The answer is, yes. If you want to know who, go to this wiki-link.This is one of those iconic units so beloved by wargamers. I wanted one too, so when Alec sculpted these last year they went straight into my next Front Rank order. I wasn't disappointed, they are superbly designed and executed.
The trouble with this unit, and I've painted it at least twice over the years for clients, is that it's a headache to paint: Black, black and more black; even the buttons are black; and so are the cuffs, which I'd forgotten were black.
I've learned that I have to throw away my usual painting 'order of march' when doing this unit.
- Painted hands and faces.
- Painted none black equipment (canteens, packs and pack rolls, musket stocks), and hair.
- Highlighted coats, lace and shako plumes.
- Painted blue collar and shoulder straps, which are best highlighted very light.
- Touched up belts, shako, shoes, and musket metal with plain black to re-establish some nice hard edges.
- Highlighted black belts, shoes, shako, etc.
- Finished, as usual, with metals.
- Blue Hue: Used for soft stuff such as clothing, plume and lace: Black (33) and sky blue (89). I added a bit of white (34) to this hue to get a third highlight, dry brushed over lace and plume to bring these details out even further.
- Grey Hue: Used for hard stuff such as belts, shako and shoes: Black (33) and white (34) - only two highlights used.
All in all, they make for quite an impressive, if funerial, unit.
The thing is, I can't find a picture of the the hat badge for this 1809 unit. These Front Rank figures came with a running horse badge, so they have that. If you know differently (I suspect they had a hunting horn) please let me know so I can edit this with proper info.
Officially, that is the Anglo-Portuguese project done. All of the originally planned units, plus this late addition, are now painted. However, when I ordered the Spanish hordes a few months ago, I added a couple of extra British units and three French units. Consequently, I'm ploughing on.
Next up, 51st (2nd West Riding) Light Infantry - my local regiment, their regimental museum is in Halifax - to fight alongside the Brunswick Oels Jagers as part of 7th Division.