Category: Carlist Wars


Oriamendi – A Shako Scenario

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War. This is a Boina scenario for the Battle of Oriameni (or Battle of Hernani) 16 Mar 1837.

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Paul Mitchell Gallery of 28mm First Carlist War Figures

Paul Mitchell kindly sent me some photos of his 28mm Carlists. These are the models now produced by QRF Miniatures (ex Helion ex Valiant). In fact this is the unit described at the Battle of Oriemendi as ‘wearing blue berets and grey greatcoats… except officers, who wore all colours’. Paul has painted them with captured Cristino greatcoats, drummers cut down to shell jacket, the firing figure in a Cristino shell jacket, the ensign in Cristino frock, and the officer at the back in a captured French uniform. They are Guipuzcoan, and will form part of the 3 – battalion Guipuzcoan

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First Carlist War Painting Guide: Cristino Cavalry

This is the painting guide for the Spanish government cavalry of the First of the Carlist Wars. It covers:

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Shako Orders of Battle for the First Carlist War (Boina)

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War.

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Shako House Rules for the First Carlist War (Boina)

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War.

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Boina: A Shako Variant for the First Carlist War

I like Shako so I set myself the challenge of adapting it for use in the First Carlist War. I called this variant “Boina” in honour of the berets worn by the Carlist troops.

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Basing in Shako for the First Carlist War (Boina)

For Boina I based my armies pretty much as standard Shako but with some minor tweaks. There is little that is specific to the First Carlist War.

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Wargaming flags for the First Carlist War

Wargaming flags to use for the First of the Carlist Wars. These flags are intended for using with 15 mm wargaming figures. They correspond to what I know about flags of the war, although where I don’t know specific details I have taken some liberties to get the flags for a complete army. For example, I have used Carlist flag motifs from units that weren’t part of the Carlist Army of the North just to allow more variety.

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Flags of the First Carlist War

Here is my best guess at the Flags of the first Carlist War. I have lots of descriptions of flags but relatively few pictures to work from, so unless otherwise stated all illustrations are my guess at such a flag. I also have a page specifically for wargaming flags.

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Hidden Movement Cards for Shako

I’m toying with the idea of Principles of War style Hidden Movement Cards for Shako.

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Wargaming Rules for the First Carlist War

Some notes on wargaming rules to use for the First of the Carlist Wars.

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Orders of Battle during the First Carlist War

Here you’ll find a rough sketch of the overall military organisation for each of the major protagonists. I’ve included orders of battle for:

Glossary of Terms for the Carlist Wars

Glossary of terms for the First of the Carlist Wars.

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First Carlist War 1833-40

The 19th Century saw a rash of civil wars in Spain and Portugal. Essentially these pitted progressive constitutionalists against authoritarian absolutists in the guise of a dispute on royal succession. Although now little known outside Spain or Portugal, in their time these wars were international in flavour. The other European nations looked on with considerable interest, and forces from Portugal, Spain, Britain, and France were involved.

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Geography of the First Carlist War

Much of the war took place in the Basque provinces in the north of Spain, and I thought it worth describing it a bit. One of the British soldiers who fought there was rather taken by the local scenery:

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