Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wellington’s veterans in the New World



 
       
As mentioned in my New Year’s resolutions, I have been planning a new project in 28mm. So here is the first step in a range of figures which I hope will be as appealing to others as the period and wars of South American Liberation are to me. In summary, perfect small scale and colourful battles from the end of the Napoleonic wars.


Straight off the boat from Britain and Ireland, this was the first of the British Legions to fight in the wars of Spain (pre-dating the British Legion of the Carlist Wars by nearly 20 years). 


These 5000 veterans of Wellington’s disbanding army were a mixture of mostly English, Scottish and Irish soldiers, who were to constitute the elite troops of Simon Bolivar’s Patriot army. They fought in all the decisive battles of the wars of Liberation in the North: starting in 1818 in Venezuela, and Colombia, and finally after 6 years of hard fighting to the decisive battles in Peru in 1824.

Simon Bolivar valued these troops highly for their grit and espirit de corps, and their graveyards and memorials are testament to their effort and sacrifice on the battlefields of South America. Needless to say they captured my imagination, and hence I set about getting them sculpted up in 28mm.

This first unit packs include a command pack, marching, advancing, and skirmishing/firing line figures, all with covered 1816 issue Prussian style British Shakos. This is more than enough to capture the variety of poses and configurations for representing this unit on the table top.
 

I have had some good input directly from Terry Hooker on the accuracy of the uniforms, plus reference to many period prints as well as the very useful book on the subject from Grenadier Productions. The figures themselves are compatible in scale to Perry Miniatures.


These figures will be quickly followed by Spanish and Gran Colombian/ Patriot infantry, then artillery and cavalry. The next two units of Spanish and Gran Colombian Infantry are already at an advanced stage. These will be available for sale in the very near future, and in the following days you can follow the progress of these over at the main site for Orinoco Miniatures (the name for the new range). http://orinoco-miniatures.blogspot.cz/

Certainly I am very interested to hear your feedback on these, and requests/suggestions for any particular units from the Liberation wars that you would like to see me do next. Please do pass on links to this and news of the range to your friends.

LIBERTAD O MUERTE!

10 comments:

  1. These seem strangely familiar??? I think they're beauties, a very under done and interesting period of history, that a lot of people don't know a lot about. I look forward to seeing the collection grow.

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  2. Your figures are amazing and wonderfully sculpted. Good luck for this range

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    1. Thank you for that. More figures are in the pipeline so keep an eye on the blog for new releases.

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  3. Thank you Ray. I'll post up more information in the coming days about these interesting wars; real swashbuckling stuff.

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  4. Those are some very nice figures! Thank you for the mention (Grenadier Productions). Send me an email, I'd like to talk to you about this project!

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    1. Thank you John. I'll be in touch soon.

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  5. Brilliant! Good luck with the venture.

    Have you read the book 'Conquer or Die'? It's a history of this unit throughout Bolivar's Wars of Liberation.

    http://www.amazon.com/Conquer-Die-Wellingtons-Veterans-Liberation/dp/1849081832

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    1. Many thanks for the kind comment. Yes I have that book at home, it's really very good isn't it. It's ideal inspiration for wargaming all those lovely small battles :-)

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  6. Mark, these looks fantastic when you showed me the photos at Salute....and nothing has changed since then! Really super, and I'm really pleased they fit in well with the Perrys. Best of luck with this going forward....and yes, I'll have to pick up a copy of "Conquer or Die"!

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    1. Thank you Sidney. I'll have more pictures up in the near future of the newly cast miniatures with an ink wash so that you can see the details. Yes, do get the book, it's a great read. Hard to believe they were real events as the story of Bolivar and the British Legion reads more like something out of an adventure novel.

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