More gloss enamel shiny coated old minifigs. Note that even the stones on the bases are glossy. Two small units of British Riflemen and Portuguese Cacadores. I have not used these guys on the table top in so long. Perhaps they will get an outing over Christmas.
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.
I was cleaning up my images folders and found these pics from yet another Waterloo refight. This one was held at 2015 Napcon in Levin, New Zealand. I don’t remember too much about this refight – except that the side I was on got spanked for the most part. I played the British garrisoning Hougemont and surrounds. It was the first time that I got to use my British in a game although they had done duty in the big Waterloo refight held a few months earlier in June for the 200th Anniversary. I was not able to attend that weekend as I was unwell.
This game was run with Black Powder rules, and loads of shitty British command rolls. I think on one turn the British side made about three command rolls. We were mostly on the back foot the entire game as our commands failed to receive orders and we had to keep reacting to the aggressive French who seemed to roll more ‘3 Moves’ than I thought was statistically possible.
But as usual at the end of the day it did not matter. A good time was had by all and it was fabulous seeing the loads of figures on the table.
There are also a few pics from a 15mm game being played same day. Check out the British Rocket Troop in action and that fabulous Hougemont Chateau model that was scratch built and covered in printed stonework. Very cool.
The highly distinctive Catalonian Light Infantry Regiment is a must have for a Spanish Army of 1805-1808 in my opinion. I had seen these Front Rank figures in the Front Rank online store and also a few painted examples on various blogs and quite liked them for the most part. I thought the loading pose and the kneeling poses were the best of the infantry and the two officer choices are fabulous. Not so keen on the advancing figure – he just looks out of proportion to my eye and just a bit too ‘old school minifig-ish’ if you know what I mean.
As far as other manufacturers of 28mm figures goes I think my only other choice was the old Connoisseur range. However, when I made the order for these figures I had no idea what the Connoisseur Miniatures two figure choices looked like (after I ordered from Front Rank I saw these at Carlo’s With Pyjamas Through a Whiff of Grapeshot blog) – and I kind of wish I had gone with these as they would have fit better with my Elite Miniatures Spanish.
I went with just sixteen figures across six bases so in Black Powder Terms I guess this is a Small Unit. I actually really enjoyed painting these figures. All that lace daunted me at first but as it turned out it was not too bad an experience. Now I am looking for some Spanish volunteer unit that I can use the same figures for except paint in a red or yellow coat. Hey – it is Spain – I am sure there is something to fit that bill in the Spanish muster somewhere and if there isn’t I can always make something up.
In a world wide exclusive I was really excited to get my hands on the new Perry Spanish Cuirassier set.
Nah – not really – these are a box of Perry French plastic cuirassiers that I have painted as Spanish Cuirassiers. I painted them all in the ‘captured’ uniform. If this unit represents the entire regiment then most would have probably been in shakos and simple red British supplied tunics (a bit of guess work here). The flag is one I found on the internet and resized. I did these away from home and my normal painting environment.
The regiment was formed in Catalonia were it fought between 1810 and 1814.
The regiment was divided in several detachments due to the lack of cavalry in Catalonia. It took part in a lot of minor actions including two raids in French territory.
May: The 24th the regiment is raised in Reus from the regiment of Húsares de Granada: 1 regiment with 2 squadrons. 360 men and 140 horses. Coronel: Juan Malats. The uniforms were supplied by the british and the equipment captured to the 3rd Provisional Cuirassiers at the battle of Mollet.
July: Absorbs the detachment of Cazadores de Olivenza which was in Catalonia. Now the regiment has 15 officers, 385 troopers and 355 horses in two squadrons. Coronel Juan Malats, Lieutenant Coronel (?) Casasola, Mayor Juan Jaldón.
September/October: A detachment of 60 men in General O’Donnell army fought in different actions near Barcelona: Molí del Besós (18/09) were it takes 68 soldiers and 10 cuirassiers as prisoners and at Creu Coberta (24/10) were it takes 57 more prisoners. However in a fight with the Italian Dragon Napoleon regiment one of its companies (about 30men) is completely destroyed.
The rest of the regiment operated in the zone between Tasrragona and Benicarló.
January: The regiment is reorganized at Valls: 2 squadrons, 254 men, 195 horses. It fights the French 24th of Dragoons at Plà de Sta. Maria.
April-June: The regiment is divided between Tarragona (Div. Campoverde) where it takes part in the defense of the city and Empordà (Div. Volante) fighting at Figueres and Olot.
May: escapes from Tarragona.
October: 1st raid in French territory (Div. Eroles). Actions at Montluis (24/10) and Marens (29/10) 50 troopers involved.
November: Combats at Vallès: San Celoni (03/11), La Garriga (05/11), Granollers and Hostalric (07/11)
January: MOMENT OF DISGRACE. Battle of Altafulla (24/01), French division of Maurice-Mathieu tries to relief the city of Tarragona (now under siege by the Spanish). The two armies clash in Ferran on the banks of Gayà River. The regiment (about 200 men) is charged by the 29th Chasseurs a Cheval. Many troopers are killed (only 40 left) and Lieutenant Coronel taken prisoner.
February: 2nd raid in French territory. Actions of Tarascon, Cabannes, Foix and MontLuis.
May: MOMENT OF GLORY. Molins de Rey bridge. The regiment charges taking 200 prisoners to the enemy. Only 1 dead and 5 wounded. Mayor Juan Gonzalez Anleo.
August: Battle of Molins de Rei captures 400 prisoners. Coronel Luis Decreft.
February: The regiment is in Vic. 140 men and 151 horses.
May: Bisbal del Penedès (17/05). 1 dead, 1 wounded and 2 horses killed.
July: Battle of Torregrossa (27/07): Coronel Juan Gonzalez Anleo leads three charges against the enemy squares. 10 dead and 26 wounded.
December: Siege of Lleida.”
Seeing as how much I hate cavalry I really seem to be painting a lot of them at the moment. My latest unit I am working on is a regiment of Spanish Cuirassiers. Now these are a bit later than my 1808 Spanish army by a few years but I had these Perry Plastic Cuirassiers and did not need them as French (have four metal regiments as yet unpainted for my French army), so decided to do them as Spaniards. I am not sure how many men the Spanish actually outfitted in captured French kit but thought that they looked neat – which was enough for me.
I have been dreading painting these Highlanders ever since I brought the Victrix plastic sets off Trademe over a year ago. Probably more like two years ago. I think that the kilts were what was giving me conniptions. As it turns out it was not the kilts but the damned dicing on the bonnets. I just couldn’t get it right and after stuffing it up and repainting about four times I just left it as is. As long as they are identifiable from wargaming distance as Highlanders I
am sure that people wont mind don’t care now.
As far as the tartan goes I knew I could never paint as detailed as some that I have seen, so went with what I could to approximate the 42nd’s tartan. In the end I am pretty happy with how they turned out.
The miniatures are Victrix with a smattering of Perry Miniatures parts (loading arms, a sergeant’s pike arm and a few other bits and bobs) and a single Westfalia Miniatures ‘Rude Highlander’. Will save the other one in the Westfalia set for the 79th. I have a matching casualty base from the Perry Miniatures British casualty set I painted a year or so back. The flag is the post-Peninsular one that comes in the Victrix Highlanders box.