The Tennant collection includes eight battalions of Portuguese infantry and three regiments of dragoons, so I felt like I needed to beef up the chain of command a bit. Most pressingly, I need Colonels for the infantry battalions. I have since discovered that Portuguese command figures are few and far between in terms of availability. I was able to pick up a general staff set and mounted colonel as part of an infantry command set from Hagen. These are now unavailable, but may pop back up soon at a partner site.
The Colonel in British Uniform is an SHQ figure that is still available.
|From left to right: Colonel Maxwell Grant of the 6th Portuguese infantry regiment in British uniform, General Beresford and Portuguese Brigadier, and an un-named Portuguese Lieutenant Colonel to lead the 2nd battalion of the 6th Portuguese line.|
|The Hagen Portuguese General Staff set does not specify Beresford, but with such a large Portuguese contingent in the army, he seemed the logical choice for the model in this little vignette. He has joined Wellington now as part of the General Staff.|
|The map was a mystery for quite some time as I at first mistook it as flash and almost discarded it. Glad I came to the realization before I did so as it makes a nice little figure.|
|Beresford's leadership and reforms of the Portuguese military earned him a great deal of Wellington's respect, so much so that despite his lack luster record as a field commander, Wellington appointed him second in command of the allied army.|
|The sculptor of this vignette "borrowed" the scene from a cover on one of the Osprey titles covering the subject I suspect.|
|I always struggle with the color of the British command sash. I want it to be differentiated from the color of the coat, but I am afraid this time it went a bit too purple (not so much I felt inspire to repaint it though!).|
|The identity of the Lieutenant -Colonel of the 2nd battalion of the 6th Portuguese Line is a mystery and so I have opted to just label him a a generic Portuguese Lt. Col. for now, pending further research.|
|This figure by Hagen Miniatures was the best of the castings, being nice and clean with good detail. The stove top shako also fits in well with the Hinton Hunt castings used for the rank and file.|
|Nicely animated and a lovely horse to boot, I am hopeful I can obtain a few more of these to help lead the remaining six battalions of Portuguese!|| |