I got a couple of boxes of Warlord Games plastic Portuguese infantry a few years ago off Scott at Kapiti Hobbies. They sat undercoated and ready to paint on my table for the best part of three years whilst I was in the midst of my painting block. However, I decided to get cracking on them and finished them last week.
The Warlord Games set comes with 24 figures. Twenty are plastic and there are four metal command figures. The standard bearers come with wire flagstaffs with very pointy spear points. Be aware that they will jab you under the finger nail if you are not careful and draw blood. The figures come basically as one part miniatures to which you glue the backpack and the head variant you want – Barrentina or Stovepipe shakos and a head in a fatigue cap. I went with the barrentina shakos to match my earlier period Portuguese infantry already painted.
These figures are OK but are plastic. Which means I have been my usual paranoid self when it comes to fretting about broken bayonets. Some of the figures have some dodgy moulding – cuffs that merge into ration bags for instance, but on the whole they are pretty clean.
These guys will pass muster on the tabletop but not so much for close up scrutiny. I did not use the flag sheet that came with the box, but printed off a sheet of Portuguese flags I found on the internet and used two. I know they are not right for the regiment – one of the ones with red cuffs and piping – but frankly, I don’t give a rat’s arse about that. They look vaguely Portuguese so that is good enough for me.
These have been lurking a long time in boxes and at the very back of the model cabinet. Old Minifigs. I am pretty sure that they are British infantry painted as Portuguese but they may in fact be actual Minifigs Portuguese miniatures – I am just not sure. I was thinking of rebasing these to my current basing system and using them next game. Anyway, enjoy some Old School Naps.
For comparison – these are my latest Portuguese infantry.
It is is Sunday here in New Zealand and I have just photographed the unit I finished last night. Three units completed this week. One was already started/mostly done by last weekend but still – not bad going.
These miniatures are Elite Miniatures produced in Australia by Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia. If you have not visited his web-store you will almost certainly have seen his fantastically inspiring Lonely Gamer blog.
As I am theming my army as Early Peninsular War I have gone with Portuguese in the barrentina shako and early uniform. Elite only make one set of Cacadores in this rig comprising four poses (Kneeling Firing, Standing at Ready, Loading and a guy that looks a bit like he should be sweeping a broom – advancing I guess) who are all armed with muskets. In the 1812+ Cacadore range there are mounted officers, drummers and foot officers. I decided to go for a 24 figure battalion and just mix the four poses I had. I may get a few more and do some head swaps to get officers – or more probably just leave things as they are.
These were nice big minis. Nathan really cast these up well – they were pretty crisp and only needed a bit of cleaning up – a bit of flash in the odd undercut but that was about it. I have found that these older style figures that are more animated than most of the ‘modern school’ of figures often have more underarm flash but half an hour or so with an xacto knife and file isn’t much out of my hobby time. I went with the red cuffs of the 2nd Moura Regiment – because I like the red and brown. I hate painting yellow so used GW Zamesi Desert as is for the tunic lace. Against the brown I don’t think it looks too bad. The brown itself is a 50/50 mix of GW Rhinox Hide/Doombull Brown.
The second unit I finished this week was some artillery support for my budding Portuguese brigade. The gunners are all Elite Miniatures purchased from Elite Miniatures Australia. The guns are plastic Victrix British artillery. I picked the set up cheaply – mostly for the guns rather than the gunner figures. I am sure I will find a use for them at some stage though.
I think that this year’s NapCon will have a Peninsular War theme, so I want to get as many unit completed before hand as I can. Still to do for my Allied forces – three regiments of Spanish Cavalry (Line, Dragoon and Hussar) and another British Light Dragoon regiment, several Spanish regiments and some other odds and sods stuff.
My army is themed around 1808-1811 so all my Portuguese are in the barrentina shako.
My first completed Napoleonic unit since January last year. I actually had these guys undercoated and the first dabs of colour on them at that time but fell into a depressive funk and they sat on the painting table until last week. I actually feel as if I have my Napoleonic mojo back – a good thing as I have three regiments of British and Spanish Cavalry staring at me at the moment.
I painted these guys with no real reference material so was pleasantly to find that according to my copy of Military Dress of the Peninsular War there was indeed a regiment with white cuffs, blue collars and red piping.
2nd (Lagos) Infantry. 28mm Elite Miniatures models supplied by Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia.
My first regiment of Portuguese for my Anglo-Portuguese Army. This is the 1st Battalion, 23rd (2nd Almeida) Regiment. I have the 2nd Battalion of the same regiment on the painting blocks now. These are nice animated Elite Miniatures cast up by Nathan Vinson at Elite Miniatures Australia. The flag is from Warflags and is probably wrong but as usual – I don’t care.
And here is Our Nellie keeping watch over the troops.
And of course Jasper is King of All he Surveys.
The good news at the Woolshed is that we have had some rain. The ground is still very dry but if we get another three days of even this light rain the grass will take off again.