Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Sunday, 10 October 2021
Another Lancastrian commander but with greater longevity as he fled the disater at Barnet.
He was with the future Henry VII at Bosworth and survived through to his son HenryVIII dieing in 1513 at the grand old age of 72.
Saturday, 9 October 2021
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Again a hotch-potch of uniforms as I think the Carlist might well have looked. This time a famous unit the Chapelzuris whose most noteable encounter was at the Battle of Oriamendi where the British Legion was defeated.
Friday, 24 September 2021
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Sunday, 29 August 2021
This is the figure I had commissioned in the UK. I have added Sash & Saber's Hungarian command to fill out the drummer, officer and standard bearer. I will also be doing a second battalion in a light blue uniform for the Szluiner regiment.
The figure comes in three parts: the body, sabre and head. The only problem is that the prong on the head (which should insert into a hole in the neck/stock) is placed centrally and when you align them up you get a chap without a chin. I have experimented with cutting off the prong but that produces a weak connection. I will have to experiment further with the second battalion of Szluiners to see if I can get a better fit. Note that I have also done a grenadier company of four figures using Sash & Saber's grenadier heads.
It is unlikely that Grenzers carried flags in the field but Dave Morfitt, in his excellent blog “Not by Appointment”, has shown a speculative penant-type flag which is really too wonderful not to use.
I aim to do the Szluiner battalion sometime in September.
Saturday, 28 August 2021
Monday, 16 August 2021
I bought a box out of curiosity as soon as they became available. I had started an 18mm FPW project that I soon abandoned as I like the 18mm scale but did not enjoy painting the figures – I have realized that as I grow older so the figures need to get larger to paint half decently.
These Perry figures are very nice indeed. Each box has 39 figures – one command sprue of 4 figures, two skirmisher sprues each of 6 figures (one of which is a dead chap) and 5 sprues of line figures (each of 5 figures). That adds up to 41 and I suppose that includes the 2 dead guys.
I have done 24 figures in this battalion and will add 6 figures of skirmishers. Effectively one will be able to throw forward one company of skirmishers out of four. Unused in the box remains another 6 skirmishers and a sprue of line. The formation in the pictures is in column which will be murdered by the French chassepot so it may be worth painting the second skirmisher company as well.
Whether I continue with these is unknown. I will certainly buy a French plastic box when it becomes available. I should also mention that the painting guide included in the box is a great help as are the two flag examples, one of which I have used here. Note the lovely black/silver pennants which were battle honours and were of greater status than the flags themselves.
Sunday, 15 August 2021
Sunday, 1 August 2021
This unit has the same uniform as the 1st but I have given them white trousers, summer wear, to distinguish them from their colleagues. As for the missing 3rd, I have no information about them.
Note the inclusion of a monk with a blunderbuss.
Sunday, 18 July 2021
This is the 2nd Guipuzcoan with a variety of uniforms and civilian clothes plus the blue boina or beret. It's worth noting that the cleric is showing his political allegiance by wearing the boina as well as holding a pistol in his right hand. I really like the mix of clothing.
Friday, 16 July 2021
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Here is the first of four battalions for this brigade. They wear the frockcoat and red boina although I have mixed them up with civilian type dress for variety. I have given them a cleric too for added fervour! I plan to do the 1st (red boina), 2nd (blue boina), 4th (red boina) and 5th (white boina).
Eighteen figures in the battalion plus 3 skirmishers. I think that Carlist battalions were likely to be larger than Liberal ones so I may well add an extra 6 figures in due course. My Liberal battalions will be 20 figures strong and 2 skirmishers.