As advertised in previous posts, I've been working on the stretch of road to the south of La Belle Alliance, beside the little known building of Trimotion. To accompany the building, I've painted two battalions of the Guard, one Grenadier and one Chasseur.
20mm manufacturers produce the Guard in several forms: full dress, summer campaign order and in great coats. Both these battalions have been done in summer campaign order with the blue trousers that were the signature of the Guard in the late Empire.
The Guard at Waterloo fought in quite a similar way to the British - ie, as individual battalions rather than as regiments. 1/1 Chasseurs were kept back at Le Caillou guarding the baggage. 1/2 Grenadiers and 1/2 Chasseurs were both committed to Plancenoit. This left 1/1G, 2/1G, 2/1C, 2/2G, 2/2C, 1/3G, 2/3G, 1/4G and 1/4C as the Army reserve.
I've already shown 2/1C and 1/4G so this entry shows 2/2G and 2/2C as they march down the chaussée in column of route. Each battalion consists of 360 bayonets, a band, drums and fifes platoon, pioneers, officers and Portes Aigles, in all a bit over 800 men. When added to the previous two battalions and accompanying staff and ancillary personnel there are about 2,000 figures here.
The figures are the usual mixture of metal and plastic with many conversions. 2/2G are mainly Schilling figures, which I really like - their Old Guard have a wiry, battle hardened look to them. I wonder sometimes how true this was in 1815: the acute casualty levels of 1812 and 1813 left very few veterans in Napoleon's army and most of the Guard would have been relatively young men at Waterloo.
|Trimotion with 2/2G advancing south in column of route.|
|The view south down the road. The records show that the road in peace was used by coal wagons heading to Brussels and was in consequence blackened at the edges.|
|This picture shows 2/2C swinging west of Trimotion, heading to the forming up point for the final attack. The picture gives a good sense of the congestion that was symptomatic of all Napoleonic battlefields.|
|The gap between the barn and Trimotion.|
|Baggage wagon, adding to the overall congestion.|
|I've added some more figures to Napoleon's staff and escort company south of La Belle Alliance.|
|Looking south to Trimotion.|
|The track right heads to Plancenoit.|
|A wagon full of wounded head south.|
|I guess about 2,000 figures in this picture.|
|The view south.|
|2/2C advance to the west of Trimotion, band at the front.|
|The two battalions split east and west of Trimotion.|
|Baron Larrey wields his saw.|
|The chasseur with his bearskin on the end of his musket is a Strelets conversion|
|Strelets Band and Franznap Drum Major|
|Wounded make their way south.|