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Napoleonic Wars

Post  wfrad on Wed 23 Dec 2009, 10:27 am

This should start off Gasper's area of interest.
Portugal, a nation that doesn’t get the publicity it rightly deserves, always in the shadow of Britain and France in my opinion anyway!
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Re: Napoleonic Wars

Post  gasper on Thu 24 Dec 2009, 3:45 am

Nice, thanks!

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Post  Sean on Thu 24 Dec 2009, 6:04 am

Very nice....does this mean I don't have to do one?

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Post  ChrisF202 on Thu 24 Dec 2009, 6:05 am

Very good Bill. I have always admired the courage of the Portuguese Army in the Napoleonic Wars, they never gave up even as the French occupied entire swaths of their country.

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Napoleonic

Post  wfrad on Thu 24 Dec 2009, 11:38 am

Sean,
By the time that I have managed to do one you could have maybe a dozen or more posted, nice try!
I must agree with you Chris, the Portuguese army puts me in mind of the Belgium army during WWI, maybe not the best comparison though.
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Portugal2

Post  wfrad on Sat 26 Dec 2009, 11:11 pm

Here's two more Portuguese, taken from Osprey.
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French Imperial Guard

Post  wfrad on Sun 27 Dec 2009, 11:34 am

Fatigue dress for the Imperial Guard c1800, I think it gives the general idea.
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French Infantry Musician

Post  wfrad on Sun 03 Jan 2010, 4:47 am

From MAA146 a French army native Musicians uniform of the 15e Leger 1807
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French Infanty facings

Post  wfrad on Mon 04 Jan 2010, 5:07 am

French Infantry facings for 1806.
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Spanish Infantry 1808

Post  wfrad on Fri 15 Jan 2010, 10:05 am

Here's my attempt at a Spanish Fusilier from the Extremadura Infantry Regiment c1808.
Taken from Osprey's MAA332 which gives the following details.
1805 white uniform, crimson collar, cuffs, cuff flaps, lapels, piping, with brass Buttons and black gaiters, The bicorm had a red plum.
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Re: Napoleonic Wars

Post  buistR on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 6:17 am

Hi WF - as always fine artistry!

One thing that puzzles me about the white uniforms favoured by the line infantry of 18th century armies (notably French, Austrian, Neapolitan and Spanish) is how they kept them clean! Especially in the Spanish service where they only received a new coat every six or seven years (by contrast the British redcoat got a new one once a year). Washing in water would shrink garments and discolour the lapel and cuff facings - the vegetable based dyes of the period were not fast. Pipeclay rubbed over soiled patches might give a superficial impression of cleanliness but one gets the impression that mostly they just didn't bother.

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Spanish Uniforms

Post  wfrad on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 1:00 am

Hi buistR
Could be the cost of dyeing uniforms was far greater than bleaching them, many armies depended on the 'camp follower' to perform such tasts as cleaning uniforms to earn their keep.
I believe the British army issued a new coat every Dec 25th, any worn out before then came out of the sodiers wages.
Necessaries that every soldier had to have was;
a painted canvas bag
four white shirts
six false collars
a leather cap
two pairs of shoes
one pair of white socks
one pair of worsted stockings
three pairs of socks
pair of black cloth gaiters
pair of shoe buckles
pair of knee buckles
stock buckle
along wiht various brushes, combs, leather stock, and shaving gear with a total weight of around thirty eight pounds.
Most of which had to be paid for if lost.
He's another attempt.
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Post  Sean on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 5:21 am

Brilliant work, well done

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British colours Waterloo

Post  wfrad on Sat 06 Sep 2014, 9:54 am

This is the first of six articles covering British Army Colours at Waterloo from 1971 issues of Military Modelling.
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British Regiments

Post  wfrad on Mon 08 Sep 2014, 5:20 am

Same magazine in 1973 handling the subject of British regiments, 1st Batt. The 60th of Foot [Royal American] 1800, with a little more colour.

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