The French Commander, Junot, for the battle of Vimeiro in the fall of 1808, combined the Grenadier companies of his various battalions to form a reserve. General Francois Kellermann commanded the reserve and was to go on to be a famed cavalry commander at the battle of Waterloo. Junot eventually threw his reserve at the British regiments defending Vimeiro in a desperate last ditch attempt, without success.
|The battalion is made from Garrison Grenadiers with a Lamming drummer (cast with the drum upside down!) and a Hinton Hunt Colonel of Grenadiers. Many thanks to Wellington Man for the gift of the Garrison and Lamming figures!|
|The company fanion was a little custom addition just to add something unique to the unit. The Grenadiers were my addition to the collection, while the Colonel was originally painted by Dick Tennant.|
|Have to love all of those moustaches!|
|To the left!|
|Drilling out the musket barrel to house the company fanion was a challenge. Fortunately I had some uber tiny drill bits left over from my model railroading days.|
For something completely different, and painted in a different style, I was finally able to finish the painting of some Smolensk Cavalry for the battle of Grunwald. They are dirty grimy medieval Russians charging into battle against what will be even dirtier Teutonic Knights for use with DBA or its variants, Triumph and L'Art de la Guerre.
|These are lovely Testudo figures which are unfortunately no longer produced by their amazing sculptor.|
|This unit will play as medium cavalry horse archers.|
|The heavy cavalry horse archers|
|I just love the style of Russian armor that changed very little in the early to late medieval period.|
|The bases will get textured once the army is done for the sake of consistency, as it may take years at the pace I am moving.|
Next up on the painting desk: Bavarian Jagers and the Polish Vistula Lancers