Sunday, 20 April 2014

14th Light Dragoons

British Light Dragoons at the charge, in this case the 20th at Vimeiro


With the completion of the 14th British Light Dragoons I have now finished all the units required for my Oporto scenario, phew!

Although last, the 14th Light Dragoons are by no means least, as this unit not only played a major role in adding to the final discomfiture of Marshal Soult's army as it fled from Oporto, but, as you can see, it has a Peninsular War record second to none.

1809: DOURO; Oporto; TALAVERA
1810: Almeida; Villa de Puerco; Frexadas; BUSSACO; Torres Vedras; Rio Mandevilla; received volunteer recruits from Royal Waggon Train
1811: Pombal; Redinha; Cazal Nova; Foz d’Arouce; Sabugal; Gallegos; FUENTES D’ONORO; 1st siege of Badajoz; Nave d’Aver; Carpio
1812: Ciudad Rodrigo; Badajoz; Villa Franca; Llerena; Alaejos; Castrillos; SALAMANCA; Penerada; Blasco Sancho; Madrid; Matilla; retreat from Salamanca 
1813: Burgos; Huarte; VITTORIA; Ostiz; Roncesvalles; Almandroz; Maya; Bastan; NIVELLE; Cambo; NIVE; Mendionda; Hasparren
1814: Hellette; Garris; Sanveterre; ORTHEZ; Aire; Castel Paget; Tarbes; Toulouse; Bordeaux

For more information on the 14th Light Dragoons then follow the links to the Napoleon Series, an excellent resource on all things Napoleonic.

Napoleon Series14th Light Dragoons Regimental History & Colonels

Napoleon Series 14th Light Dragoons



As with most of my cavalry, I have opted to use AB figures. It has to be said that no one sculpts a horse quite as well as Anthony Barton.





Ok, so it is now just a case of finishing off the table terrain and refining the orders of battle prior to playing the game, some time next month. In between time I have a few projects to complete for some friends, so expect a bit of Seven Years War Cavalry and Infantry, plus a final look at the Oporto table in its finished state, more anon.

11 comments:

  1. A great post, once again! Love the historical background and your wonderful paint job, enhanced by your excellent basement!

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    1. Thanks Phil, that's very kind of you

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  2. The speed with which you've knocked out these armies and terrain - all to a very high standard - is astonishing! Superb, can't wait to see the field of battle in all it's glory!

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    1. Thanks Rupert. I think from the comments I've had back and the nagging from sons to get stuff done there are a few people looking forward to this game, including myself.

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  3. Beautiful looking LGs Jonathan. Really exciting that preparations for the Oporto project are nearly finished too. Wonderful of you to put friends' projects ahead of playing this long-planned game. What a top fella!

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    1. Cheers James. There is nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a project through to its conclusion. I too am really looking forward to getting the toys out on the table and playing this one a few times before moving on to Talavera.

      Thanks for your comment, having now played wargames for a very very long time I know that this hobby is all about the social and I have made some very good friends doing it. My principle is that I enjoy painting as much as playing and by doing figures for friends I get to tick several boxes, painting figures I might not necessarily have got to do otherwise, and to play more games because others now have the figures to put them on. Not only that but friends help contribute to my projects and most importantly join in the fun.

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  4. More outstanding brushwork! The basing really is perfect for Spain.

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    1. Cheers Jon. By the way really enjoying following the campaign, I found the rule set you are using and look forward following the translation to the table.

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  5. More lovely horses Jonathan! I know you asked the same question of me but what colours are you using for your nags? I am slowly replacing my old paints with Vallejo and have found some nice chestnut matches however still struggling to find the warmer, lighter chestnut shade you have in pic 5 from rear closest horse.
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    Paul

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    1. Hi Paul, thanks for the tips on eyes. For the horses I am using the Coat d'Arms range of horse tones for my base colour, the one you mention is Horse Tone Bay. I then wash with artists oils (the Gilder way) and then re highlight using the original base colour. I detailed the method in my painting of my Portuguese Dragoons posting. Hope that helps

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  6. Cheers Jonathan, I have tgat colour. I'll look into that.

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