Steven’s Argentine Army of the South American Wars of Liberation

This is the Argentine element of San Martin’s Army of the Andes from my 1817-18 Chilean Project.

Roland Davis painted all the figures. Except where noted all figures are the 15mm range from Grenadier Productions. Roland uses the Black Undercoat Method of painting and basing style based on XF-52 Flat Earth (see Flock page for more detail). Flags are based on my best guess Flags for 1817-18 Chilean Project and are painted by Roland. Uniform guides were the books by John Fletcher of Grenadier Productions (Fletcher, 2005, 2006) in particular the illustrations by Prof. Julio Luqui Lagleyze and Cesar Puliafito that appear in Fletcher (2005, p. 28 – 36).

Roland will also paint the Chileans. I’m painting the Royalists.

The Full Array

I’m trying to do my 1817-18 Chilean Project in Phases. Phase 1 of produces the bulk of the Argentine forces. So far I’ve got most of the cavalry and all of the infantry.


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Argentine Cavalry and Infantry


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Argentine Cavalry and Infantry


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Argentine Cavalry and Infantry


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Argentine Cavalry and Infantry

Granaderos a Caballo

I’ve got four squadrons of Granaderos a Caballo.


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Granaderos a Caballo
All four squadrons en masse


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Granaderos a Caballo
All four squadrons en masse


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Granaderos a Caballo
A single squadron


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Granaderos a Caballo
Rear of the squadron


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Granaderos a Caballo Command


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Back


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Side


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Side


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Granaderos a Caballo Trooper


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Back


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Granaderos a Caballo Trooper


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7th Infantry Regiment

The other ranks of the 7th Infantry Regiment were freed slaves. Officers were either white or black.


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7th Infantry Regiment
All eight stands of the Battalion in two ranks


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7th Command


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Back


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7th Fusilier


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Back


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7th Grenadier
Notice the distinctive red and yellow cuff of the Grenadiers of this regiment.


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Back


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7th Cazadore


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8th Infantry Regiment (8th Battalion of Free Negroes)

The 8th Infantry Regiment looks quite similar to the 7th. The only differences are the drummer’s uniform, cuffs of the Grenadiers jacket, and number on the flag.


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8th Infantry Regiment
All eight stands of the Battalion in two ranks


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8th Command


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Back


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8th Grenadier


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Back


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8th Cazadore


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11th Infantry Regiment

The 11th Infantry Regiment was manned by white Argentines. The uniform was slightly different to that of the 7th and 8th.


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11th Infantry Regiment
All eight stands in a line


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11th Infantry Regiment
All eight stands of the Battalion in two ranks


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Rear of Battalion


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11th Command


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Back


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11th Fusilier


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Back


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11th Grenadier


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Back


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11th Cazadore


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Cazadores de los Andes (Cazadore Infantry Regiment #1)

The Cazadore Infantry Regiment #1 were also known as the Cazadores de los Andes. They wore a uniform cut like those of British Rifles but in blue. Grenadier Productions lack a suitable figure so I used figures from Fantassin. Spanish light infantry regiments had flank companies like the line regiments, called Carabineros and and Tiradores (corresponding to Grenadier and Cazadore in the line regiments) with the centre company men being Cazadores (equivalent to Fusiliers). Apparently the Argentine units followed suit, but I don’t know the distinctive features of the flank companies so all stands were painted as Cazadores.


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Cazadores de los Andes
All eight stands of the Battalion in two ranks


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Cazadores de los Andes
All eight stands of the Battalion in two ranks


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Cazadores de los Andes
All eight stands of the Battalion in two ranks


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Back


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Cazadore Command
Figures are British light infantry from Fantassin
because Rifles command packs don’t have the right mix of figures


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Back


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Cazadore
Figures are British Rifles from Fantassin


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Grenadier Battalion

On occasion both Patriots and Royalists converged their flank companies to create Grenadier and/or Cazadore battalions. I got a specialist command stand for the resulting Grenadier battalion, but the grenadier stands themselves come from the line battalions. I love the red bag at the top of the shakos of the Argentine Grenadiers – very distinctive.


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Four stands of Grenadier Battalion in two ranks


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Back view showing the distinctive Argentine Grenadier bag


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Specialist Grenadier Command Stand
The standard bearer has been replaced by a Grenadier figure


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Cazadore Battalion

On occasion both Patriots and Royalists converged their flank companies to create Grenadier and/or Cazadore battalions. I got a specialist command stand for the Cazadore battalion but the Cazadore stands themselves come from the Line battalions.


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Four stands of Cazadore Battalion in two ranks


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Back view


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Specialist Cazadore Command Stand
The standard bearer has been replaced by a Cazadore figure


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Staff

Cazadores a Caballo de la Escolta del General

Artillery

References

Fletcher, J. (2005). Liberators! Volume 1: The War in the South. Grenadier Productions.

Fletcher, J. (2006). Liberators! Supplement 1: The War in the South. Grenadier Productions.

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