However, having an idle evening recently I set out my British army. Though I say British, they are brigaded with my Spaniards and Portuguese, but it was ever thus. The Dutch, Nassauers and Brunswickers didn't make it onto the field, but that was mainly because I was running out of room and I will attend to them in due course. A rough sort of seniority was followed, as set down in Rory Muirs article on order of battle in "Inside Wellington's Peninsular Army", but was abandoned when it interfered with the business of assembling the troops in such a way that they could all be seen.
I may repeat the process, once I've used this preliminary sketch to work out what I actually have, which was a bit of a mystery.
The army entire, though I can think of a few pieces that are currently with Krisztian that will make this muster out of date, but such is the way of things. What began as a project to get a photograph of everything, turned into the closest thing to a diorama that I've made in quite a while.
The army from a differant angle, for the most part the line infantry are in the centre, cavalry on the wings, but behind the Rifles and the Guards. I'm not entirely sure why I did that. Spanish and Portuguese at the rear of the infantry and the guns behind them. Baggage to the rear right and hospital to the rear left. Staff and other such harmless persons to the front.
Wellington and his mounted officer are from the rather wonderful Italeri set. The umbrella wielding mounted Picton is by Waterloo 1815. The foot figures are mixture of Strelets, Italeri and HAT, while the private is a HAT British light infantryman. The standing horses, which are so small as to be effectively ponies are by Irregular Miniatures.
An Italeri Wellington, discusses with an Italeri mounted ADC. The chap in the middle (foxed by my seeming inability to properly manage depth of field) is by Strelets. Picton looks ready to lay about him with that umbrella.
A close up short, again with shocking focus of the command group. The supercillious looking adjutant fellow with the swagger stick is from HAT Peninsular British infantry and wonderful figure he is too.
Staff Cavalry Corps dragoons - I used to use them as couriers when I played rules that needed such figures. These are actually Stelets Crimean dragoons, but they were a good match for George Scoville's boys and I've always had a fondness for that mathematician cum frustrated cavalryman. I blame Mark Urban. The dastard.
And that gentlemen, is all there is for tonight. I have to be up and doing in five hours so I must to bed.
*And I do mean that, I can only presume he was stroking a large white cat when he called me.