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Sunday, 31 August 2014

South American Independence Wars


Wars of Independence Project

John has moved back to Australia.

John McI in Chile has been working on the forces involved in South American independence wars in the early 19th century.

John will write more about this soon.

The royalists took me 14 months.

Now I have my scenery, the rules should keep me busy for a week or two and then I can have a game.

When I get back to painting, there are 6 under-strength Chilean Bns with supporting cavalry and artillery and three  over-strength royalist Bns from Peru in a sort of orangey off white, also with cavalry and artillery.

By the time that lot is done, I should be doing a campaign.
I use a pair of cheap 4x glasses but haven’t worked out how to stop enlarging the brush by 4.

I will write up some text in the next week or two. 
 Planning my first game to try out the rules on the Independence day long weekend (when else) in 3 weeks time.
No. 1
Painting table at the old flat with Argie line, which I later finished. (No.9)
No. 2
Not much of an army, San Martin invaded/liberated Chile with 4Bn inf, 6 sqn cav, 2 Bty Arty and enough guns for one more.

No. 3
My first unit March ’09, took me 6 months to paint – Cazadores de los Andes with some slightly painted horse grenadiers on the same table, a bit overexposed

No. 4
No. 5
Another of the cazadores, not so washed out.
No. 6
A busy time, but I got some painting done in early 2011.
No. 7
A busy time, but I got some painting done in early 2011.
No. 8
Painting table at the old flat with Argie line, which I later finished.
No. 9
The mineral industry slowed, and I sped up, partly because I was learning how to paint these little buggers.
Talaveras, a light infantry unit raised from Peninsular veterans – it is questionable if they ever fought in this uniform.
No. 10

No. 11
Regimento Valdivia
No. 12
Royalist Regimento Chiloe
No. 13
Regimiento Chillan, the Royalists are so much nicer than the Independistas.
No. 14
Concepcion in their light infantry role
No. 15
Husares de la Concordia
No. 16
Husares de la Concordia
No. 17

No. 18

Finished Granaderos a caballo with base coat done on the 7th Line.
No. 19
2011 Cazadores a caballo 3 months after some infantry
No. 20

No. 21

Granaderos a Cabello again, but this time the rear rank have a nice red pelisse
No. 22
I do the frogging with a soft white pencil, drag the edge down the detail and it sort of grates the lead.
No. 23
And the staff, San Martin on a white horse, O’Higgins with the red hair, and Las Heras dragging his feet, plus a few aides
No. 24

Carabineros de Abascal – the blue may be a little on the pale side, this lot took a month.
No. 25

Royalist artillery – natural timber which is this reddy colour and varnished with sea lion oil
No. 26

No. 27
The guns could have been any of the following colours:
  1. Cobalt Blue – no cobalt in Argentina
  2. Natural wood – splits under the sun
  3. Whitewashed +/- lampblack – if I want grey I will edo early WWII huns
  4. Ochre, there are enormous supplies around Mendoza.

Later I added another gun and a howitzer.  
No. 28
The next four pictures. The damn argies took 4 years, a year longer than San Martin took to train them – here they are ready to cross the Andes.
No. 29

No. 30
No. 31

No. 32

No. 33-Overview from the Royalist side, good shot of Bridge and Trees

No. 34-Dragoons in close up

No. 35-The farm from behind

No. 36-Skirmishers defend the vineyard with their lives

No. 37-Close up of the orchard and the hedgerow, I am trying to find some darker greenstuff.

No. 38-Good shot of the farm from the front, including a couple of poplars, one of which has had a couple too many, notice the shading

No. 39-Close up of the Bridge, normally there would only be one centre section, either intact or destroyed

No. 40-Close up of the hedge row, you can just see Bernardo O’Higgin’s red hair on the right of the photo

No. 41-The orchard and the vineyard

No. 42-The lot

























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