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Saturday, 23 August 2014

More 1809 Spaniards


This week I received a small package of finished figures from BB Wargames. These are always interesting - conversions using Hinton Hunt castings (mostly). Here we have a pleasingly scruffy unit of foot artillery and also a welcome addition to the light cavalry brigade - these are the Cazadores d'Olivencia, who will join my other mounted Cazadores regiment, the (so called) Voluntarios d'Espana.

The cazadores do not yet have their flag, as you see. I know what it looked like, but it will get printed along with a number of other Spanish flags, once I have set them up on PaintShop and once I have got around to buying some decent printer paper for the job. I now have a good supply of cravats and finials, so there are no excuses left apart from procrastination.



Hinton Hunt enthusiasts may enjoy identifying the donor figures - there's a few Austrians in the artillery, I think, and the cavalry officer was definitely Lord Uxbridge in a former life. The cazadores really did wear that scary green colour, by the way.

I have a unit of Kennington hussars to paint (figures kindly supplied by Mr Kinch, of blog fame) and there are another two battalions of line infantry at Lee's prestigious painting factory, so things are moving along nicely.

It would be tedious to complain yet again about Royal Mail, but the Next Day Special Delivery package in which these chaps arrived appears to have been fired from a howitzer to get it here quickly from Norfolk. Damage to the figures was not extensive - one broken ramrod and some paint chips and grazes, but the packaging was top class, so a Next Day Special Effort must have gone into abusing the parcel. It did have FRAGILE written all over it, but FRAGILE is a very long word to read when you are in a hurry, and is in any case sometimes regarded as a challenge. Never mind - as long as the shareholders aren't affected.

8 comments:

  1. Love the motley artillery crews!

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    1. Real soldiers don't whiten their belts or wear the correct hats...

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  2. I like the cavalry especially. They look pretty, but can they fight?

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    1. Nah - course not. In fact, in C&CN they fight OK, but if they retreat you can't see them for dust. Lots of support needed from Leaders, and lots of friends standing close by.

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  3. I especially like the cazadores. They remind me of the figures I see when thumbing my collection of old Wargamer's Digest. To bad about your recent experience with the Royal Maul.

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    1. There were two regiments of mounted cazadores in 1808 - both in this wacky green colour. Certainly not camouflage!

      The parcel was insured, but that really only helps in the event of complete loss - for anything less it is such a life-shorten experience to make a claim that it's easier to count your remaining blessings.

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  4. Very nice, love the green o!f the Cazodores

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    1. Pretty horsemen, all in a row. Like all the other Spanish cavalry they couldn't get remounts, so they must have felt pretty handy marching round on foot dressed like that.

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