This is another battalion for the Isabelino side in the First Carlist War. They are all wearing caps and dressed in the standard winter uniform of greatcoats and grey trousers. I wanted this unit to look reasonably fresh and so there is none of the muddying that I applied to the Borbon regiment battalions. Line battalions had 6 centre companies and 2 flank companies, so the grenadiers and cazadores in this battalion are rather overstrength. There is no reason for this other than a need to use up flank company figures. I plan on doing a couple of battalions of light infantry in greatcoats and will then go back to the non-greatcoat/tunic look. I now have an Isabelino force of 6 army battalions and 3 militia ones, plus 4 units of BAL.
A couple of weeks ago someone asked about the colours I use for the Isabelinos. For turqui tunics and the caps I use the Foundry "Deep Blue" palette. For the figures in this post I used Foundry "Slate Grey" for the greatcoats and "Stone" for the trousers. As I think I've said before, I use a "blend as you go" method on the greatcoats, as the contrasts between the 3 "Slate Grey" colours are quite wide and I prefer a smoother look. It takes more time to paint them this way but I hope the end result justifies the extra time. I have finished my unit Armand's Legion cavalry and will aim to post pictures early next week. Nic Robson has now circulated his email with full pictures of both ragged and non-ragged dragoons to 100 Club members, so I can now finalise my plans for the cavalry units I intend to do. On the workbench at the moment are the final 8 figures for the 4th Chasseurs of the Guard and Count Pulaski (another Eureka sculpt). After those are finished I will probably paint up some of the new Empress Miniatures New Zealand Wars figures which I will be collecting at Salute tomorrow and then some more AWI dragoons.
18 figures. Painted February 2011. Flag by Adolfo Ramos.