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Memory Lane: Minifigs British

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.

 

Waterloo – again.

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.

 

Voluntario de Cataluna – Front Rank Miniatures

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.

 

Coraceros Españoles 28mm – Perry Miniatures

In a world wide exclusive I was really excited to get my hands on the new Perry Spanish Cuirassier set.

Spanish Cuirassier 6

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.

From http://tocdesomatent.blogspot.com/
ENGLISH TEXT

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.

1810

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.

1811

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)

1812

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.

1813

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.”

WIP – Spanish Cuirassiers

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.

42nd “Black Watch” Highlanders

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.

“Los Colorados” The Beunos Aries Battalion

 

The Beunos Aries Battalion was constituted from Spanish prisoners taken during the British attacks on Spanish Argentina in 1806. These prisoners had been transported to Britain and were held in hulks in the Thames Estuary. When Spain became an ally they were shipped back to Spain, landing at Coruna, and due to a lack of Spanish kit were outfitted with standard British uniforms and equipment – hence their nickname, “Los Colorados”. They were attached to General Joaquin Blake’s Army of Galicia. At the Battle of Medina del Rioseco (July 14, 1808) they were taken in the flank and ridden down by French Cavalry and destroyed as a viable unit.

I would have liked to think that the Beunos Aries battalion managed at least one volley before they were destroyed so I have modeled them as a firing line – the only one so far in my Spanish army which is all currently March Attack infantry.

As you can see the infantry are standard Perry Miniatures plastics (I know – I swore I would not do any more plastics) but the heads are all from Victrix.  I prefer the Victrix heads to the Perry ones and I have hundreds of the buggers from a bulk buy of Victrix sprues I did a few years ago in an internet trade with a local wargamer. There is a solitary Victrix officer as well.  I replaced the plastic flag poles with metal. I decided to do the plumes and cockades in Spanish red. I included a Grenadier company (why not) but the rest are fusileros.

I have no idea of the flags this short-lived unit carried, if any, so gave them two ‘generic’ Spanish standards mostly because I think that they look cool with two flags. The flags themselves are old Captain Miniatures flags that they once gave away free off their website when they were still in existence.

Basing is my standard Napoleonic mix – Selley’s Permafilla, some ballast for stones, painted in three shades of housepaint (light brown, some darker splodges and dry brush of an off white (actually it is the exact shade of GW Ubshanti Bone except comes in test pots that only cost $NZ4.00 for six times the volume of paint)  and some flock and shrubbery added.

In doing this battalion I also had the notion of doing another command stand and a light company stand, I could use it as a militia battalion for Canada 1812-15 – red plumes not withstanding.

Spanish Reina Dragoons – Elite Miniatures

Got these yellow coated Dragoons finished. A lovely cold but clear early winter day at the Woolshed meant I could take some pics outside where there was some light. The Woolshed lighting leaves a lot to be desired at the moment.

These are all Elite Miniatures. Only one pose of trooper is available, along with a single officer, standard bearer and trumpeter. I think that they still look quite dynamic despite that. With the horses available they don’t all sit the same way on their mounts so that even without repositioning sword arms they look like a regiment at the canter/gallop. Which direction I will leave up to your imagination.

Look, for the life of me I do not know why WordPress re-orients pictures that were taken in portrait and that I have modified to be landscape. I cannot get the them right way up so either tilt your head or your monitor.   Figured it out!!

The flag is a fabric Maverick Models “white” Spanish cavalry flag kindly donated to me by Lawrence at This Life in Lead.

 

 

And some pictures of the Spanish Cavalry Brigade I have finished over the last month or so.

WIP – Spanish Mounted Bananas

If there is one thing I hate more than painting Cavalry it is painting Cavalry in yellow tunics. What were the designers of military costumes in the Napoleonic period thinking when they gave Spanish Dragoons yellow coats, yellow pistol covers, yellow saddle cloths and yellow capes and portmanteaus? Certainly not about people like me who have real trouble with that colour.

This is where I am up to after a week of effort. One figure almost completed – more of a test than anything else. I am just not sure if it is too bright? I have not varnished it yet. I did base coat in GW Zamesi Desert, then a mix of Zamesi Desert/Sunburst Yellow (don’t know the new name) and then a final going over with GW Golden Yellow (old name).

 

Spanish Maria-Luisa Hussars 1808 – Elite Miniatures

Well first off, the astute among you will notice that these are not in fact Elite Miniatures Spanish Hussars because they don’t make any. They are in fact Elite Miniatures 1806 Prussian Hussars.

When I decided to include a light cavalry unit the only company I saw who made Spanish Hussars was Eagle Miniatures. Because I was already ordering a bunch of British and Spanish heavy cavalry from Elite Miniatures Australia I decided that their Prussian Hussars were a close enough fit for me despite the incorrect trousers, boots, mirliton caps and saddle cloths – but seriously – who notices that sort of thing? I will one day get some of the Eagle Spanish La Mancha Lancers after seeing them in the flesh, so to speak, on This Life in Lead blog so perhaps I may get a unit of their Hussars and do the Espagne Hussars at that time.

Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia included another officer in my order so I have based him separately as a general or commander.  Despite my hate of painting cavalry these were not so bad to be honest. Maybe I am just getting used to them. I did all the horses, then saddles, then the base uniform colours, and then finished two figures at time until I had done them all. It was the only way I could get through them. Reasonably happy with how they turned out.

UPDATE: Well spotted Alejandro Quiles from TMP.

Sorry but you painted them wrong… they should be: blue pelisses, red dolman…

Yep – had painted six before I realised my mistake. I just couldn’t be stuffed fixing the error. Given I have the Loamshire Volunteers and the Real Compania Irlandesa in my Anglo-Spanish Army, a unit of incorrectly uniformed Spanish Hussars should fit right in.

Next up – Spanish Dragoons.