Here are some suggestions for figures – both specialist figures and make-do jobs from Napoleonics ranges.
Specialist South American Figures
I’m only aware of one specialist range of 15mm wargaming figures for the South American Wars of Liberation: the figures from Grenadier Productions.
The Grenadier Productions packs were originally 8 infantry and 4 cavalry; they also had unit packs of 24 infantry or 12 cavalry. These are the packs listed as “Old Codes”. Now they have moved to packs of 12 infantry and 6 cavalry – the “New Codes” – without unit packs. I’ve retained the old codes to remind myself what I purchased in the past when rummaging through my boxes of unpainted lead.
There are rumours of the the following packs:
- Indians for the Cuzco uprising of 1814
Using Napoleonic Figures in South America
Until the advent of the specialist range of 15mm figures from Grenadier Productions most gamers used standard Napoleonic figures with a South American paint job. Here are few guidelines based on Balkan Military History: South America and discussions on Liberators 1810-1830 Yahoo Discussion Forum.
John Fletcher said, for example “I built many of my Chilean troops by using 1815 Dutch-Belgian infantry. They are by no means a perfect match but the single breasted short jackets and French style shakos was good enough for me at the time. ”
There are a wide selection of Napoleonic era 15mm figures available, including Fantassin, Battle Honours, AB, Essex and Old Glory 15s. The specialist Grenadier Productions are designed to be compatible with Fantassin, hence by implication are compatible with Battle Honours and AB.
Mounted officers with a fore-and-aft bicorn
Old Glory15s the British Generals pack
Spanish Artillery with Shako or
AB Miniatures AB-S23
Dutch/Belgium artillery crew pack; the guns are
|Argentine||Line Infantry Regiment||1817-18||Dutch/Belgium Chasseurs|
|Argentine||Cazadores de los Andes (Cazadore Infantry Regiment #1)||1817-18|| British rifles with Light Infantry Command so you don’t get the officer’s pelisse but do get the standard bearer. I used:
That said, the historical unit used muskets not rifles. John Fletcher used Two Dragons Productions figures as they have their sabres attached like bayonets, giving the overall appearance of muskets.
|Argentine||Cazadores a Caballo de la Escolta del General||1817-18||Balkan Military History: South America used French Chasseurs a Cheval, which is appropriate for the Elite company but not for the majority. Looks impressive though. Terry Haney suggested AB Figures Jena Prussian Hussars in shako (JP233) make an excellent substitute for Royalist cavalry and Patriot Cazadore a Caballo, No pelisse, and tall, straight shako. Just need to trim off their pigtail.|
|Argentine||Granaderos a Caballo||1817-18||Dutch light dragoons|
|Chilean||Artillery||1817-18||Dutch/Belgium artillery crew pack; the guns are single trail British, so aren’t suitable for Liberators.|
|Chilean||2nd Militia Cavalry Regiment of Santiago||1817-18|
|Chilean||Caballeria Cazadores de la Escolta Directorial||1817-18|
|Chilean||Line Infantry Battalion||1817-18|| Isabelino infantry from the Fantassin Carlist range or 1815 Dutch-Belgian infantry
Prussians with Shako (e.g. Essex)
|Chilean||Coquimbo Cazadore Battalion||1817-18|
|Chilean||Engineers||1817-18||Foot officers with a fore-and-aft bicorn|
|Peruvian||Infantry (2nd and 4th battalions)||1823||Grenadier Productions Chilean Infantry 1817-1823|
|Peruvian||Peruvian Legion||1823||AB Miniatures AB-S32 for the fusileros, S04-S06 for the granaderos and Grenadier Productions PS-010 for the command (you’ll have to add a lapel to the officer in your painting).|
|Peruvian||Cazadores||1823||Grenadier Productions Chilean Cazadores 1817-1823|
|Peruvian||Hussar||1823||Grenadier Productions Granaderos a Caballo (shako); file off the shoulder boards, add jacket lace in painting.|
|Peruvian||Artillery||1823||Grenadier Productions *soon* to be released Argentina artillery|
For the period up to 1817 use…
Fantassin EN-17 Spanish Infantry with French Style Shako
Fantassin EN-22 Spanish Command Bicorne
Fantassin EN-22a Spanish Infantry Command (shako)
|Royalist||Cavalry||Terry Haney suggested AB Figures Jena Prussian Hussars (JP233) in shako make an excellent substitute for Royalist cavalry and Patriot Cazadore a Caballo, No pelisse, and tall, straight shako. Just need to trim off their pigtail.|
|Royalist||Cazadores Cavalry||1823||Grenadier Productions Granaderos a Caballo (shako); file off the shoulder boards|
|Royalist||Cavalry with Helmet||1823|
Spanish Artillery with Shako or
AB Miniatures AB-S23;
AB Spanish Artillery with Bicorne for 1810-12;
|Various||Gauchos||1817-18||Spanish Garrochistas. Fantassin do some in 15mm.|
|All||Guns||The Spanish adopted the Gribeauval system in 1792 but in the Americas some Valliere’s probably stayed in service (see above). John Fletcher uses Fantassin French 4lbrs (rather chunky) and 8lbrs for the majority of his guns.|