Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spanish Cuirassiers - Coraceros Españoles

Completed a unit of Spanish Cuirassiers - using Perry plastic French Cuirassiers.
Extract from a website about this unit:
"In January 1808, the French formed the 3rd Provisional Cuirassiers (3eme Régiment Provisoire de Grosse Cavalerie) in Perpignan for service in Spain. It entered Barcelona the following month and served in Catalonia until January 1810. At Mollet del Vallès on 21 January 1810 the 2nd squadron was completely defeated by the Spanish Numancia Dragoon regiment. The Spanish used the equipment taken from the casualties and the prisoners to form their own unit of cuirassiers. El Regimiento de Coraceros Españoles (The Spanish Cuirassier regiment) was formed on 24th May 1810 in Reus (near Tarragona) under the command of Coronel don Juan Malats from parts of the Húsares de Granada and the Cazadores de Olivenza.The regiment had 360 men divided into 2 squadrons each of 3 companies. One squadron was equipped with the cuirass, helmet and sword captured at Mollet del Vallès.The Coraceros Españoles took part in many different actions in Catalonia until the end of the war."

And again from the same website:
"The uniform was provided by the British. It consisted of a red coatee without lapels with green collar and cuffs, white piping and turnbacks and white metal buttons. White epaulettes were worn. White pantaloons and black high boots were worn but could be replaced by grey overalls with a red stipe when on campaign. They had a white cape."
These will be the heavy cavalry for the British until some Household Cavalry or Heavy Dragoons are acquired. Incidentally, I just ordered a box each of British Light Dragoons and French Chasseur a Cheval from Perry.

Here are some images of Spanish Cuirassiers. I wish the plastic set came with plumes.
So much for now. Thanks for stopping by best wishes to you all.

28 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan! Appreciate your kind words and visits as always. It's gonna be pretty cramped on the gaming table once I done with the cavalry units - four more - 2 French Chasseurs a Cheval & 2 British Light Dragoons. Kindest regards, Dean

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  2. Dean, your work is inspiring! The detail is fantastic. Your entire Napoleonic collection is coming along beautifully.

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    1. Thank so very much, Jake. Your kind words are encouraging as I have few new figures to paint up. Warmest regards, Dean

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  3. Amazingly good Dean. They are just brilliant. Great poses for the figures, too.

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    1. Thanks, Aaron! Appreciate the kind words - I like that they are in British redcoats! Best, Dean

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  4. Fantastic Spanish cuirassiers Dean!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Mike. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Michael! Best regards, Dean

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  6. What a lovely unit, an extra +1 in combat I think :-}

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    1. Thanks, Norm. Seeing how they appropriate their armor via combat victory, they should be classed as Veterans also. :) Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal. And congrats again on the new family addition! Dean

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  8. Splendid looking unit! Your speed and quality are astonishing.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words. Warmest regards, Dean

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  9. Wonderful looking cavalry Dean!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and the kind words, Christopher! Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Excellent cavalry and the background reading is very interesting too.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you very much, Ross. This unit has a lot of gaming potential. Kind regards, Dean

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  11. Great looking cavalry unit, lovely finish and a neat back story!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you much again, Iain. Yes, I think the British get most of credit for the Peninsular War and have the Spanish and Portuguese take a back seat. Warmest regards, Dean

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  12. Lovely figs, and you've done them proud. I like the re-purposing, too!

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    1. Thanks, FMB. Yes, it was great to get heavy cav in red coats using left over Frenchmen :) Kind regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks a lot, Scrivs. I'm currently on a Napoleonic bent. Kind regards, Dean

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  14. Fantastic painting, really outstanding. They look scary to the enemy - great!!
    Peter

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    1. Thank you very much, Peter! Kind regards, Dean

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