Here's another Carlist artillery piece I painted earlier in the year and completely forgot about. This is a French-made 6-pounder, with crew painted in the "regulation" Carlist artillery uniform of grey frock-coats with black collars, turqui trousers and turqui beret with yellow roundel and black tassel. Some sources indicate that this uniform was adopted later in the war, from 1837 onwards. I'm not too fussed, really - you don't need much artillery for the Carlists so I'm happy to mix and match different uniforms. The gun was painted in my standard woodwork combo of Foundry's "Spearshaft 13" palette. For turqui, a blue that was used extensively by both sides, I use Foundry's "Deep Blue 20".
Four figures. Painted February 2012. Buildings in the background by Touching History/Paul Darnell.
Monday 15 October 2012
Saturday 6 October 2012
This is my third full battalion of Carlist troops, the second from the Basque province of Guipuzcoa. The background to these troops is explained in my post on the first battalion, here. Carlists in frock coats gives you various options, from the dark blue of the Tortosa province battalions to the standard grey of Carlist armies. I wanted to add to my Guipuzcoa force as the orbats I've been looking at for the northern campaigns require 4-5 battalions of such troops. Frock coats worn by these units seems to have been pretty much the same colours as the greatcoats - so that's what I did here. It's accurate, but not particularly colourful. The "colour" in the Carlist armies comes from irregular and newly raised troops in civilian clothes and cavalry; some of the latter will appear here soon.
I painted these in much the same way as the first battalion. The trousers would have been white in the summer and red in the winter, but I wanted to mix things up to indicate troops with a variety of clothing and some civilian brown trousers too. Nicely sculpted figures; very quick and easy to paint. The buildings in the background are by Paul Darnell/Touching History.
Next up - the French Foreign Legion!
20 figures. Painted February/March 2012. Flag by Adolfo Ramos.
Monday 1 October 2012
The Basque country of north eastern Spain was a fertile recruiting ground for the Carlist cause. The area enjoyed the autonomy of remoteness and was traditional in outlook - its inhabitants were conservatives and natural Carlist supporters.
The province of Navarre provided a dozen battalions to the Carlist northern army and a battalion of "Guides". The Guides of Navarre appear to have been essentially elite light infantry. They took part in the battle of Oriamendi in March 1837 and then the Royal Expedition into central Spain in May.
28 figures. Painted January to March 2012. Flag from Adolfo Ramos.