Wednesday, 28 November 2012

AOE 20mm- 59eme régiment the Ligne- Battle of Buçaco 1810

With this post I´m starting to show you my own reconstitution of the armies that fought the battle of Buçaco, 27th September, 1810. All figures are plastic 1/72nd/20mm figures with a few metal. The basing is for AOE (Age of Eagles) rule set with a few changes as you will see.

This battle was the biggest ever fought in Portuguese soil and I am fortunate to live 20 km from that place and look there many times  for inspiration (besides Buçaco also is also responsible for the birth of Pineapple Miniatures, the last big miniatures enterprise emerging in the wargaming cosmos!!!).

This collection started many years ago and I am now with something like 95% of the 5000 necessary miniatures already painted and based.

The last one was the 59eme régiment the Ligne of Ney Corps.

The command stand was made from the YKREOL French infantry, very funny and imaginative figures, besides being compatible with the HAT  French Infantry 1808-12.
Here they are all mixed,  YREOL and HAT.
I´ve changed the bases from AOE placing 3 lines of French infantry as they fought actually in 3 lines.



Next posts will show the regiments grouped by brigades as showing some 105 regiments would be tedious.


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Pineapple Miniatures Highland Infantry for Buçaco

Latest Pineapples: highland infantry, one box of Black Watch (front) and two of Cameron. Figures are a mix of Airfix, Esci and Italeri with officers in trousers from the Esci british infantry with highland feather bonnets.

Thursday, 1 November 2012


Now presenting you PINEAPPLE MINIATURES:

This idea came from the nice people that works at the Buçaco Military Museum. For some 3 years now  they have a fantastic big diorama made by Mr Keith Moore with more than 1000 25mm miniatures. Many people after watching it carefuly wanted something related to take home, and offer to kids or just to have a souvenir from the place. Long are the years in which this museum had some miniatures and card houses to sell regarding the 1810 battle of Buçaco.

This were I enter. I´m a fan of the battle of Buçaco since the first time my father took me to visit that museum when I was some 10 years old or so. Since then, with many time gaps in between, i´m a regular visitor to that museum and I like to copy the books I have on the subject and offer them to the museum, so that its staff can inform the visitors about what really happened.

I´ve  also visited the battlefield itself countless times, and I have great fun finding the smallest places of the battle and comparing them to the 1910 photos of Chambers and such, both in Sula and Santo António do Cântaro.

Some two months ago, Mrs Cecília and Mrs Livramento, asked me start painting some miniatures related to the battle and selling them to the visitors of the museum.
At first my lazyness about producing models that wouldn´t be mine in the future was inclined to say no. But then the idea of getting rich and also getting rid of hundreds, may be thousands, of miniatures that I will never paint, was stronger. Getting rich is something everybody wants, specially since crisis hit our door steps in 2008 and getting rid of many miniatures also, as I switched scale in my late napoleonics to 28mm, making redundant many of the stocked 20mm figures. 

Also JF, PC  and JMM have been helping that stack of figures in the last few years offering me hundreds of those minis.
OB on its side is responsable for the name Pineapple Miniatures. "It will be bigger than Apple..." triggered the Pineapple name. So this will have to be a joint venture!
So the idea came: Placing inside those nice - but useless Planeta Agostini vehicles boxes - some twenty foot 20mm figures or 8 cavalryman from the Buçaco period, representing regiments and famous units; texturing the terrain and placing a striking yellow legend on it....Yeahhh.

Some of the figures were already painted: Hussars from  the French Imperial Guard; Valencia Volunteers; Brunswickers, etc, which helped to speed up the production of the first dozen of boxes. But then true work began.

I had to paint the Portuguese; British and French that were at Buçaco, without touching my own collection, of course. That forced me to transform many figures and to have a lot of work lately. But its funny knowing that people are ready to pay for what you are doing.

French Line infantry at Buçaco, 1810. The Voltigeurs are all conversions and even some of the Esci fusiliers , all with backpacks attached and some with new heads. The flags are also printed.

French Light infantry. Same text as above also applies.

Cascais 19th regiment (already made 3 of those) charging the french at Sula. Many transformed figures also.

 To speed up painting I had to have a line production system: gluing figures to strips of card; black priming and then paaaaaaaiiiiinting by hand...


 First batch to be sent to the Museum.

Wurtembergers 1809.

Already at the Museum...

Mrs Cecília placing them for sale.

First sale, Cascais 19th regiment charge, sold to a nice guy from Lisbon...

Just a look at the production spot: miniatures, books and internet. The essentials for such an activity.