miscellaneous



Spanish troops at Talavera (1809)



Spanish forces at Albuera (1809)
 

spanish infantry pre-1812

The spanish regular army from 1808-1811 suffered a chronic lack of equipment so the uniforms of those years were a mix of the old white uniforms (with bicorn) and many other local variations including equipment shipped from Great Britain. Thus, at the battles of Talavera or La Albuera, there are reports of spanish infantry units wearing the old white jacket with trousers of the traditional brown dyed cloth.

There are not 1/72 HO/00 plastic figures depicting such units but a very easy conversion can be made by using pre-1812 Prussian infantry. The alternatives are HaT 8083 1806 Prussian Musketeers or the Prussians from the old Esci 226 Prussian and Austrian Infantry set. The HaT figures can be used for the regular army whereas the Esci (with long-tailed jackets) are more adequate to depict units from the Royal Guard.
For the drummers and standard-bearers I have used 1/72 lead figures from   Outland Games. These figures are smaller but many XIX-century armies used 13-15 years old drummer-boys so the size does not matter in this case (?)

For the color schemes and regimental facings, I have followed:
    Spanish Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1) 1793–1808 (Men-at-Arms 321)
   Uniformes Militares Españoles: el Ejército y la Armada en 1808. J.M. Bueno.       Edited  by the author. Malaga (Spain) 1982

 The flags were downloaded from the Warflag site:
 

Spanish Infantry (1) Spanish Infantry (2) Spanish Infantry (3) Spanish Infantry (4)
       
Spanish Infantry (5) Spanish Infantry (6) Spanish Infantry (7) Spanish Infantry (8)


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