Thursday, 22 July 2021

Last of the Portuguese

Stage one of my Peninsular project is rapidly drawing to a close, and not a year too soon. Today I've managed to base up a couple of guns and clear the last of the Portuguese from the lead pile.

This three instalment batch comprised two units of line infantry; two guns and a limber; five skirmish stands of Cacadores. 

All figures are by Front Rank.

12th Line (Chaves). This unit was in 6th Division.

I already know what we'll call these lads! Boys will be boys.
I do like painting Portuguese infantry. The uniform is very simple.

I've done these in white 'summer' trousers. I've done the previous units in blue trousers. These look rather more interesting.
All are painted by yours truly using enamels.















8th Line (Evora). 

This is the only unit I have with the red flag of the Southern Region. 
It was brigaded with the 12th, in 6th Division.
The flags for both line infantry units are by GMB Designs.

Two pieces of Portuguese artillery. 
The uniforms are so simple they were very easy and quick to paint.
A Portuguese limber. This piece needs some explaining. Front Rank don't make a Portuguese limber.
I had to convert a British one. Here the two are pictured side by side. The conversion was a simple one. 

After removing the figures head, the outer rows of buttons had to be cut off and scraped smooth with a scalpel. Then a new head in a Portuguese stovepipe shako was pinned and glued into place.

Shoulder wings were added with Milliput. This was applied as a thin sheet and smoothed out before being cut to shape with a scalpel. I could have gone the paper or thick foil route but the putty solution was quicker and easier.
Lastly, swords were added. The ones I used were a fudge because they are all I had. These are plastic French dragoon swords, with sword knots cut away, from a two figure sprue I had to hand - they should be sabres. Sword belts were added using Milliput in a similar way to how the shoulder wings were done.
And there you have it: A Portuguese limber!
Last up, five skirmish stands of Cacadores to bolster a Divisions skirmish factors when a battalion of Cacadores is present. 

Round stands are by War Bases. Other stands are home cut from MDF sheet.
These are the 6th, The yellow cuffs and collars make them stand out a bit.
So, that's it for now. 

I now only have three batches of figures to do (four units) and stage one of the project will be finished.

Stage two, or at least 80% of it, has arrived from Front Rank, one parcel a week for the last four weeks. What I have to do is ignore it by telling myself it's on another planet until stage one is done and dusted, hopefully by the end of the summer.


8 comments:

David said...

Very nice additions to the collection.

Gonsalvo said...

Very nicely done. I am debating adding a few more units to my meager Portuguese contingent.

IronDuke596 said...

A superbly painted Portuguese army. Well done!
I particularly like your sculpting changes to Portuguese artillery drivers.
P.S. Any additional thoughts as to how you are going to tackle the Spanish army.

IronDuke596 said...

A superbly painted Portuguese army. Well done!
I particularly like your sculpting changes to Portuguese artillery drivers.
P.S. Any additional thoughts as to how you are going to tackle the Spanish army.

IronDuke596 said...

A superbly painted Portuguese army. Well done!
I particularly like your sculpting changes to Portuguese artillery drivers.
P.S. Any additional thoughts as to how you are going to tackle the Spanish army.

JAMES ROACH said...

Spanish: All will be revealed once I've got the last four units of stage 1 done. I've taken delivery of about £1200 worth of Front Rank Spanish in the last month, with a finishing order still to process. The lead pile, currently out of sight and out of mind, has been replenished.

Never fear, Professor Moriarty, the game's afoot and I'm on the case.....

IronDuke596 said...

Sorry. my intent was not rushing you to produce painted Spanish figures (even though your production rate is awesome), which I am sure you will complete at your pace when you are ready; rather it was whether or not you had arrived at a solution to the Spanish uniform dilemma.

I ask because I am in the preliminary planning stage for an east coast Anglo/Spanish/Portuguese/Italian army mainly for the Battle of Castalla. My French army is about 80% complete. So, I am also concerned about the uniforms worn, although from my research so far it would appear that the Spanish army generally was well into their 'Independence/National' uniforms of dark blue coats by 1812 with many exceptions. The good news is that Front Rank has made most of the Spanish army variations.

I look forward to your next post.

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi ID,

No worries. My intent was not to offend, so sorry.

I'm actually in the process of composing the 'Stage 2: The Spanish' post at the moment. However, don't get your hopes up too much. I'm afraid I haven't found the hidden tome. In fact, I've come to the sad realisation that wargames collections that represent the Spanish between 1809 and 1813 are largely calculated guess at best, total smoke and mirrors at worst. The saving grace for all is the knowledge that no one can say what you have is wrong. Fudge, anyone?