Here are some photos of my first Dutch units for the Ten days campaign in 1831.
|Dutch Grenadier Afdeeling|
Raised in 1829, this two battalion "Afdeeling" guarded the royal palaces, and was present in Bruxelles at the start of the uprising and went on campaign in 1831.
Here is one battalion. The pre-war four company organisation was dropped in favour of six, with two "Flankeur" or light infantry companies.
The figures are modified plastic Victrix French Guard Grenadiers.
The cap plate has had the eagle removed with an attempt to add a Dutch sunburst; the bearskin had a visor added but I couldn't make one, so stuff it.......
The Flankeurs replaced the bearskin with a shako; these are Perry French Line heads.
The jacket/coat was red with lots of gold chest lace, but since the Dutch campaigned in greatcoats despite the summer heat you can't see it.
Officers are just showing the red and gold coat.
3 Kurassier Afdeeling
The Dutch Carabinier regiments post 1815 adopted cuirasses, just like the British Lifeguards, but retained their French style carabinier helmets.
These are Perry plastic French cuirassiers, with the carabinier head sans any Napoleonic insignia and with putty/filler shoulder rolls added.
I did this unit first due to figure availability, however the Dutch cautiously kept their heavy cavalry in reserve during the campaign and they didn't see action; ho hum!
Command group, but no standard as I hadn't discovered one at the time; to be rectified now. Incidentally, nevermore of the Grimsby Wargames Club made all my Dutch colours and they can be found as free down loads on their website. http://www.grimsbywargamessociety.webs.com/
A trooper showing the additional shoulder rolls.