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 brigade at Oriemendi. The flag is hand painted.
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.
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:
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.