Episode #5 - Limber Up
This week Bossman John has been limbering up, well insofar as he's picked up a paintbrush and painted up a limber for his Napoleonic British...
Six horses were the preferred team for a piece of field artillery. A team would never consist of fewer than four horses. with four being considered the minimum team. As can be seen on the model, each rider would ride on the left but would hold the reins of the "off-horse" on his right as well.
Our model is fantastically detailed, with each of the riders and crewmen armed distinctly. Combined with their elevated position on the battlefield and resplendent uniforms, the piece makes for a remarkable centrepiece in any Black Powder collection. John's limber is seen here towing a howitzer.
The crewman riding the limber brandishes a particularly interesting weapon, a Pattern 1793 Royal Horse Artillery double-barrelled pistol-carbine, produced by famed inventor and gunmaker, Henry Nock (1741-1804). This unusual weapon was uncommon on the battlefields, as its cost was over 4 times that of a common musket. The weapon was double-barrelled- one was smoothbore and the other rifled - and it had an attachable butte to bring the pistol more in line with a carbine. Although these weapons were not often seen on the battlefield (indeed it is not known exactly if there were any at Waterloo) its an undeniably cool feature of the model.
If you want to try your own hand at this fantastically detailed kit, you can find it in our webstore here
We'll be back in the era of Horse and musket with John soon, as hs showcases his vast collection of Napoleonics miniatures...
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