Saturday, 29 October 2016

Portuguese 4th Viseu Cacadores

The 4th Cacadores, as with most of the Cacadore regiments, were heavily engaged throughout the Peninsular War and saw action under Pack at Bussaco, Salamanca and Vittoria, and as part of Wilson's brigade under Hamilton at the Battle of the Nivelle. They were also present as part of Campbell's brigade at the battle of the Nive:


















The uniform and facings are almost identical to the 1st Cacadores, except that the 4th had a sky-blue collar as opposed to brown:


















As with all Cacadore regiments around this time, the elite atirador companies were distinguished by black shako plumes, and  green fringes on the end of the shoulder straps, and were armed with the legendary Baker rifle:


















I have four more of the early Cacador regiments to complete, which will leave me with a seventh. I'm probably going to have a go at painting them as a battalion of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion to provide a bit of variety, but that is probably a month or two away.

8 comments:

  1. Great addition sir, your Caçadores look superb!

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    1. Thanks Phil, just a few more to go now.

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  2. once again,Lawrence your painted(work) Portuguese 4th Viseu Cacadores look awesome!

    I would love to see Loyal Lusitania Legion/battalion painted up! :o)

    cheers,

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    1. Cheers Phil. Yes, I am thinking a bit of green might break up all the blue and brown of the rest of the army.

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  3. Superb as usual, Lawrence. I like the little detail;s of the Atiradores. I also concur with painting one unit as the LLL!

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    1. I love a few rifle-armed troops Peter. There is always something deeply satisfying about being able to sit back out of musket range and pop away with a few free shots.

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  4. Marvellously painted Caçadores, thanks for sharing! Greetings from Portugal :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.

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