Friday, 2 October 2015

Portuguese 10th/2nd of Lisbon Regiment

A quick post on the latest regiment to join my Portuguese project, the 10th Regiment were quite heavily engaged during the Peninsular War and saw action at Bussaco and a number of actions in the crossing of the Pyrenees including St. Pierre d'Irrube, Orthez and the Battle of the Nivelle:


















They were also engaged at the battle of Albuera where they were under the command of the rather grandly named Colonel Don Luiz Benedicto de Castro, Conde de Rezende.


















They were another regiment forming part of the Central Division, and therefore carried a white regimental flag with white piping on the uniforms:


















Aside from the above, I have to confess that I really wanted to include them as the sky blue cuffs made a nice change from the usual red, white and dark blue, and gave me an excuse to break out one of my favourite Foundry paint sets:


















That's twelve line battalions done with six more to go, and I finally feel as though I am getting there with this project.

As an aside, I have switched from my usual Winsor and Newton Series 7 brushes to the Rosemary brand of sable brushes based on a recommendation I read on-line (and I wish I could remember where so I could thank them):


















Aside from the fact that were they around half the cost of the Winsor and Newtons, I also find that they are lasting twice as long and hold their point just as well as the Series 7. To be fair, I do tend to use one brush for everything apart from basing and dry-brushing (or large areas on horses etc.) which means they get a hammering, but I have found that even with this sort of exclusive use I am getting close to a hundred 28mm figures done before they give up. My favoured brush size for the detail work is the Rosemary Series 33 size 10/0 (while the larger sizes are great for block painting larger areas):


















Here is a link to the Rosemary website for anyone interested:
http://www.rosemaryandco.com/watercolour-brushes/pure-kolinsky-sable/pure-kolinsky-pointed


16 comments:

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    1. Cheers Brian, and I always love your output and enjoyed the recent post on the spring clean-up. I just wish I could figure out how to comment on Wordpress - it now recognises me as a member, but for some reason I get into a loop with passwords etc. I am fairly sure it has something to do with a botched sign-up after one too many glasses of rose one evening...

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  2. Always love your brush work on your figures Lawrence - Marvelous!

    gees...love to have a pack of those brushes at half price too!

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks Phil, and I continue to be in awe at the progress you are making with your Saxons.

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    2. long way to go before completing my Saxons, hopefully by the end of this month or early November? then I will move on to work on my 1809 Austrians! :o) yes, that's right, more white tunic/breeches/uniforms to paint :o)

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    3. That's why I like painting the Portuguese, Phil, which is proving to be a nice break after having painted quite a few early Spanish.

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  3. Awesome looking Portuguese regiment, Lawrence. I shall have to remember the tip about the brushes, although I am much kinder to mine than you are, it seems!

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    1. I am still not sure what I am doing wrong Peter. I have even gone to the length of buying a top-of-the-line bottle of brush cleaner (half of which, it must be said, I spilled over a rug which now has never looked cleaner), but have now come to the conclusion that I will never be kind to brushes, even those made of sable.

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    2. It sounds like you use your fine brush for almost everything, which wears it out. Of course, I cannot argue with the results! :-)

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    3. Yes, that is what I had been putting it down to Peter, although I am sure there is a bit of inadvertent abuse thrown in there as well!

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  4. A fantastic addition to your army, as always an excellent paint work!

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    1. Thanks Phil. I just hope they see action at some point...

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  5. These are very nice, good luck with the rest of the project, best wishes,
    Jeremy

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    1. Cheers Jeremy. Thanks also for giving me the biggest chuckle this year over on your blog with that letter from the British Ambassador...

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  6. Great looking troops, love the psychedelic flag! Interesting info on the paint brushes, all the best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, much appreciated. With regard to the sable brushes, they do appear to be the best value I have found thus far with regard to the balance between cost and longevity.

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