Sunday, 3 March 2019

Trimotion Part 2

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.

Dressing station

The two battalions split east and west of Trimotion.

Baron Larrey wields his saw.


Bloody work.

The chasseur with his bearskin on the end of his musket is a Strelets conversion

Strelets Band and Franznap Drum Major

Mostly Schilling

Wounded make their way south.


  1. More amazing work - this project just keeps getting better!

  2. General Picton3 March 2019 at 10:47

    Many thanks Stryker, love yours and Foy's Albuera - for some reason I can't leave comments!

  3. it's very impressive, nice job

  4. Superlatives seem superfluous, GP. Another wonder to behold.
    Best regards

  5. Very impressive. I love the creativity showing in the little vignettes!

  6. General Picton4 March 2019 at 09:53

    Thanks all, I like to make the vignettes among the 'big battalions' - it gives a human dimension

  7. Simply stunning as usual!

  8. General Picton5 March 2019 at 04:14

    Thanks Lee, you are very kind.

  9. General Picton6 March 2019 at 12:03

    Merci L'Empereur!

  10. This is such a jaw-droppingly marvellous project. I love seeing every post. I think that the photos in this one may be your best yet; which is saying something!!

  11. Dear James, you are very kind and it's great to get encouragement like this. My next project is Hougoumont which may take a while, so I will try and think of some fillers to keep people amused over the next month or two. Hougoumont will require a much greater acreage (buildings, gardens, orchards, wood and two paddocks), several thousand French, several hundred Guardsmen, a battalion of Nassauers, some Hanoverian jagers, Lunebergers, and three battalions of Brunswickers. Don't hold your breath!

    1. There is enough here to keep us happy for ages.
      Happy to wait as we know that it will be *amazing*!