Friday, 9 March 2018

3rd Foot Guards - Hougoumont defenders

Now traditional apologies for tardiness in posting updates,  I will skip the boring excuses and just post some pics of a few men of Bowater's Company, 3rd Foot Guards. I haven't based them because the plan is for them to (one day!) be placed inside Hougoumont, skirmishing in the orchard etc.

Captain Edward Bowater (seen here at the front) was born in 1787, the only son of Admiral Bowater.  He joined the 3rd Guards in 1804 and served in the Peninsula where he was wounded at Talavera.  He was wounded at Waterloo and for these wounds later received £284-15-6.  He was afterwards a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria and a Colonel-in-Chief of the 49th (Hertfordshire) Foot. In 1861 he was sent, with Lady Bowater, to accompany the ailing Prince Leopold for a winter in the south of France but died at Cannes.

Behind Bowater we see Private George Osborne scrounging some ammo from Private Jarvis Kent. Kent was killed during the defence of Hougoumont. Captain Bowater was tended, whilst still inside Hougoumont, by the wife of Osbourne who was accompanying her husband on campaign. She attended many of the wounded officers and men, tearing up her spare clothes to make bandages, until she herself was wounded, being hit by a musket ball in the left arm and breast.  In view of her bravery and assistance at Hougoumont,  Bowater saw to it that she was granted a form of pension , known as “the Queen’s bounty”, until her death.

I realise now that I've missed a few buttons etc. So will have to go and tidy these up! It never ends!

Furthest right is Corporal William Dorward, one of the few non-Englishmen in the Company - he was from Monilkiee, Angus. He had enlisted in 1813 and was aged 26 at Waterloo.

More to follow soon.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year from the 71st Highland Light Infantry

Sorry, it's been a long time - have been very busy with new home etc. Lots of painting done but unfortunately all with a roller and very little with a brush. But Christmas has been a nice break from all the D.I.Y and I'm currently working on a couple of companies of the 71st Foot. Plenty to still be done on these guys, but I'm happy with the progress.

With some old leftover bits of chipboard I built myself a new painting station. This has gone down well with Lady Hill who previously could get quite riled about losing all of the kitchen table to my "painting stuff". This box can be quickly cleared away when necessary (which, to be honest, is hardly ever). Perhaps more useful is that it keeps me on task - I used to get easily sidetracked and start painting any other units lying sprawled around, but now I have to focus just on the few figs I can fit onto the painting station.

Anyway, I'm still here, still alive, still working on the project, and will try and post some pics soon - hopefully of these 71st chaps finished and based. Thanks for looking and Happy New Year to you!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Waterloo Day

Currently in the chaos of buying a new home, hence very little time for all things Napoleonic and 28mm.

Here is the unit I'm currently working on - 56 men of the 23rd (Royal Welch) Fusiliers. Apparently, being fusiliers, all companies wore the winged epaulettes, which makes them among the most fiddly and time-consuming units to do, although at least they're better than the 52nd in that I'm having a nice break from all those buff crossbelts!

The new place (fingers crossed) has a brick outbuilding where I might be able to finally unpack some of my Waterloo army and have them out on display. I will try to post more when we are settled and I am able to give this project my proper attention again.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

52nd Foot - No.1 Company

It's been too long since I posted here, but I have been quietly continuing the project. Here is the most recent unit I've been working on - the light infantry regiment, the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Foot.

With the exception of one of the Guards battalions, the 52nd Foot was the largest British Regiment at Waterloo, its numbers recently bolstered by the recent arrival from England of the best men of the 2nd Battalion. They were not at Quatre Bras and were thus at full strength on the 18th. Consequently, I've been kind of dreading the task of painting these thousand! Here then, are the first 100.

The 52nd were considered one of the finest regiments in Wellington’s army. They had fought with distinction throughout the Peninsula, often in the thick of the fighting as part of the crack Light Brigade.
At Waterloo, with such a large number of men present (double the size of some other Waterloo regiments) it was decided that it would be more manageable if the Regiment formed in two squares instead of one.  The right square was commanded by Colonel Colborne – the left by Captain Chalmers (Colburne writes “[Major Charles] Rowan was anxious to take the command of the Square in which Lieutenant Chalmers was, but on my acquainting him that I should superintend both the Squares he remained, at my request, with me.”)
The majority of casualties came during the firefight with the Imperial Guard and the ensuing manouvre, Colborne estimating “the right wing of the 52nd lost nearly one hundred and fifty men during the advance.”
The pursuit of the Imperial Guard was interupted when a number of cavalry suddenly rode in front of the  52nd, who presuming them French, fired into them. They were in fact British, the 23rd Light Dragoons, not for the first time the blue of their uniforms and the French-style shako causing them to be misidentified. Wellington rode up during the shouted confusion which followed, as officers tried to make themselves heard and call a halt to the firing. The Duke, when told of what had happened, had no interest in apportioning blame but was keen no further delay should take place in pursuing the French, saying to Colborne“Never mind, go on, go on.”

Number 1 Company (shown here) had a nominal strength of 111 men and suffered 19 casualties.The origin of the men of the 52nd was among the most diverse of the British regiments at Waterloo. It consisted of approximately:

56% English
35% Irish
6% Scottish
4% Welsh
The diversity continued within these national groupings with hardly a part of the British Isles not represented. The English, for example, came from 35 different counties (the most common being, in order: Kent, Warks, Lancs, Yorks, Berks, Hants) while 28 Irish counties were represented (Galway, Tyrone, Roscommon, Donegal, and Antrim being in that order the most common place of birth.)

Private Patrick Lowe was born in Kilandra, Wicklow.  He enlisted in 1804 and served in the Peninsula where he was part of the Forlorn Hope at the storming of Badajoz. He not only survived the slaughter of the assault but also captured the governor of the town for which he was rewarded.  He was discharged in 1819 and died in Inniskillen in 1852 aged 84.

Privates Dempsey, Lane and Scatterhorn of Number 1 Company were Court Martialled for theft at Liiliers on 1st June 1816 and found guilty. Dempsey and Lane received 600 lashes and Scatterhorn 300.

I'm already working on No.2 Company but might have a rest when they're finished and do a different unit. Anything but more buff and scarlet!