Saturday, June 11, 2011

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

"Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won."

In correspondence from the field of Waterloo, June 1815

A model that had been on and off the paint table for several months.  I wanted to do a little diorama for my commander in chief, and so have placed the Duke, in the guise seen in several well known portraits of him, giving orders to an officer of the 44th; his drummer boy watching on in awe. 

Of course Arthur Wellesley had a long and glorious career, and was certainly one of Britain's greatest generals.  I'll refrain from any lecture on his life here, as if you don't know any of it I really hope you feel ashamed to be reading a wargaming blog whilst in such extreme ignorance


It was in the end a surprisingly speedy and pleasurable job to paint up this little vignette.  At some point I'll need to get a Ney or Marmont to face him...


  1. You've done a great job on Wellington here. I'm always looking for ways to make my command bases more interesting. The muskets and drummer boy are really nice additions.

  2. Very nicely done!

    Which company made the Wellington figure?

  3. Great command stands, I like the drummer and the stacks of muskets.

  4. Great looking vignette. I love all the little details. Regards, Dean

  5. @ Kingsley: The Wellington figure is from the Perry Miniatures British personalities pack. The foot Officer is a Victrix artillery figure, and I think the drummer boy is a Foundry model.

  6. Nice work indeed.. I'll even forgive you the eyeballs... :o))

    I can just hear him saying.... "For God's sake man, put your sword away, you're not demmed French"

  7. That's great, the musket stack is superb!