Too few posts this year so hopefully this will catch up a little. There are also some new toys on display with fine close-ups for your edification.
|The height of the action - intense volley fire and billowing smoke between the Arapiles.|
Naturally Clausel goes for glory so we have a battle to fight. You'll have to buy the book for the orbats and maps. What follows is a photo report with captions to narrate the action, enjoy.
|French mass opposite Anson's boys atop the Lesser Arapile, |
Stubbs' Portuguese on the plain the more redcoats out on the right flank.
|The brigades of Clinton's Division in reserve await Wellington's word to advance.|
I could hopefully count on Hulse and Rezende in support of my left wing.
|French around the Greater Arrapile get ready to attack the Lesser Arrapile.|
|Stubbs with his Portuguese regiments.|
|The British right realize that the French are going around their right flank while pinning them to the front...|
|The French "pinning" force advance on the Allied right.|
|French allies make up the centre, French Dragoons move off to redeploy.|
|The French left flank marches.|
|French Dragoons and the"pinning forces proceeded by skirmishers - great bases!|
|Gunners target the yellow flag of the Portuguese battalion in the distance,|
|The protagonists approach each other.|
|French Dragoons dash off to support the centre left.|
|The columns of the "pinners" move off.|
|The flankers going wide around some scrubby rough bits.|
|Lights engage as the columns close with the line.|
|"Wait till you see the whites of their eyes m'lads!"|
|British RHA command - a dashing pair from Rich's collection, Front Rank by Tony Laughton I think.|
|Elite Miniatures Portuguese with Front Rank mounted officers, GMB flags.|
Painted by Tony Laughton.
|More of the same.|
|Stubbs with Portuguese officer. Elite Miniatures painted by Tony Laughton.|
|Another Portuguese battalion - usual details as above.|
|This chap's expecting rain I think. |
Yet another Portuguese battalion - details as above.
|Bavarians in Spain? Foundry toys, GMB Flag, Tony Laughton artwork, GMB flag.|
|Same as above.|
|Wurtemburgers from Falcon Miniatures, Barry Hill brushwork, GMB flags.|
|Victrix Brits on the Lesser Arapile. Barry Hill painting, unsure of the flags.|
|Victrix Italians with GMB flag, Barry Hill artwork.|
|Hulse's Brigade in reserve beside a pretty walled farm and walled orchard - ah bless!|
|Hulse and the farm again.|
|The French flanking force is nearly in position, the Brits have little to defend the end of the line here.|
|French battery bombarding the British flank. Front Rank models from Ian Hinds vaults.|
|Those French flankers again!|
|A single battalion of redcoats marches to prop-up the extreme British right.|
|Skirmishers trade shots near the rough.|
|Great looking line of redcoats nicely based by Rich.|
Victrix models painted by Barry Hill, cracking flags from....?
|French generals in fancy dress, |
These are Front Rank and Perry Miniatures with Tony Laughton's artwork slightly spoiled when the gloss varnish went yellowy - bah!
|French and their Allies move up.|
|The French centre.|
|French skirmishers hide behind a tree stump.|
|Those Italians again, lovely flag too.|
|The lines close. Note the French have turned the extreme Allied right.|
Clinton's brigades have arrived to help stem the tide.
|Prepare for a fire fight Messieurs.|
|CANNON FIRE TOO!|
|Yet more FIRE|
|Oh dear! Tony's French pinning columns have cut down a British line - hence that big hole.|
It looks bad for Rich's right as the French flank attack goes in stage left...
|The French flankers attack.|
|The British right flank creaking.|
|The Peninsular in a nutshell?|
|The French dragoons get ready to exert some pressure - they are the only mounted troops on the table.|
|The "tight little buns" battery fires on Swiss skirmishers.|
|Lovely shot across the firefight. Reserves line up to plug gaps or exploit breakthroughs.|
Highlanders proxy as Portuguese.
|Down on the front line.|
|One Portuguese battalion retires after high casualties.|
|Columns approach line - classic stuff.|
|The view from the Lesser Arapile.|
|There are plenty more Portuguese step forward to fill the gaps.|
|A wonderful Highland battalion. Victrix toys painted by Barry Hill for Rich.|
|I love the bearskins, real feathered texture. Amazing tartans too,|
|As the firefight intensifies we close for the week to resume next week.|
|Same point - different angle. This actually looks like a real battle.|
Hopefully you've enjoyed this one, feel free to comment and pop back.