Sunday, January 26, 2014

British Royal Horse Artillery - Napoleonic Wars

The Royal Horse Artillery was formed i n 1793. It had seven troops (or 'brigades" by 1801, and twelve by 1812. Each troop had six guns, usually 1 howitzer and 5 guns (6lbers or 9lbers); there was one troop equipped exclusively with howitzers. The uniforms of the Horse Artillery changed little from 1799 on, resembling the pre-1812 Light dragoon uniform.


My first troop of RHA; this unit is equipped with 9lber guns.


The artillery models are by Foundry; there is casting flaw in the muzzle of one of the guns. 


The crew are 28mm Old Glory figures.

  
My second troop has one 6 lber and one howitzer gun model each. 


I like having some howitzer models, plus the howitzers allow me increased flexibility for 9 or 6 lber batteries depending upon where the howitzers are assigned. 


I painted the gun carriages Delta Ceramcoat  Wedgewood Blue (a light blue-grey color), washed with Payne's grey, which has a bit of bluish cast as well. Still, the carriages are not quite as blue as they look in the above photo. 


This third troop has all 6 lber gun models.


British long field guns had the "block trail" construction, which lightened the carriages and increased the mobility of the guns. 


This time I painted the rims of the wheels mud-brown color, as some have suggested.


Here are all three troops; I actually painted 8 gun models at the same time; the surplus will be assigned to the Foot artillery when their time for painting comes!


The six guns here would make a 1:1 battery, except that it would have a total of 108 crew and 84 drivers!. 


A few additional colors used:
Braid on jackets: CC Straw Pale mixed 2:1 with CC yellow
Pants: Bridgeport Grey washed with Charcoal about 1:4 dilution.

That brings my British Napoleonic forces so far to 7 Line Infantry, 1 Light Infantry, 1 Light Dragoon, 1 Hussar, and 3 troops of RHA. Getting there!

Peter

14 comments:

  1. Great looking artillery, love the colour you've used,its perfect.

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  2. Good effect with the color Peter!

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    1. Thanks, Joe. Foot Artilery to come later in the year!

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  3. That is a large number of lead belching guns to complete in one go. Nice work! The carriage color looks good to me.

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  4. Good stuff! I like the horse artillery and I use the same paints as well.

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    1. Thanks, John. The RHA uniform is very classy.

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  5. Nice unit! I love the redhead helmetless gunner
    Regards
    Rafa

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    1. Thanks, Rafa. I think he may need a head bandage painted on...

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  6. Wee change from Ancients (Pulse of Battle is great btw)

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  7. In my case, the Ancients are a change of pace from Napoleonics!
    Info on our Sunday PoB game coming soon.

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