Tuesday, 8 August 2017

52nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry

28mm Napoleonic British, the 52nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry.

Time for some more Napoleonic British, namely the 52nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry Regiment. This regiment has an impressive record culminating in being instrumental at repulsing the French Middle Guard at the battle of Waterloo 1815 specifically the 4th Fusilier-Chasseurs on my previous post.
Under the command of their colonel Sir John Colborne, they were part of Adam's 3rd Brigade, together with the 95th Rifles and 71st Highland Light Infantry during the Hundred Days (Waterloo) Campaign.

This regiment seems to have kept their old stove pipe shakos (hats) from the peninsular wars rather like the 28th Gloucester regiment. Their facing colours (cuff and collars) were a light buff, buttons were silver. Shako badges were probably brass (bugles) but could be silver (bugles) for light infantry. The Green plume denoting light infantry status.

Trained to operate in loose skirmish order as well as close order, just as regular line infantry, forming squares against enemy cavalry charges as necessary, the regiment number 1,130 rank and file at the battle Waterloo suffering 168 wounded and 38 killed during that engagment.

The 52nd Regiment elected to carry their 'colours' (flags) during the Peninsular wars, other light infantry regiments did not. During this period the regiment acquired the battle honours: Hindoostan, Vimeiro, Corunna, Bussaco, Fuentes d'Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vitoria, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula and Waterloo.

In my opinion I regard the Light Infantry to be one of the most useful and versatile regiments to be fielded in any Napoleonic British wargames army on the table, second only to the 95th Regiment of Rifles.

Next on the painting table for my mini Napoleonic campaign are two Battalion of Belgian line infantry, all Perry miniatures.

So until then,
Tally ho, Peter

Sunday, 23 July 2017

28mm Napoleonic Middle Guard Chasseur-Fusiliers

It's been quite a while since my last post, something to do with my computer going pop. Anyhow I'll upload a mishmash of the stuff I've finished over the last few weeks starting with Napoleon Bonaparte's Fusilier-Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard, these troops were considered to be the 'Middle Guard', veterans who are most likely to be promoted to the Old Guard assuming they'll survive the rigours of campaign long enough.

In 1815 these troops made up the 3rd and 4th battalions of Chasseur a pied of the Imperial Guard, the 1st & 2nd battalions being Old Guard troops.

 As it is these troops have a mix of uniforms and equipment giving them an adhoc appearance, all should have a variety of ranks and campaign stripes/chevrons.

Fusilier-Chasseurs of the Middle Guard.

Anyhow more British and some Belgians next,
oh and have a Great Summer holiday
Best Regards,

Monday, 29 May 2017

28mm Napoleonic Prince of Orange 1815

William The Prince of Orange at the battles of Quatre Bras & Waterloo 1815.
At last I've managed to find some time to finish my Dutch-Belgian command base for a 'Hundred Days Campaign, featuring William the Prince of Orange. William has come in for some stick over the years but his Chief of staff namely General Baron de Constant Rebecque saved Wellington's reputation by ignoring his order to deploy westward away from Bluchers Prussian army and instead blocked the road to Brussels at Quatre Bras to the French Corps led by Marshall Ney.

 William chats with General Chasse, an aide de camp hovers within reach. The figures are all 'Perry miniatures' cos they paint up a treat.
Based on a 75mm diameter round base gives sufficient room for three mounted officers.
The grass tufts and small bushes I made using my flock box (or shock box as I've affectionately call it after touching the charged copper plate on numerous occasions).

Dutch Staff for the Hundred Days Campaign.
General Baron de Constant Rebecque's decision to ignore Wellington's orders and deploy the Nassau and then Dutch-Belgian forces at 'Quatre Bras' saved Wellington from an almighty screw up. General de Rebecque  authorized General Perponcher to move one of his brigades, that of Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar to Quatre Bras to challenge Lefebvre-Desnouettes advance of 2000 cavalry on Frasnes just south of Quatre Bras. 

General Perponcher on foot with map,General Baron de Constant Rebecque on foot pointing, ADC handing message to mounted Guide and Guide on foot holding Generals horse.

Dutch Militia.
Just two battalions of Dutch militia will suffice for my campaign in addition to one Belgian battalion (almost painted), one Dutch line Battalion and maybe some Dutch light infantry (Chasseurs) to go with a battery of Dutch foot artillery, a regiment of Dutch Hussars (featured in an earlier post) and a regiment of Belgian Carabiniers. So I still have a lot of painting to do.

Anyhow have a Great Bank holiday,
All the Best,

Friday, 17 March 2017

28mm Napoleonic Imperal Guard Grenadier à Cheval

28mm French Imperial Guard Grenadiers à Cheval.

I thought I'd boost my French forces by completing a regiment of Grenadiers à Cheval de la Garde Impériale, giving my tiny Imperial Guard some shock troops to play with in my future Napoleonic campaigns. 
This particular regiment rode black horses and numbered upwards of 1166 troopers at best (796 troopers at the battle of Waterloo), I decided to limit myself to just two squadrons of 6 figures each representing 480 men at a ratio of 1 figure = 40 troopers, so I may double their complement some time in the future.

These figures are supplied by 'Perry Miniatures' and paint up a treat, The flag is a GMB flag with the gold fringe frayed with scissors and painted gold. Based on plasticard, each figure has a frontage of 25mm and a depth of 50mm, the terrain effects are filler, graded rocks and tea leaves dyed various shades of green. I have a basing tutorial on this blog, just look down the list of labels in the right hand column.

Any how I've managed to acquire the  remainder of my Dutch Belgian forces so I should be completing those over the following weeks.
All the Best

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

28mm Napoleonic 1st Regiment Nassau & Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar & 6th Dutch Hussars

28mm Napoleonic 1st Nassau-Usingen Regiment Waterloo 1815.
The last two battalions of the Nassau contingent are finished; comprising 3x battalions of infantry (the first battalion finished august 2016), making up the 1st Nassau-Usingen Regiment This completes my Nassau contingent of the Allied army of 1815. I won't require the 2nd Nassau Regiment Because I'm trying to complete a group of small achievable armies which will form part of a larger Allied army.

28mm 1st Nassau-Usingen Regiment

So Onwards with my Dutch Belgian contingent and their command base Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar together with a staff officer and infantry colonel.
Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar commanded the second Brigade of the 2nd Dutch Division at the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.1815

 Bernhard and chums are based on a 60mm diameter round mdf base.

The Dutch 6th Hussars 1815 present at the battle of Waterloo.
I've only acquired 1x squadron of Dutch Hussars so as not to overload my painting desk, I always paint little and often to avoid painters fatigue and keep my enthusiasm fresh.  

Any how,
I have 2x battalions of Dutch Militia half finished at the moment, then I need to acquire some Dutch-Belgian artillery, Belgian line infantry, Dutch line infantry and a squadron or two of Carabinier cavalry to complete my Dutch Belgian contingent, then onwards with the Brunswickers.
All the Best, Peter.