|The 'Captain' capturing the 'San Nicholas' and the 'San Jose' at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, 14th February 1797 - Nicholas Pocock, Royal Museums Greenwich|
Picking up where I left off last month, work progresses to make additions to the Spanish contingent that I completed for the Trafalgar collection to enable a refight using the forces that were present at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent on the 14th February 1797.
This little project requires the addition of three Spanish first-rates and nine third-rates and alongside my model of L'Orient under full sail I also painted another three additional generic Spanish 74's again with a more Revolutionary War look to their colour schemes incorporating the single yellow-ochre gun port strakes for the two gun decks and my combination of various other common Spanish type schemes to the bulwarks, stern galleries and figureheads.
As with Trafalgar I am starting to work up the scenario using several references with a key decision to decide when to start the action, that is where to set the British fleet up on its approach.
|Set up proposed by Nick Skinner in the KMH scenario plan|
Also as with the Trafalgar set up the Spanish, like the Combined Fleet, are battling with a bow wind as will the British when they turn on to a parallel heading, so the movement rates will be relatively slow, which will impact on the required table space, but my first guess would be a minimum of three lengthways ten by five foot cloths.
The Spanish fleet are all classed as Landlubbers and are organised as follows:
Zone 1 Spaniards: [Cordoba’s Squadron]
Teniente General Jose de Cordoba y Ramos aboard the Santìsima Trinidad
Santìsima Trinidad 130 (poor)
Mexicano 112 (poor)
Purìsima Concepción 112 (poor)
Salvador del Mundo 112 (poor)
San José 112 (poor) Admiral F. J. Winthuysen
San Nicolas 84 (poor)
Atlante 74 (poor)
Conquestada 74 (poor)
Soberano 74 (poor)
Firme 74 (average)
San Genaro 74 (average)
San Ildephonso 74 (average)
San Francisco de Paula 74 (poor)
San Ysidro 74 (average)
San Antonio 74 (poor)
San Pablo 74 (poor)
Neptuna 74 (poor)
Bahama 74 (poor)
San Domingo 74 (poor)
San Juan Nepomuceno 74 (average)
Terrible 74 (poor)
Zone Two Spaniards: [Moreno’s Squadron]
Commander Admiral J. Moreno aboard the Prìncipe de Asturias
Prìncipe de Asturias 112 (average)
Conde de Regla 112 (poor)
San Fermìn 74 (poor)
Oriente 74 (poor)
Glorioso 74 (poor)
Infante de Pelayo 74 (average)
This order of battle, illustrates the need for the extra Spanish ships and with the extra first-rates will complete my Spanish collection to allow any action requiring a sizable Spanish fleet to be put on the table.
Fourth - Third Rate
Fifth - Third Rate
Sixth - Third Rate
So the next batch of models will see the final three Spanish 74's added and my L'Orient model at anchor, leaving just the two extra Spanish first-rates to be added.
Next up I have another book review from the Naval War of 1812, more adventures on the Welsh borders and a look at something interesting going on in the world of 'Wars of the Roses' wargaming.