Friday, 29 November 2019

Age of Eagles (AoE) - 1810 Battle of Bussaco in 20mm (part 12) - Spencer's Division

Nervously awaiting the French assault here stands Spencer Division, solidly anchored on the western part of the battlefield, close to Sula village. This division has some of the most famous British units of the Napoleonic wars and also provides interesting uniforms. 

Wellesley itself came to pay a visit to General Spencer and check for the last time the defensive line. All figures are Italeri with a coated officer from Irregular Miniatures.

Scattered on the slope there are several companies of the famous 60th Rifles. Figures from Revell. 

On reserve stands Lowe brigade with the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 7th KGL regiments. Figures are mostly Hat with a few boy-drummers from Esci with new Stovepipe shakoes. 

I organized the bases of the Anglo-Portuguese with only two ranks, reflecting the British practice (the French have three as you can see in the previous posts). 

Blantyre's Brigade can be seen here with the 61st, 24th and 42nd 'Black Watch' regiments. As the units were small I didn`t use any flags on them. Again mostly Hat miniatures with the Scottish being Esci, Airfix, Italeri with a converted officer.

Packenham's Brigade presents here the 23rd Line, a fusilier Regiment. Even if they they didn't use their bearskin hats in the Peninsula I portrayed them like that (who doesn't like the cover of Chandler's bible on the Bussaco battle?). The bodies are Revell and Esci with French Esci bearskin hats. This conversion has to be careful as you need the peak of the shako for the correct shape of this headdress. 

Another Packenham unit is the 79th Line, another Scottish regiment from the same sources as the 42nd.

Finally the 2nd and 3rd Guards from Stopford's Brigade. Mostly conversions from Revell with a few Belgians from Hat in the middle.

Next: wether more British for Bussaco 1810 or more Polish 1939.