Friday, 28 February 2014

17th Legere - Peninsular War

The first battalion of the 17th Legere sees the completion of my penultimate Legere battalion for Oporto and provides a chance to illustrate a variation in the look of these units in the Peninsula. I have taken the Bucquoy plates as the inspiration for the look of this unit which suggests the wearing of white waistcoats under the habite.

17e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere 
Regimental History
1793: 17e bataillon de Chasseurs
1795: 17e demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere (1st formation, formed from the following)
         17e bataillon de Chasseurs
         1er bataillon, Volontaires de la Legion des Alpes
         2e bataillon, Volontaires de l'Allier
         9e bataillon, Volontaires de l'Ain
1796: 17e demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere (2nd formation, formed from the following)
         1er demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere(1st formation)
         32e demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere(1st formation)
1803: 17e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental War Record (Battles and Combats)
1796: Montelegino, Montenotte, Dego, Mondovi, Fombio, Lodi, Borghetto, Lonato, Castiglione, Caliano, Rivoli, Lavis, Saint-Michel, Klausen, and Milbach
1799: Bussolengo, Magnano, Bresica, Cassano, Bassignano, Mondovi, San-Guiliano, Novi, and Fossano
1801: Tonai, Storo, and Trente
1805: Ulm, Hollabrunn, and Austerlitz 
1806: Saalfeld, Jena, Prentzlow, and Pultusk
1807: Eylau, Ostrolenka, and Friedland
1809: Vigo, Braga, and Oporto
1809: Essling and Wagram
1810: Biscarette and Busaco
1811: Sabugal
1812: Arapiles
1813: Pampelune, Bidassoa, and Bayonne
1813: Wachau, Leipzig, and Hanau
1814: Vauchamps, Bar-sur-Aube, Arcis-sur-Aube, and Saint-Dizier

Regimental History quoted from The Napoleon Series

Colonel George Bueret who led the regiment in 1809 was promoted General de Brigade and wounded in 1811.

My battalion is composed of figures from the Xan range with an AB colonel and the standard is GMB.


Next up, the 2nd battalion 17th Legere and then it is on to the Portuguese for the Oporto campaign.


  1. Great looking uit and excellent historical background!

  2. Splendid work - quite lovely. I'm a novice in Nap gaming and seeing figures like these keeps me excited.

    1. Thanks Michael and welcome to the world of Napoleonics. There is nothing quite like seeing the table covered in units with beautiful uniforms and flags. Very happy if my work inspires you to get involved. Peter Gilder's collection had the same effect on me many years ago so I'm keen to pass on the bug to others.

  3. Nice work! Your basing techniques reminds me of the rough Spanish ground.

    1. Thanks Jon. The basing is easy to do and works well with this scale and larger figures and by adding more vegetation and static grass can be adapted to imply a much more temperate environment.

  4. Could never get bored of these Jonathan, what a stunning collection!

  5. Marvellous! Beautifully painted and very useful... I just started my own Porto project!! Thanks for sharing! Greetings... from Porto! :D

    1. Hi, thank you and welcome to the blog. Good luck with your Porto project, I thoroughly enjoyed putting my game together last year and I hope the material I have put together is of help.

  6. They all look well fit for muster,and i dare say someones in for a darn good thrashing. Splendid work on the painting and the photo shoot. Nice bases too. Greetings from a wet and windy Fiddle Wood Norwich, United Kingdom Beano Boy