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?
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.