PDF prints from Captain Miniatures. They are actually the flags for either the Ultonia or Hibernia regiments – I am not sure which – but who will notice?