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Spanish Militia Uniforms in May 1808

This is a list of the uniform colours of Spanish Militia and Provincial Grenadier battalions in May 1808. It is based on a scan of a primary document I found on the website of the Ciudad Real tourist board, and I have translated (imperfectly, I’m sure) the main table here. Most of the battalions are dressed (at least temporarily) in brown uniforms, which at least to me came as a surprise, since I thought that the units would have had white (or the earlier blue) uniforms still at the start of the war. The “Old” uniform is white 1790s pattern, “Middle” refers to the blue coat of the 1802 pattern, and the “New” is the white 1806 pattern. All units had red cuffs, collars, lapels and turnbacks. All of the battalions were listed as being well armed. Battalion Province Location Strength Missing State of uniform 1. Gr.Bat. 1. Div. Portugal Setubal 864 42 New 2. Gr.Bat. 1. Div. Portugal Setubal 864 81 Middle 2. Gr.Div. Portugal Lisboa 1440 10 New 2. Gr.Bat. 4. Div. Portugal Porto 720 11 Old 3. Gr.Div. Andalucia Campo de Gibraltar 1440 27 Old Jaen Andalucia Alxeciras 600 16 New, provisional, brown Lorca Andalucia Alxeciras 600 38 New, provisional, brown Siguenza Andalucia Quartel de Buenabina 600 21 New Guadix Andalucia San Roque 600 12 Could not provide info Chinchilla Andalucia Estepona 600 42 Could not provide info Malaga Andalucia Los Barrios 600 199 Could not provide info Cuenca Andalucia Tarifa 600 4 New, provisional, brown Ecixa Andalucia Cadiz 600 11 New, provisional, brown Xerez Andalucia Cadiz 600 26 Could not provide info Cordova Andalucia Cadiz 600 16 Could not provide info Toledo Andalucia Cadiz 600 21 Could not provide info Ronda Andalucia Cadiz 600 26 New, provisional, brown cloth Ciudad-Real Andalucia Puerto de Sta Maria 600 25 Do not have uniforms Truxillo Andalucia Puerto de Sta Maria 600 33 New, provisional, brown Sevilla Andalucia Xerez de la Frontera 600 53 New, provisional, brown Burgos Andalucia Xerez de la Frontera 600 23 New, provisional, brown Alcazar Andalucia San Lucar de Barram 600 5 New, provisional, brown Buxalance Andalucia San Lucar de Barram 600 6 New, provisional, brown Granada Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 47 New, provisional, brown Toro Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 47 New, provisional, brown Logrono Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 42 Could not provide info Plasencia Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 7 Could not provide info Ciudad Rodrigo Andalucia Isla de Leon 600 15... read more

Force on Force 1984 Campaign 3

We got the FoF campaign rolling. The games re actually very quick to run and you can play 2 or even 3 during an evening. To add variety we had charts from which we could purchase assets for each game after rolling how much points we had to spend. Unlike our normal games we also used the fog of war deck and it was somewhat a mixed bag. On the other hand it did give some variety, but then again some of the stuff is amazingly powerful and game breaking. Like the dedicated off board sniper which the Sovs got in two games. Heh, in at least three games “Hamburg has been nuked” -rumor card came up leading us to suspect that since the rumor was so darned persistent it must be true… Book keeping for the casualties, replacements etc is bit tedious though and you need to devise a way to do it by yourself as there’s no nifty chart included in the rules. Also to casualty/replacement rules are as poorly written as the remainder of the rules so it isn’t working nearly as easily and intuitively as it should. OKish idea, poor execution.   Overview of the table.   Sovs advancing towards the resort supported by the T-55 asset bought for this scenario mainly because we rolled enough points and had seen the devastating effect of tank support in the recent Syria game.   The last remaining BTR (the other must’ve been wrecked in the previous game) bought it but the infantry presses on. The shelling by the T-55 finally wrecked the resort building.   Securing the objectives. I think this is probably the only picture with some Jerries visible (just behind the forest area on the top right corner).   Some light wounds (orange markers) donät hinder the advance of the proletariat!   Janne L Played: Aug 6th…. Jerries: ?(Aksu/Eero/Mr H)?. Sovs: Janne and Mr... read more

Russians for 1808-1809

The Russian army was in a state of transition during the 1808 war with Sweden. They were changing into a new high level organization, new uniforms and flags were introduced, and it seems that new infantry tactics were tried out. Figures We chose 1805 uniformed figures from Minifigs and Roundway (Navwar), mainly because they are one of the few who produce something else than the 1812 range, the figures are readily available, not too expensive, and go well with other 15 mm figures. Minifigs are slimmer than Roundway, but the ranges can be mixed, creating a suitably ragged “campaign look” for the units. The Roundway infantry NCOs and officers in particular add life to the mainly minifigs stands. Image of some of the minifigs figures used. Roundway artillery crew figures.   Painting technique Painting the 400 or so figures was a very fast affair. The figures were cleaned up, hot-glued to cardboard strips, spray primed black, then basic colour and highlights were used. The figures were finished by washing the hands, musket and face with dark red brown and lightly dry brushing the figure with grey sand colour. The painted figures were mounted on artist board and the base was flocked. Musketeer regiments The russian musketeers and grenadier companies were painted in the 1807 uniform. The coat is dark green, collars and turnbacks are red. Trousers are white with black leggings. Greatcoats were painted in variouts shades of brown, forage hats are dark green with a red band. The following table lists some or the musketeer regiments and their regimental distinctions. At this stage the russians had started organising their army into divisions, and each regiment had different flag stave and shoulder strap colours based on their seniority in the division. (Please refer to the Osprey Men-at-Arms 185 or other literature for more information). Officers had a gorget and a hat with a black plume. NCOs had a golden band in the shako. Although officially recalled from use by 1808, I painted a few NCOs with a spontoon, because it simply looks good to me and the Russians seem to have been fairly lax with uniform regulations. The Russians had a wide range of flags in use, with old and new regulation flags used at the same time. Accurate information is hard to find, and I used flags from various periods for these regiments. Each regiment had a white flag for the 1st battalion and coloured flags for the... read more

Finnish flags

Most of the regiments used the provincial coat of arms as the emblem in their colours. In most cases each regiment had the same number of colours as it had batallions or squadrons. Jaegers had no colours. The pdf file below has a number of ready-to-print flags. In addition to some unique designs there were several different types of designs for the infantry colors. These are: Model 1686 The coat of arms encircled by a green laurel wreath Model 1766 2a The coat of arms encircled by a decorative shield shaped ornament with a royal crown on top Model 1766 2b The coat of arms encircled by a decorative shield shaped ornament with a royal crown on top The model 1766 2b has slightly thicker and almost leaf-like decorations than the previous 2a model. Guard and household regiments all have very similar colour designs using the king’s monogram on both sides with the exception of Queen’s and Queen Dowager’s life regiments that used the royal ladies own monograms on one side and either king’s monogram (queen’s) and the royal crown (queen dowager’s) on the other side. All guard and household flags were white with gold monograms. The cavalry guidons had the king’s monogram on one side and the provincial coat of arms on the other side. As no info was found for usimaa dragoons’ guidon we assume that presumably they used the old guidons of Uudenmaan ja Hämeen rakuunarykmentti ie. coat of arms of Uusimaa. The approximate sizes of the actual colors were as follows: infantry 210 x 180-190 cm, cavalry 60 x 60 cm and dragoons 120 x 100. Infantry regiments Adlercreuzka regemente unique design Hälsinge regemente 1686 Hämeen rykmentti 1766 2b Jägerhornska regemente unique design Jämtlands regemente 1686 Kajaanin pataljoona unknown type and appearance (2 colours received in1799 so 1766 2a is most likely) Kronobergs regemente probably 1766 2a Oulun pataljoona unknown if any colours were ever received (battalion was formed during the war) Porin rykmentti 1686 (one of the 4 colours was replaced in 1792 probably with 1766 2a) Pohjanmaan rykmentti 1686 Savon rykmentti unique design Turun rykmentti 1766 2b (with open crown in each canton) Uudenmaan rykmentti 1766 2b Upplands regemente probably 1766 2a Vaasa battalion unknown if any colours were ever received (battalion was formed during the war) Västmanlands regemente 1766 2b Västerbotten regemente 1686 Guards and household regiments Finska gardet monogram of King Gustaf IV Adolf Lifsgardet monogram of King Gustaf IV Adolf... read more

Swedish uniforms

In these tables you’ll find info on the uniform colors used by Finnish and Swedish units. Info on the equipment can be found on the painting the miniatures -page. Please note that quite few of the sources have contradicting info on some details of the uniforms and plenty of uniform plates were done later on and not by contemporay artists. Even “Between The Imperal Eagles” has plenty of plain old typos in its uniform table. The uniform colors of Adlercreuzka regemente especially are highly uncertain. Finnish and Swedish Regiment Coat Trousers Plastron Turnbacks Cuffs Collar Scarf Adlercreuzka regemente ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Hälsinge regemente blue white white white white white black Hämeen rykmentti grey grey blue piped red grey blue piped red blue piped red black Jägerhornska regemente blue blue piped yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow black Jämtlands regemente grey grey light green light green light green light green black Kajaanin pataljoona grey grey blue blue blue blue black Kronobergs regemente blue white yellow white red red black Oulun pataljoona blue yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow black Porin rykmentti grey grey light blue light blue light blue light blue black Pohjanmaan rykmentti blue yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow black Savon rykmentti grey grey grey piped yellow grey yellow yellow black Turun rykmentti grey grey blue blue blue blue black Uudenmaan rykmentti grey grey light blue light blue light blue light blue black Upplands regemente blue white yellow piped white yellow yellow white black Vaasa batallion blue yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow black Västmanlands regemente blue white yellow piped white yellow yellow piped white yellow red Västerbottens regemente blue white white white white red black Änkedrottningens livregemente blue white light red piped white white white light red piped white black JAEGERS Regiment Coat Trousers Plastron Turnbacks Cuffs Collar Scarf Karjalan jääkärijoukko green white green piped yellow white green piped yellow green piped yellow black Savon jääkärirykmentti grey grey green piped white green green piped white green piped white black Uudenmaan jääkäripataljoona grey grey grey piped blue grey grey piped blue grey piped blue black GUARDS Regiment Coat Trousers Plastron Turnbacks Cuffs Collar Scarf Finska (andra)livgardet blue white red red yellow yellow black Göta (Svenska) livgardet ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Livgardet (Svea livgarde) blue white yellow yellow yellow yellow black Livgrenadjärregemente blue white red white red red black CAVALRY Regiment Coat Breeches Plastron Turnbacks Cuffs Collar Waistcoat Scarf Jämtlands hästjägarkompani grey grey light green light... read more

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