Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lancers of the Vistula

Of all of the units fighting in the Iberian Peninsula, few hold the reputation of the Lancers of the Vistula.  What a few squadrons of Polish lancers accomplished during the Battle of Albuera is the stuff of legend.
In their famous charge. the "Devil's Poles" erupted out of a sudden rain squall and broke into the British line.  Colborne's infantry brigade routed and Cleve's KGL battery lost five guns.  Five colors were taken and scores of prisoners captured.  Quite impressive for a few minutes work!

Eight of these lancers make their way off the painting desk and report for duty.  I hope mine are as successful as their historical counterpart on the field of battle.  Of course, that wish only pertains to when I am commanding the French!

Figures are Front Rank.

47 comments:

  1. Fantastic polish lancers! Thank You!

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  2. Famous Lancers of the Vistula...They look superb, excellent job!

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  3. Fantastic stuff. Who can say no to a Czapka?

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    1. Much appreciated! Well, I for one, could not say no to a czapka!

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  4. Great looking lancers of a famous unit.

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    1. Famous, for sure. They were fun to paint too!

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  5. awe...these are real beauties Jonathan - well done Sir!

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  6. Magnificent rendition of this very famous and illustrious unit. Bravo!

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    1. Peter, I am pleased to get your expert approval on these horsemen!

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  7. Fantastic looking figures Great colours really like the way you have worked the yellow not an easy colour to get right

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    1. Stephen, your kind comments are much appreciated!
      I find I have less trouble with yellow than with red. Red is troublemaker for me.

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  8. Great looking models. I'm looking forward to painting some up, when I finally start the French.

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    1. Thank you, Aaron! I look forward to seeing your crack at the lancers.

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  9. I love this unit. Poles with lances - essential item in any wargames collection!

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    1. Poles with poles; the perfect combination!
      Thanks Nathan!

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  10. Simply gorgeous Jonathan! So dynamic...

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    1. Much appreciated, Michael! Good to see you dropping by for a visit!

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  11. Superb Polish lancers Jonathan!

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  12. Beautiful, Jon! Just a great job on the detail work.

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  13. Wonderful looking figures Jonathon - love the Front Rank Napoleonic range.

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    1. Thank you, Carlo! The FR Napoleonics figures are well done, no doubt.

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  14. Great work as always, smashing lancers
    Best Iain

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  15. Briliant job with these dashing fellows. I especially like the fact that their lances are not all in the same position, gives them a really death or glory look. Bravo and success to them.

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    1. Much appreciated, Michael! The varying lance elevation does add a bit of interest. Hopefully, I positioned them so no one gets stuck on the back!

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  16. Those really do look lovely Jonathan!

    Christopher

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    1. Always appreciate your positive support, Christopher!

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  17. Fantastic work, so finely detailed! These are really dashing fellows, very impressive in their colourful uniforms and moustaches...!!! Lovely post, Jonathan - keep them coming ;)

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    1. You are very kind! Back to 15s after this but I will try to work a 28mm Napoleonic formation in soon. Maybe a battalion of recently acquired Baden infantry?

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  18. That would be a nice choice... what about some Portuguese? ;) Cheers!

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    1. I was considering such only yesterday. Looking at Brigade Games' Portuguese, I am very tempted to add a fourth battalion of Portuguese to the project. Already on the roster are two battalions of the 21st Line and one battalion of the 6th Cacadores. I could use more.

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  19. My vote goes for the glorious 6th :D I´ll be waiting for them ;)

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