Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Westphalian Infantry

The newest addition to my French forces in Spain is infantry of the 3rd Westphalian Regiment. I had originally started painting these up as part of Morlot's Division at Tudela, and then read in Oman that the Westphalians (not sure which!) were left behind on garrison duty in northern Spain. And I'm now suspicious that these may have been the light battalion that I believe preceded the others to the Peninsula.
But as these figures were already well underway I continued, certain to get use out of them yet as the Westphalians were part of St. Cyr's 7th Corps in Catalonia until they were withdrawn in 1811.
The Westphalian regiments were raised in Jerome Bonaparte's newly founded Kingdom of Westphalia, a French client state created from the easternmost part of present day Westphalia,  and contributed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th along with the 1st Light to the war in Spain, fighting as the German Division under General Morio. (Westphalian Chevaux-Légeres also fought in Spain, with Victor's 1st Corps, and were present at Talvera.)
These painted figures represent the 3rd Regiment of the Westphalian contingent, mainly because I had available my French HaT figures for this unit and had reference (below) that showed the third in the French cut jacket for 1808-09.

Interestingly this reference shows the 3rd Regiment 1808-09 in the French cut jacket, which suited my purposes as these were the figures I had available

This reference supplied me with the colours for the drummer (Figure 3).

3rd Westphalian Regiment
Another view...

Commander and drummer are from the HaT Line Infantry set (1808), while the flag bearer (with some alterations on the pants) is from the HaT Light Infantry Command set.
After reading much debate as to whether the Westphalians would have had eagles or not, I opted for the conclusion that standards would have had a spear point.
The Westphalian regiments were built on the French model and reference shows the voltigeurs with the green and yellow-tipped plume and green shako cord.

Here is a close up of some of the fusiliers. I have grown fond of these chunky HaT French figures with their well-defined and easy to paint detail - but that's a bizarre nose on the figure on the left!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Vistula Legion Infantry

Continuing with my Tudela project I thought I would tackle some Vistula Legion infantry next. The set is the Waterloo 1815 set, 1812/14, which is considerably later than what I was aiming for (1808) but the uniform didn't change radically. And options for these in 1/72 are limited.
I've painted them as Vistula Legion Infantry more or less as their uniform would have appeared in 1808. I'm sure there are some inaccuracies. The figures themselves were a bit limited as they all carried sword and bayonet which would indicate grenadiers, but lacked epaulettes and distinctive houpettes. I opted to paint the majority as fusiliers with a nod to grenadiers and voltigeurs.
The czapka is also probably not right for the period as it appears the Polish in Spain were wearing shakos, but it makes them look distinctively Polish and I can't swear that the drummer would have this uniform at this stage in the war but wanted to give it a try. And finally I removed the generic Polish eagle flag that came with the set and gave it one specific to the Vistula Legion. Given all the inaccuracies and compromises, I'm still pleased with the results!

I based my colour scheme on image 3a.
…and based my drummer on this 1812 reference.

The entire regiment.

In line of battle.

Command stand.

The drummer in his distinctive and possibly anachronistic uniform. Such a small drum, sir!

The figures were nicely detailed, although missing some features like the occasional cuff flap and not overly varied for a box of 36 (8 poses, three of those command group poses).

There were four duplicate command stand figures (flag bearer, officer and drummer) so I liberated a few heads and placed them on the shoulders of my trusty greatcoated HaT French to round up the numbers!