After finishing my British 3rd Division I decided that although my main focus was to be on Talavera some other troops might be useful for ad hoc or other encounters set in the Peninsula. Knowing that other club members were working on Spanish troops, again for Talavera, I decided to do Portuguese as they were fully integrated into the allied army a lot earlier.
Having chosen the Portuguese I then had to choose which formation and uniforms. After a quick look through
Wellington's Army in the Peninsula 1809-14
So what did I decide on? Well first I went for units in the post 1810 uniform so stovepipes rather than barretina shakos. I then chose to portray my line regiments as two battalions of five companies with each having a company of grenadiers and no light company, these having been discontinued by a decree issued 14th October 1808 when the caçadores battalions were formed. The first battalion would carry the King's standard and the second battalion the regimental standard in the army divisional colour.
As a Portuguese regiment, apparently, normally kept an operational strength approximately equal to that of a full establishment British battalion (1000 men), each Portuguese battalion would therefore be roughly the same size as an active service British battalion. So I have modelled each of my Portuguese battalions with the same number of figures and base size as my British, but without a skirmisher stand.
The Caçadores were easy in comparison and are modelled as standard with eighteen figures per battalion with a few elite rifle armed Atiradores included.
I choose to use, the as then new, Warlord plastic Portuguese Line Infantry boxes for my line troops, to reduce costs, and Casting Room Miniature's Caçadores and mounted officers. I liked the poses of the Casting Room Miniature's figures and Warlord hadn't released their Caçadores at the time. The downside to this is that the Casting Room Miniature's are definitely shorter and slighter than the Warlord figures, but I can live with that, for now, as the "Hunters" would have been smaller men apparently.
So here are the first units, the 1st "Lippe" Line Regiment and 4th "Beira" Caçadores (basing to be completed). The 16th Line Regiment is in the to do line after the 4th British Division is completed.
1st "Lippe" Line Regiment"Pack's" 1st Independent Brigade
4th "Beira" Caçadores Battalion"Pack's" 1st Independent Brigade
I used a variety of on-line sources in my investigation into the Portuguese and several forum members proved very helpful and supportive, so thanks to "Plutarch64", "rumacara" and "gustav" amongst others. The forums I've joined and have found information on are listed in the sidebar.
For a real mad man check out This Life in Lead who has done the whole Portuguese army in both 18mm and 28mm.
Some of the books I've found useful are shown below, special thanks to "rumacara" for the bottom two.