I’m nearing completion of my 1817-18 Chile Project and wondered how I can reuse those figures for another campaign. The third campaign in Upper Peru (Jan-Nov 1815), featuring the Battle of Viluma / Sipe Sipe, looks a good candidate and these are my notes on how to how to create the new armies based on the old. I have put together a Order of Battle for iluma / Sipe Sipe as the basis for my thinking.
First of, the Patriot force in 1815 is an Argentine army pure and simple. I’ve got a fair number of Chileans for the 1817-18 Chile Project but they won’t be of any help for Upper Peru. But the Argentine figures of 1817-18 are a good basis for 1815. The trouble is I just don’t have enough figures.
|Unit||Comments||What to buy/paint|
|1st Infantry Regiment||Another battalion(1)|
|6th (Pardos & Morenos) Infantry Regiment||Use figures from existing black 7th Battalion with new command stand.||Command stand|
|7th Infantry Regiment|| No substitute as they:
|9th Infantry Regiment||Another battalion(1)|
|12th Infantry Regiment||Two battalions of this regiment were present (800 men in total).
Might ignore this and field on unit one table.
Use figures from existing 11th Battalion with new command stand.
|Cazadore Battalion||Use Cazadores de los Andes. The uniform was slightly different (a matter of blue versus red facings) but close enough.||–|
|Granaderos a Caballos||Got them already||–|
|Peru Dragoons||Fletcher (2005) has the Peru Dragoons in the Orbat but the
painting guide mentions the Peru Line Cavalry; I assume they are the
Use Granaderos a Caballos. The uniform was slightly different (a
|Artillery: 8x4lbrs||Converts to four models||–|
|Artillery: 2x2lbrs||Converts to one model||Buy 1x2lbr with 1 crew|
|Artillery: Mortar||I think I’ll ignore it.||–|
(1) Both the 1st and 9th Infantry Regiments were white. However I could save myself some painting buy mixing in some stands from the unused black 8th Infantry Regiment.
[TODO finish it]
|Unit||Based on||What to buy/paint|
|1st Infantry Regiment||Two battalions of this regiment were present (600 men in total).
Might ignore this and field one unit on table.
|2nd Infantry Regiment||Two battalions of this regiment were present (600 men in total). Might ignore this and field one unit on table.|
|Fernando VII Battalion|
|Partiddario Infantry Battalion||Pedrazzoli (2009) has these chaps in a shako with colpack, like the 1817-18 Argentine grenadiers.|
|Reserve Grenadier Infantry Battalion|
|Voluntarios de Castro Battalion|
|Dismounted Cavalry||Not sure who these guys were|
|Cazadores a Caballo|
|Guardia del General Cavalry||Only 50 men.|
|San Carlos Dragoons|
|Artillery: 34 or 36x4lbrs||36 guns = 18 models. I’ve got 8. Perhaps I rope in some Patriot and Carlist War guns.||10x4lbrs each with 2 crew|
|Artillery: 4x2lbrs||I don’t have any 2lbrs||2x2lbrs each with 1 crew|
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.
Hooker, T. (1991). The Armies of Bolivar and San Martin [Men-at-Arms 232]. Osprey.
Pedrazzoli, F. D. (2009). Viluma 1815: The revolution beheaded. Madrid, Spain: Regimentos de America.
Pedrazzoli, F. D. (2010). Uniforms of the Northern Army: Infantry – Upper Peru 1814-15. Madrid, Spain: Regimentos de America.