These are the twelve Front Rank Spanish Guerrillas that Roly (Arteis) gave me a few months back. I painted and based these guys in a single day. A record for me.
My Spanish Guerrilla force so far. I will be adding some irregular lancers next I think.
Yesterday I knocked out three Spanish guerrilla leaders for my burgeoning Spanish irregular collection. Manufacturers are Front Rank, Brigade Games and Eureka Miniatures.
A little background – a few months back my gaming buddy Roly gave me some bits and bobs he had left over from his own Peninsular War armies. A dozen Front Rank guerrillas were included in this lot. I have just finished painting them today but not photographed as yet. To lead them I have painted this Front Rank miniature. He is Don Gabriel Alvarado del Costa, also known by his nom-de-guerre ‘El Rolissimo’.
Next up is that scourge of the French, Comandante Teresa Moreno. She is a Brigade Games miniature from their excellent Spanish guerrilla range. She is a crack shot with her Baker rifle, and known as La Aguja ‘the Needle, and not because of her skill with embroidery.
Finally we have the more than slightly mad monk, Father Salbatore, known as El Abad “the Abbot”. He hates the godless French and shows them no mercy. He is a Eureka Miniatures figure from their Tyrolean Militia 1797-1809 range.
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.
I knocked these guys out the other day while I was home from work after having a brief surgical procedure. The figures are Front Rank.
First off General Pakenham receives an order from one of Wellington’s staff officers.
General Lowry Cole points out enemy dispositions to his Spanish Aide-de-camp.
The two command stands. These were cut from balsa as I had no MDF bases the right size on hand.
I originally got these Old Glory British Marines for use in my War of 1812 project that I started back in about 2004. The set of thirty figures has two officers, two drummers and twenty-six Marines in six other poses, with a number of head variants.
For Black Powder I can break up the battalion and use them for Small or Tiny units, or keep them together as a full battalion.
These miniatures are a bit smaller than the Perthshire Volunteers that I painted as the fictional “Loamshires” a few weeks ago. Not massively so, but it was noticeable. Maybe it was just that their hats weren’t quite as tall.
And a final word to my muse who hasn’t complained about my models and paints being all over the place for large chunks of the past year – Thank You. I do love you.
I wanted a small band of armed monks, either to stand as their own unit or to be part of a larger guerrilla force for Peninsular War games. I had the Perry Carlist armed monks for some time, but decided to round the unit out with a some figures from the East Riding Miniatures line of Spanish irregulars for the Napoleonic Wars.
First off, these East Riding guys are huge. They are at the top end of 28mm scale. The monk in the firing pose is 33mm from sole to eye. That is a full 5mm taller than the Perry Miniatures that they are based alongside. If you go the the East Riding Miniatures website I have to say that the photos do not do these models justice at all. Way better in the flesh, so to speak.
You can see the elevation of the front figures to even out the height overall.
Where there are a mix of manufacturers on the same base I based the larger figure at the back of the base and mounted the Perry figures a good 5-6mm higher at the front.I think it looks OK, despite the height difference of the miniatures.
It only took most of the year but I have finally finished my first Spanish infantry brigade. With my British troops already painted I could actually have a Peninsular War game now – as long as the Anglo-Spanish don’t want any cavalry support.
Marching in the bright Spanish sun is the Milicias de Prov de Oviedo. You can tell that by the flag – apparently.
The battalion deploys for battle. These are Perry Miniatures Carlist war infantry. The Basque berets are not exactly right but who cares I say.
The eagle eyed among you may spot an Elite Miniatures regular officer leading this regiment.
Three battalions of Militia head off to face the French. The battalion in the background is made of Brigade Games Spanish Militia and can be seen here.
Another shot of the Oviedo Militia marching through a small village.
Their brigade is joined by a battalion of Regulars from the La Reina Regiment.
The brigade deployed for battle with partisans on the flank to harry the French.
Next step in this army is the raising of some cavalry support. Elite Miniatures Australia is now selling Spanish dragoons, so I will get some of those in due course.
No Peninsular War game can really be complete without a small band of Spanish Guerrillas to harry the flanks of the French and disrupt their columns of march. I have already painted up the Brigade Games Spanish guerrillas as a militia regiment so decided to use Front Rank for my first actual Guerrilla band.
One thing that you can always be assured of when you buy Front Rank figures is that they are well cast, clean, take paint well and are damned well fed. These guys are obviously doing pretty well looting French supply wagons.
This unit is just sixteen figures strong. I based them on 40x40mm laser-cut MDF bases. Bases are finished with Polyfilla, painted and flocked with the addition of some grass and flower tufts.
They are mounted two to three to a base, to reflect their irregular and skirmish deployment. I am in the process of painting a couple of character figures who will be based separately for Sharpe Practice games.
Here they are taking cover behind a wall to ambush some unsuspecting French.
These Front Rank figures some with a variety of headgear – from berets and scarves to top hats.
The figure of the man pointing a pistol wearing cape is probably my favourite figure amongst this group that I purchased.
I also like this officer with his death’s head insignia on his top hat.
I am planning on one more irregular infantry unit – a Small unit of armed Spanish monks. I already have four Perry miniatures left over and have just ordered some more from East Riding Miniatures to finish them off.
My latest battalion for the British Army of the Peninsular War. The 43rd (Monmouthshire) Light Infantry were part of the famous Light Division under General Crauford.
These are 28mm Victrix hard plastic multi-part miniatures. While I enjoyed the assembly and the actual painting, I have not enjoyed plastic figures as much as I thought I would. I have another two battalions on the go and once they are finished I won’t be going plastic again – unless I have absolutely no choice. I am pretty careful and I managed to break three bayonets that I just could not glue back on, necessitating the removal and replacement of whole muskets and arms. I have a crap load of these guys – like seven boxes, so I guess I will have spares for a long time.
Anyway – on with the battalion. The flags are GMB – rushed to me in about a week from the UK to NZ. The eagle-eyed amongst you may spot a couple of Perry bodies and backpacks.
I just got the latest battalion finished for my British army. I am not sure the 69th Foot ever fought in the Peninsular campaign, but …well..what they heck. I had a flag for it.
Figures are Victrix Peninsular British 28mm hard plastic. There are a couple of Perry British ‘arms’ in use in there for some variety. There is also a guest appearance by a Front Rank figure.
Once again I have used 40x50mm bases – mostly to give the plastic bayonets some protection from fat fingers, wargame terrain and so forth.
I used a French officer’s greatcoat from the Victrix French Napoleonic set to give the senior officer of this battalion something to wear.
I quite liked the kneeling to receive cavalry pose that can be built from the British set so it was good that I recently acquired a lot of boxes of second hand Victrix sprues.
The figure at the back of the next shot loading his musket has received a set of Perry British arms. These two manufacturer’s bits and pieces fit together perfectly. The shakos and packs are sized differently so I wouldn’t mix them in the same unit but using arms, heads and so forth presents no assembly problems..
The sergeant does not have molded stripes so they have to be painted on. The flags are from Victrix – one of the sets that come with the boxes of infantry.
Another view of the standards.