Picton was a “rough-mouthed devil” according to Wellington but was also rated as one of his most able senior officers. He fought throughout the Peninsula war taking part in the battles of Fuentes de Orono, Badajoz and Vitoria. He was wounded at Quatre Bras (a fact he hid from the Duke for fear of losing his command) and took a musket-ball through the head whilst repulsing d’Erlon at Waterloo - who can forget Jack Hawkins portrayal of this moment in the film? He had an unusual style of dress, which accounts for the top hat and even wore a nightcap during the battle of Busaco. They don’t make good ole’ English eccentrics like that anymore.
I’m still plugging away at those Schleswig-Holstein figures but thought I should take a quick break to paint and post something actually related to the title of this blog. Next up (after the painting desk is completely cleared) will be some HH Prussian Landwher – yes, the Prussians are coming at last!