Just waiting on the other stanrdard bearer and three grenadiers to arrive from Triangle Miniatures… These guys were a blast to paint. Painting these has me rethinking my Napoleonic project. Originally I planned to do the light division with some attached KGL horse. The lack of appropriate light division troops at a reasonible (ready Perry plastics) price and the great deal of enjoyment I have just looking at the guys above mean that I will probably be doing a brigade loosely based upon Picton’s 3rd at Fuentes with a few attached Spanish brigades. Now I know that the few SPanish units that arrived late to Fuentes were not actually involved, but I could honestly care less. These guys will look terrific when bulked out to a 24 man unit.
With triangle miniatures really dragging their feet I am left with a mix of units to paint. I can start on 9 of the Spanish line in bicorne. I am still waiting on 3. I can start on 7 of the 12 Spanish line in top hat. Still missing 5……
I prefer to paint in larger batches as I often mix colors. Even with a color swatch and recipe in a journal, I find it chalenging to exactly match a figure that was painted even a week before. In the interum I have been doing some research on the Spanish army. I am not painting them for a specific scenario and therefore have the freedom to pick and choose between the more extravagent uniforms.
The spanish line in bicorne will be painted as the battalion from Llanes. To the left is the information provided by “Spanish Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2) 1808 – 1812”, published by Osprey.
I found this link that offers the first bit of information I have been able to find about the Battalion Llanes:
New Infantry Units
The bulk of the Spanish regular army was destroyed in 1808 in battles with the French (Sapherson, 1991). Local juntas went about recruiting their own armies by adopting any surviving regulars and raising new volunteer units (Partridge & Oliver, 1998). Catalonia and the Basque country had the advantage of a tradition of local armed irregulars – the miqueletes and somatenes – but other communities also raised troops. Even the universities contributed staff and students to the cause. The lack of horses in Spain meant most of these new units were infantry. By 1809 there were over 100 new infantry regiments contributing at least 150 new battalions. Many of these units had a short life span as they dispersed for lack of supplies, suffered in battle and siege, and/or were amalgamated with other units. Sapherson has a list of units in existence by 1809 including the number of battalions, but does not list units raised subsequently. The list isn’t complete but it is a good starting point.
This new source shows that the Battalion Llanes existed from 1808 to 1809. It was most definitely raised by the local Junta in Asturias.
Painting on 2 SK (skirmish) bases for Honour is finished. I finally got to paint a few of the Front Rank guerrillas that I have been coveating for years. Basing and sealing still to be finished.
These guys will be stading infront of either the Regimento Irlanda, as skirmishers, or a yet to be decided upon militia unit.
The bases are intentionally small. It is optional to even represent SK bases on the table top and in the few test games we have played they are often shuffled out of the way.
Here is the run down of what still needs to be done:
- Finish painting Guerrillas (2 Miniatures) √
- Finish Polish Lancers’ Horses (8 Horses)
- Finish Polish Lancers that are primed (4 Miniatures)
- Receive and finish the missing lancers (4 Miniatures)
- Finish three 40mm Hussars that are primed (3 Miniatures / 3 Horses)
- Finish four primed French Voltigeurs (4 miniatures)
- Receive missing Spanish. Prime and paint 24 Spanish Line. Twelve in the 1805 uniform and twelve in top hats. The 1805 uniformed troops will be painted as Regimento Irlanda. Not sure on the other group. These will get bulked out to 24 man units later. (24 Miniatures)x
- Receive missing Westphalians. Prime and paint 24 Westphalian Line and 4 Voltigeurs. (28 Miniatures)
- Time permitting: 12 more Neapolitan Line in 40mm. (12 Miniatures)
Total to Paint: 81 Foot / 11 Horses
Two guerrillas left to finish a pair of SK bases. I am still waiting on a few replacement figures from Triangle Miniatures. Hopefully they arrive soon. Once the guerrillas are finished I will start on the Polish Lancers that I have…… I am still waiting on 2 that were missing from the last order as well as an arm for one that came damaged.
A few more WIP shots. One of Jose de Espin, a famous guerilla chief. He is right out of Osprey’s Man-at-Arms # 332: “Spanish Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2) 1808 – 1812”. The second photo is of a casulty marker. I still need to seal the base, add basing materials, and secure the mini. He is just placed on at this point. I will make one casulty marker for each regiment that I do. Let’s hope the Perry Brothers bring out British Casulty figures soon.
Here are a few pictures that I found while searching the web for information on the Spanish Army. They are from Napoleon Series.
Regimento Africa at Talavera 1808
Voluntario del Roberto circa 1808
Look at those shoes!