44th Reg. on foot East Essex- Victrix Miniatures
I have represented a company center of a regiment of British infantry during the Napoleonic wars with the uniform subsequently adopted the Spanish War of Independence, with the short jacket and shako called Belgian type. I chose the 44th on foot to be present in virtually every notable British military conflicts.
The regiment has its origins in 1741 being recruited by Colonel James Long. Actively participated in the Jacobite rebellion in 1745, and was in Flanders in 1748,
date on which it was officially known as the 44th Infantry Regiment. Participated in the Franco – Indian wars and the American Independence War, highlighting in the battles of defense of Braddock (1755), Carillon (1758), Brooklyn (1776), Brandywine (1777) , and Monmouth (1778).
During the Napoleonic Wars actively participated in the Peninsular War, fighting in the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro in 1811, the siege of Badajoz and battle of Salamanca in 1812. Was present at the Battle of Quatre Brass in 1815 and of course in Waterloo. The second battalion of the regiment especially highlighted by capturing the imperial eagle of the 62 French regiment during the Battle of Salamanca. Which was carried in procession through Essex, tradition is still preserved today. The regiment continued to serve subsequently participating in the first Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826), First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842), the Crimean War (1853-1855), and the second Opium War (1857-1862).
Anecdotally, for those who have read the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell, the famous fictional South Essex Regiment who appears in the novels is based on 44th on foot . The regimetal colors are yellow, like 44th, and the capture of the French agle in Salamanca, and actions in Quatre Brass and Waterloo, both based on real actions of 44th.
- 28mm scale rigid plastic.
- Miniatures of Victrix Ltd. Miniatures (http://www.victrixlimited.com/). Napoleonic 28mm plastic Box Set. Waterloo British Infantry Centre Companies. Reference VX0001.
- Black primer.
- Painted with Vallejo Model Color (http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/)
- Double layer of matte varnish Marabu (http://www.marabu.com/)
You can find more details on these miniatures painted on the link: Painting Tutorial – Waterloo British Infantry Centre Company.
For based have been used bases of DM 2x2cm to which it has been applied Vandal stained Vallejo Beige Brown (70875) to obtain ground color. They have some painted gray stones and subsequently has been applied a drybrush of Pale Sand (70837). After we have added the following vegetation:
- Electrostatic Lawn.
- T62 Burnt Grass – Woodland Escenics (http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/)
- Clump Foliage – Woodland Escenics BC134 (http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/)