Thursday, 26 January 2017

From MichaelP - Napoleonic Spanish Light Infantry (72 points)

I have finished 18 20mm infantry figures, representing Spanish infantry of the Napoleonic Wars.  The figures belong to my friend Tony, who goes by the name of MS Foy and who runs the wonderfully eclectic blog Prometheus in Aspic.  Tony has been very kind to me over the years, and I wanted to repay him by offering to paint this unit for him.


Tony has been building a Spanish army ca 1809, which is quite distinctive in that most of the troops wear bicornes and wear some lovely uniforms.  There are some impressive group shots of his army here.

He asked me to paint these figures in the uniform of a rather mysterious regiment of light infantry called the Voluntarios de Campo Mayor.   It's mysterious because Campo Mayor is the name of a place in Portugal, so it's odd that the Spanish would name a regiment after it.  There's a long discussion about it here, if you are so interested.

The figures themselves are manufactured by a Spanish company, Falcata.  As it was explained to me, Falcata were a pair of sculptors whose early work was quite fine, but who apparently couldn't sustain a business model.  One of Tony's friends was their UK distributor for a while and got badly burned financially.  I am not sure Falcata figures are still available.  I found these figures to be quite detailed and mostly crisp sculpts, but alas, I am not a talented enough figure painter to capture that sort of detail in 20mm.  I am much happier doing Napoleonics in 6mm.

Command group:


Skirmishers in their distinctive brown capes.


Marching chaps.




Eighteen 20mm foot figures at 4 points each should get me 72 points.  Tony asked me NOT to base these figures, as he has his house method of basing, and they will be much easier to mail if they are unbased.  However, if the Minions wish to enforce the penalty for unbased figures, which I think is 25%, I think I would lose 18 points and thus only get 54.   Plus there is no flag, Tony is still researching the flag carried by Campo Mayor, but that's his problem now.  I am just happy to get these figures back to their master.
 
You are definitely selling yourself short, Padre! These are some splendid Spanish Infantry that you produced. They are sporting some very sharp uniforms, I like the brown capes of the skirmishers. These fellows remind me of my own stalled Penninsular War project! I struggle to get this level of detail on 28mm Napoleonics!
Yes there is a 25% penalty for unbased troops, but these are prepped for block basing I see with the grassy green applied to their intregal bases. They are also a friendly commission for a friend, it would be churlish to dock generosity! I am only disappointed that I will have to wait to see them fully done with regimental colors!
 

29 comments:

  1. Great looking regiment and rather an interesting history

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. Tony has done a ton of research on the Spanish army of this era, it is quite a complex and fascinating subject. Not all bad troops by any means.

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  2. Lovely looking napoleonic Spanish infantry, I am tempted by them myself but it would have to be in 28mm, really very nice.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you, Iain. When I succumbed to the Nappy bug I decided to do 6mm, but if I was doing a larger scale, now, I would go straight to 28mm and not do figures like this 20mm Falcatas. Too demanding in detail, too small a canvas to work with.

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  3. Very nice, they look like old-school Britains figures with those bases.

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    1. Yes, I see that now that you mention it. I had a LOT of Britains once, and treated them very badly.

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    2. Don't feel bad Michael, I think many of us treated our first toy soldiers very badly. :)

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  4. Nice work Mike! You should paint more horse and musket figures.

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    1. Funny you mentioned that, I just bought a bunch of 28mm SYW figures to round out a collection I started years ago .... it's one of my favourite periods.

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  5. I like the colours and the uniforms and for 20mm an outstanding job.

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    1. Thanks, Clint, it is a marvellously colourful regiment and because Tony favours an Old School look, I didn't do much shading or blending, except to line out the edges of the crossbelts in black, which I kinda regret now, and some washes for the faces and pants.

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  6. These are excellent, Padre!

    All these Napoleonics this Challenge - I haven't painted any for decades, but I'm tempted to give them a go now!

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    1. Thanks, Evan. Funny, here I was wondering why there weren't more Naps in this year's Challenge ...

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  7. They really look sharp Michael. You did a fine job on these and I'm enjoying these colorful uniforms.

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  8. Very nice indeed and what a curious regiment...

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    1. thanks, Jamie, though maybe not so curious now that the mystery of their name (to celebrate Spain's capture of a Portugese town/fortress) has been solved.

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  9. Great work! Love to see bicornes! Very nice stuff Michael.

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    1. Bicornes are almost as cool as fezzes ..

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  10. Thank you all. Tony has solved the mystery of the regimental name. They were Spanish, raised in Seville, and named after Spain's capture of the town and fortress of Campo Mayor. This unit saw a lot of action, and was later reclothed in a British design of uniform during one of the many reforms of the Spanish army. All the gory details here: http://prometheusinaspic.blogspot.ca/2017/01/1809-spaniards-voluntarios-de-campo.html

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  11. I'm with Greg, love the bicornes (and the history of the unit). Great work Michael!

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  12. Very nice, I'm sure Tony will love 'em!

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    1. Thanks Ray, I do believe he is pleased ...

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  13. Splendid looking chaps! Tony really is a lucky guy.

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