The first of the four units of Spanish Line Infantry that I completed this month takes the stage at last!
Regimiento de Infanteria València was first raised in 1658, ranking it as the 13th such unit in the Spanish army. Valencia is the the third largest city in Spain, and was founded by the Romans in 138 BC. It was reconquered from the Moors in 1238. It served briefly as the Capitol of Spain under Joseph Bonaparte in 1812, and again in 1936 - 1937 under the Second Republic. Located on the Mediterranean coast, it is famous for orange trees and Paella!Among a great many other sights, it contains the Chapel of the Holy Grail.
In 1791 the unit was wearing white coats with scarlet cuffs and lapels, both with buff piping, buff collars, and Pewter buttons.
Along with the other Line regiments, in 1802 the uniform was changed to deep sky blue coats with black collars, cuffs, and lapels, and red turnbacks. I used Delta Ceramcoat "Bluejay" as the facing color on the white coats. Note the various items hanging from the packs of these obviously veteran campaigners!
This change of dress proved highly unpopular, and in 1805, a return to the white uniforms was ordered. The new scheme had the regiment as I have painted it here - white coats and breeches, sky blue lapels, collars and cuffs, piped white, white turnbacks piped sky blue, and pewter buttons. This was the uniform worn, at least officially, when the French invaded under Napoleon in 1808.
The drummer wears the King's Livery - a dark blue coat with red facings piped white.
These are Miniaturas Dos De Mayo 28 mm figures from Spain; they will be equipped with Adolfo Ramos flags, also from Spain.