It has been ages since I have finished painting anything. I spent the last two months barely touching a paint brush. Hopefully that little ‘I can’t be bothered’ patch is over until the next time.
I have just finished this 28mm Elite Miniatures Spanish artillery battery. I painted up four guns and crews so depending on the rule-set used I can field one or two batteries (or four as the case may be). The figures themselves are typically “Elite”. Some wacky poses – I love the Battery Officers. Whenever I look at them I cannot help but think of some variety show with a guy in a Spanish uniform with a glued on moustache singing “Lady of Spain” to the strains of an accordion band.
Once again my uniform research was unsurpassed – I googled images of Spanish Artillery and tried to copy what others had done. I am not sure exactly what colour the gun carriages should be given that I have seen red, blue, grey, brown and white. I settled for a blue-grey. These Elite guns are huge. I had done a battery of Perry French Foot Artillery and had based them on 50x75mm bases. For these guys I went 50x100mm and they still feel somewhat cramped.
And finally a Spanish Infantry battalion marching down a country lane and enjoying the Spanish sun.
My first Spanish Line regiment is ready to march to the sound of the guns – or run away from them – as the case may be. These models are 28mm Elite Miniatures. These were cast up by Nathan Vinson at Elite Miniatures Australia. I really like the Elite Miniatures line of figures. They have a sense of movement about them that I find most modern ranges do not have. Don’t get me wrong – I love Front Rank, Perry and so forth and have plenty of them – but they all seem somewhat wooden when compared to these guys. Sure the detail is not as crisp, and the faces are a bit wonky, but in a mass they work really well.
I think that everyone who has a Spanish army in the early uniform goes for one of the regiments with the purple facings. Who doesn’t like purple. I had a jar of Citadel Lich Purple sitting in my paint collection for nearly twenty years and it has hardly been used – until now. Took a bit of thinning and stirring but that purchase finally vindicated itself. This battalion is painted as the La Reina Regiment.The flags are from the Captain Miniatures website. I guess it is a bit of cheek to use them on another manufacturer’s miniatures but as much as I like Captain Miniatures – they are pretty expensive. I might make it up to them by getting some of their Brunswick ‘Owls’ at some stage.
Once again I bases on 40x50mm bases. Originally I did this to keep my plastic figures totally within the boundaries of their bases but decided, for the sake of uniformity, to base all my Anglo-Spanish-Portuguese line infantry this way.
The grenadiers bearskins are a challenge and one that I don’t think I won, but I guess they will have to do.
I have no idea of Spanish units carried one or two flags per battalion, but I seem to have over-ordered standard bearers so all my line regiments will be carrying two flags.