Monday, 24 December 2012

3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment of Foot The Royal Scots

17th century

The regiment was first raised in 1633 as the Royal Regiment of Foot by Sir John Hepburn, under a royal warrant from Charles I, on the Scottish establishment for service in France. It was formed from a nucleus of Hepburn's previous regiment, formerly in Swedish service, which had been in existence since 1625. When in France it absorbed the remnants of a number of other Scottish mercenary units which had fought in Swedish service, and by 1635 had swelled to some 8,000 men. Sir John Hepburn, was killed at the siege of Saverne in 1636; it was then taken over by his nephew, Sir John Hepburn who was killed in action the following year. Lord James Douglas was appointed the new colonel, and the name of the corps was altered to the Régiment de Douglas, numbering some 1200 Scotsmen. The regiment fought with distinction, under Douglas, until he was killed in a skirmish near Douai in 1645, in attempt to take the city from the Habsburgs. His elder brother Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus was appointed in his place. In all the regiment served in France from 1633 to 1661, when it was recalled to England.

Because the regiment had been formed by Royal Warrant, it was legally part of the Crown's armed forces, even though it had been out of the country for three decades. As such, it was recalled to help secure the coronation of Charles II, and helped provide a model for the other regiments founded after the collapse of the New Model Army. The regiment returned to France from 1662–66 and 1667–78, seeing English service again during the Second Anglo-Dutch War; soldiers of the regiment responded to the Raid on the Medway, when Pepys recorded that Here in the streets, I did hear the Scotch march beat by the drums before the soldiers, which is very odd.

1678 marked the final end of French service, with the regiment placed permanently on the English establishment. It was posted to Ireland in 1679, and in 1680 the regiment was sent to Tangier, where it won its first battle honour In 1684, the regiment was titled His Majesty's Royal Regiment of Foot, and withdrawn to England .In 1685 they fought for James II in the Monmouth Rebellion, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, and the following year a second battalion was raised. In 1688, they were the only regiment of the army to remain loyal to James in the Glorious Revolution; both battalions of the regiment mutinied and were disarmed.

During the War of the Grand Alliance, the regiment fought at the Battle of Walcourt (1689), the Battle of Steenkerque (1692), the Battle of Landen (1693) and the Siege of Namur (1695).They spent the late 1690s on garrison duty in Ireland.

18th century

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment fought at the Battles of Schellenberg and Blenheim (1704), the Battle of Ramillies (1706), the Battle of Oudenarde (1708) and the Battle of Malplaquet (1709). Both battalions spent 1715 to 1742 on service in Ireland, but after this point the battalions were normally separated; the 1st went to Flanders, with the 2nd being sent to the Caribbean as a garrison for Puerto Bello. The 1st saw service in the War of the Austrian Succession at the Battle of Fontenoy (1745), whilst the 2nd was engaged in the Second Jacobite Rising, fighting at the Battle of Falkirk and the infamous Battle of Culloden (1746),after which it returned to Ireland.

In 1751, the regiment was titled the 1st (Royal) Regiment of Foot,ranked as the most senior of the line regiments of infantry. The 2nd Battalion was sent to Nova Scotia in 1757,and saw service in the Seven Years' War, capturing Louisburg in 1758, Guadeloupe in 1762 and Havana in 1763, returning home in 1764.Both then served as garrisons in the Mediterranean, the 1st in Gibraltar from 1768–75, and the 2nd in Minorca from 1771-75.

The 1st Battalion was sent to the West Indies in 1781, fought in the capture of Sint Eustatius that year, and was itself captured at St. Kitts in January 1782 but exchanged later in the year.
French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars

The 1st Battalion had returned to the West Indies as a garrison in 1790, and served there until 1797,with a brief period of combat in the Haïtian Revolution. The West Indies were hotbeds of disease, and the battalion lost more than half its strength to disease in this period. It was reformed from militia volunteers in Ireland in 1798: This year saw a major rebellion erupt in Ireland after years of simmering tension. The Lothian Fencibles fought with distinction at the Battle of Vinegar Hill, one of the more important engagements of the rebellion. Subsequently, the regiment gained a new regimental song:
Ye croppies of Wexford, I'd have ye be wise and go not to meddle with Mid-Lothian BoysFor the Mid-Lothian Boys they vow and declareThey'll crop off your head as well as your hairderry, down, down.Remember at Ross and at Vinegar HillHow your heads flew about like chaff in a millFor the Mid-Lothian Boys when a croppy they see they blow out his daylights and tip him cut three derry, down, down.

After the rebellion was over in Ireland they were used in minor raids on the coast of Spain in 1800.Meanwhile, from 1793 to 1801, the 2nd Battalion was based in the Mediterranean. It fought at the Siege of Toulon (1793) and the capture of Corsica(1794), returning briefly to Northern Europe for the Battle of Egmont op Zee in the 1799 Helder Campaign, before fighting in the 1801 Egyptian campaign at the Battle of Aboukir and the Battle of Alexandria.

Both battalions were subsequently dispatched to the West Indies, the 1st from 1801 to 1812, and the 2nd from 1803 to 1806. The 1st fought at the capture of Saint Lucia, as well as of Demerara and Essequibo in 1803, and the capture of Guadeloupe in 1810. The 2nd then moved to India, where it would remain until 1826, , whilst the 1st was sent to Quebec with the outbreak of the War of 1812.It fought in the battles of Sackett's Harbor and Buffalo & Black Rock, as well as the capture of Fort Niagara (1813), the battles of Longwoods, Chippawa, and Lundy's Lane, along with the Siege of Fort Erie and the battle of Cook's Mills (1814). In February 1812, the regiment was retitled as the 1st Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots), the first official appearance of the popular name.

Raised in late 1804, at Hamilton, the 3rd Battalion served in the Peninsular War from 1808 to 1809, fighting at the Battle of Corunna in 1809 before being withdrawn by sea and sent to the Walcheren Campaignwith the 1st Division. It returned to Portugal in 1810 with the 5th Division, fighting at the Battle of Buçaco (1810), the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro (1811), the battles of Badajoz, Salamanca and Burgos (1812), the Battle of Vitoria, capture of San Sebastián, Battle of Nivelle, and the Battle of Nive (1813), before advancing into France in 1814. It was sent to Belgium during the Hundred Days, and fought in Picton's Division (the 5th) at the Battle of Waterloo (1815). After two years in the Army of Occupation, it was disbanded at Canterbury in 1817.

The 3rd Battalion is available in both its Peninsular and Hundred Days (Waterloo) Campaign uniforms on the website

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

HUGE!! Brigade Packs

Its Christmas so we though we might add a new option to the A Brush too Far website. Napoleonic Brigade Packs are now available for sale Painted to Order with significant savings and FREE officer figures. British, French and Prussian Brigades are available. You can choose the Campaign, battalions and base size by dropping us a note or clicking on the radio buttons.

Go to the website to check out these excellent deals.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

2nd Battalion, 1st Foot Guards, Waterloo 1815

The Grenadier Guards traces its lineage back to 1656,when Lord Wentworth's Regiment was raised in Bruges, in the Spanish Netherlands (current-day Belgium), where it formed a part of exiled King Charles II's bodyguard. A few years later, a similar regiment known as John Russell's Regiment of Guards was formed. In 1665, these two regiments were combined to form the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, consisting of 24 companies of men.Since then the Grenadier Guards have served ten Kings and three Queens, including currently Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout the 18th century, the regiment took part in a number of campaigns including the War of Spanish Succession, the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War.At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the regiment gained the name "Grenadier" in July 1815 following a Royal Proclamation, honouring their part in defeating Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard at the Battle of Waterloo.

Victrix 28mm British guards painted by A Brush Too Far .

Guards Colour Party

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Napoleonic British Howitzer

Our British Artillery units are now available as individual guns and crews. Added to the mix is now the British Howitzer. More pics and information are available on the website.

Napoleonic French Foot Artillery

We are slowly getting round to putting pictures of all our available units onto the website and the latest batch is of the Napoleonic French Foot Artillery. Painted to order by us at A Brush too Far these figure are from Perry Miniatures Metal Range of 28mm figures. 

28mm French Foot Artillery
Available are the French 6 pounder  being Loaded, Run Up or Fired and the Howitzer being fired. Each gun comes with a crew of four and you can choose the size of base.

Each Gun and its crew can be ordered separately or as a 4 Gun battery including three 6 pounders and a  howitzer.

For more information or to Order your French Foot Artillery go to the website

Sunday, 9 December 2012

55e Regiment de Ligne: Le Haie Sainte

Perry Miniatures French Infantry painted by us at a Brush Too Far
Formed in 1791 the Regiment went through a number of reforms before finally being named in 1803 the 55e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne. It fought at a number of significant engagements before its final battle at Waterloo.
1792:    Valmy 
1793:    Landau 
1795:    Rosas 
1796:    Mantua 
1797:    Rivoli, Mantua, and Valvassone 
1799:    La Trebbia and Novi 
1800:    Genes 
1805:    Austerlitz 
1806:    Jena and Lubeck 
1807:    Eylau and Heilsberg 
1808:    Medina-del-Rio Seca 
1809:    Almonacid and Ocana 
1811:    Albuhera and Almandratero 
1812:    Campillo, Coin, Borisow, and Wilna 
1813:    Vittoria, Pampelune, Bautzen, Dresde, Culm and Arnheim 
1814:    Orthez and Toulouse 
1815:    Ligny and Waterloo

The Eagle of the 55e flanked by the 3rd (Orange) Company and the 2nd (Blue) Company

During the 100 days campaign the 55e Regiment consisted of two battalion totalling nearly 1200men. Commanded by Colonel Morin it was part of Colonel Charlet's 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division of the Comte D'Erlon's I Corps.. The 1st Brigade was an experienced formation having been present at Austerlitz, Eylau, Jena and the Peninsula Campaign against Wellington amongst others named above. The 55e along with the rest of D'Erlons Corps spent the engagements on the 16th June marching between Quatra Bras and Ligny as orders were passed and then changed. This can lead to a couple of what ifs when playing either of these scenarios. 
The French 55e advance in the same old fashion

On the 18th June the Division including the 55e launched its attack on the Allied centre at about 1:30pm  and was heavily involved in the fight at the fortified Farm at Le Haie Sainte at one point completely surrounding the German defenders within. 
Voltiguer of the 55e chosen for his shooting skill from amongst the companies. The box provides
both marching and skirmishing voltiguers
The 55e suffered heavily during the assault and the subsequent Allied Heavy Cavalry counterattack that followed D'Erlon initial assault.  The 105e Regiment of the 2nd Brigade famously lost its eagle during the cavalry assault. Colonel Charlet and his son Captain Charlet who commanded a battery of the divisions artillery are both believed to have survived the battle as is the Regiments Colonel Morin. It would take I Corps 5 hours to take Le Haie Sainte but their effort was in vain as there was no reinforcement available to exploit the gap in the allied line and the arrival of the Prussians sealed the Allied victory.

French Line Drummer

Line Grenadiers

Eagle Bearer of the 55e

Monday, 3 December 2012

Gift Vouchers

In response to a number of emails we have received recently we have added an option to purchase A Brush Too Far Gift Vouchers to the website. These can be used when paying for our products when paying with Paypal. Full details are available when you click on the option.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Prussians are Coming

The Prussians in the form of the Perry metal and plastic miniatures will be coming back to a Brush too Far after Christmas. In the meantime here are some pictures of a recently completed commission for a new customer.