miscellaneous

 

Portuguese Infantry changing front at Albuera (1809)


PORTUGUESE ARMY

During the Napoleonics Wars, Great Britain shiped military equipment and uniforms to several Allied nations: Spain, Portugal, Netherlands (including Belgique) so the figures for these nationalities are almost exchangeable, exception made from the jacket color

INFANTRY
In the case of Line and Light Portuguese infantry I have used the HaT 8096 - Waterloo Netherlands Militia and Belgian Infantry set that includes both Netherlands militia in 'stovepipe' and Belgian infantry in 'belgian' shakos. The 'stovepipe' shako is almost identical at this scale to the used by Portuguese Infantry after 1812, whereas the 'belgian' one is very similar to the 'barretina' used in Portugal before that date.
In the case of Line Infantry (dark blue jacket) I have used figures with both shakos but for Portuguese Light Infantry Cašadores (brown uniform) I have used only 'stovepipe' figures.

For the color schemes and regimental facings, I have followed:
   The Portuguese Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1) (Men-at-Arms 343)
   The Portuguese Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2) (Men-at-Arms 346)

The flags were downloaded from the Warflag site
 

Line Infantry summer uniform (1) Line Infantry summer uniform (2) Line Infantry summer uniform (3) Line Infantry both uniforms
       
Line Infantry winter uniform (1) Line Infantry winter uniform (2) Line Infantry winter uniform (3) Line Infantry winter uniform (4)
       
Cašadores (1) Cašadores (2)


CAVALRY
Until 1812 the uniform of the Portuguese Line Cavalry had a simple dark blue jacket and a very characteristic helmet similar to the British Tarleton, but with a shorter frontal fur and an additional brass frontal plaque.  No commercial figures are available so they must be obtained by transformation.
I have used the bodies of the British Life Guards REVELL 02578 which wear a similar jacket,  in combination with the heads of British Horse Artillery figures. For these last there are several alternatives:  ESCI 233/ITALERI 6041 (British Artillery), HAT 8003 (British Rocket Troops) or the old AIRFIX 01746 (Waterloo British Artillery) set. The front of the helmet was modified to make it more similar to the portuguese one

The horses are from the French Mounted Guard Chasseurs REVELL 02576

For the color schemes and regimental facings, I have followed:
   The Portuguese Army of the Napoleonic Wars (2) (Men-at-Arms 346)

 

   


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