I've finished the Spanish light infantry battalions I'd embarked on, although after finding the book in the collection at work, I found the uniform I was thinking of was actually that of line infantry (see below). I've gone ahead and created my fictitious unit as light infantry loosely based on this uniform, anyway, as Spanish troops wore what was available at any given time, so that my unit may well have existed at one time! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
|Spanish line infantryman from Don Carlos de Espagne's corps c.1812. Image by Bill Younghusband from Armies of the Napoleonic Wars, Chris McNab (ed.).Osprey Publishing, 2009|
|The 2 units in column|
|Valencia Volunteer Light Infantry in line|
|Tarleton conversion unit in line. The illustration above shows a basic British-pattern uniform, with belts and cartridge box, but most of my chaps still have the belly-belt and I've given them white straps for contrast|
|The completed dragoon eagle bearer.|
|Not sure if I'll give him a flag or keep the staff bare|
|French command stand|
My next project will be a bit of house keeping with my growing Spanish army; I've given my units too many figures and also included grenadiers as part of the ordinary line units. Spanish units in the early stages only had four companies and only the first battalion had grenadiers; 2 of grenadiers, two of fusiliers. What I'm probably going to do is make a converged grenadier battalion with 4 companies of figures in different uniforms, just as an excuse to have lots of different facing colours and droopy bags on bearskins. It won't make them fight any better, but it'll look pretty! I'm a glutton for punishment!